It’s hardly surprising that Steve McClaren is not saying anything about our transfer business in January and who our targets may be.
The only Newcastle manager of fairly recent times who did his transfers via the press was Graeme Souness, when he was at Newcastle for 20 months from September 2004 after replacing the sacked Sir Bobby Robson.
With Papiss Cisse likely missing the holiday games with his groin injury it would be a good time to bring in another experienced striker, but we don’t really know what Newcastle will do next month.
Steve McClaren and Paul Simpson on the sidelines
But if we bring nobody in – as happened last January – that would be a huge surprise – and dangerous too – given we are 4th bottom of the league.
This is how Steve McClaren reacted yesterday when pressed on the transfer front:
“You know better than I do, that this is a private club that doesn’t do it’s business through the media or publicly.” “So there are things going on behind the scenes and we keep them very quiet.”
“Focus on the two games we have got before January opens and even then we keep everything private and confidential.”
“No doubt you will speculate as much as possible but we will say nothing is happening until it does.”
“Transfers – that is a discussion and that is private.” “It is very private what we are doing at the moment.”
“We are not going to discuss it or speculate about players or anything.” “Privately behind the scenes we are planning. Until things happen we will say nothing.”
“To be fair that is my policy.” “I don’t like speculation that we are going to do this or going to do that.”
“The window is not open.” “We still have two games before it opens.” “Believe you me we are talking all the time.”
“We don’t plan to do anything in public.”
That’s basically what Steve said the last time he was asked about the January transfer window and we’ll probably hear much the same words a few times in the next week or so.
It’s generally thought that Newcastle need to strengthen the spine of the team – center-back, a central play-maker in the mold of a Yohan Cabaye and striker.
We have also been linked heavily with Andros Townsend who usually plays out on the right wing.
Who Newcastle bring in next month will give us an indication of just how ambitious Mike Ashley is these days with Newcastle United.
Other clubs like Leicester City, Watford, West Ham and Crystal Palace seem to be leaving us behind – so we hope the club is willing to invest big time this January.