There’s little doubt that Newcastle’s defense had been a big weakness of ours since back in 2012, and to prove it we have conceded 190 goals in the last three seasons in the league.
Add to that 32 goals we have in our first 17 league games this season – the second worst only to the Black Cats who have conceded one goal more.
So you would have expected Newcastle to bring in defensive reinforcements next month – maybe be a center-back and left back – but there are growing signs that will not happen.
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One is that we have apparently pulled out of the race to sign 24 year-old center-back Joel Matip of Schalke who is a free agent in the summer – and if a top center-back comes in we’re basically in the same position we were in August.
Steve McClaren has placed his bets on Newcastle captain Coloccini, so he will continue to play him in Newcastle’s defense for the rest of the season – and we don’t think McClaren would drop Colo if a top center-back was brought in.
Therefore it’ a real possibility that a top center-back will not come in next month – maybe in the summer – but not next month.
And there is news in the Chronicle today that Newcastle want to bring in only forwards next month – a winger and a striker.
The Chronicle is reporting they have information that Newcastle are confident they have enough cover in defense for the second part of the season.
We wonder where that confidence comes from – it certainly doesn’t show in the statistics so far this season.
Well run clubs look at their situation for the January transfer window and pinpoint where their weaknesses are – and how they can straighten them.
It would seem to be very difficult to say the defense is not our big weakness this season – given that we’ve already been hammered 6-1 at Manchester City and 5-1 at Crustal Palace and conceded a whopping 32 goals in 17 games.
But that is what well run clubs do – try to strengthen their obvious weaknesses – and it’s very hard to make the case that Newcastle have been a well run club over the past few seasons.
In fact this year the complete incompetence from those at the top shown last January almost had us relegated in May.
If we don’t reinforce the defense next month and continue to struggle with relegation – then it will be our own fault if we are a Championship club next season.
That will be especially true if we end up conceding 72 goals – which is what we are on track to concede so far this season.
We have to hope the Chronicle article is not accurate and that we will in fact strengthen the defense next month.
That’s what a well-run club would do – given the facts and how our defense has performed so poorly so far this season.
What do you think?