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Four Positions Newcastle To Strengthen In January

10:04 am, Monday, December 28th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 107 Comments

It we were an ambitious club then Newcastle should be trying to bring in around four players in January – regardless of how we do in the league table.

And we shouldn´t gauge how much money we need to spend next month on what needs to be done to survive in the Premier League this season.

That´s what we did last January and it brought almost a disastrous demotion to the Championship – and we had nobody else to blame but ourselves.

It´s the way the club is being run.

graham carr

Graham Carr – Newcastle´s Chief Scout

These are the types of players we should be looking to bring in next month – regardless of the results:

  • Striker – We need a proven goalscorer who can take the chances we create – and that give more time and take some pressure off young strikers Mitro and Perez as they gain more experience and continue to improve.
    Charlie Austin immediately comes to mind as a perfect signing for us in January.
  • Left Back – If we are not going to strengthen the central defense this January then at least bring in a top left back to strengthen the back four. Paul Dummett is struggling in that position this season and Haidara is out injured for four months.
    Also keep Steve Taylor and Mike Williamson on board until June when their contracts run out and they will leave Newcastle. |
    They can provide experienced back-up to Coloccini and Mbemba in central defense – once they are fit  again from the hamstring injuries they both picked up in training..
  • Play-maker – Newcastle need more creativity in the side and more chances need to be created. We still need somebody who can add some much-needed creativity to the side as Yohan Cabaye once did.
    We are not scoring enough goals but we are also not creating enough chances for our strikers either, so a creative central midfielder would be a great addition for us next month..
  • Winger – Maybe the lowest priority would be a winger, but there are signs that young Florian Thauvin may be getting some confidence back and coming through at the club.
    But another experienced winger like Andros Townsend from Tottenham wouldn´t hurt us at all – and the Tottenham winger could immediately produce for Newcastle.

If players are again brought in from the continent because they are better value and cheaper, then we shouldn’t´t expect them to instantly produce at Newcastle – but that´s what we need from the new arrivals.

So some change in transfer policy may also be necessary next month.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Premier League · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

107 responses so far ↓

  • 1 nut meg // Dec 28, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Townsend again Ed. He could immediately produce….eh what exactly would that be?

  • 2 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 28, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Townsend and Austin would at least leave us well placed for a tilt at promotion next season. Neither are the answer to our problems this season however.

    Villa would be well off getting both so they are ready for the Championship.

  • 3 Sazzer // Dec 28, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Why wait until summer to bring in another CB?

    S.Taylor and Williamson should both be sold in January and replaced.

  • 4 lesh // Dec 28, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Ed’s comments are valid and becoming more and more critical of the way Ashley’s running the Club into to ground.

    I hope that when the ‘Ashley Out’ campaign kicks off after another wasted window, that Ed will recognise that both his comments and those of the long-suffering fans who comment of this site, have validity and justification.

    There is a real risk that a concerted campaign will impact on and affect team morale and performances and if Ashley and Charnley do or say nothing yet again, then relegation will surely follow.

    Given Ashley’s stated ambition to win something, then fans have every right to feel let down – yet again.

    Under those circumstances, long-time fans will call time, say enough is enough, and walk away from their club.

    It’s really up to Ashley to translate his supposed ambition into action that will take the Club forward – before we’re so far adrift of the Prem’s smaller clubs that we sink into oblivion.

    It’ll not take too much more indifference from Ashley to fan the flames of discontent and Ed, there’s nobody else to blame than Ashley.

  • 5 Sazzer // Dec 28, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Colo probably won’t get dropped but he can get injured and suspended.

  • 6 BeeGuy // Dec 28, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Agree on those 4. But one must be a real leader, and the midfielder must be able to hit the pitch running.

    SM needs someone to do the pre and actual game tactics so he can concentrate on his PR work.

  • 7 LewSpi v2.0 // Dec 28, 2015 at 10:28 AM


    1. Left back
    2. A combative central defensive midfielder
    3. A creative central midfielder
    4. A centre back

  • 8 lesh // Dec 28, 2015 at 10:29 AM


    Would you really pay money for Saylor?

    If we’re to ship him out, then we may as well approach West Ham with a view to a straight Carroll -Saylor swap – one injury-prone crock for another.

  • 9 ToonTiger // Dec 28, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Keep Taylor he bleeds black and white despite some antics and his fragility. Colo and willo out. Get 2 in plus Austin and Townsend or other winger. Not sure we need another playmaker Siem needs time and Gini and moussa can do a job in the centre

  • 10 Belfast // Dec 28, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Can’t see them forking out any money for a winger when the one we bought in the summer has sat on the bench for the most part.

    I reckon if they can offload Cisse we’ll sign a striker. Same situation with Williamson.

  • 11 toon22 // Dec 28, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    1 Owner
    2 Manager
    3 Head Scout
    4 Team

  • 12 geordie157 // Dec 28, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Lb – Ben Davies
    Cb – matip or vestergaard
    Cm – Lewis cook
    Rw – narsingh
    St – ??

  • 13 jimmysmith // Dec 28, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    That’s a 50 to 60 million spend right there in this league, and it’s unavoidable if you are serious about top eight, and another 10 to 15 in the summer for a CB, and probably the same on a DM. Roughly another 90 million, and that’s just to fix this side. And of course theres the ongoing investment thereafter, probably in the region of 40 million a season. That’s it Mike, no worming out of it. That’s what’s required.

  • 14 welshgeordie9 // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    1. AP
    2. Down
    3. At
    4. Selhurst Park

  • 15 SPRINGY // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    morning all
    not sure on townsend and carroll both injury prone and not exactly what i believe we need
    we pace and creativity and a strong leader/organiser cb and cm
    willems/robertson=left back
    if colo gets injured play mbabu,why not…. probably the most promising player we’ve seen this season by all accounts….could be the making of the lad and save us a few quid in the process

  • 16 welshgeordie9 // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Followed by Charlie Austin, injured or not injured.

  • 17 welshgeordie9 // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    Then shelvey and then townsend.

  • 18 lochinvar // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    Some physicality in the side keeps opposition guessing and slightly less inclined to be confident on tackles and going forward – we seem to loose so many 50:50 balls, change that outcome and you gain more control of a game.
    Shelvey and Sissoko in the same team is a start with Tiote lurking in the sidelines.
    A physical playmaker in the middle and a tall physical CB wouldn’t do any harm either.
    For many it’s not difficult to see that as the way forward – why is so hard for Carr and Charnley to work that out ?

  • 19 JamesToon // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:10 AM


    Not sure about Mbabu as a centre back, he’s only 5″11 which is the same as Mbemba, I’d prefer Lascelles who’s at least tall and pretty built

  • 20 Ron Knee // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:13 AM


    They’re marching to a different drummer – over a cliff.

  • 21 JamesToon // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    Jonjo Shelvey is perfect for the playmaker role and he also has a bit of physicality, I think a good pairing for him would be someone like George Thorne or even Jack Cork if we could get him.

    Games are often won and lost in the midfield and having a decent midfield pairing/trio is so important. I think Shelvey would massively improve us.

  • 22 JamesToon // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    The fact that Jack Colback is ranked 32nd with Anita 62nd in most key passes made by defensive/central midfielders shows it all when you have Shelvey with the 2nd most key passes and Cabaye like 3rd or 4th

  • 23 Rotonda heights // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:16 AM


    I bleed black and white but I am as much use to the toon as saylor. You can’t have another Alan Smith as a very expensive cheerleader on 50k a week because they’re good in the dressing room!!

    Would hate townsend and austin is very debatable re – his movement or lack of and all round game, not to mention sicknote record.

    We need:-

    1) a fast mobile scorer (Remy mould)
    2) A top CB
    3) A creative foot on the ball midfielder
    4) A top LB

  • 24 SPRINGY // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    in think this gini playing in the space in front the left back needs looking at as dummett was getting left one on one time after time in the 1st half and exposed every time gini drifts away from that area……i would drop colback,play gini in that position and play perez,thauvin or aarons on the left,all 3 have attributes to play there,perez had a great game at man utd there,thauvin looks a decent supply to the forwards(granted needs more games and confidence) and aarons has blistering pace….but i suppose if he’s not played gini in cm by now after the season we are having?……he never will!

  • 25 Rotonda heights // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:18 AM


    are you sure you wouldn’t be happier having CP as your second team before NUFC.

  • 26 nut meg // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    I agree with what your saying but I’m afraid that Sissoko is not the man you want in a physical midfield battle.He really is as soft as clarts.He should be imposing himself on the opposition now but he doesn’t.

  • 27 Rotonda heights // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:20 AM


    Quite damning stats aren’t they. I still think anita can do a job sitting deep but colback offers very little creatively.

    Dummet should only ever play CB back up

  • 28 Blofal // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    As I said before..

    Shelvey, Townsend and Berahino.

    All young. All premier league proven. All reportedly unsettled and potentially available.

  • 29 AncientC // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    The last time we were in danger of the drop during the winter window, Ashley sanctioned a few cheap signings – those being players coming to the end of their contracts.

    Ashley being a creature of habit, we can only assume he will want to repeat his previous success of gambling low and winning high… but, what if there are no worthwhile additions available on the cheap in the upcoming window?

  • 30 jayphoto // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    ha again with the Charlie Austin! stats aren’t everything, he’s really not what we need!!!
    I’d take phillips from QPR mind…
    Liked seeing us linked the George Thorne. He’s a very good player with a lot of potential. Hendrick, Martin and Hughes at Derby are also premier league standard but don’t think Derby will sell anyone. Top of the league with Premier league money next year? Even if we paid 15m for Thorne it wouldn’t be worth Derby derailing their promotion bid with the money on offer in the PL! They fell short because of a small squad last year, doubt they’ll make the same mistake again

  • 31 Jib // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    I think we have enough in the squad to avoid relegation at a canter.

    The one thing you do NOT do midseason when you are fighting to get some form is bring in a load of new faces.

    Spend massively on a top drawer striker leave the rest until Summer.

    In Jan 2013 when we brought in:-
    Mapou Y-M
    I would argue that it was only Sissoko that had an immediate impact on our situation.

  • 32 Blofal // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    Ancient C

    Last time we were in trouble in January we bought in…


  • 33 SPRINGY // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    james toon
    only thru mbabu’s hat in the ring as out of mbabu and lascelles, mbabu’s looked more impressive and is fit right now,lascelles still crocked i believe, not to have a go at lascelles, he to could do a decent job in the future, and ya right he has the build, just thinkin that after ten mins today colo pulls up with hammy, stick mbabu in and play him, ya never know.

  • 34 AncientC // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    A potent goalscorer has saved us in the past. A deal for Loic Remy should be viewed as the Holy grail by Charnley, if he has any sense.

  • 35 SPRINGY // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    dont think berahino will even discuss the idea of joining us,i believe he’s looking at top six clubs that are there now….nee harm in trying but i wouldnt be building my hopes up as i cant see it happening

  • 36 AncientC // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Blofal, and all of those signings came in on the cheap, even Debuchy was sanctioned after we could have signed him in the summer, only his club wavered on price in the next window.

  • 37 angelswithdirtyfaces // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    “1 Our play is certainly not drivel
    2 We DO look like a good team
    3 The defence is fine”
    “I think we have enough in the squad to avoid relegation at a canter.”

    Yet we are in a relegation spot with goals scored and goals against looking more like lottery numbers.

    If we are playing well
    If the defence is fine
    If we are a good team (or have the makings of)

    then why are we struggling ?

    Is it the players attitude ?
    Is it poor effort/fitness from players ?
    Is it lack of confidence ?
    Lack of tactical nous ?
    Poor coaching ?
    bad refereeing ?
    bad luck ?
    poor recruitment of players ?
    poor investment strategy and ownership direction ?

    If we are good enough why are we in a relegation scrap with a worse win % than almost any time in our existence ?

  • 38 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Which clubs are selling a top drawer striker? Which top drawer striker would choose joining a club that is in a relegation battle, when, being a top drawer striker would mean that he is wanted by clubs who have far more enticing prospects?

    We aren’t likely to overpay,either in fee or wages, so we have virtually no competitive advantage in the market. I’m afraid the lack of activity in the last window has come back to haunt us.

    As for Austin, he is no better than Mitro, and offers us no options up front. Far better off getting a more mobile centre forward who gives us different choices when breaking teams down. Sadly, our options will be severely limited by cost and league position.

    I agree with you, the squad can get out of it with what we have, if Macca changes his style and plays to the strengths of our squad. So far, he seems unwilling to do so and therefore we will struggle unless he brings in a number of new personnel.

  • 39 banjax // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Will good players sign for us given our position in the league? Maybe not on a permanent basis, but probably on a loan basis because it gives both players and club a chance to plan for the Summer and improve the position in the league in the hope of attracting those good permanent signings. For a loan player like Remy at Chelsea it gives him guaranteed playing time and a shop window to attract clubs to buy him. Remy is just the type of proven goal scorer we need right now. For me loanee’s are the way to go this window.

  • 40 SPRINGY // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    the 2013 players mentioned that came in jan
    i would say most did areet …sissoko was the stand out but goofy’s work rate was instantly noticable and debuchy and mbiwa all chipped in,think haidara was injured soon after arrival and mbabu was only a youngin

  • 41 Tsunki // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    Lilo – Ray™ / Jeff ™ / Jib™ might have to wheel out his Hail Wor Ashley™ persona to answer that last one.


  • 42 jimmysmith // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    Yeah I also agree that a big January in the transfer market is not essential, nor likely. But I do think the side needs an injection of real talent in about a half dozen positions over the next two windows. It’s of course important they be good buys, which is not the easiest thing for a struggling club to achieve in the January window. No signings at all though in January, and this side could easily go down. I’d pull out all the stops for at least one top signing, and I think I’d prioritise a left back that can get forward and chuck a decent cross in.

  • 43 SPRINGY // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    shelvey could be worth tryin as he seems unsettled at swanseaa nd are in a similar positin to us,banega is or was nearing the end of his contract so he may be worth a look,could’nt tell you a centre back to be honest that would join us in our current situation that would be better then what we have right now….hard times ahead in this transfer window

  • 44 SPRINGY // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    so is mitro out the day?….any one know?

  • 45 Jib // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    A few of the billionaire club have more strikers than they need.
    For Example
    PSG have big Zlatan , Cavani , Lavezzi , Ongenda , Augustin – the last 2 get hardly any game time , most of the top clubs are the same , surely it’s worth paying some high wages for 6 months to get a worldy in.

  • 46 AncientC // Dec 28, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    I was under the impression that ‘Hail Wor Ashley’ was Blackley and Brownlie – good grammar, not all together against our beloved chairman etc. (I could be wrong)

  • 47 Jib // Dec 28, 2015 at 12:01 PM


  • 48 SPRINGY // Dec 28, 2015 at 12:02 PM

    not to piss on ya fire but if the last 2 are not getting game time will they be up to premier standard before the end of the season?

  • 49 SPRINGY // Dec 28, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    jib cheers for the article

  • 50 AncientC // Dec 28, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    jimmysmith – we have at least 4 players that can slot in at left back… not a position that seems a priority to myself.

    I have never known a clubs future to hang in the balance, based on needing a LB.

  • 51 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 28, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    Zlatan, Cavani and Lavezzi? Not a hope. All three would have clubs with better prospects after them if we were to move for them. After that PSG have an 18 and 20 year old who are largely untested at senior level.

    Surely you aren’t serious?

    As for the high wages, that isn’t what the club do. Pound for pound value from our illustrious board and owner. Plus they don’t agree with short term fixes, it is all about the medium to long term. Given you have been largely supportive of these aims, I’m surprised to hear you advocating going totally against the grain of everything Ashley’s board stands for.

  • 52 SPRINGY // Dec 28, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    so mitro was struggling to be fit against everton but still played him?….and now might miss west brom….strange decision to play him if u ask me

  • 53 hibbitt // Dec 28, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    hands up if i am wrong but i thought hail wor ashley was ian toon

  • 54 hibbitt // Dec 28, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    whats happened to riviere is he not fit yet ??

  • 55 optimistic prime // Dec 28, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    It’s like a Scooby doo moment.

    Jibs muttering to himself
    “Those pesky kids”

  • 56 SPRINGY // Dec 28, 2015 at 12:13 PM

    the physioroom page reckons not back till mid jan, but he may need another surgery….being reviewed?

  • 57 jimmysmith // Dec 28, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    A player of Leighton Baines’ calibre, for example, would make a huge difference to our side, getting forward and getting in crosses. We have a striker who thrives on service from the flanks and gets none from the left, and left back is also our most obvious weakness. If we are to persist with two DM’s and Gini on the left then I think a quality attacking left back really would make a big difference. How significant are Baines and Coleman to Lukaku?

  • 58 Thump // Dec 28, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    I reckon Saylor is Ian Toon tbh.

  • 59 hibbitt // Dec 28, 2015 at 12:20 PM

    springy so he’s going nowhere then another FLOP

  • 60 Ron Knee // Dec 28, 2015 at 12:24 PM


    This story was published last week:

  • 61 optimistic prime // Dec 28, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    I agree with what’s been said about there being enough in the squad however different options aren’t being tried.

    Why not stick Colback at LB as has been mentioned.

    Jaanmat Mbemba colo Colback
    Sis Anita Gini Thauvin
    Perez SDJ

    There’s a few different options there, as IMO there has been for a cpl seasons.
    For whatever reason the manager seems unwilling or unable to try them.
    Why are certain players undropable?
    Why do some never play their fave positions?

    Obviously football is results based, but there are games you can take a risk in and try something different. We could start with that team against WBA if it didn’t work it wouldn’t be rocket science to change.

    To me everything at the club looks to have restrictions from the players bought to the ones played. I don’t understand any of it.

  • 62 SPRINGY // Dec 28, 2015 at 12:26 PM

    dont no mate, some one on here or someone i’ve been talking to, a few weeks back said he was fit had been for 6 weeks but had an agreement with club he could leave in jan for free if he could find a club as he was’nt going to part of the plans…..probs bull just what was said or read

  • 63 SPRINGY // Dec 28, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    they’re ya gan…. ron knee beat me to it!lol

  • 64 SPRINGY // Dec 28, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    i think he scared to try colback at left or change the side to drastically as then it would be his fault if it fails….comes across as a bit spinless if thats the case… or maybe they think what u see is the best we can offer in there best positions..not great if thats the case

  • 65 BandB // Dec 28, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    To be fair to Jib, he was saying back in the summer that the squad was strong enough already to do really well this season.
    That was before we signed Mitrovic, Wijnaldum etc….all signings Jib considered unnecessary because Supermac was going to wave a magic wand over the players on the stocks.
    Now, I don’t know single other fan who thinks this way. But it is a good position to take if you want to fill your otherwise pointless days winding up Newcastle United supporters.
    He has now seen the wind up value in once again insisting Mike put his purse away.
    Nice work if you can get it.

  • 66 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 28, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    Football is a results game, but we aren’t getting sufficient positive results playing as we are, so there is no harm in taking a risk. Based on so far this season then our results get us relegated. It can’t get worse than that.

  • 67 optimistic prime // Dec 28, 2015 at 12:38 PM


    There’s no confidence in the team, could it be because the manager has no confidence in the players?

  • 68 optimistic prime // Dec 28, 2015 at 12:40 PM


    I was going to make that point but thought I’d get shot down, if there’s nothing to lose only a fool wouldn’t take the risk IMO.

  • 69 SPRINGY // Dec 28, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    ya right mate,but not im not convinced macca has confidence in himself….never seems to put a team out to control a game….i always feel like we try and smash and grab every game….hoping we pinch a goal rather then control the game and build for the goal…..but that could be just down to shear lack of quality as we’ve never dominated a game all season and won convincingly imo

  • 70 hibbitt // Dec 28, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    this is the game we have to win no ifs or but’s must win a draws just not good enough ………………the other games today give us a chance to drag other teams into the brown stuff with us its a chance not to be missed ……..i still have my doubts though

  • 71 Ron Knee // Dec 28, 2015 at 12:51 PM


    Past history is in our favour so we’re guaranteed to cock it up!

  • 72 catchy in norway // Dec 28, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    as i was saying the other day,

    we need a RB and LB more than CB right now.
    id move Jaanmat to RW, he has a good delivery and can get up and down to help support the RB, my choice would be Alan Hutton at Villa, LB am not sure, maybe go next door to the scum and get Van Arnolt.

    I think the play maker could be SDJ , but we need a CF that scores goals to pplay along side either Mitro or Perez,

    from what i see in Florian, i think he is as fast as beckham but can go past players and deliver decent balls into the box.

    3-0 to us today

  • 73 jimmysmith // Dec 28, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    I’ve called for Colback at left back a few times, but that would require Thauvin to step up and deliver the crosses, which he hasn’t done, or really looked like doing with the required consistency. But Colback at left back, with Thauvin ahead of him, and Tiote and Widj in the middle, and SDJ off Mitro’s shoulder, looks a pretty balanced way to set up. But of course Colback, like Dummett isn’t a left back, so its stop gap. We do have one, although whether he’s good enough is questionable, and he’s out for a while anyway.

    I think Anita and Colback is basically a bottom three central midfield pairing, that can only work if they give and go to players with far more attacking threat, and so I’d be happy to see a change in there.

  • 74 jimmysmith // Dec 28, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    bottom third central midfield pairing

  • 75 hibbitt // Dec 28, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    op…….more than half squad are just not good enough for one reason or another it was always going to be hard for Mc……….. so many on here overate or squad i blame FIFA and Football Manager

  • 76 Essex Geordie Bill // Dec 28, 2015 at 12:56 PM

    some players might see it as a challenge to come to a struggling team, with the potential to be a great club.

    Some people might see that comment as a bit strange (I do) but it’s a point worth pondering upon, or not.

  • 77 hibbitt // Dec 28, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    ron ….i agree this lot dont need a reason cock up seems the norm

  • 78 optimistic prime // Dec 28, 2015 at 1:01 PM


    At first I thought we were trying to change our style and play football but now we have reverted to how we’ve gone on for last 4/5 seasons.

    We’re weak as a milky bullet in CM, Anita is the best of a limited bunch and I’d say none would be first choice in any other PL team. None can spot a pass and all can be more of a hinderance than a help to the defence. They’re to slow to get foward and offer nothing in attack.

    If we changed the CM it would help improve all aspects of our play, IMO it’s the most important position on the pitch and at the minute we don’t have one fit for purpose.

    Mc looks scared to change it, I don’t think he’s strong enough. He needs a angry assistant.


    I sort of agree, some aren’t good enough.

    I think some are just used wrong and could be much better in another position.
    I also think a few bad apples are unbalancing the cart and making things harder for others, making others look worse.

  • 79 jimmysmith // Dec 28, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    West Brom away has all the hallmarks of a fixture we can’t be arsed with of course, especially on tired legs, against a Pulis side that most certainly will run hard.

  • 80 Jib // Dec 28, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    The usual suspects don’t need me to wind them up.
    I think they were all made by Rolex i.e. self-winding

  • 81 firebug666 // Dec 28, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    You do know lads and lasses that there is no point whatsoever debating who will or will not come in during January.

    We are no longer an attractive prospect to potential targets, there is no pride or passion in this team simply because they did not come here to play for Newcastle United.

    They came here hoping to get noticed by a bigger prospect like Norwich, Crystal Palace, or today’s opponents WBA.

    We are a relegation team, and have been for some years, the fans have turned on the club, the board, the staff, the players and the owner, but still nothing has changed.

    SJP is a cauldron with the lid tightly shut and the pressure is building, so any potential players who would come here, do so with one eye already on a move away.

    When Mike Ashley gave his historical interview at the end of last season and said things like wanting success, winning something, even a champions league spot, he said so knowing full well that these goals would never be achieved.

    He already knew that the players and staff that he was appointing would never be able to attain these goals.

    He does want us in the prem, for the TV money we must stay up, for the FREE SD advertising we must stay up, for his double taking merchandising we must stay up, but we must do so with the cheapest value pound for pound.

    Don’t expect any great signings, what we will get is players who are cheap or who are recovering from injury.

    Top ten finish…….in ya dreams!

  • 82 TudorCrisps // Dec 28, 2015 at 1:08 PM


    Janmaat Mbember Colo Mbabu

    Sissi Anita. gini. thauv

    Perez Mitro

    That team will get us all 3 points today

  • 83 Essex Geordie Bill // Dec 28, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    If!! we were to only sign one player in the window, the one I think would be the best for the team would be Shelvey.

    Strikers will always miss gilt edged chances, therefore enough chances have to be provided to allow for this inevitability and I reckon he would do just that. As Everton proved (and us the week before) it just needs one chance taken to win a game.

    It aint rocket science.

  • 84 optimistic prime // Dec 28, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    I’d say blow the budget on CM but I doubt £1.99 will get much and knowing our transfer history we’ll buy a no10 or a keeper instead.

  • 85 firebug666 // Dec 28, 2015 at 1:25 PM



    I didn’t think we would spend as much, 😀

    Can you get that confirmed?

  • 86 dok - the horrid colonial // Dec 28, 2015 at 1:26 PM

    gmorning all , from the dark side of the pond,

    1st off, I hope everyone had a great and safe holiday…

    2nd, watched the toon v everton game at the inlaws… gutted to say the least, was 1st time father in law watched a soccer match, even he said we should’ve done better than that!

    have good hopes for three points today, but that may be the booze in the system still talking…

    shelvey for 5m? get him the fcuk in!!!

  • 87 Jib // Dec 28, 2015 at 1:29 PM

    firebug666 – there is no pride or passion in this team simply because they did not come here to play for Newcastle United.

    That is simply not true.

    Everton came to us unbeaten in their last 3 away games .

    I thought our tactics worked well and the team followed them to the letter and showed loads of character and belief to get back into the game.
    We were well on course for at least a point except for a last moment calamity.

    A setback and it’s the end of the world all of a sudden (sagely shakes head )

  • 88 sing in the corner // Dec 28, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    5 million for Shelvey? Is that what he’s being valued at??
    Right, I’m off to South Wales…I’ll give him a piggy back to the Toon right now!

  • 89 WWSBRD // Dec 28, 2015 at 1:33 PM

    Where’s this 5mill for shelvey come from? Bloke is an England international even the Welsh aren’t that daft as to sell him for that little

  • 90 firebug666 // Dec 28, 2015 at 1:33 PM


    As usual you keep missing the bigger picture.

    A one half performance is not going to get us any points, the team need to perform at that level for 90 minutes, just like the other teams do.

    If Everton had been more clinical if front of goal in that first half it would have been an embarrassment.

  • 91 optimistic prime // Dec 28, 2015 at 1:33 PM


    Unfortunately no, I’ve watched as many different leagues as I can yet I still can’t spot a player with a Iluminous 75% sticker attached!

    Have faith though matey Carr will find him for Mikey.

  • 92 firebug666 // Dec 28, 2015 at 1:37 PM


    Aye Ok, In Carr we trust….Well what other choice is there?

  • 93 firebug666 // Dec 28, 2015 at 1:38 PM

    Mitrovic has arrive with the squad at WBA.

  • 94 optimistic prime // Dec 28, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    Carr trusts Ashley, good enough for me!

    8th it is!

    5-0 to NUFC

  • 95 firebug666 // Dec 28, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    Fit-again Jamaal Lascelles is in the squad for this afternoon’s game

  • 96 optimistic prime // Dec 28, 2015 at 1:40 PM


    I’m glad we had this chat, I feel much better. Faith restored CL in 2 years.

  • 97 firebug666 // Dec 28, 2015 at 1:42 PM



    All happy to help mate.

  • 98 firebug666 // Dec 28, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    always even

  • 99 dok - the horrid colonial // Dec 28, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    quote, from post yesterday by ed…

    “Not many well run clubs – and Swansea are a well-run club – agree to let their best players leave in January, but there may be a chance Newcastle can get Shelvey – the former Charlton and Liverpool player – for around £5M”

    id thought much higher…

  • 100 firebug666 // Dec 28, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    Footy Jokes ?@Footy_Jokes 11m11 minutes ago
    Put Van Gaal in charge of ISIS if you want them to stop attacking

  • 101 JamesToon // Dec 28, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    The thing I’m worried about in january, is the players the fans all want i.e. berahino, shelvey, austin etc. i can’t see any leaving for us. Players like shelvey and berahino i think are good enough to get into teams in the top 10, maybe money could tempt them i don’t know.

  • 102 firebug666 // Dec 28, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    Lee Ryder ?@lee_ryder 11s12 seconds ago
    #nufc Elliot, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett, Sissoko, Colback, Anita, Wijnaldum, Mitrovic, Perez

  • 103 optimistic prime // Dec 28, 2015 at 2:01 PM


    My mate calls LVG Nik Nak.
    He says he looks like the spicy savoury snack.

  • 104 JamesToon // Dec 28, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    same old team, why no thauvin or mbabu??? COLBACK AND DUMMETT NEED TO BE DROPPED

  • 105 The next Mike Williamson // Dec 28, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    Isn’t Townsend a right winger. He’ be behind Sissoko if he comes in and it will push Thauvin down to our 3rd choice right winger. Meanwhile, we only have one world-class number 8/10 (Gini) playing out of position and wasted on left wing. A left winger is needed and put Gini in the middle.

  • 106 The next Mike Williamson // Dec 28, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    McClaren rarely changes anything. I remember when he was England Boss and he’d just sit and watch games when it was clear we desperately needed to change something. I don’t think he’s the full shilling to be honest.

  • 107 James RS // Dec 28, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    Never truer words spoken the Next Mike Williamson

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