Four Positions Newcastle To Strengthen In January

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.

107 comments so far

  • nut meg

    Dec 28, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #1

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

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 28, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #2

    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.

  • Sazzer

    Dec 28, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Why wait until summer to bring in another CB?

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

  • lesh

    Dec 28, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #4

    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.

  • Sazzer

    Dec 28, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #5

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

  • BeeGuy

    Dec 28, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #6

    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.

  • LewSpi v2.0

    Dec 28, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #7


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

  • lesh

    Dec 28, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #8


    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.

  • ToonTiger

    Dec 28, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #9

    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

  • Belfast

    Dec 28, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #10

    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.

  • toon22

    Dec 28, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #11

    1 Owner
    2 Manager
    3 Head Scout
    4 Team

  • geordie157

    Dec 28, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #12

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

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 28, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #13

    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.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 28, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #14

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


    Dec 28, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #15

    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

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 28, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #16

    Followed by Charlie Austin, injured or not injured.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 28, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #17

    Then shelvey and then townsend.

  • lochinvar

    Dec 28, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #18

    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 ?

  • JamesToon

    Dec 28, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #19


    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

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 28, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #20


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

  • JamesToon

    Dec 28, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #21

    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.

  • JamesToon

    Dec 28, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #22

    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

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 28, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #23


    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


    Dec 28, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #24

    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!

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 28, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #25


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

  • nut meg

    Dec 28, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #26

    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.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 28, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #27


    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

  • Blofal

    Dec 28, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #28

    As I said before..

    Shelvey, Townsend and Berahino.

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

  • AncientC

    Dec 28, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #29

    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?

  • jayphoto

    Dec 28, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #30

    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

  • Jib

    Dec 28, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #31

    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.

  • Blofal

    Dec 28, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #32

    Ancient C

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



    Dec 28, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #33

    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.

  • AncientC

    Dec 28, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #34

    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.


    Dec 28, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #35

    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

  • AncientC

    Dec 28, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #36

    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.

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Dec 28, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #37

    “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 ?

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 28, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #38

    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.

  • banjax

    Dec 28, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #39

    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.


    Dec 28, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #40

    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


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