Newcastle will need to allow some players to leave this month in order to free up places in the Premier League list of 25 – so we can accommodate new players coming into the club this month.
We assume Newcastle will be bringing in some new players into the club this month.
Gabby Obertan – Nantes interested
And there is news that Gabby Obertan could be set to return to France to join Nantes – although he is currently out injured with a hamstring injury and not expected to be fit again until mid-March.
That may complicate efforts to move Gabby out this month.
But other players who could be freed up and not harm Newcastle if they leave would be Yoan Gouffran, Sylvain Marveaux, Shane Ferguson, Haris Vuckic and Gael Bigirimana.
But if we are not going to bring in a top center-back this month – which now appears likely but still surprising – we should not be letting Mike Williamson leave in January.
What happens if Coloccini or Mbemba are injured – who would come into the side?
We have the untested Jamaal Lascelles and Paul Dummett can play there at a push.
And we have Steven Taylor finally coming back from over four months out with a hamstring injury, after he missed the second half of last season with a severe Achilles injury.
Steven picks up far too many injuries and for that reason it would be risky to rely on him for the second half of the season.
In the six years since January of 2010 Taylor has played only 71 times for the Newcastle first team – with 257 total appearances for the club in his career – and he turned 24 in late January of 2010.
Steven has been dogged by various serious injuries these last six years and averaged just 11 appearances each season.
So it could be a mistake if Willo is allowed to leave this month as one of our most experienced Premier League players.
Mike has made 169 appearance for Newcastle since he signed in January six years ago for £1M from Portsmouth to essentially fill in for Steven Taylor, who had just picked up a serious knee injury.
Weakening the squad to pick up a small fee for Mike – who will leave the club as a free agent in the summer – would be another mistake by the powers that be at Newcastle.
It would be a similar mistake to last year when we allowed Davide Santon to leave the club for Inter-Milan on the last day of the January transfer window.
Lee Charnley at the time said there was a chance to sell Davide in January that wouldn’t have been available in the summer.
What do you think?