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Newcastle Must Be Careful Which Players Leave This Month

8:34 am, Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

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.

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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?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Jamaal Lascelles · Mike Williamson · Newcastle News · Paul Dummett · Steven Taylor · Transfer News and Rumours

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 nightfa11 // Jan 5, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    obertan, marveaux, rivi, wili, goufrann, lescalles (whats the point of having him – taylors back..he wont see first team footbal..especally if we sign a LB and move dummet to cb) can all leave..

  • 2 lesh // Jan 5, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    It’d make more sense to start selling the idiots that have made this Club a laughing stock.

    Charnley should’ve been sacked in the summer but oh no, the owner, the very ambitious and forward thinking Ashley seems to think he’s the man to fulfil his dreams for Newcastle United.

  • 3 Jib // Jan 5, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    lesh //start selling the idiots that have made this Club a laughing stock.

    What ?

    Sell the goons that started and AshleyOut and the idiots that run the Mag.

    I don’t think we’d get much for them Lesh.

    Anyway a lot of the cowards remain anonymous.

  • 4 WWSBRD // Jan 5, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    Still felling upbeat after another loss?

  • 5 Rotonda heights // Jan 5, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    No one is going to bite on that jib.

    The goons that started sackpardew and ashley out are legends to a lot of us. While others moaned they actually did something

    On a side note did Lilo say no CP striker has scored in open play this season. Wow, just wow.

    I wonder if Charmless knows who Benitez is.

  • 6 lesh // Jan 5, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    As time goes by, it’s becoming more and more apparent that the Club’s current plight is not the result of incompetence but design.

    For all Ashley said he’d be a hands-off owner, he goes to matches and must be aware if the mess we’re in and must therefore be content with the likelihood of relegation.

    He could, if he wanted success for the Club, act to remedy the way it’s been and continues to be run by the so-called football board. Have those men got no personal pride, no self-respect? Apparently not.

    By his actions, it’s clear that Ashley’s determined to run Newcastle United into the ground. What drives the man? Spite? Hatred of the Club’s fans, the City? Does he draw pleasure from being despised?

    Anticipate the fans’ simmering anger to boil over; anticipate protests; anticipate relegation.

  • 7 hibbitt // Jan 5, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    just like yourself jib ANONYMOUS

  • 8 Harley // Jan 5, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Anyway, on the articles this morning.

    I don’t think the club are after Austin at all. I reckon in the summer it was a straight choice between him or mitrovic and they decided on the latter. Probably because they thought his value would increase more.

    If we are going to sign a striker this window which I pray we are, we need pace. Lacazette would be my realistic/optimistic choice but failing that I’d love Remy back.

  • 9 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 5, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    I did. I read it somewhere in an article that had them linked with Austin. I wasn’t sure at first, but double checked and it is correct.

  • 10 BeeGuy // Jan 5, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    Yes for a Remy return. But they need to break the bank if they have to and bring in a dominant mid-fielder.

  • 11 magicmac // Jan 5, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Ashley and only Ashley is the cause of all the terrible problems at our great Club, nothing will ever change as long as Ashley is the owner at Newcastle, he is more than happy for Newcastle to finish in 17th position every year, just staying in the premier league is his target, his only ambition is making money at the expence of Newcastle and thier wonderful and loyal fans, and as long as Ashley is the owner nothing will ever change for the better, so whats the point of Newcastle under Ashley, to all the fantastic and loyal geordie fans, it would be better for the long term future of Newcastle to go down this year, ashley might stay for one season to see if we come straight back up like the last time, but it wont happen under this team asa we dont have leaders like the last time, and my firm belief is Ashley would not hang about for to long in the championship, my only interest is getting rid of mike ashley as soon as possible as he is like a cancer at our great club, and if i thought going into the championship would make Ashleys exit much quicker then it would be a small price to pay i think, as the say no pain, no gain. Newcastle United for ever.

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