Newcastle currently have a very poor defense and we have the third worst defensive record in the Premier League with only Norwich and Sunderland conceding more than the 41 goals we have conceded in our 23 games.
Last season we conceded 63 goals, the second worst only to relegated QPR, so you cannot accuse us of having a good defense – but we don’t see much effort being made this month to bring in some new defenders.
Joel Matip – available as free agent this summer
And yesterday we had only four fit defenders available and had to alter the formation of the team because of that.
So even though injuries are again starting to decimate the squad like it did last season at this time, there seems no urgency by those at the top to bring in any new defenders in January.
We have been linked for a while with Schalke’s top center-back Joel Matip, who becomes a free agent in the summer, and we were also linked with Lorient center-back Lamine Kone – and both would cost a low £5M this month.
However, it doesn’t look good for us getting Matip, as the Liverpool Echo is reporting today that Matip is high on Jurgen Klopp’s transfer targets and they want to sign him when he becomes a free agent this summer.
They could even get him to sign a pre-contract agreement this month and then have him sign for them officially in the summer.
Why aren’t Newcastle actively after him, because he would be a very good value as a free agent?
Of course with us being 3rd bottom of the Premier League our negotiating stance has taken a big hit this season.
We will probably unload the likes of Mike Williamson to Wolves although on the positive side Steven Taylor is returning to fitness and was on the bench yesterday.
Just so that we have some back-up cover in case of injuries, we’d like to see Mike Williamson stay at Newcastle until the summer when his contract runs out and he will leave Newcastle.
We can unload other players like Sylvain Marveaux, Manu Riviere and Yoan Gouffran to open up places in the Premier League list of 25.
It’s just surprising that no effort is being made to bring in some defenders this month.
What do you think?