Why Do Newcastle Not Sign These Players?


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

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?

Comments welcome.


264 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Jan 24, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #1

    I know why

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  • JAMSHA

    Jan 24, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #2

    No Comments…… ASHLEY Needs To Goooooooo, Same Shit Next Season If We Stay Up

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 24, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #3

    West Lancs

    But it certainly adds spice to what would normally be a humdrum game.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 24, 2016 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #4

    because we are run by sub-standard, unambitious unknowlegeable, incompetent people.

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  • archaeomag

    Jan 24, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #5

    Perhaps they don’t read your blog ED

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 24, 2016 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #6

    We don’t sign the likes of Matip because of high wage demands. Apparently Southampton agreed to pay Austin £100000 PW. Our top “earner”is Colo £60000PW & also yes Marvaux £60000PW. He must be forcd off the payroll even if we allow him away on a free. WE paid £11 for Thauvin .Instead of giving him an easy out by loaning back out we should say button down & shows what we paid £11M for instead of thinking of spending another £10/11M on another sick note

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 24, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Thought I’d read Matip had signed for Liverpool

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  • toon kk

    Jan 24, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Swansea may be just above us in the league, but there football and passing is far superior. We haven’t got the players to play there style of play, they’ll pass us off the pitch, so forget us picking up points against them.
    We’re a bottom three club because we’re 18th worst team in the premier league. We would probably just escape relegation with a top proven striker.

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  • banjax

    Jan 24, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #9

    players does not address fundamental problems. For me McLaren remains our no1 problem and Charnley no2. Mike Ashley’s seeming inability to hire a charismatic manager like Benitez, DeBoer and even Moyes, smacks of indecision and lack of ambition. With money to spend and with McLarens record it would be a no brainier for any other club, but our seeming ‘rabbit in the headlights’ mentality, I am now (wasn’t till now) convinced we will be relegated because clubs like Swansea are beginning to find their form and pull away from us. McLaren isn’t and never was the manager for NUFC and if you don’t believe me look at his Derby County Stats (and Charnley hired him on those) then look at our stats so is it any surprise we will be relegated !

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  • nearly

    Jan 24, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #10

    west lancs geordie@6

    i would love to no where you get ya imformation from regarding players wages

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 24, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Jamsha. I’m no fan of Ashley but what more does he have to do to satisfy you? He has already “invested” about £70M this season & it seems there is more money (Probably another £30M available) The players we seem to buy need time whilst players other teams get seem to hit the ground running. We made three excellent signings in Shelvey, Gini & Mbembe . Mad Mitro needs to ask Ashley if he will buy him a brand new pair of shooting boots. Trouble is with NUFC you either get out of this world football or never in this world football.

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  • manxpie

    Jan 24, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #12

    Our last fixtures
    home-
    West Brom
    man City
    Bournemouth
    Sunderland
    Swansea
    crystal palace
    spurs

    away-
    Everton
    Chelsea
    Stoke
    Leicester
    Norwich
    Southampton
    Liverpool
    villa

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 24, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #13

    Ashley apologists persevere despite the object of their devotion continually throwing them under the unstoppable juggernaut. It can only be for the pleasure and satisfaction they derive from the recoiling and dismay they cultivate with their invariably nonsensical propaganda.

    We have the out and out supporters who see the blame resting on scouts, directors, coaching staff. But not at the door of the man who owns and dictates the mode of the club, Mike Ashley who actually said in a video statement that his door is where it all stops. So anyone who says it’s Carrs fault, McLaren’s fault or the tea lady’s fault, please shut it and refer to your glorious leaders statement. He says it’s His fault, so believe him if you love him that much.

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  • manxpie

    Jan 24, 2016 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #14

    Need at least 5 wins out of them 3 at home and 2 away that I can see plus a few draws

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 24, 2016 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #15

    WLG
    There is really quite a lot Ashley can do to move towards satisfying fans

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 24, 2016 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #16

    West Lancs – it’s not as simple as saying Ashley has invested etc.. you have to wait for the next accounts report to see what has actually been “invested” after player trading.

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  • BandB

    Jan 24, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #17

    We could dump all our deadwood on Rangers again.
    Oh no! We can’t.
    Because Rangers fans didn’t crawl up Ashley’s *rse to die.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 24, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Tsunki

    That’s no way to speak of our generous benefactor.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 24, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #19

    Tsunki
    U forget mate Ashley removed himself from NUFC during the summer so can’t be his fault anymore

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  • Toon Tang

    Jan 24, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #20

    Chuff sakes Everton

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  • toon kk

    Jan 24, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #21

    banax.
    While agree we could do better than Macca, what do you really think we’re currently capable of? Who’s going to score our goals? We have NO proven striker, not one. Our defence is weak and has been for a long time. We lack options on the f.ing bench.
    People talk like we had Real Madrid’s side with a dodgy manager. We are paying a price for an inept board failing to recognise our problems, or choosing the wrong options for the chance of making a few quid.

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  • mindshaft

    Jan 24, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #22

    Liverpool apparently already have an agreement for Matip to John n them in the summer so no chance of us getting him
    As much as I like Mitro he has to be dropped , he has no confidence and couldnt score if the opposition goalie went off for a loo break , maybe we can get Shola back … scored one of the goals of the day yesterday
    kin Swansea winning as well, not a good weekend for toon

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 24, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #23

    Nearly 10
    Here was the wage structure 12 months ago:
    PLAYER AGE WEEKLY WAGES CONTRTACT REMAINING
    Tim Krul 25 £35,000 2017
    Rob Elliot 27 £12,000 2016
    Fabricio Coloccini 31 £60,000 2016
    Mike Williamson 29 2016
    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 24 £60,000 2018
    Steven Taylor 27 £35,000 2016
    Davide Santon 22 £25,000 2016
    Ryan Taylor 28 £30,000 2015
    Massadio Haidara 20 2018
    Mathieu Debuchy 28 2018
    Vurnon Anita 24 £35,000 2017
    Yohan Cabaye 27 £55,000 2016
    Moussa Sissoko 23 £35,000 2019
    Dan Gosling 23 £25,000 2014
    Gaël Bigirimana 19 2017
    Cheik Tioté 27 £35,000 2017
    Jonás Gutiérrez 30 £40,000 2015
    Romain Amalfitano 23 2015
    Haris Vuckic 20 2016
    Sylvain Marveaux 27 £60,000 2016
    Hatem Ben Arfa 26 £65,000 2015
    Gabriel Obertan 24 £40,000 2016
    Sam Ameobi 21 2015
    Loïc Rémy 26 £60,000 2014
    Papiss Demba Cissé 28 £40,000 2017
    Yoan Gouffran 27 £55,000 2017
    Shola Ameobi 31 £30,000
    2014
    LOOK AT MARVAUX,GOUFFRAN,OBERTAN & TAYLOR RIDICULOUS!!!!! And the Colo knockers – he’s on £65K now

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 24, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #24

    Yo – I know mate that’s probably one of the limp excuses used by the AA to distance the Great Benefactor from this mess.

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  • JAMSHA

    Jan 24, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #25

    its never ashleys fault….

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 24, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #26

    To excuse himself from his own “At my door” video testimony, Ashley invented the idea of being no part of the club by appointing a board of directors of which he was not one, thereby removing his door, Monsters, Inc. style, neatly from the equation. However it doesn’t stop him being the outright owner and dismantling his board, and trying out another one.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 24, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #27

    WLG
    Where have u gotten that from?

    Tsunki
    But mate we have the magical new board Ashley has nothing to do with NUFC…wait are we being lied to? Surely not…Christ I miss football currently reading touching distance and my word it’s heart breaking comparing it to now

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 24, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #28

    Listen bloggers I’m no Ashley fan but if we would have been riding high after our summer signings all clicked would you still be knocking him – Answer NO
    McLaren is here because no one else wanted the job – end of.
    Klopp wasn’t interested ,Garde & Harry wern’t interested & neither were a shedload of other high profile candidates.
    No,nobody wanted to work for Ashley & his regime but we will always support this club no matter wot & regrettably we are stuck with them – end of

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  • davetoon

    Jan 24, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #29

    We have to pray that Norwich keeps losing and we can pick up a few points at home

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  • nearly

    Jan 24, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #30

    west lancs

    where does this list come from

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  • spitfire_

    Jan 24, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #31

    WWSBRD @ 19

    Actually can be his fault, and it’s his fault. Since he hired Charnley for MD. Because Charnley run the club on daily basis. And what kind of guy is Charnley? A guy without any experience at this position. A guy who don’t have the contacts in the world of football. And the most important thing – a guy who doesn’t understand the football! He thought last January that 5 fit defenders was enough ffs… and that almost cost us. It was obvious for every single fan, that strengthen the defence is a must, after the last two seasons… just Charnley didn’t saw it. In the summer, he bought just Mbemba and offered a new contract to Colo, and as it looks by this date, this will cost us.

    So yeah, ashley may distant himself out of Newcastle, but he also was the person who choose the new boss in Newcastle United. The guy who haunted tirelessly McClaren, after his first two rejects.

    If we accept that Newcastle United Football Club is person who is sentenced to death, ashley isn’t the guy who pull the trigger. ashley is the judge, who pronounced the sentence, because the executioner just follow orders.

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 24, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #32

    WWSBRD 27
    Just found a more up to date players wages site even more frightening but Marvaux not on it – don’t know why not -too embarrassing?
    http://www.celebritiesmoney.com/newcastle-united-salaries-2015-passion-to-play-like-champions/
    Sorry about the passion to play like champions not my words
    I was not making it up boys!!

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 24, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #33

    Swansea supporters must be having kittens.

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  • Toon Tang

    Jan 24, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #34

    Or lambs

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 24, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #35

    spitfire
    I was being sarcy mate sorry…seems a few didn’t pick up on it…am in total agreement with u haha

    WLG
    Ermmm mate that high quality list has young Sammy on 80+k a week might not want to believe everything on the Internet haha

    Oh and as for no one wanting the toon job off the top of my head De Boer name dropped us publicly twice

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  • davetoon

    Jan 24, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #36

    Everton have no end product at all

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 24, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #37

    Tsunki

    I think people do realise that ultimately it is Ashley who appointed these sub par people.
    For just one e xample, no knowlegeable football person appoints JFK, a man with vascular dementia, not one but twice.

    So yes Ash finally sanctioned some long overdue funds entrusted the allocation of it them to a near 80 year old over promoted scout and a glorified teaboy.

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  • Toon Tang

    Jan 24, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #38

    Goufran picking up 55grand a week simply blows my tiny little mind

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 24, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Spitfire I’m just playing Devil’s Advocate but I would say that in the season we went down he was ruthless over salaries & did in fact by good housekeeping save us from being the next Leeds UTD.
    That is fact. I don’t like the way the man does business & treats his Sports Direct staff like sweatshop workers. Poor rights poor wages etc etc but I’m only saying wot I’ve seen as regards NUFC. Oh and yes the bloke knows nowt about football or how to look after the fans. Hope those who registered for jackets have refused to take them! P.s. I wasn’t among the 44000 who did

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 24, 2016 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #40

    not once but twice

    but then entrusted

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