Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is carefully and quietly building up his side in an attempt to save them from relegation on what must be something like their fifth season on the trot fighting relegation and yesterday they went back in and signed Lorient center-back Lamine Kone.
Newcastle are not much better off than Sunderland and since 2012 we have been fighting relegation more often than not.
Lamine Kone – signed by Sunderland
The 26 year-old Ivory Coast defender was on Wearside three weeks ago but was sent back to France after Sunderland seemingly decided against signing him, when they brough tin Bayern Munich center-back Jan Kirchhoff for a cut price £700K.
At the time manager Sam Allardyce said the move for Kone had broken down.
We thought at the time that could have been a good opportunity for Newcastle to sign a solid center-back for a reasonable fee.
Kone is a good player and one that Newcastle have been linked with, so how come Newcastle didn’t try to sign him – with the fee said to be around £5M?
It seems the powers that be at Newcastle think our defense is good enough to survive, but with all the injuries we keep picking up our defense is still a big weakness.
Two things are a big surprise in this transfer window.
- Newcastle still have not signed a striker when everybody knew that was out biggest need this month – and news that our pursuit of a striker could go down to the wire is well – frightening in case we don’t land one.
- We don’t seem to have made any attempt to strengthen the defense – and that includes bringing some back-up in for Rob Elliot.
Newcastle are still going to find things very difficult to survive in the Premier League this season and there are really no silver bullets that can save us given our low position in the league table.
One (good) reason we could still go down is our defense is still our Achilles heel and nothing has been done to strengthen it in case of even more injuries being picked up before the end of what has become another nightmare season for Newcastle fans.
What do you think?