Without Signing Top Striker Newcastle Could Still Be Doomed


There’s a report in the Guardian today that the main reason Newcastle didn’t go after Charlie Austin this month was that some on the Board thought he has a dodgy knee and so that’s the reason we didn’t make a move for him even though his asking price was only £4M, when the Saints snapped him up.

loic remy at newcastle

We are praying  Newcastle can sign Loic Remy on loan

Charlie also gave Southampton an immediate return on their investment when after only 8 minutes into his debut at Old Trafford last weekend late in the second half – he powered the ball into the net with a great header  for the only goal of the game that secured a valuable 3 points for Southampton.

Can you imagine if he had done that for Newcastle in his first game in black and white stripes?

That supposed knee problem meant a much bigger potential problem when Austin  was up for sale for £15M than when he was priced at only £4M.

It looks like another very poor decision by those running Newcastle to lose out on who could have been the perfect solution for us this season.

And the news that Steve McClaren wanted Charlie shows again the manager at Newcastle doesn’t control the transfers.

And everybody and their mother knew that we needed a top striker brought in this this month if we were to survive relegation.

That should have been the first signing this month – the club should have been working before January to arrange a deal for one of their top striker targets.

As it turns out with only four days to go in this window there’s now a real possibility we could fail to get a top striker into the club.

As we pointed out earlier today if we get Bafe Gomis in this month – that’s very much the booby prize and he’s not the goal-scoring striker Newcastle need this month if we are to avoid relegation.

We have to hope that Saido Berahino or Loic Remy come in over the next four days, but if it’s Gomis or some little known striker from the continent with no Premier League experience – we could still be doomed.

That’s even though we have brought in three (very) good players this month, because we will not have solved  our number one problem – having somebody who can put the ball in the back of the net.

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131 comments so far

  • Toon_Tom

    Jan 28, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #1

    Lets move on from Austin

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  • toon kk

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #2

    I don’t think the club actually see our striker and defensive situation as a problem.

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  • carl

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #3

    15carl // Jan 28, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    Martinez is a disgrace. It’s high time something was done about his media comments about match officials. Mourinho would be heavily fined. It seems that Everton are content to roll over and use any questionable decision they suffer as an excuse for bottling games. Martinez is perfectly entitled to go into the dressing room, ignore the fact that City wiped the floor with his team, and tell his players it was all the referee’s fault.

    However, why are the watching public persistently belaboured with his ramblings. It was funny at first, but he’s arguably a bigger professional victim than Moyes ever was. He’s got the best group of
    young players only matched by Tottenham. He can’t organise the defence and simply can’t handle Stones who should push for a move.
    He’s a rare talent but is being badly handled. Because he is a smooth operator he gets away with murder and must be on borrowed time

    Martinez should be fitted with an electric collar that delivers a shock to him whenever he blames this sort of bottle-jobbery on officials – hell, give him a shock whenever he does his rubbish pointy finger celebration, too. Moyes is available and the word is he’s being lined up
    as a replacement. We will never have a better chance to beat them. McClaren how good a coach are you.

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Rotonda,

    We have had many chances created that was great team play but not finished off, and it’s not just the West Ham game.

    Watford seem to have some hoodoo over us, because the only thing that separates them on the day was finishing, and Watford have beat some of the best teams in the league, mainly down to 2 players.

    The cup wage was given to them by Gini,

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  • chewbaccy

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #5

    Where are the decent defenders and the brains to score goals we are in the shit if we cant win games.You win them by solid defending and the ability to attack.

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  • toon kk

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #6

    Yep just on SSN we either want Remy only on a loan deal or Gomis from Swansea.

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  • toonking

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #7

    OP

    If that european league revamp were to go ahead I’d call it the domestic equivalent to all the global football chaos going on right now. They’re taking advantage of the current chaos UEFA are having now thate platini himself is getting banned over his bribes with blatter.

    Football is in enough trouble with the corruption from fifa and I can only fear it’ll be like a war zone if this were to happen.

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Toonkk

    Why is everything a negative to you?

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  • manxpie

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #9

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Skipjack0079
    interesting take on townsend

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  • MadisonToon

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #10

    I saw this earlier and thought I’d take a stab at how I thought we would fare throughout the rest of the season given our current crop of players.

    L – Everton Away
    W – West Brom Home
    D – Chelsea Away
    W – Man City Home
    L – Stoke Away
    D – Bournemouth Home
    D – Leicester Away
    W – Sunderland Home
    W – Norwich Away
    L – Southampton Away
    W – Swansea Home
    L – Liverpool Away
    L – Crystal Palace Home
    W – Aston Villa Away
    L – Tottenham Home

    That gives us:
    6 wins = 18 points
    3 draws = 3 points
    6 losses = 0 points
    Additional 21 points for a total of 42. Would have put us in 14th place last season and should put us around there this season, likely above WB, Norwich, Bournemouth, Swansea, Sunderland and Villa. Clearly a rosy set of glasses to look through, but we tend to show up well against the bigger teams and do poorly against the mid-table or worse sides. As long as we figure out how to start winning a few we should be alright. It better not go down to the last game as Tottenham will be coming in all guns blazing after we beat them earlier in the season and they are likely to still be in the hunt (or at least, a hunt).

    How do others think we’ll fare through the end of the season?

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  • carl

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #12

    Let’s also not forget his whitewash comments over the Haidara injury.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #13

    Ed

    you really need to move on from austin, You’re gettinng as obsessional as toonbrother with colo!
    we didn’t buy him…end of.

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  • Whumpie

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #14

    Hang on Ed – two things :
    1,We’ve all been on the club’s back for “signing crocks” in the past and would have been again the moment Austin’s knee went -which isn’t exactly an unusual occurrence when players come to the Toon.
    2. The priority of signings and their order of arrival are unrelated. There is only so much you can do within FA rules before the window opens (that’s kind of the point) and deals take as long as they take. Strikers are notoriously difficult to get “over the line” so throwing toys about because we’ve signed less important players first is just daft.

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  • LockieToon

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #15

    If we don’t get Remy then i think we are wasting our time with Gomis. he’s not scored in ages and not better than Mitrovic also couldn’t we have had him for free in the summer but didn’t want to pay his signing on fee? Surely Ayew would be better if he has a get out clause, but I have no faith in Carr & Co, £4mil for Saviet or £4mil for Austin it’s a no brainer!!!

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  • James RS

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Do the almighty in charge of proceedings inc transfers know anything about football at this club!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #17

    carl

    rose tinted glasses there my friend. Everton have had some absolutely shocking decisions this season. If they were given against us we’d be screaming blue murder. oh wait. . . . .

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #18

    James rs

    Rhetorical question – right?

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  • toon kk

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #19

    Catchy
    I would say it’s been a great window especially if we get Remy, I would take Gomis tbh anyone who gets us goals would be a bonus. I’ve never said one negative thing about Townsend coming, not like alot on here.
    I will always give credit when it’s due, but the last couple of seasons is not acceptable in my opinion. The dross on show on to many occasions has been a disgrace to the football club. I you know it as well as I do.

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  • JamRec

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #20

    Madison Toon

    I reckon similar points to you but a few changes:

    D – Everton Away
    W – West Brom Home
    D – Chelsea Away
    D – Man City Home
    L – Stoke Away
    W – Bournemouth Home
    L – Leicester Away
    W – Sunderland Home
    W – Norwich Away
    L – Southampton Away
    W – Swansea Home
    D – Liverpool Away
    L – Crystal Palace Home
    D – Aston Villa Away
    L – Tottenham Home

    5 wins = 15 points
    5 draws = 5 points
    5 Losses = 0 points

    20 points which would mean us finishing on 41 points! That would of put us 14th last season… exactly where Leicester finished last season 😉

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #21

    Pretty sure Austin made it clear he wanted to stay in the south? He’s settled and owns horses based down there.
    Southampton are also reportedly paying him 101,000 per week.
    If Newcastle didn’t go in for him theres over a 100,000 reasons why….

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  • Whumpie

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #22

    Remy would be the perfect stop-gap and give us better long-term recruitment options in the summer.
    Gomis I’m not at all convinced by; he’s not exactly set the pl alight has he? Berahino would be nice but Remy is the safe bet. I’m hoping the club is pushing hard for him, knowing Chelsea will take it to the wire.

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  • Jib

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #23
  • MadisonToon

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #24

    JamRec

    Quite close in the predictions there. We definitely need points from our next four games, but I think we will be able to grab some to get the ball rolling again. As Townsend starts to fit in the team and Shelvey continues to bed in, we should have enough midfield firepower that even a mis-firing Mitro won’t stop us from winning the games against the clubs that we need to beat.

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  • manxpie

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #25

    Rotunda there’s ways of defending a player and acknowledging he’s done wrong tho, not all out dismissing any wrong doing and praising the lad

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #26

    I think we will be safe, and I think we will finish above palace.

    No points is no points, but I think we have been a little unlucky of late, where as palace have got nothing because they didn’t try to win games, I think it kind of proves that palace are more about bolasie than team work,

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #27

    L – Everton Away
    W – West Brom Home
    L – Chelsea Away
    D – Man City Home
    D – Stoke Away
    W – Bournemouth Home
    L – Leicester Away
    W – Sunderland Home
    W – Norwich Away
    L – Southampton Away
    W – Swansea Home
    L – Liverpool Away
    W – Crystal Palace Home
    D – Aston Villa Away
    L – Tottenham Home

    Hopefully…..

    Remy needs to be got! No other name thrown around can come in and guarantee goals.

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  • sparky55

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #28

    I think we’ve got enough goals in the team to keep us up…but only if the defence stop shipping goals…so IMO we’re more likely to be doomed without a change to the defensive line-up which of course means a new signing which of course means we’re not getting one which of course means we’re going down.

    We’ve got idiots at the helm and thats the problem

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  • MadisonToon

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #29

    HWA

    Always, hopefully 🙂 A couple of key injuries and those draws turn into losses and those wins evaporate. However, the squad is beginning to solidify with real options off the bench so we should be doing somewhat better in the depth category.

    sparky

    We need to sort out or defence and it’s really got to be done this window. I agree that it’s unlikely to happen, but that’s so clearly what we need. Hopefully it’s because they have plans in place and pre-contract arrangements for the summer. It’ll be a long few months until then, but if it gets fixed in the next window (window 3 of McClaren’s 3 window plan) then I’ll breathe a bit easier.

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #30

    Toonkk

    How can you defend P45 and say that it has been dross? He is the figure head , the man putting coaching in place, the man nutting players, the man seearing at managers.

    2 seasons ago when p45 had a full season , we had the least% goals scored in the 18y box and the highest % of goals scored outside the box. A feat he carried out in pretty much all the seasons , or at least bottom 3 in these categories. This season with a whole different team he has them in exactly the same position as he had us. Shoot from distance, wonder goals are us,

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #31

    Im getting tired of all the Mcclaren bashing personally.

    Some wont agree with me but lets look at this season.
    We’ve seen probably the best manager in the world fail – Mourinho
    Another desperately struggling to keep his job – LVG (cannot question his ability)

    While at the same time people that were written off (eg Ranieri) blossoming.

    Statistics generally show that managers tend to make little difference to a teams results (aside from having mainstays like Fergie and Wenger). Signings have a far greater impact on results – I urge you all to read Soccernomics.

    I think Steve knows what he is doing. Bar the striker we have been addressing our issues this January (particularly Shelvey and Townsend)

    If we can survive I’d bet good money that we’ll push on and do well next season under Steve provided we keep investing in the squad (and by proxy Steve). We finished in such a mess one cant expect us to suddenly kick into gear.

    1 thing im certain of is that despite what the results say, this team is far better than the one we saw under Carver finish last season.

    We’re not collapsing so much, we’re more comfortable in possession. Off the ball work is much better and we’re creating more chances.

    It’s a shame that Mitrovic hasnt been able to convert them, but had he hit the ground with his shooting boots we’d probably be 9 points better off.

    We need to bring in Remy for the rest of the season but I still think Long Term, Mitro should be the plan. I can feel the lad will start banging them in when he picks up some confidence from stringing a few goals together.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #32

    Ed…that and doing something about the defense!

    Neglecting both could be catastrophic!

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  • geordie157

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #33

    I predict whatever happens we will finish above palace

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #34

    Imperative we stay up. Can see a brighter future if we do. Schteve is undoing a mess brought about by the previous managers and their recruits, both tactically and off the field. Seems to have successfully made the case for a different tack in the transfer market and I firmly believe Shelvey and Townsend are only here because of him.

    He needs to become braver away from home and stop tinkering when things are working, like last time out. Should have been a simple change of Mbemba at LB and Lascelles coming in to CB.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #35

    catchy in norway

    Interestingly his gd at Palace is still weak as ours were.

    I think Pardew is an interesting one. I think he’s a solid manager provided he can have the players that suit the one style of play he wants to implement, which is what he has at Palace.

    We hated the style, Palace seem to love it. But Palace also do it far better than we did because the players they have suited it better. I think they’d be doing even better if they had a decent striker.

    He’ll do a good job at Palace. But the minute he leaves/is fired and goes elsewhere theres a good chance he’ll fail again.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #36

    LGFUAD21

    The difference in our style of play is night and day from the previous few years. Think everybody can see that. There’s hardly ever complaints of hoofball these days and we sit back much less than we used to.

    Things are turning around, it’s just whether it’s going to be quick enough and if we can find a ST to finish the chances made.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 28, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #37

    Poor old Catchy and Rounda, still cant get over their Pardew hatred. Maybe ye wrote the website? And I guess Marveaus and the others we need ti dump have been useless because of pardew ? Hilarious. Oardew is mid table, at best, but if Carr had got him the type of players he liked, we would have been far safer. Palace , in general terms, have had a good season, but the guys who despise Pardew so much cudnt even give him credit when they were doing well, or when we got 5th. As such, your opinions arent worth much, because they have no balance. He should have been sacked by NUFC, but he is well respcted in the english game, which must still grate with you! I prefer SMC , but he certainly doesnt seem to be any better in real terms, in terms of the table and relagation fears. In his favour, he playes better football than pardew, and this years league is far harder than when Pardew was with NUFC.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 28, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #38

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who sees through Martinez. This is another guy, much vaunted by Catchy , who CANNOT teach his team to defend, and moans ceaselessly. Do u remember how classless he was when mcmenamin cut our fullback in two, v Wigan? Overrated, overhyped, because his teams play pretty football. . But then, Catchy u wanted us to hire Solsjaer for goodness sake. Fine job he did at Cardiff lol.

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  • sparky55

    Jan 28, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #39

    Do we want to play unattractive football like the scum and stay up or play nicer / better / possession football and go down bravely.

    Answers on a postcard.

    Ask yourselves another simple question.

    There are at least three managers in the premiership who over the years have specialised in keeping teams in the premiership… all of them have been accused of playing long / hoof ball football and all of them specialise in tactics to keep clean sheets and build from that solid foundation of a well organised defence.

    Who are they and how good have they been in keeping clubs up?

    and to finish off…

    How many teams have gone down playing ‘nice’ football and scored goals but couldn’t defend and got relegated.

    ring any bells?

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 28, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #40

    post for now, v concerned that we think Remy will be the answer. He doesnt look like the player he was. I think it will be Mitro Perez and Wini who will save us. BTW the makems result was embarrassing, very .

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