One reason we have had such a very poor season so far is that Newcastle didn´t bring in enough defenders in the summer and we were really lacking a top center-back and a proven Premier League goalscorer after last summer´s transfer window, when we paid out a huge £52M for four senior players.
In fact we are still missing those top two players after the January transfer window, after paying out another whopping £29M for four senior players – and we are now in the fight of our lives to save our Premier League status.
Newcastle will spend big in the summer, especially if we are still a Premier League side and news today that a top center-back will be the target in the summer.
Samuel Umtiti – French U21 International
But it’s yet another French player in the French League who we are after according to the Chronicle – 22 year-old Lyon defender Samuel Umtiti, with the French U21 International ready to leave Lyon in the summer.
Newcastle were first linked with this player last summer.
And if Graham Carr is still running things in the transfer window in the summer Newcastle could go after a huge double deal at Lyon and try to get long-term striker target Alexandre Lacazette in from Lyon also, even though the player said he wants to join a club that plays in the Champions League.
24 year-old Lacazette refused a move to Newcastle in January.
We are hoping that Newcastle will bring in more English (British) players in the summer who may be more expensive but are much less of a risk than players coming in from the French league.
We have proved that over the last several years at the club and in the last 18 months three Frenchmen singed form France – Remy Cabella, Manu Riviere and Florian Thauvin have failed miserably at Newcastle.
Samuel has already played 160 times for Lyon, but like Chancel Mbemba is only 5ft 11ins tall, which for center-backs these days is not particularly tall when you have 6ft 8 ins strikers around.
So if he was paired with Mbemba at the back Newcastle would not have a lot of height in central defense – assuming we could sign the player this summer.
Samuel can also play at left back so maybe that´s one reason we want to sign him in the summer, always assuming we are a Premier League club at that time.
Newcastle will have competition from bigger clubs with both Chelsea and Tottenham interested in the player who would cost around £10M so a double deal that included Lacazette could be upwards of £35M for Newcastle.
Umtiti made his debut for Lyon four years ago in January of 2012 in a 3–1 win against Lyon Duchere and played the whole game.
We would be a lot happier if Newcastle signed a taller center-back so we had more height in defense – unless Umtiti will be signed as a left-back.
This potential double deal has the markings of Graham Carr all over it and if Newcastle are going to get players in who can immediately contribute to the team we just have to sign more English players – even if they are more expensive.
What do you think?