The Main Positions Newcastle Must Strengthen This Summer


It’s something that former head coach Steve McClaren talked about yesterday, that he wasn’t forceful enough at Newcastle and should have demanded that an obvious weakness in the team, the lack of a top center-back and a proven goalscorer should have been fixed either last summer or in January.

We all know striker Charlie Austin was available, but we suppose Steve was overruled by Lee Charnley and Graham Carr, who were running (ruining?) the club for Mike Ashley last season – and their ineptitude was a major reason we were relegated.

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Daniel Agger while at Liverpool – retired last week

Weak management from Steve McClaren was another major reason and in terms of the center-back position, Steve cooked his own goose by giving Fabricio Coloccini a new contract last August, because that meant it would not have made sense to bring in another center-back – since we had already signed young Chancel Mbemba.

So the two positions Rafa Benitez knows need to be strengthened this year are striker and center-back – and he will strengthen those positions.

Towards the end of the season Rafa had young Chancel Mbemba and Jamaal Lascelles looking like the center-back pairing of the future for Newcastle,  but we need more experience in the back-line and more competition for places.

Newcastle have been linked with Fulham striker Ross McCormack, who would be great at Newcastle for next season, but £15M is a lot to pay for him.

As far as center-back goes we think Rafa wants to bring in somebody experienced to replace Coloccini, who is almost certain to be let go this summer – to at least get his huge wages (£65K/week) off the wage bill.

We thought Daniel Agger would be a great free agent signing, but surprisingly the former Liverpool center-back retired from football last week at the young age of  31.

It will be interesting to see who Rafa does bring in this summer for a center-back and a striker.

The other defensive position that needs strengthening is full back and maybe getting in an experienced player who can play on either side and can challenge Daryl Janmaat, Vurnon Anita, Paul Dummett and others for a full back position is probably what’s needed.

We have been linked with former Real Madrid and Liverpool full-back Alvaro Arbeloa, who has played for Rafa and knows his methods well – and Alvaro has massive experience.

30 year-old former Newcastle left-back Jose Enrique is also available as a free agent from Liverpool.

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68 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 13, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #1

    still won’t let austin go!!! he didn’t want to come, end of. how many times!! he hardly set saints alight on his 100k a week did he.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 13, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #2

    spoof,
    Previous thread.
    Cyprus,
    Our best LB ever? do you mean recently or ever?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 13, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Rotonda,
    He’s still adamant the McCardew gave Collo a new contract as well!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 13, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #4

    have to say i really enjoyed wales but I thought N.Ireland were dreadful to watch. did they have a shot on target. just the big ball to lafferty, next to zero possession and nothing else to offer.

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  • Yo-yo

    Jun 13, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #5

    Austin, MacCormack and the Colo contract all in one post, it’s like shooting fish in a barrel Ed !

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 13, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #6

    I would like toure, yes please. Rotunda i thought norn iron were abysmal. I hope the republic dont perform like that but we wont. COYBIG!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 13, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #7

    Yo-yo,
    He even got in a bit about Churners ruining the club for Mikey. I reckon the next headline will be ”Benitez will not be signing this player” insert anyone of 2.5K players.

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  • Graeme

    Jun 13, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Jail – only 2.5K????

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 13, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #9

    I wonder if Niall and Biffa read this site, yesterday I said to G (I think) that Mclaren pretty much admitted to being a patsy which we all knew anyway.
    The headline in NUFC.com today was
    Patsy admits:
    I was a Patsy

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 13, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #10

    Graeme,
    It’s going to be a short close season, it may have been more if we were in the Prem.

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  • Jib

    Jun 13, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #11

    COYBIG ?

    come on you big Irish girlsblouses ?

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  • Jib

    Jun 13, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #12

    or

    boring insignificant goons ?

    c’mon Munster what is it ?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 13, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #13

    Come On You Boys In Green!

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  • carl

    Jun 13, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #14

    Rotonda
    It was a poor game. A 1-0 defeat was frankly flattering and the quality of the NI performance took away a lot of the goodwill it seemed from qualifying.
    Maybe the occasion got to them what with so many NI fans and it being a neutral venue. But they seemed not to have an attacking plan. Lafferty was not fully fit and the support of Davis was lacking and unlikely to trouble a pretty decent Poland side.

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  • Graeme

    Jun 13, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #15

    Jail, we will be linked with every CB, FB, Striker – under £25 million and not needing crutches to move!!

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  • Jib

    Jun 13, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #16

    ah of course
    Da Bhoys in green
    so it is – so it is

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  • lesh

    Jun 13, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #17

    But £15m for McCormack isn’t a lot when you consider the amount of money slushing about in the Prem. The price of anything is set by the value placed on it by a buyer.

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  • Spoof

    Jun 13, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #18

    lesh

    but we aren’t in the PL which is the reason why to us it is a lot of money, I hope we get promoted at the 1st time of asking but there are no guarantees which is why it’s a lot of money, if we knew for sure that we would get promoted and that he would be good enough for the PL then fine sign him but we don’t know for sure, personally I would much rather go for Danny Ings at Liverpool, he had a nightmare at Liverpool and would possibly be tempted if we went in for him.

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  • Jib

    Jun 13, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #19

    Miralem Pjanic has had his medical for Juventus who are paying €38million to Roma for him.

    The Corriere del Sport still think Roma will get his replacement GeorginhoWijnaldum cheap.

    We’ll see what Rafa says about that

    http://www.soccernews.nl/news/357712/Juventus_rondt_transfer_van_38_miljoen_af;_Wijnaldum_in_beeld_als_opvolger

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  • Spoof

    Jun 13, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #20

    I think Gini will move, but it won’t be cheap

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  • lesh

    Jun 13, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #21

    Yes Spoof, I take your point but if we won’t pay such a price, some other club will.

    McCormack may go on to become a flop in the Prem, but were we to buy him and he delivered enough goals to get us up, then £15m would be money well spent.

    However, when we consider the enthusiasm voiced to sign err Austin, maybe we were wise not to sign him considering his lack of impact at Southampton.

    There’s always a gamble in buying players and it’s down to Rafa to make the judgement calls. If he gets winners, brilliant but…..

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  • GenralHez

    Jun 13, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #22

    Charlie Austin hardly got a game, scored next to nothing and picked up £100,000 a week; I am really glad we did not waste any money on him so please ED stop bleating on about him.

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  • lesh

    Jun 13, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #23

    Jib

    Could Juventis be accused of Pjanic buying?

    Just a thought.

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  • lesh

    Jun 13, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #24

    Jib

    You clearly are a master of languages…. or are your Spanish journo acquaintances helping you with the nuances of the Latin tongues!

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  • lesh

    Jun 13, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #25

    Jib

    Juventus even!

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  • carl

    Jun 13, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #26

    The fallout from he euros so far is that there are a lot of misplaced headlines of so called English hooliganism . As a past travelling fan I can personally say that the average England fan is not a homogenous violent thug. Reading of an English fan being attacked with an axe ! The majority of English fans I know went to Marseilles to enjoy a few pints and the football.
    Where I do agree with some headline writers is that every country has nationalists whose nationalism involves a fierce hatred of other countries. For some the National football team is seen as an excuse for misplaced nationalistic beliefs. Politically entrenched countries like Russia, have more than other countries. We do though have some and UEFA and the French bodies are required to provide security. You just have to recognise that there are mindless morons in the world. Personally I am looking forward to the Belqium v Italy game.

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  • expatmag

    Jun 13, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #27

    JFA

    I wouldnt flatter yourself, mate. I think they have far more interesting contacts than you.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 13, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #28

    Jokic and Botic are making a name for themselves down under. On second thoughts, scratch them

    🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 13, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #29

    Please tell me everyone hasn’t gone off Googling those two players…

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  • clinath@ed

    Jun 13, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #30

    Err, No……as if!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 13, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #31

    expat,
    Less of the mate bit cobber. I wasn’t speaking to you and there’s no need for that.
    This is the first window in a long time where I’m not going to be worried about a lack of activity, I firmly believe the club is in good hands with Rafa and he wants success over pleasing’The Board’.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 13, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #32

    Haven’t been on in a while so just let me get the records up to date – Charnley and Carr’s bout of ineptitude led them to gang on to a baffled Patsy McCardew who gave a pointless contract to Silent Bob and blew £80m on the wrong players and failed to get Charlie Austin in which ruined our season, which means Ashley has to step in, hire benitez and now we are being linked to a sausage-link procession if ageing journeymen or retirees. Missed anything out?

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  • Jib

    Jun 13, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #33

    Hunter Davies in his 70’s treatise on hooliganism “The revenge of the “d” stream” while mainly concentrating on club violence in England – did interview lads causing bother at internationals – they honestly believed they were fighting for their country !

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  • clinath@ed

    Jun 13, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #34

    ..we run out of biscuits.

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  • Spoof

    Jun 13, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #35

    Lesh

    yes £15m in the PL isn’t a great deal now and as you say every signing is a gamble but I honestly feel that some gambles are bigger than others, granted McCormack could shoot us straight back up but so could others without such an expence, as I said how about Danny Ings, equally as good as McCormack, arguably better and due to his injury nightmare last season would Klopp give him a fair chance this season !, Liverpool will be looking at the top four so it would be a gamble by Klopp to stick with Ings, perhaps a season long loan would suit all, he could help shoot us back up and give Klopp a risk free opportunity to see if he is good enough for his Liverpool.

    I’m not saying your wrong because you aren’t, I just feel that there could be better options out there for us.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jun 13, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #36

    Is something going to happen on the transfer front? Either way will do. Just some sign of the much heralded but so far invisible Rafalution.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 13, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #37

    The transfer window isn’t open, there is also a major tournament going on. What are people expecting from this Rafalution. The training ground is being given a renovation and a pitch to lessen injuries installed. We cannot sign players at the moment or win games that aren’t being played. What would be a visible sign of change at this present moment.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 13, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #38

    We have also witnessed the manager getting in touch with a newspaper himself to give us some much needed news in an open and candid interview, KB was not whispering at his side and he didn’t speak in riddles are wheel out age old cliches either.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 13, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #39

    We will also be signing players that the manager thinks will strengthen the squad and not players that Carr and Churners think will make a few quid in six months time.
    An honest question here, what are some people expecting to see with this ‘Rafalution’ ??

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  • martoon

    Jun 13, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #40

    JFA – I agree with you – it’s a bit early for transfers yet. Hopefully plans & targets are being made now. I wouldn’t expect much transfer activity (by all clubs) until July when the window is open and the Euros have finished.

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