Two Players For January – But They Will Not Come Cheap


When you look at some of the potential weaknesses of Newcastle’s current side there are  two areas that stand out.

One is the lack of creativity and flair in central midfield and the other is we don’t take all of our chances and that’s led to the loss of points in the Championship and specifically on Tuesday night that was the main reason we didn’t go through to the semi-finals of the League Cup.

So if we were to see only two players come in during the January window to the first team squad, we’d like to see a striker and a creative midfield player brought in.

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Youri Tielemans – Anderlecht play-maker

As far as creative players, we have been linked all season with Anderlecht’s Youri Tielemans, who is one of the top young players in Europe and he’s already played over 150 games for Anderlecht and doesn’t turn 20 until May.

With a number of big clubs interested in the teenager he wouldn’t come cheap – maybe we would have to go as high as £15M for him – but he would be a player who can produce immediately for the team.

He could be coached by Rafa Benitez to become a top player in the future.

A cheaper alternative to Youri would be Brentford’s Alan Judge, but he will not be fit from that double fracture of his right leg in January.

And as far as strikers go, somebody who could immediately produce for us in the Championship  is Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson.

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Callum Wilson – Bournemouth striker

When Bournemouth were promoted in 2015 he scored 23 goals in 50 games in the Championship, so he can certainly score the goals in this division.

Callum has adjusted well to the Premier League and has 8 goals in a total of 24 total Premier League appearances for the Cherries.

So there would be little risk in signing Wilson, but he would maybe cost as much as £25M, with West Ham likely to bid that for him next month.

A cheaper alternative to Callum would be Utrecht’s French striker,  22 year-old Sebastien Haller, who probably would cost around £10M – if that.

Getting in Youri and Callum in January would be two great acquisitions for Newcastle – and long term they would be worth the money.

If you could only bring two players into the first team squad in January, who would you want at Newcastle?



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60 comments so far

  • SPRINGY

    Dec 2, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #1

    Pie in the sky i think ed…..we wont be close to signing these players.

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  • Dennis Twice

    Dec 2, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #2

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

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  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 2, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #3

    Rafa Bingo Lineup

    Darlow

    Anita Lascelles Clarke Dummett

    Shelvey. Hayden

    Ritchie Perez Gouffran

    Gayle

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  • dem

    Dec 2, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #4

    For the money it’ll likely cost for Wilson, I think there are better options out there.

    As for Tielemans, he would be a great addition, but would he come to a second division team, probably not. One expensive option would be to buy him and loan him back until our promotion is hopefully confirmed?

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  • MadisonToon

    Dec 2, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #5

    Aye Springy, those would be excellent buys, but they’re super unlikely. If Rafa could somehow some way pull them off then we have an even more impressive manager than we already thought.

    Really excited for the match today. Time to set things straight.

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 2, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Maddison
    Lookin forward to see what team is put out 2nyt and the display that we see,if ritchie plays i hope he’s on is game….in my eyes he’s been poor to average at best for weeks now.

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  • SPRINGY

    Dec 2, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Not knockin the effort or work rate… he’ll always put in a shift….just lacking a spark or excitement of late

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  • MadisonToon

    Dec 2, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Springy

    Yeah, I hear that. Ritchie has bags of skill though so it’s in there, just need it to come out. Yedlin or Atsu could deputize on the right if Rafa wants which would both be potentially exciting alterations.

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  • Thump

    Dec 2, 2016 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #9

    Tieleman’s in January?

    I’ll have whatever Ed is smoking.

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  • CAC

    Dec 2, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #10

    Rafa Bngo!

    Darlow

    Yedlin Clark Laschelles Dummett

    Hayden Shelvey

    Ritchie Ayoze Gouffran

    Mitro

    Bench: Gayle, Mbemba, Sels, Diame, Lazaar, Tiote, Anita

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  • mallorcamag

    Dec 2, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Confirmed Rafa bingo

    Darlow
    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Anita Shelvey
    Gouffran Perez Ritchie
    Mitrovic

    Toon win 1 – 3

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  • booboo

    Dec 2, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #12

    darlow
    mbenba lascelles dummet
    colback
    shelvey hayden
    ritchie gouffran
    perez
    mitro
    this team will not loose booboos bingo
    we got to win 2night cmon lads !!!! WE ARE WE ARE WE ARE NEWCASTLE UNITED

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  • Sazzer

    Dec 2, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #13

    I can’t see Tielemans picking us over the other 14+ clubs that are after him unless he really likes to hang out with Mitrovic and Mbemba.

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  • Spoof

    Dec 2, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #14

    Rafa bingo line up

    Darlow
    Anita Lascellas Clark Lazaar
    Hayden Shelvey
    Ritchie Perez Gouff
    Gayle

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Dec 2, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #15

    rafa bingo:

    darlow
    Yedlin
    lascelles
    clark
    dummett
    hayden
    shelvey
    atsu
    mitro
    gayle
    goofy

    4-1 toon…

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  • sparky55

    Dec 2, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #16

    “One is the lack of creativity and flair in central midfield and the other is we don’t take all of our chances”

    Nice one Ed…I’m sure Ritchie and the baldy eagle in central midfield along with Dwight and Mitro and Perez would agree wholeheartedly!

    We’ve scored more than anyone else and let in less than anyone else…think you’re being a tad harsh mate.

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  • booboo

    Dec 2, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #17

    there is a player playing in the left wing for greek club paok named rodriguez brazilian what a player he is fellas young lad very skillful club should look at him and babacar for fiorentina italy very good young forward to
    hope when times come rafa is good at buying topclass players ..just had get that out there 1-2 win 2night mitro wit a brace cmon lads

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  • sparky55

    Dec 2, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #18

    soon find out how fit the lads are…can’t see the starting line up being too different from Tuesday night

    2-1 the toon and no where near as comfortable as it should be.

    Need the win no matter what the performance

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  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 2, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #19
  • Bobbybee

    Dec 2, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #20

    Rafa bingo. Going a bit left field for this game because my original selection has been taken by so many.

    Darlow

    Yedders Lascelles Clark Dummett

    Shelvey Hayden

    Ritchie The Gouff Atsu

    Murphy.

    Two wingers and a big target man. More of a team for a home game, but why not attack a team with a dodgy defence. Be amazed if I win though! 🙂

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  • Bobbybee

    Dec 2, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #21

    Oh yes, and a 2-4 result to The Mighty Magpies.

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  • AncientC

    Dec 2, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #22

    —————Darlow———–
    Anita–Lascelles–Clark–Dummett
    ———–Shelvey–Hayden——–
    Ritchie———————Gouffran
    ————-Diame—————
    —————-Murphy————-

    Prediction: 0 – 1.

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  • lochinvar

    Dec 2, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #23

    The ability to sign new players especially from Europe will be influenced by how far advanced we are in the table in respect of promotion.

    Going up with NUFC and Rafa ( all hail ) or come down with West Ham, Palace, Mackems or Swansea is the decision that some payers will face.

    Let’s make it easier for them to decide by getting a good head of steam back in the League ….Cup results won’t influence them but League position will.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Dec 2, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #24

    I think there will be goals tonight. 1-3

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  • Bobbybee

    Dec 2, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #25

    Sparky, I think Ed might be referring to the amount of chances created to goals scored. Don’t know what the conversion rate is but I do know from watching that we create a lot of chances compared to goals scored. Gayle is doing a great job in the Championship but I think his conversion rate is poor. I don’t mean goals from shots on target, I mean goals from chances created. He’s top scorer because we do create so many chances for him. Not knocking the guy, he’s doing a great job for us but if he upped his conversion rate we’d be laughing even more. His goals scored in the PL is nowhere near as impressive, but hopefully this run in the Championship will do his confidence the world of good for next season.

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  • booboo

    Dec 2, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #26

    hope there is a decent ref for the game cuz have i seen some awful refs in this league takes the standard of the league way down…its not because of players in this league the tempo and the flow is ruined refs should take the blame they should do some about it i mean the tackles,time wasting, red cards become yellow, extra time is over 5min nearly every other game so on ….
    as a fan of the game is a shame….

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  • Sazzer

    Dec 2, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #27

    I’m probably not going to win Rafa bingo with a 3-5-2 line up but I’m going with what I would pick tonight:

    Darlow
    Mbemba Lascelles Clark
    Yedlin Diame Shelvey Lazaar
    Ritchie
    Mitrovic Gayle

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  • Sazzer

    Dec 2, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #28

    And we win scoring more than 3 goals and conceding 0.

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  • Bobbybee

    Dec 2, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #29

    Would seriously love to see The Gouff playing just behind the main striker. He’s a striker by trade and we know he can take his chances. He has the ability to play the main striker in as well. Two wingers with a target man to aim at with The Gouff picking up second balls would result in many more snap shots on target flying at the goal. Perez isn’t doing it and Diame is struggling, so what’s to lose?

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  • Bobbybee

    Dec 2, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #30

    Booboo, I won’t be complaining about the refs in the PL next season after the lesson of this season. Some of the decisions have been unfathomable this season and really puts into perspective the difference between the two leagues. Shocking might cover it.

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  • Jib

    Dec 2, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #31

    The ref Stephen Martin is fairly new to the list !

    He reffed us in August at SJP vs Cheltenham in the league cup

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  • sparky55

    Dec 2, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #32

    bobbybee

    If we are creating lots of chances (which we are from what you’re saying) wouldn’t that suggest our midfield was a tad creative?

    We didn’t take our chances against Villa and got a draw, we had a seriously bad off day against Blackburn and lost, we were decidedly average against Hull and didn’t take our chances and lost…the rest of the games after our 2 game bad start we’ve taken our chances very well.

    Don’t get it myself like!

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  • swemag

    Dec 2, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #33

    Is ginger suspended? Noone has him in the lineup and considering both Shelvey and Hayden played Tuesday you would expect some rotation.

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  • Jib

    Dec 2, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #34

    .com commented
    he attempted to keep play flowing to an admirable extent.

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  • born in newcastle lives elsewhere

    Dec 2, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #35

    Team I’d like to see tonight
    Darlow
    Yedlin
    Lascelles
    Clark
    Dummett
    Tiote
    Shelvey
    Atsu
    Gouffran
    Mitro
    Gayle
    442 I know but it’s what I’d like to see, as much out of interest.
    Atsu for Ritchie because although Ritchie has made himself undroppable for most of this season, recently he hasn’t done much to warrant that tag.

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  • sparky55

    Dec 2, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #36

    swemag..yes..the ninja is injured

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 2, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #37

    Bobby
    Am not on board with ur Gouffran in the hole idea mate, hes not particularly creative, I dont think hes all that clinical and his long shots are nothing to right home about

    Hes doing well on the left I dont see the sense in moving him around. Id rather Ritchie or Atsu than Gouffran there but realistically it’ll be Perez or Diame until atleast Jan

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  • Jib

    Dec 2, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #38

    The ref likes his yellows – but no reds this season !
    http://www.soccerbase.com/referees/referee.sd?referee_id=1162

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  • swemag

    Dec 2, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #39

    I like the idea of Gouff behind Gayle. Not always beautiful play but most of the time efficient.

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  • Bobbybee

    Dec 2, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #40

    Sparky, even in games we’ve won, we’ve still missed some real sitters. We will have to increase that conversion rate when we go back up, but I suspect that will be addressed in the summer. It’s only when we lose or draw that the conversion rate is highlighted, because we should’ve won those games, but the amount of shots that fly high or wide if the goal is a concern for me. As you pointed out in those games when we missed chances, it cost us dearly, but chances are missed equally in games we’ve won but they’re not as important.

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