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Ashley Wants Top Center-Back At Newcastle In January

Mike Ashley wants Newcastle to bring in a new center-back in January and he will support manager Alan Pardew to bring in a top central defender.

Mike Ashley – will support Pardew in bringing in a new center-back

With Steven Taylor out of the season and Colo and Williamson out last week, we showed quite clearly that we don’t have Premier class center-backs available one those top three players are out for one reason or another.

And some potentially bas news today that Pardew still rates both Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson as doubtful for Saturday’s game.

So if Colo cannot make it for Saturday, surely we will not play Simpson and Perch again in central defense  – tell me it aint so!

Tamas Kadar deserves his chance and should be brought in, in the event Colo cannot make the game on Saturday.

This is what Alan told the local press today:

“Mike asked me when am I going to get a center-half.” “It’s about making sure we get the right one.”

“When you look at centre-halves it is easy to get it wrong.”

“You can look at David Luiz, who is finding it difficult, he was £18M and he didn’t play the last game.”

“So it doesn’t matter what you spend, you have to get the right one.”

Last weekend Newcastle went after West Ham’s 22 year-old England U21 International James Tomkins, but the £2.5M bid was immediately rejected.

And we ahve also been linked with Montpellier’s defender Yanga-Mbiwa, but it seems there’s no way of getting Erik Pieters from PSV – at least in January.

And for the game on saturday, it’s ooking like we will only know what the chances of a Newcastle win are, until we see the team for the Swansea game.

Certainly when we saw Simpson and Perch both playing in central defense last Saturday afternoon, we thought it would be very difficult to get anything out of the game at Norwich, because who was going to head the ball away?

If we are still racked with injuries on Saturday, then it could be 3 points down the drain, if we cannot get the win against Swansea, who are not a good side on the road.

Comments welcome.

116 comments so far

  • planb

    Dec 15, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #1

    Cue a hunt through the bargain basements of Europe to find somebody anybody thats cheap and cheerful!

  • Klatoon

    Dec 15, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #2

    Is that really a bad thing? the article shows how even an 18mil defender has struggled to impress.

  • UTD111

    Dec 15, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #3

    Pardew has left his mouth switched on again! How does this fit with his previous statements “we’ll have one player coming in, maybe two” bearing in mind there is also a desperate need for a left-back??


    Dec 15, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #4

    Tomkins would be a good buy imo as for what MA wants well who knows

  • BeeGuy

    Dec 15, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #5

    If Ashley wants a center back, that could mean he has a bidding war going on for Colo.

    There must be a bidding war going on for Ba, since Maiga is all but signed.

    Tiote & Cabayer must be safe since NUFC is not linked with any January midfielders. Same with Krul in the goal.

    Notice how NUFC pop into the news when some other teams youngster is up for a new contract?

  • markmac

    Dec 15, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #6

    go back in for tomkins with a bigger/better bid,3.5/4m he might even want to join us and put a transfer request in!, well heres hoping

  • bob52

    Dec 15, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Blackburn have a proven centre half in Samba, tall and solid, surely he would be worth a punt in January. Its interesting that teams like Man U and Liverpool bring in their reserve centre backs and they usually do well, whereas we play fringe players out of position and get punished.

  • alext109

    Dec 15, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #8

    Team for Swansea


    If Colo or Tiote are back and fit then they will replace Abeid and Perch respectively with Perch maybe playing CDM if the latter hasn’t shaken off his knee injury.

  • Colo-Sus

    Dec 15, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #9

    Thats nice to hear from Ashley?

    I dont hink its got anything to do with Colo leaving however!

    We might get a nice suprise in Jan follwed by a nasty on (he will use the tiote money to buy a CB?)

  • BOOM88

    Dec 15, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #10

    I know it’s dangerous to base a player on youtube videos but this isn’t just a 5 second clip of some striker scoring a wonder goal which anyone can do once in his life.


  • alext109

    Dec 15, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #11

    @Boom88 seems very comfortable on the ball under pressure and good in the air. Yes dangerous to base him on YouTube but seems a good young player and it seems his contract his coming to an end soon. Sign him up!

  • iain

    Dec 15, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #12

    Think were not going to go mad in January for defenders simply because eventually Taylor will be back and looking at ho we have gone back in for Maiga we will wait until the summer to go back for Pieters…

    PSV already told us to forget about going for him in January which seeing as hes injured until February must meen we hold quite a serious interest in him still.

    Simpson is going to sign his new contract it seems now so i think we really only need one in just right now due to timing of injuries and not having that one player in to make up the right numbers we are really short – i mean look at man utd they have an awesome back 4 on paper but have been decimated by injuries this season, so it does happen.

    hopefully tiote wont go but if he does reckon we will get way more than a player of his ability is worth, wouldnt mind loaning frimpong from arsenal if he does have to go hes just a mini tiote in the making.

  • toonsy

    Dec 15, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #13

    “Top” centre-back? Where has he said that?

    It’ll be along the lines of what we’re becoming used to, certainly not a “top” defender

  • John

    Dec 15, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Surely Seb Bassong comes into a top Cb bracket at a snip of what we sold for 2 any1 remember he was the one keeping jose on the bench while playing brill at LB saves us buying another LB and paying hes wages when we cud cover two positions with this signing

    thats a big strong back four good enough for any strike force

  • nden85

    Dec 15, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #15

    think i’d rather have loverpants and HBA playing centre back than those two doyles from last weekend.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Dec 15, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #16

    So because Ashley wants a defender in that means there is a bidding war going on for Colo, and because Maiga is coming in that means there is a bidding war going on for Demba Ba? Certainly don’t think that is the case. If I was getting a Xmas wish it would be to sign Chris Samba, his contract is up in June so test Blackburn with a cheeky 5million pound bid, if we are going to spend money don’t spend it on Tomkins who is going to cost 4.5 million anyway (but I think he is a decent young player) spend it on Samba who is monstrous and would really show we mean business.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Dec 15, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Comment awaiting moderation? what’s that about haha this is censorship! haha

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Dec 15, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #18

    ill rather play RAYLOR and KADAR in center back than perch and simpson

  • at the strawberry

    Dec 15, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #19

    @ BOOM88 – Definitely looks like he has some quality could be a great buy. However, that video certainly highlights how much of a step up the Premier League is, the intensity just isn’t there players getting far more time on the ball.

    Coming up to next transfer window it’s interesting looking at the in’s and out’s from the last year:

    Nolan for Cabaye
    Routledge for Orbetan
    Enrique for Santon
    Barton for Marveaux (sort of!)
    Carroll for Ba

    Would you swap any of them back?!

  • tunneytoon

    Dec 15, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #20

    at the strawberryi would have enrique and barton back, due to the fact that santon is currently being kept out the squad by a right midfielder in ryan taylor and barton back as he has undoubted quality however his attitude lets him down

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 15, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #21

    A said a couple of weeks ago a was told by a very reliable friend that we wer hoping to steal a deal for Gary Cahill at 8million wer apparently willing to pay it as other clubs would rather wait 6moth til hes out of contract.. Weve also been linker heavily to Samba these last few days and i know for a fact Pardew rates him extremly highly and a wouldnt be suprised if we went for him in Jan if Cahill doesnt happen.. Would love Samba hes fekin awesome him and Colo until Colo leaves in the summer and we sign Pieters lol the its Samba and Taylor what a fearsome partnership

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 15, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #22

    Wouldnt have any of them back our new players are all so much better

  • Eyeball81

    Dec 15, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #23

    @ the strawberry

    nah not really mate! The team is a different kettle of fish now think Cabaye for Nolan has to be swap of the season for me…only think that lets Cabaye down is his lack of goals compared to Nolan…but hey its his first season in the prem so I’ll let him off!! 🙂

  • Eyeball81

    Dec 15, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #24


  • stk85

    Dec 15, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #25


    sign those in january, and i really dont know if we need pieters in summer, only if colo is gonna be sold

    thinking out loud for next season

    santon saylor pieters taiwo
    jonas cabaye abeid marveaux
    ba maiga

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 15, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #26

    milesstarforth Miles Starforth
    Interesting. Sunday Times claims ‘representatives of (Cheik Tiote) met Chelsea officials last week’ to discuss club’s interest in him. #nufc

    does this guy or this newspaper have any credibility

  • gorgonzola

    Dec 15, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #27

    Love how when the editor makes a comment like this

    “So if Colo cannot make it for Saturday, surely we will not play Simpson and Perch again in central defense – tell me it aint so!”

    It slams all those who where moaning and groaning at the peoples discontent at the fool knows as Perch and Simmo who is not really built for that role…

    Well here is nice SLAP in your face..

  • the_besty_show

    Dec 15, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #28

    sick of hearing about kadar, if he was good enough he would of played last week when we had zero centre halfs, he clearly isnt wasnt even on the bench forget about him

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 15, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #29

    sometimes i feel ashley goes on offering our best players to bigger clubs


    Dec 15, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #30

    i dnt mind simo playn n cb but no to pearch. he needs to b sold

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 15, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #31

    @ jamsha,

    perch needs to be gifted to sum1

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Dec 15, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #32

    The only certainty to be playing CB this weekend is Perch, Willo will be on the bench at best, Colo is 50/50 but should at least be on the bench, Simmo might play at CB if Colo isn’t starting, but Perch will definitely be playing CB so instead of slating the fella or Pardew let’s get behind the team, every last one of them. Perch isn’t as bad as Simmo and Perch weren’t as bad as the calamitous duo of Boumsong and Bramble and they played week in week out! So let’s chill out lads.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Dec 15, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #33

    And gorgonzola, Ed’s articles incorporate his own opinions into it, and just because he is writing the articles doesn’t mean that what he thinks is gospel (although his blog is immense) Perch and Simmo aren’t going to be our regular starting CBs but they can do a job while we are struggling with injuries.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Dec 15, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #34

    That was meant to read as “Simmo and Perch weren’t as bad…” minus the Perch isn’t as bad haha

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 15, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #35


    mate what were your views on Fabrice pancrate when he played for NUFC

  • Selbymag

    Dec 15, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #36

    I would have thought Cahill and Samba would have so called bigger clubs sniffing after them. I think Cahill is a tad over rated to be honest whilst Samba does offer a goal threat and is solid he is no long term replacement for Colo if/when he leaves.
    No issues with Simpson playing in the middle if needed but needs some height in there with him, or Colos experience too talk him through a game.


    Dec 15, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #37

    if colo fit


    if colo not fit


  • gorgonzola

    Dec 15, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #38

    we will loose 100% certain of it if he starts….

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 15, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #39

    jonas as center back, rather have harper in there, would clear the ball far

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Dec 15, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #40

    IndianM what does it matter what my view on Pancrate were when he played for Newcastle? That is irrelevant.

    @Jamsha Kadar will not be playing. That is the end of it, the fact that he did not even make the bench last Saturday tells its own story, or do you follow events at the club?


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