Newcastle will go all out in the January transfer market and try to get two players we were after in the summer but didn’t bring in – probably because we wouldn’t pay the transfer fees requested by their clubs at that time.
Newcastle will have a decent chance of getting good deals on QPR striker Charlie Austin and Schalke’s center-back Joel Matip simply because their contracts run out at the end of June.
Joel Matip – Schalke 6′ 4″ center-back
Newcastle definitely balked at the £15M QPR wanted for Austin in the summer but in retrospect we should have brought the 26 year-old in and it’s almost certain we would have scored more than the six goals we have scored in the first eight games – the lowest in the Premier League.
But that’s what happens when you are too thrifty and don’t look at the big picture.
The big pictureis that if we are relegated we will lose out on £135M next season in the Premier League so overpaying say £3M for Austin doesn’t really mean too much if it saves our PL status.
We’re not sure why Newcastle didn’t try harder to get Matip in over the summer, but we suppose once head coach Steve McClaren gave Fabricio Coloccini a one year extension to keep him at the club until the summer of 2017 and kept him on as captain – another top center-back was not required.
But central defense is still a weakness, with Coloccini so far not being too convincing at the back although new signing 21 year-old Chancel Mbemba has looked good.
To make things worse Steven Taylor picked up a severe hamstring injury that will keep him out of the side until December.
We hope we can get out of the mess we are in by the end of the year.
However, Newcastle should try to bring in some good players in the January window if we are to keep our Premier League status this season.
At the moment that looks somewhat dubious with the team in 20th place in the league table and 6 points from safety after eight games played.