Newcastle are busy struggling to bring new players into the club before the January transfer window slams shut at 11:59pm (approximately) on Monday.
We have only two signings so far – Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood.
Newcastle somehow got Trippier for only £12M, and he has been a godsend to Newcastle, both on and off the field.
In the three games he has played for Newcastle, we have conceded only two goals, although one of those goals was against Cambridge United at home, who beat us 1-0 in the FA Cup 3rd round.
But after that game, Trippier showed his maturity, experience, and leadership by urging other players to applaud the Newcastle supporters – but a few of the players refused to do that.
Trippier looks like a born leader, and he’s already a very strong voice in the dressing room and on the training ground.
This is what we have needed – a top-class right back and a leader to boot.
Kieran has been talking to the Athletic in an Alan Shearer column.
And the former Atlético Madrid player has talked of how former Newcastle striker Craig Bellamy helped him at Manchester City.
That must have come as a bit of a shock to Alan Shearer, who only ever remembers Bellamy moaning.
This is some of what our new right-back had to say in the Athletic:
“I’ve always been a talker out on the pitch and I always want to help players. When I was younger, the best player for me was Craig Bellamy at City.”
“He was brilliant with me.” I was only a young lad, so I couldn’t say much to him, but honestly, when I look back now, he helped me so much.”
“I’ll never forget the little things he did. Maybe some players didn’t know how to handle him, but I just got on with it and I think that’s why we got on.
“I’ve not been here very long, but I feel like I need to be vocal to help my teammates. The experiences I’ve had with England and Madrid help me do that.”
I’ve been out with a few of the lads for dinner in Jesmond. The Longstaff brothers have been showing me around.”
wanted to come back to the north, and up north there was only Newcastle interested. But I know the manager, and I’ve worked with him before, and I had good chats with him about the project and what could happen.
“I thought that maybe I could tempt other players to come here, too, that if I’ve joined Newcastle maybe it shows we can get out of it. It’s going to be difficult, but I’m up for it. It’s perfect timing for me and my family.”
Trippier has been a great addition to the squad, but we still need three or four more new players signed before midnight on Monday night.
Whoops – sorry, 11:59 pm on Monday night.
What do you think?