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Where Should Newcastle Strengthen In January?

There are 48 days until the transfer window opens on January 1st, 2024.

So we would expect Newcastle to be linked with multiple players before the winter transfer window opens.

With Newcastle currently having 10 first-teamers out injured and Sandro Tonali banned for the season, it’s obvious the owners will be bringing players in during January – and we hope it’s at least 4 new players – some probably on loan.

But we also know that January is a difficult window to pry players away from their clubs in mid-season.

And we need both quantity but most of all quality.

So let’s start in defense and we need a left back.

That sounds silly even though we just bought Lewis Hall in from Chelsea, but with the experienced Dan Burn and Matt Targett both out, that’s a weakness we have with 19-year-old Hall just getting to know how Eddie Howe wants him to play.

In fact, one way Eddie Howe could get around the situation, short term, is to play Kieran Trippier at left-back and Tino Lavramento at right-back.

The former Saints full-back Lavramento has been awesome this season when he’s played in the first team, and he seems like a versatile player.

So there may be a question as whether we need a left-back if Trippier and Lavramento work well at full-back.

We definitely need a young center-back brought in, and it’s always been talked about bringing in somebody who can replace Fabian Schar long-term.

We were linked with Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite today, and he would be an excellent acquisition for us but we wonder if Everton would be willing to sell the player, especially in January.

We also need cover for the suspended Sandro Tonali, but I would like to see us bring someone in during January who would be in our long-term plans, not just a stop-gap for Tonali.

Somebody like Kalvin Phillips would do the job and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said recently that he would be willing to sell Phillips to any club in the Premier League in Jnauary – so that may be a possibility.

It looks like the other Premier League clubs will vote to cut off the possibility of signing Ruben Neves from Saudi Pro League club Al-Hilal.

So that proposed loan deal will not happen.

We also need a couple of goalscoring forwards up front, with Callum Wilson and Alexander Isak both out injured.

Both had injury problems last season too.

We would like to see a goalscoring winger and an out-and-out striker signed – whoever they may be.

So there you have it, we need the following positions strengthened:

Goalscoring winger

And as we said earlier, if we can play Kieran Trippier at left back and Tino Lavramento at right back then we may not need to bring in yet another left back – and why not try Paul Dummett there?

One of the things that worries us right now is how will we fare in the 10 games we have to play before the end of this year.

Eddie Howe and his current players need all the help we can give them this year, and then hopefully the owners will bring four or five new players in during January – hopefully early January if possible.

That’s the hope anyway.

Where do you think we need to strengthen and which players would you like brought in?

Comments welcome.

93 comments so far

  • Hibbit

    Nov 14, 2023 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #81

    Jail maybe it is time to let go, and let Ed get some rest ??

  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Nov 14, 2023 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #82

    What’s this I see, John J is to quit?
    Due to a certain someone going on a wee bit
    There’s no need to leave, we want you to stay
    So please reconsider your decision John J

    You really shouldn’t have to get on your bike
    Just to avoid some comments from those you don’t like
    They’re only words on a screen, they can’t really do harm
    Just simply ignore, it works like a charm

    Don’t complain to Ed or the boys in blue
    They can’t be bothered with all that chew
    Learn to treat him like the invisible man
    And tell us more riveting tales from your campervan

    Or the latest news from your post box spotting
    Or the next trip away on the hols that you’re plotting
    You’re respected by everyone that posts on here
    And also by me, I’d like to make that clear

    I know that sometimes I take the P
    But that’s just the sort of thing that I dee
    So don’t walk away, whatever you do
    This is our blog John J, and our blog needs you


    I notice John J, that you often refer
    To 3 or 4 posters who are causing a stir
    I think you’re mistaken and there’s actually just one
    It’s Mort, with a VPN turned on!

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 14, 2023 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #83

    Hibbit – cannot argue with that #81.


    Nov 14, 2023 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #84


    Exactly mate… That was the turning point!
    Dummett always leaves it all on the field and that must be respected!
    He’s one of us!
    Him and jamaal v manc in the league cup was a revelation, too.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 14, 2023 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #85

    What are you talking about, I have let it go, I’m just pointing out what he said the other day, he’s not got the time and energy so we’re going to have to learn to ignore it.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 14, 2023 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #86

    Also heard Burn could be out for season
    If so does that mean Toon can deregister Botman, Burn and Tonali for rest of season and sign up another three


    Nov 14, 2023 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #87


    Good question!
    i wondered about that!

  • Davas

    Nov 14, 2023 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #88

    I wonder if Dummet could to the BDB role at LB and move to CB when Trippier goes forward.


    Nov 14, 2023 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #89


    Soynds like a plan!
    Krafth yas that in his locker, too.
    But he ain’t registered for CL games, sadly!


    Nov 14, 2023 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #90


  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Nov 14, 2023 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #91

    Charlie, we can deregister anybody and everybody during the January xfer window.


    Nov 14, 2023 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #92

    Sir P

    CL too?

  • lesh

    Nov 14, 2023 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #93

    Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sign another three’s surely dependent on funds and FFP constraints.


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