Newcastle Summer Transfer Targets
Written by @Leo_Wilson1
The fans have been given mixed messages regarding incoming this summer with Pardew saying there is money to spend if the deal is right and new Managing Director Lee Charnley saying Newcastle will not splash the cash and only one or two players will be brought in per year. Obviously the management of the team has been poor and who knows what is going on in the boardroom but looking from a fans point of view this is what I think we need.
Defensively we have good numbers but with Coloccini’s future uncertain a top quality centre back would be a good investment. Debuchy may leave which would mean a right back would be required.
In my assessment of the midfield below there are only 3 midfielders in Sissoko, Anita and Tiote that are worth keeping which is a problem. Cabaye’s sale has left us lacking in numbers and creativity in that area. I don’t expect any of these 3 to leave but a couple of top quality midfielders would be a sensible investment. An issue which I believe may be affecting our recent form is lack of competition. Sissoko, Anita and Tiote are guaranteed to start and when you look at the teams around us like Everton and Southampton they have plenty of players who can come in if one player isn’t performing. Our players could do with a bit more fear.
Goals wise this has been a very poor season with only on loan Loic Remy scoring regularly. Shola and Cisse have been firing blanks and Luuk De Jong has done nothing to warrant a permanent contract. Gouffran had chipped in with a few goals in the first half of the season but his form has tailed off. There is little chance of Remy staying beyond this season which leaves us needing at least 2 strikers who can guarantee goals and those guys aren’t cheap.
The recent statement from Charnley has reiterated that Newcastle only look for young cheap players who can be sold on for profit. This is a huge problem as the team is really lacking in experience and leadership and those qualities often only come in older players. Buying a couple of players of 29/30 would be huge going into next season to help any younger guys settle into the league. The fact that we are only looking to but one or two is a bit of a problem considering we already need around 6 new players and that’s before any departures.
A major talking point in the past is whether we as fans overate our players and I don’t think we do. Sissoko, Dubuchy and Yanga- Mbiwa were all full French internationals when they signed for us and apart from Debuchy they have all regressed under Pardew’s coaching due to being played out of position or lack of game time. This is a problem we have had all season, we haven’t had one settled style or formation with the same team so players don’t seem to know what their job on the pitch is. When we won 4 in a row in November it was with the same team and formation every game.
Pardew needs to work out his best eleven and how he can change it with the right players if things are not going his way but we all no Pardew rarely has a plan B and his idea of changing it up is sometimes to put 3 left backs on the pitch. If you look at the success of the Merseyside clubs this season the team has a definite style of play with every player knowing exactly what their job is. Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez are also sound tacticians and are able to tinker with the formation and line up depending on how the match is going. Pardew often looks lost and uses the same substitutions regardless of the opponent or situation. I for one am sick of the sight of Ameobi coming on for Gouffran, Dummett for Santon and Luuk De Jong getting hooked after each inadequate display. It’s not hard to see why more and more fans are moving towards the Pardew oit way of thinking.
Assessment of the current squad
Tim Krul- Top shot stopper although his distribution needs to improve. Has to stay as Newcastle’s number one.
Rob Elliot- Decent back up keeper capable of some brilliant saves. Questionable positioning at times.
Fabricio Coloccini (captain) – Coloccini has made no secret of the fact he wants to go back to Argentina and maybe not the best man to lead Newcastle on the pitch. He does however remain a top class defender.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa- French title winning Captain with Montpellier at 23, he undoubtedly has the attributes to succeed at the top level. In and out of the side this season and not playing in his preferred position of centre-back has led to a hit in his confidence. Needs a run in the team but needs to stay at Newcastle.
Mike Williamson – After being made a scapegoat in is early magpies career (by myself included) Iron Mike has really stepped up to the plate at times this season forming partnerships with both Coloccini and Yanga-Mbiwa. He is no-nonsense defender and just what we need at times.
Mathieu Debuchy- Along with Loic Remy, probably Newcastle’s best and most consistent player this season. Had a difficult time adjusting after his arrival but his true class has shown this time around.
Paul Dummett- A bit hot and cold when he has played but still very inexperienced. Has the ability but could do with a run of games in a settled back four.
Davide Santon-One who divides the opinions of fans. Has played the majority of his United career at left back and one of the best players in a poor 2012/13 season but form and injuries have stifled his progress this season. A modern full back, likes to get forward and doesn’t like defending, his best position could perhaps be further up the field.
Massadio Haïdara-One of the influx of Frenchmen in January 2013. Injuries/assaults have hampered his time on Tyneside so far. Haven’t seen enough of him to make a proper judgement.
Ryan Taylor (over the wall)- He’s scored some spectacular and memorable goals. Horrendous luck with knee injuries over the past two years but a valuable squad player when he is fit.
Steven Taylor – Undoubtedly has the passion for the cause but often lacks a clear head on the pitch. Injuries haven’t helped him in his quest to become a first team regular and I can’t see him leaving.
Moussa Sissoko- Burst onto the scene with a memorable double against Chelsea and has his moments of brilliance. More than any other player is a victim of Pardew’s questionable positioning of players. Has the attributes to be a top quality premier league player.
Vurnon Anita –A graduate of the famous Ajax academy and a skilful player however doesn’t offer much in the way of goals or assists. Highly regarded by some fans but he has never convinced me. Appears to be in the team simply as there is no one else following the sale of Yohan Cabaye.
Cheick Tioté (vice-captain)- Could be the next captain if Coloccini does leave in the summer as he has flourished in the role when given the armband. Gets booked less than he used to but adds some steel to the Newcastle midfield. He’s suffered having lost his midfield partner Yohan Cabaye.
Sammy Ameobi- Bad luck with injuries but has shown some decent flashes when given game time. Make or break season coming up.
Papiss Cissé- Could not stop scoring when he arrived but changes in formation, loss of form and not having a run in the team have contributed to his lack of goals since. His attitude is not in question and could be worth keeping as back up (if we buy any strikers this summer which I doubt).
Hatem Ben Arfa- The most naturally talented player we have had in years. His best period in the team came in 2011/12 (coincidentally also Cisses) when he was played on the right of a 433 system. Injury problems have seen him out of the team and on the bench for large periods since but Pardew doesn’t seem to fancy him anymore regardless. The kind of player who needs to be allowed to create and not worry about tracking back (you wouldn’t ask Lionel Messi to defend).
Yoan Gouffran- He was a Jonas with goals at one point and always worked hard for the team. Worryingly his effort levels seem to have dropped off recently but the same could be said of the entire team. Solid if unspectacular.
Loïc Rémy (on loan from Queens Park Rangers)- The kind of striker we need at Newcastle who will score goals. We should have got a deal tied up already but looks increasingly likely to leave for a more ambitious club in the summer.
Dan Gosling- Never happened for him at Newcastle, could do with a new start.
Luuk de Jong (on loan from Borussia Mönchengladbach) – Has shown nothing that would convince me that signing him up would be a good idea.
Shola Ameobi- End of contract, a loyal servant of the club but perhaps his time is up. Hasn’t even scored against the Mackems recently.
Gabriel Obertan- Pacy but lacks quality.
Sylvain Marveaux- Truthfully I’ve never seen enough of him to make a judgement. Hasn’t had a look in despite being fit, could do with a change of scenery to resurrect his career.
Obviously no one has seen these lads play for the first team bar a couple of sub appearances but hopefully one or two can step up a level next season and break into the first team on a regular basis.
Obviously this is all hypothetical but it’s nice to dream.
Demba Ba- Proven at Newcastle and premier league level and Jose Mourinho is apparently looking get rid. I’d take him back.
Clement Grenier and Remy Cabella –Rumoured to be after these two in January and would no doubt give us that creativity that we desperately need. Whether we would pay up is another matter.
Bafetimbi Gomis- Long term target with good goal scoring record at Lyon. Too old?
Oscar Cardozo- Top quality striker looking to leave Benfica, unlikely and too old. I’d love to see this guy banging in the goals for a couple of seasons.
Alfred Finbogasson- Scored a lot of goals in the Dutch league, linked before.
Micah Richards- Would be a great defensive buy for Newcastle and he is English. Probably commands a hefty price tag and unlikely to choose Newcastle over Liverpool who are also linked.
Younes Belhanda- Has already said he would prefer Arsenal over Newcastle which is a problem we will always face with the lack of ambition in the current regime.