One Signing Good But Two Or More Is Essential
The subject of Newcastle United and transfers have never gone hand in hand with much harmony. Under the often chaotic and sometimes foolish stewardship of Freddy Shepherd, large amounts of money were splurged on supposed marquee signings, only to see them underperform and drain the club of money and patience. Remember Albert Luque anyone?
That may be the reason that the current leadership; Mike Ashley, Derek Llambias and Alan Pardew have attempted to steer the club away from its big spending past, and have largely done a stellar job so far. A top 5 finish last year was met with widespread praise, so too was the ability to hang on to the stars of that season – Krul, Cabaye, Ba, Tiote and Ben Arfa.
Where they have gone wrong though, and have subsequently been found out, is their lack of activity in the summer transfer window – only Vurnon Anita was brought in, and he has yet to properly find his feet. The defensive reinforcements that were so badly required didn’t materialise, despite reported interest in proven players such as Douglas and Debuchy.
This is why the January window is so vital. Newcastle’s defence has been stripped to the bone. This year’s midfield is the ugly sister compared to last year’s Cinderella– with Cabaye and Ben Arfa out until the New Year, there is precious little creativity. Newcastle’s squad list looks more like a butcher’s bill. Injuries have derailed the Magpies season and unless Pardew can reinforce the squad it is threatening to completely destroy what had been a wonderful and beautiful renaissance from the Geordies.
Newcastle has been linked with a few names – Loic Remy is one- and one thing that is encouraging is that Alan Pardew is certainly aware that he made mistakes in the summer. Speaking to The Evening Chronicle, he said: “Myself, Mike and Derek all agree that we should have brought one more senior player in here. For whatever reason it didn’t happen. And we have learnt from that lesson, and that’s what comes from the luxury which is the security of the owner.”
However, for the sake of a defence that has always given the Geordie faithful more reason to be concerned then content, it is vital that the club doesn’t just stop at Remy. They need to bring in a player like Douglas who can provide a pillar of strength for a besieged centre of defence, reinforcing it against its tendency to crumble the minute Fabricio Coloccini or Steven Taylor pick up an injury.
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