Curtis Good To Replace Departing Newcastle Defender(s)
The local press over the border have revealed that Dundee United are desperate to take Curtis Good back to Tannadice on loan, though they believe they may be wasting their time with the Aussie defender set to be promoted within the Newcastle United set-up.
Dundee United realise they have no chance of a permanent deal but even a loan one looks remote now, with an understanding in Scotland that Curtis Good will be brought into the first team set-up on Tyneside as a replacement for a departing centre-back.
Coloccini is the next best bet to still be around, despite a poor season he is one of United’s few remaining players who has true quality, though as the biggest wage earner at the club I would never say never in terms of him definitely staying.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is the one that the club are clearly desperate to get rid of, a bit of a sad tale with the French defender never really being given a proper chance of a run in his proper position, a player who will be one of Newcastle’s bigger earners.
I would say Steven Taylor isn’t far behind Mapou, featured little last season and again one of the higher earners. While recent days have seen Taylor (via his agent) saying he isn’t going anywhere, if any kind of decent offer comes in then I can see him being pushed out of the door.
The reports in the Scottish press claim Mike Ashley has made clear to Alan Pardew that he is keen to see younger players promoted in the set-up and within the garbled plans/strategies we’ve heard claims of, there has in the past been an unconvincing claim that the club ‘plan’ is to have three players in every position – with one a first team player, another who is ready to step in if needed, then finally a young player being prepared for that middle stage.
As Newcastle struggled to field a decent first team for the last five months of the season just gone, those claims look a ‘little’ feeble.
With the second level players looking way off the mark, only maybe at that third level was there any kind of promise with the odd player such as Adam Armstrong.
One of the few bright spots is Curtis Good and looking back at that second half of last season, as there was clearly no ambition to build on the results achieved before the new year, giving younger players such as Curtis Good some games would and should have been a no-brainer, particularly as there’s clearly little faith inside the club in Taylor and Mapou.
Exactly why the likes of Gosling and Shola were given game time after December when they had no future, sums up the abysmal running of the club, from top to bottom.
A cruel injury blow denied Curtis Good what looked a certain place in Dundee United’s team for the Scottish Cup Final, while it was made clear that the defender would definitely have been included in Australia’s World Cup squad and was actually expected to start in their first group game.
It seems clear to me that Good should be one of our four centre-backs next season and that in an ideal and realistic world, we would see Coloccini and Williamson retained, with a first choice central defender bought in with the intention of him being the number one. Then Good would make up the four and maybe he could still be loaned out on a monthly basis early on the season to give him some guaranteed matches, though with a clause he can be recalled at any time.
The [intlink id=”42901″ type=”post”]lack of young players starting matches in the Premier League[/intlink] was an embarrassing disgrace for everybody at Newcastle United and that needs to be addressed immediately.
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