Four More Signings Could Make Newcastle Complete
With Siem De Jong in and Yohan Cabye & Loic Remy out, we now await confirmation of Mathieu Debuchy out and Remy Cabella in.
So where does that leave us?
I would say that Cabella and De Jong is a good start and goes some way to replace Cabaye and Remy, but there is still some way to go to repair the damage to the team/squad via chronic under investment in recent years.
The way I see the team, I would be more than happy to see the following line-up when the season kicks off, this is my 4-2-3-1 suggestion of how it could look;
New Player Coloccini New Player Santon/Haidara
De Jong Cabella New Player
While you can argue that we can shuffle the current squad at times to fill one or two of these positions at times, I think to go into the season full of optimism we need these four positions filled with players at least of the standard of De Jong and Cabella.
Players such as Cisse, Williamson, Gouffran, Colback, Anita and others, must be seen as squad players rather than first choice, if United are to move forward again.
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The transfer fees for Cabaye, Debuchy and potentially other outgoing players, means that the De Jong and Cabella fees are already well covered with a surplus.
Investing in a decent right-back and centre-half would massively lift the defence, while another midfielder and striker are essential, or possibly two strikers instead.
The worry is that while the signings of Cabella and De Jong will be big plusses, they could be left very exposed if they don’t have players of the necessary standard to support them and also cover things up at the back – leaving the likes of the new signings and others to do the business at the other end of the pitch.
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