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One Newcastle United Transfer That Could Really Give Me Belief

6 years ago
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At the end of last season I was disconsolate, I’d decided to boycott Newcastle United unless some serious changes were made. No more matches, no more shirts.

Halfway through the summer and serious changes have been made. Anyone who’s watched [intlink id=”44792″ type=”post”]Youtube videos of Cabella[/intlink] will know he appears to be an absolute class apart. Scoring 14 goals from midfield in a team battling relegation is no mean feat and will give Newcastle that creative edge they lacked so sorely in the second half of last season.

De Jong is a name used to scare children in the North East after some of the horror performances by Luuk last season. But[intlink id=”44468″ type=”post”] Siem could maybe fill some of the Cabaye shaped hole[/intlink] we found in our team last season.

Riviere is something of an unknown entity and deserves every chance to prove himself but should probably be playing second fiddle to an experienced goalscorer next season.

Janmaat could be the ideal replacement for Debuchy. Holland are my second team and I watched every Netherlands game at this World Cup and he was someone I liked the look of straight away. He pushes on from deep and gives the opponents an extra thing to worry about. Whether this attacking drive will be stifled by Pardew or not is another matter.

So good things are happening thus far but we still need more. Two signings we should have wrapped up are Grenier and Gomis. I watched a [intlink id=”39050″ type=”post”]YouTube video of Grenier [/intlink]before the World Cup. He is the ideal like for like replacement for Cabaye. He can smash in free kicks, pick out great passes and score sublime goals. I saw him whipping some excellent balls into the box to be thundered home by the centre forward. Who was that centre forward? Gomis of course. Missing out on Gomis felt a bit weak if I’m honest. To be out-muscled financially by Swansea had all of us dreading this summer but all has progressed well and a lot of people have forgotten about the Gomis mishap.

Grenier may still be an option although recent reports would suggest otherwise. If we could get him we should. The midfield would have true depth for next season then. An imposing centre-back is still necessary. Replicating QPR’s last ditch steal against us a year and a half ago would be the perfect revenge and Steven Caulker would be a really positive addition to our back line.

Finally, the striker issue. Cisse injured, Perez unproven, Rivière lacking consistency, Armstrong and Campbell young and untested. We need someone who can step into the first team on day one and score goals.

To be safe we need a player of the quality of Loic Remy or Demba Ba, though sadly Ba has just signed for Besiktas in what looks a steal for under £5m

Both  treated us like dirt in recent years but are natural goalscorers that have done the business with us before. In recent years we haven’t seemed able to bring players back once they’ve left. There are two outstanding players I can remember from the not too distant past. Solano and Beardlsey. Both went away and both came back and were special. Not to mention the likes of Srníček, Elliott, Bernard and Clark who all went away and came back in the last two decades.

Why don’t people return to the club any more? Remy would never stay for more than a couple of years but that might be all we need. Campbell and Armstrong may come through. Perez might surprise us all and take huge strides. Rivière may be the next Henry. Who knows?

Given time any of these younger strikers might be the answer but this season we need someone who can do it from the off and Remy would fit this mould.

It may cost a bit of money but if we are pushing for a top six spot again, a bit more investment will be worthwhile. Unfortunately, it appears that Remy could be a Red by the time this article is published and therefore that aspect is a very distant dream.

I almost forgot the final ideal Newcastle United transfer.

All of the current influx, plus any more, may be rendered useless by the current joke of a manager. Final transfer – Pardew out, anyone in. Laudrup or Hiddink would be my personal choices. Bring one of them in and I might just forget about that boycott.

You can follow Billy on Twitter @billymerlin

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