Mapou Out and ‘English’ Style Centre-Back In
This morning various media are reporting that Alan Pardew will push through the sale of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in the January window, then use the proceeds to bring in an ‘English’ style centre-back.
Pardew apparently sticking to his belief that Mapou is unsuited to the Premier League, rather than any deficiency at Newcastle’s end of things.
As previously reported, Mapou is said to have a £5.5m permanent fee agreed with AS Roma, if they take up the option to buy.
So with around £5m to spend in January, which English style centre-back can Alan Pardew find who will be even better than our current ‘English’ style centre-backs, Williamson and Taylor?
Well for around that type of figure, Hull recruited Michael Dawson, Newcastle were rumoured to be interested but nothing came of it.
While in the summer United were one of the many thrown into the hat as being interested in England international Steven Caulker, before he joined QPR for £8.5m.
With the defence looking at least as bad as it has done over the last two years plus, the chances of picking up a Bobby Moore/Tony Adams for peanuts is pure fantasy.
The reality is that if we do bring anybody in then you are looking at centre-backs not currently getting a game in the Premier League, which in other words means not as good as those who are actually playing for those clubs. While the other option could be taking a chance in the Championship, or plucking yet another player from France/Holland most likely on loan.
The reality of course is that all of these options carry a very high likely failure factor.
How ironic that Newcastle actually have a centre-back of their very own who is currently starring in one of Europe’s top leagues and in the Champions League.
Talk about not being able to see the wood for the trees, or rather, not able to see quality amongst the dross.
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