Newcastle are set for a “spending spree” come January, just to attempt to stay in the league. The Magpies are currently 2nd from bottom without a win, have sacked their manager and replaced him with his assistant Graeme Jones, who is even worse. Dire straits on Tyneside. The Undrafted football writers look at who the club can target immediately come January, to keep the club from being the richest side in the Championship!
Newcastle fans are obviously delirious at the thought of a spending spree come January, But let’s be realistic, with the club just 2nd from the bottom of the league and in awful shape, the owners are not going to go out and spend 100+ million on players with a chance the club could get relegated. Fans are also licking their lips at what attacking prospects they could pick up, Lingard, Martial, Lacazette to name a few. Again, is that what is really needed? The whole backline of Newcastle played for them in the Championship 5 years ago! They need to build from the back and buy centre-halves.
I’m not actually going to give names because I genuinely have no idea who they could get. Languishing in the relegation zone, who really wants to join them? The club will have to overpay for the likes of Tarkowski as Burnley won’t want to let him go. Are European centre backs going to join a club not knowing if they’ll play Premier League football next season? Even on an obscene wage?
The biggest signing they can make right now is appointing a new manager and fast.
With the new Newcastle owners allegedly only putting £50m into the January transfer fund, they need defenders to keep them in the league.
Niklas Sule is currently coming to the end of his contract at Bayern Munich and looks unlikely that he will sign another one. These are the types of player Newcastle need to gradually build a top squad.
Alongside Sule, Clement Lenglet is currently out of favour at Barcelona and is apparently available for around £15m. The Frenchman represented his nation at Euro 2020, and would also be a great acquisition.
I think I’d sign these two, and maybe see what other players become available during the window. Start to build a team, ensure you stay in the league and then really rebuild in the summer.
Newcastle are going to be spending big, but for their first window in January the emphasis will not be. Instead, it is just based around survival with some clever signings to ensure that happens. Here are the 3 signings I would make if it was down to me…
James Tarkowski (£20m)
Tarkowski has already informed Steve Dyche that he is looking for a new challenge and with Newcastle in need of a quality Centre back the pairing could not make more sense.
Jesse Lingard (£15m)
Jesse wants and needs game time in order to get back into the England squad he desperately wants to once again be a part of.
Contract running out in the summer and not really in Arteta’s plans it would seem, although is Arteta in Arsenal’s plans?
A whole new squad? They have the money, so they might as well just start from scratch right? There is a lot wrong with this side, they do have a few bright spots such as Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson who is finally getting back in the goals, but overall they look like a Championship team ready to go back down. There is a list as long as my arm of players they should sign, and most are up and comers ready for their big shot. The problem is how do you convince them to come to town, with a marquee signing. Someone who is a big enough name to sway players, young enough to still have his prime ahead of him, and someone who could build an instant partnership with Saint-Maximin on the other wing, the first signing of the new era in January to kick off the Newcastle spending spree, is Anthony Martial.
Based on recent performances, Newcastle definitely could do with a defender having conceded 10 goals in the last 5. There are many players they could consider but ideally, they want someone who has some experience in the Premier League.
Therefore, I think they should bring in Adam Webster or Michael Keane as they are two very similar central defenders, with multiple previous campaigns in the Premier League.
A more high profile, but very possible signing would be Clement Lenglet, the 26-year-old Barcelona centre back hasn’t been getting many minutes at all and a move to the Premier League could very well be a choice.
In midfield, I’d just look right to Man United, who have had Jesse Lingard and Donny Van de Beek benched week in week out causing some understandable frustration, this would be a good time for the Magpies to swoop in.
The Magpies already have quality in attack in Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson, they just need 1 more to create havoc up top. I’d say stick with the whole Premier League thing here and go for Dwight McNeil, but I don’t see Burnley letting go of him easily. Karim Adeyemi would be perfect for Newcastle. He’s only 19 and has been playing his football in Austria with Salzburg. He’s got 10 goals in 12 league games and seems to be making light work of the division Erling Haaland once likewise smashed.
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