With our league form impressive at the moment, and with Europe potentially on the horizon it’s easy to put squad strengthening on the back burner.
It probably isn’t with in the corridors of power at St James’ Park, and I would guess that behind the scenes the club are working on targets.
However with plenty of football to sink our teeth into at the moment, and enough feel good factor to keep us smiling for a while, is it not time that we started to have a look, speculate and debate about targets ourselves? I think so, which is why I’d actually have a look at Mohamed Diame, currently plying his trade at Wigan.
This isn’t just inspired by his goal at Stamford Bridge yesterday. In truth I’ve watched him for a while and thought he would be an excellent addition to our squad. He is a defensive midfielder in the mould of Cheik Tiote, but has an athleticism about him which allows him to get forward and present more of a goal threat than our Ivory Coast international does. Plus he has a rocket shot on him!
Diame is Senegalese so would fit in well with compatriots Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse, and the most impressive thing is that the 24-year-old is out of contract in the summer and could be available for nothing in just a few months time, adding some much needed cover for Cheik Tiote for very little outlay and modest wages to boot!
Long term I think Mehdi Abeid is being groomed as the understudy/replacement for Tiote, but the lad has had very little game time thus far and I, personally anyway, think that we need a bit more experience in our squad rather than having to rely on kids should anything happen to our first teamers.
So, what do you think? Is he worth a shot based on what you’ve seen of him? Would you prefer someone else? Is he worth a stab on a free transfer?
Your thoughts please…