Double defensive boost for Magpies?

Captain Colo set for new deal?
Newcastle could be handed a double defensive boost as the January transfer window starts to wind down.

With just eight days of the window remaining Alan Pardew is still searching for defensive reinforcements although it is being reported that a defender is now the top priority and should arrive before the window closes.

The rumour regarding FC Twente’s Douglas Franco Teixeira is doing the rounds again with claims that a fee in the region of £4.5m would be enough to secure the services of the 24-year-old year old defender who is out of contract in the summer.

Adrian Mariappa was linked with us in the Sunday Sun yesterday although I’m personally unconvinced by the 25-year-old. At a rumoured £3m, I personally think we could get a better defender for that price. I mean he’s 25 now and hasn’t been touted by any other Premier League club so you just have to ask, why?

Whoever the new defender is the one thing he must have in his locker is pace. Fabricio Coloccini isn’t the fastest and Mike Williamson is a bit slower than that so by bringing in a defender which a bit of pace it would give us another string to our defensive bow.

In other news I see Fabricio Coloccini’s agent is due into Newcastle to, hopefully, sort out a new deal for his client. Now Coloccini had a ropey game on Saturday, as did all of our defence to be fair, but all players will have off days and he is still one of our most important players. A new deal for our our Argentinian Captain is a must. We have to keep him.

The signs are positive. I don’t expect to see any players bleating on about our lack of ambition this time around for example, not now they’ve seen just what these younger, cheaper models are capable of. We’re also set for a top half finish, maybe even higher if we can carry on what we’ve been doing for the bulk of the season which would mean that the next step up to Europe isn’t too far away. Well, in theory anyway…

So a double defensive boost involving a new player and the retention of one of our current stalwarts?

That’ll do for me!

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88 thoughts on “Double defensive boost for Magpies?

  1. Toonsy – Yes he does. He has to take a share portion of the blame. What are the chances of the entire team switching off? Obviously had something to do with tactics, no question.

    I dont think anybody is saying it’s entirely his fault, but his decisions have to have been a factor in that 2nd half.

    Anyway, we should be over it by now. Everyone around us lost too, so lets just call it a bad day and move on! No harm done 🙂


  2. JJ… 😆 using your logic @61 though Shola must be as good as Ba as they’re more or less the same size 😯 😆


  3. The players and Pards have to accept blame, but it’s done now, they have to get over it and get us through to the next round of the cup and it will all be forgotten…..almost 😉


  4. Richie

    Shola is mint… he just needs time to develop his undoubted potential!

    Also using your logic at @58

    Boumsong being 6’2 and athletic should be a beast at the back, lets buy him! 😀


  5. JJ…I didn’t use any logic(not the first time I know) someone asked if anyone knew owt about him, his height was one of the few facts I knew about him, I also said most CB’s are 6ft plus which is true, you on the other hand started comparing a Watford defender with some of the world’s greats…..oh dear 😆


  6. Richie,

    You implied he that by being under six foot, he can’t be too good as a centre back —-> hence the comparisons to Simpson and Perch playing in the centre. And to cap it off, you used this face ” 😕 ” which basically said you want someone taller…

    I would continue the debate, but its beneath me… 😀


  7. Troy @81

    Shite Troy, he’s the same age as me, I keep thinking I turn 29 this year too 😳
    Guess I just don’t wanna turn 30 😆

    Ok then, I’d sign him on a one year extention to his current deal and sell him next summer.


  8. JJ….I prefer CB’s over 6ft as it makes sense as most are and lack of height has been our undoing this season, I would never compare a Cb I barely know to world lass defenders based purely on height as you did, as I’d just look foolish, as you looked 😉


  9. …oh and Perch and Simpson were used as an example to show how ridiculous your comparisons based on height were, not as a comparison to the Watford lad…..oh dear, keep digging that hole that’s beneath you 😉 😆


  10. Gotta agree totally with toonsy about giving the blame on pardew. This heavy a defeat in such a short time isnt much about tactics as it is about the players having total mental meltdown and as much fight n grit as 4rsen4l.


  11. Toonsy – players 90% at fault, pardew 10% at fault.

    Fair play to Cabaye, excellent interview and the kind of honesty that were just not used to hearing in football nowadays.
    It was down to the players and as I said earlier, think they had one foot on that plane to Tenerife.
    But, Pardew is there to ring the changes when things like that happen. It was obvious by 2-1 that things were going wrong and Pardew is paid to spot that and make subs to try and swing the game back in our favour. The manager doesn’t always get it right and I’m not suggesting that even a treble change would have made the difference, but something needed to be done and he’s the man paid to do it.
    As a follow on, I think its only fair to say that he’s done a great job so far this season. I would say the Liverpool game has been the only one he’s got wrong, which in fairness, he held his hands up and acknowledged.
    I’m sure after a well earned break in Tenerife they will come back and put things right.
    (lets hope they all behave!!)


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