5 Players NUFC Should Target as the Window Closes

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With the transfer window coming to a close, Newcastle United have spent nearly £50 in incoming transfers. This is the most Mike Ashley has sanctioned in funds in a single window, topping last summer’s £38 million. As a matter of fact, 3 of the top 5 most expensive Newcastle United signings came this summer; #5 Florian Thauvin (£12m), #4 Aleksandar Mitrovic (£13m) and Georginio Wijnaldum (£14.5m).

Even with the spending and trying to fix the mess Alan Pardew left behind, Mike Ashley and the director’s board have finally omitted to addressing various needs on this roster. At the beginning of the window, you could make an argument that Newcastle United needed 2 CBs, ST, Winger, CM and LB; and that was only if no players were sold. So far they have addressed 4 out of those 5 positions and the only big name players that left are Mehdi Abeid and Remy Cabella. They addressed one of the CB positions with Chancel Mbemba, who looks like a superstar. Mitrovic signing addressed the striker position, but if Cissé is sold in the closing days of the transfer window, NUFC could be easily enticed into pursuing another forward. The Thauvin signing fixed the issue at winger and Wijnaldum addressed the need for another CM.

Despite all of these signings, there are still some needs across the club’s roster. Is Massadio Haidara the answer at LB? Mitrovic has discipline issues and is having a hard time staying on the field; could that be an issue? What happens if Coloccini or Mbemba get hurt? Is NUFC comfortable with Steven Taylor? We keep saying this but the club has a lot of quantity but lacks quality. Here are 5 names that Newcastle United should look at as the transfer window closes:

5) CB Joel Matip (Schalke 04): 6’3, 196 lbs, 25 years old. Cameroon international, valued at approximately £10 million. Matip would be the perfect fit, at his height and length, next to a 6’0 Mbemba. He has been linked to Newcastle all summer long and the rumours won’t go away, despite him committing to Schalke for at least another year. Newcastle would have one of the youngest and up and coming stars at CB together. Fabricio Coloccini is 33; it’s time to move on. Matip would be a step in the right direction.

4) LB Raphael Guerreiro (FC Lorient): 5’6, 147 lbs, 21 years old. Portugal international, valued at approximately £8.8m million. Lorient president Loic Fery recently came out saying Fery said: “I don’t need to explain why we want €12.5m when Kurzawa and Digne are valued today at €25m. No one [is] untransferable, but at a fair price”. Guerreiro made 33 appearances for Lorient last season, scoring an impressive seven goals from left back. He can also play on the wing, this would address a few positions for Newcastle and would definitely start ahead of Massadio Haidara.

3) ST Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton): 6’0, 172 lbs, 22 years old. England international, valued at approximately £10million. The former Arsenal academy player has seen a Newcastle bid already rejected and Steve McClaren recently stated that they are not pursuing Afobe. Truth be told, McClaren also said they weren’t going to be signing anyone else this summer two days before signing Thauvin; therefore, it does not mean much. Rumours and speculation claim that Newcastle may be better off pursuing him in the January window. Continue reading 5 Players NUFC Should Target as the Window Closes

Manchester United have the ability to lift the Champions League trophy yet again

Alex Ferguson watches United in action against EvertonThis Champions League Final is the same match up as two years ago; a tie which Barcelona won comfortably courtesy of Samuel Eto’o and Lionel Messi. The real thing I can remember from that game was Messi’s expert header, a real piece of genius from such a small man. However, I can’t see it being the same sort of scoreline this time around.
Everyone fancies Barcelona to cruise to victory in the 90 minutes here, and they are as low as 1/2 in places to do exactly that. I think Manchester United will have Continue reading Manchester United have the ability to lift the Champions League trophy yet again

Disgraceful refereeing from Frank de Bleeckere helps Barcelona to Wembley

Ronaldo rues a missed opportunity for Real MadridShocked isn’t the word. What as Frank de Bleeckere playing at on Tuesday evening at the Camp Nou? Never in my life have I saw such a one sided game – on the referee’s behalf.
If I was a real die hard Real Madrid fan then I would probably throw in a “paid off” line but I’m neither a die-hard Catalan fan nor a supporter of Jose Mourinho’s side at all.
However, in football you want to see the best side win and as much as justice was probably done over the two legs: a fair referee in Barcelona might have seen a Continue reading Disgraceful refereeing from Frank de Bleeckere helps Barcelona to Wembley

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid – A neutral’s dream

Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona at Camp NouIt is a tie we perhaps somewhat expected to arise at some stage in the UEFA Champions League but it is now reality. After dispensing of Tottenham in a 5-0 aggregate scoreline; Real Madrid will find only Barcelona – their nearest rivals – standing between then and another Champions League title for Jose Mourinho. It is a tantalizing tie no doubt but who will progress is the most important question being asked.
It really is a dream tie for the neutral fan as the title suggests. We will look forward to seeing Ronaldo strut his stuff for Madrid, whilst their defence will try contain the Continue reading Barcelona vs. Real Madrid – A neutral’s dream

Football Digest – Where football news is stripped to it’s bare.

Football-DigestWell, our first post eh? Not much on the site I know but we’re only new! Anyway, in a nut shell we plan to bring you the most important football news that you need to know without the usual nonsensical headlines. On here you should be greeted with a very clean site design, free from poker site pop-ups and most of the other advertisements that can annoy the hell out of anyone!
We love everything football and since you’re reading this – we’ve a feeling you do too. From detailed game analysis, match previews, to opinion pieces; we hope to make Football Digest a bookmark on your computer. Everything from Continue reading Football Digest – Where football news is stripped to it’s bare.