The missing key to Newcastle United’s top 7 aspirations

The hope for silverware has always been present on Tyneside and it is long overdue

The missing key to Newcastle United’s top 7 aspirations

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Kevin Doocey

March 7th, 2012

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Sunday’s rumbustious Tyne-Wear derby reinforced to the neutrals at least, what football means to the people of the North-East; how badly they crave success, and how passionately they feel about their loyalties.

The hope for silverware has always been present on Tyneside and it is long overdue, with another campaign passing without any silverware. However, Alan Pardew’s season thus far has almost been as good as any trophy, as Newcastle United lay barely outside the Champions League places approaching the final couple of months in what has been a perilous Premier League campaign.

Our performances have merited 6th position at the minute, and there is hope that we can push on in the remainder of the campaign and make life difficult for Chelsea and Arsenal. Of course all that is easier said than done – and we might not have the quality just yet to grab a European spot.

The side that we are building is exciting to say the least. There’s a lot of flair, a lot of young talent, and a good bunch of technically good players that have the potential to bring Newcastle United places.

However, we are lacking something all the same. Namely: a quality right back.
If you’ve been reading my ‘blog lately you’ll know that I think we should look to replace Danny Simpson with a more accomplished full-back. It’s nothing personal to Danny, but he has had some mediocre performances this season, some which have cost us goals and ultimately – points lost on the board.

If NUFC want to establish themselves as a top 7 club, and be the ‘best of the rest’ so to speak – then we need to invest in another couple of defenders. Jan Vertonghen, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa have all been linked with moves to St.James’ Park, and it would be surprising if approaches were not made for either of the players in the summer.

We already have the strike force to score goals on a consistent basis as Demba Ba has shown this season, and indeed the midfield to thwart the opposition, while also possessing an attacking threat in the shape of Yohan Cabaye.

With skill and vision in Ben Arfa, workers in the shape of Jonas and Tioté, and accomplished centre-halves in the form of Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini, we certainly do have the potential to fasten our place in the top 10 at the very least; providing we keep our best players, which is easier said than done.

I’m of the opinion that if we had Steven Taylor fit for the whole campaign, and more importantly invested in a natural RB in the summer gone by – then we would be in an even stronger position in the Premier League.

All in all – the puzzle that is Newcastle United is slowly but surely fitting together, but a couple pieces remain missing – in the form of a good right-sided full-back to name but one.

The transfer kitty is there, the right scouts are in place and the lure of a bright future is present: Newcastle United fans could be in for a very exciting summer transfer window indeed.

Kevin Doocey

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