Another week, and another new signing for Newcastle United.
French U21 attacking winger Florian Thauvin became the fifth player to join Newcastle United this summer, making the Toon the second highest spending club in England behind Manchester City and the fourth in Europe, spending just under £50m. Newcastle had been after Thauvin for a while, and eventually negotiated a deal of £12m and Remy Cabella on a season-long loan with an option to buy clause triggered once Cabella has appeared in a set number of games. Steve McClaren believes Newcastle have pulled off a major coup in signing Thauvin.
“He is a perfect signing, someone who is young, with great potential, who plays in a position we have been looking for. Florian will get the fans excited by scoring goals and putting goals on a plate for his team-mates. He certainly has the potential and capabilities to do. He’s one of the best young players in Europe and now he needs to develop and get into the senior French team.”
Surely now Newcastle have strengthened their attacking options at least 5-fold so far this summer, their attention has to be turning to the back 4. Newcastle were up to their old tricks again last Saturday, losing 2-0 to Swansea in a positively awful defensive display from the away side. As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, Coloccini needs replacing, and a left back would come in useful too. But an all too familiar situation arose after Daryll Janmaat’s sending off in the first half. Where is the cover for Janmaat?
Whenever Janmaat is suspended or injured, McClaren will have to play a player out of his natural position to cover Janmaat because they don’t have a natural first team right back ready to jump into Janmaat’s place. So Newcastle need to be looking to sign at least another 2 or 3 defenders before the end of the transfer window.
My choice of replacement for Colo would be Monaco’s Tunisian international centre back Ayman Abdennour. There have been numerous reports this week claiming Newcastle are ready to launch a £15m bid for the defender, and reports have emerged in the last few days suggesting a deal has been agreed with Monaco. Newcastle will feel confident of securing the signing after it emerged earlier in the summer that he’d like to sign for Newcastle, despite claims that he’d prefer to play in Italy’s Serie A. Abdennour’s agent has all but confirmed his impending exit from Monaco, it remains to be seen whether he will end up at St. James’ Park or in Italy by the time the transfer window slams shut.Going into this weekends game with Manchester United, I can safely say that on the basis of the first 2 performances and results, Newcastle will not be coming home with any points on Saturday. Manchester United have won 2 in 2 in the Premier League, albeit pretty scrappy victories, and won 3-1 in their last game against Club Brugge. Newcastle’s defence will be unable to cope with United’s attacking prowess in Memphis Depay and I wouldn’t bet against Wayne Rooney getting off the mark if his goalscoring record against the Magpies is anything to go by.
Kick off: Saturday @ 12:45pm
Prediction: Manchester United 3-0 Newcastle (9/1 Bet365)
Tip: Rooney to score anytime and Man Utd to win 3-0 (12/1 Bet365)
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