Toon to strengthen at right-back?
Posted on September 6th, 2011 | 9 Comments |
Newcastle United a reputed to be looking to strengthen things at right-back with Manchester City’s Nedum Onuoha allegedly being in the frame for a January transfer.
I’m not entirely sure where the rumour came from originally, but there’s one on a mild simmer about us being in the market for a new right-back.
Actually, come to think of it, it probably started when Danny Simpson was allegedly on the verge of signing a new contract earlier in the summer but for some reason didn’t. Simpson is contracted with us until the summer of 2013 and has been the subject of the occasional bit of transfer speculation, although nothing substantial enough to class our need as ‘desperate’.
Whether Simpson stays or goes, though, I can in fact see the need. We seem somewhat short of defenders just now and I think the right-back position could do with some more competition. Come to think of it, our defence could do with a few more numbers in general. A couple of injuries could easily put us in the mire and the fullback positions in particular seem to be undermanned. Besides Simpson and Santon, I guess there’s always Perch, and both the Taylors can fill in at fullback in an emergency, but I would hardly call that ‘depth’.
Anyway, on the weekend the Sunday Sun claimed we had more than a passing interest in Manchester City’s Nedum Onuoha who, the Sun alleges, City would allow to leave on a free. That might in fact be the case as he’s clearly surplus to requirements at City as he spent last season on loan to the Mackems. Apparently he’s a ‘January target’ for us, although I must admit I don’t really want to think about January just now – it’ll take me until then to recover from August!
Nedum Onuoha 24 years-old and of Nigerian descent. He has played 21 games for Englands U21’s, although he has apparently said that he hopes to play for Nigeria at senior level.
Meanwhile, back at the Bat Cave, Alan Pardew is still maintaining a silence about transfer window matters, although The Chronicle reports that he is said to be both ‘devastated’ and ‘furious’ at the lack of incoming personnel on the final day, particularly personnel of the goal-scoring variety. The Chronicle doesn’t make is clear how it knows this though: telepathy perhaps, or maybe just the sort of educated guess and fool could make. Even the fool writing this article.
No doubt we’ll hear from him in due course. I think we pretty much know the sorts of things he’s going to say anyway, although it’ll be interesting to see if he toes the party lines as much as usual.