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Getting Jiggy with the transfer window

Getting Jiggy with the transfer window

Our very own Jiggystoon has a look at what is needed from the philanthropic Ashley and Llambias.

On January 1st the transfer window will re-open for Premier League clubs. For some clubs it will be the opportunity to bring some players in the players to beef up a squad facing the inevitable relegation fight, for some it will be an opportunity to consolidate positions safely around the mid table mark and for a select few clubs it is the opportunity to make the additions that will help ensure European football next season possible even a Premiership title.

Newcastle United currently sit in 7th place less one month out from the window, a season thus far which has far outweighed even the most optimistic of pre season predictions, the Toon have been defeated just once, an honourable away defeat to Man City, the first of a 3 game stretch against English footballs 3 strongest clubs, followed up with a gritty 1-1 draw away to Man United the Magpies faced a seemingly out of sorts Chelsea side at home on Saturday and while the end result was a 3-0 win for Chelsea there are still signs of promise within the squad, this 3 game stretch was one that was to give us a better indication of where Newcastle was at this season as well as where we could be looking to aim for as the second half of the season approaches.

Where we can be looking to aim for will depend largely on what happens in this up and coming transfer window, not only in terms of where the club can finish this season but also where the club looks to be headed for seasons to come. With the club currently placed in the top 4 at the start of December and with some favourable fixtures leading us into January 1 it would be no stretch of the imagination to see us still in or around the top 4 come the start of the window.

The ambitions of the Mike Ashley and his Board have been largely questioned throughout his tenure, and while most of these questions have gone unanswered we could well have some of these questions answered at the completion of the next January transfer window.



t is no secret that the squad requires more depth, in particular up front as well as at full back and also centre back. If reports are to be believed a deal is said to be already in place to bring in Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga while Dutch full back Erik Pieters is still being linked with the club, our desperation for extra cover at Centre Half is also now more evident then ever before due to Steven Taylor`s injury at the weekend. If some solid reinforcements can be secured it would go some way to bulking up the squad and giving us some insurance against key injuries and maybe just MAYBE give us a chance of being around the top 4 come the end of the season.

An equally important part of the January window will be trying to retain our already key contributors, namely Fabricio Coloccini, Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye, all three have been linked with a move away from the club in recent times despite all three suggesting that they are happy and want to stay, the bids will come and when they do we will get a good look at exactly what Mike Ashley`s plans for the club are. The scenario is simple; if the squad can be strengthened while retaining key players we give ourselves an opportunity to be involved in Europe next season as well as a regular fixture over the coming seasons. On the flip side if Ashley takes the opportunity to cash in on the likes of Colo, Tiote or Cabaye then we will have our answer as to where the owner really wants us to be and it wont involve Europe



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Writer:Jiggystoon
Date:Thursday December 15 2011
Time: 4:50PM

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