Newcastle has shown an incredible amount of talent and flair in the opening part of the season. In the last two months, the Magpies have managed victories against Chelsea and Tottenham, and a draw against Liverpool. Not all is great at St. James Park though. Newcastle United has dropped 3 points to both Sunderland and Swansea, two teams well below them in the table. Magpie fans maybe worried about the inconsistent results of their club, but I say calm down. Newcastle is not currently active in any European play that would stretch their lineup to the levels of exhaustion that the club experienced last year. With that in mind, the Magpies should have one thing on their mind come January. Keep the squad together.
Newcastle’s biggest move of January is the possible signing of Loic Remy. Currently the QPR striker is serving a loan spell at the Northern club and Redknapp seems keen to get him back next year for a Premier League push. The Frenchman has become incredibly important to Newcastle, scoring 8 goals in 12 games. Remy seems to be coming into his own at his new club and the removal of London distractions from the young man could prove beneficial to his development. Plus, as a Frenchman there is no better place to be besides maybe Arsenal. Goals are expensive in the Premier League and this signing would shore that part up for Newcastle.
Moving down the spine the Magpies would do well to keep Yohan Cabaye from moving onto greener pastures. He has definitely come on the radar of David Moyes and I’m sure Monaco must have an eye on the Frenchman as well. Cabaye is the engine that makes the whole thing happens for Pardew. His technical ability is only second to his ability to score some of the most fantastic goals the Premier League has seen this year. Even though Ben Arfa wears 10 for the magpies, we all know who the play maker is.
The final piece in the puzzle is of course Tim Krul. In an inconsistent side, he is the rock that holds them in games. While Manchester City, Barcelona, and Juventus all worry about their goal keeping (all for different reasons) Newcastle seems to have that part figured out. In a league that can hinge on a goal here or there, Krul is definitely making his presence felt.
If Newcastle can manage to hold onto these three players they can add around that spine. Names like Zaha and De Jong have been linked with possible loans to the Magpies this winter, which would certainly make Newcastle a Europa contender this year. Pardew may also want to look to Chelsea, where Kevin De Bruyne is looking for a move to a team where he could get more first team minutes. And while Pardew is sniffing around Stamford Bridge, he may want to have a discussion with former Magpie Demba Ba, especially if the Blues bring in another striker. The only problem with all these names, none of them are French except for Ba, which seems to be a prerequisite for success at Newcastle.
Despite the lack of money that Chelsea, United or City receive, Newcastle United are still a top club in the Premier League and it’s time for them to start acting like it. The fans that show up to St. James’ Park deserve more then what they are currently being treated to. If you have a quality player, at least make an attempt to hold onto them this January. If the fans aren’t incentive enough, do it for the club. If they can keep that spine together, Newcastle is more than capable for challenging for that Europa league spot!