The FIVE transfer Plan B’s for Newcastle to consider
There is a reluctant resignation that in the summer Newcastle Captain Fabricio Coloccini will finally return to Argentina. It is expected he will say his final goodbye, or should I be saying au revoir, pardon my French, in May.
While the signing of French international Mapou Yanga Mbiwa in January has somewhat softened the blow of the inevitable departure of the Argentine international, this will not fully resolve the gaping hole he will leave. Finding a centre back will be a top priority for the Toon come the 1st July.
Alan Pardew is one of the first to admit that the Magpies under-cooked things in the last summer transfer window which resulted in the rescue mission that occurred in January bringing in the new French recruits.
Despite managing to find value in the winter window they know that there will be clear quality available in the summer too. There are high hopes that next season that there can be an assault from Tyneside on the Premier League‘s top six if the necessary squad is at Pardew’s disposal.
One of the most crucial pieces missing in the jigsaw puzzle at St James’ Park is sufficient cover at centre back. The supporters in the North East regularly chant they want curly hair too just like Coloccini. They may though now accept that it might be time to settle for straightened hair and bring in a new strong reliable centre back for the long term.