With Newcastle United completing the signing of Davide Santon today for a fee of around £5 million, the Magpies have just over 24 hours to bring in another couple of players. It does look like a case of one down, two to go for Newcastle in the transfer market. They’ve got the left back they’ve been looking for prior to and since Jose Enrique left, now, if reports are to be believed, they’re looking to bring in a back-up goalkeeper and a striker on loan.
I can’t help but feel that Santon wasn’t Newcastle’s first choice left back this summer, he probably wasn’t even second choice either. Erik Pieters and Aly Cissokho hold those two spots, but the pursuit of the pair proved to be fruitless. However, Santon is a player with international experience under his belt and while he fell out of favour in recent months, he must have something about him in order to have been called the ‘next Paolo Maldini’ in the past.
So, with the deal for Santon in the bag, Newcastle can turn their attention to other targets. The most pressing one of those is still to bring in a striker, but again, they’ve struggled to bring in any of their top targets. Seemingly they’re having to scrape the bottom of the barrel and turn to the loan market, currently being in ‘pole position’ to sign Federico Macheda from Manchester United on a temporary deal. Is the young Italian really good enough?
Finally, having let Fraser Forster return to Celtic for a second loan spell, the Magpies need to bring in another goalkeeper as back-up. Rob Elliot is the man that Newcastle have lined up for that job, but given the form that Tim Krul is in right now, he won’t get anywhere the first team. With the potential of Krul and experience of Steve Harper, do Newcastle really need another ‘keeper? Surely Ole Soderberg is an adequate number three?
Hopefully Davide Santon will be a great signing, but Newcastle really need some more players to join him on Tyneside before the transfer window shuts. I’m afraid Macheda and Elliot aren’t the calibre of players that the Magpies need, but can Newcastle pull something out of the bag as the clock ticks down?
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