Time for Newcastle to change tact and secure this local lad?

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The Daily Mirror is reporting that Everton are considering a loan move for Adam Johnson. Roberto Mancini, in his press conference yesterday, was asked whether there would be further signings and he said that he will be bringing in a winger and a central midfielder, so where does this leave Johnson?

With Euro 2012 on the horizon after the upcoming season, Johnson will be determined to have a strong campaign, especially after narrowly missing out on the World Cup in South Africa. Mancini’s revelations that a winger is on the shopping list may force Johnson’s hand.

If Newcastle could secure Johnson on a season long loan with an option to buy then this could solve the problem that the club is having in their quest for a striker, if Alan Pardew was committed to a system involving just one out and out striker.

At 24 years of age, Johnson falls in line with the club’s policy of buying players who have a sell on value. He also comes with proven Premiership credentials, something which may be needed if the French arrivals fail to fire immediately.

If Erding does not want to sign, Newcastle would be better off signing Johnson rather than a striker who is obviously not the player Newcastle had initially identified. Indeed, with reports that the club were going to turn to Defoe if the Erding bid failed, perhaps we have not scouted any more strikers beyond Gameiro, Gervinho and Erding.

A forward line of Ba, Ben Arfa, Barton and Johnson competing with Marveaux, Jonas, Ameobi and Best for a starting place may be the best option, rather than signing another striker. Top class strikers are hard to come by at the prices Newcastle are prepared to pay, so perhaps it is better that the club alter their strategy.

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  • Adam says:

    Johnson would be great – though no idea where we’d fit him in!

    I think that next week we will probably move for someone. We HAVE to plan for Jose’s departure soon, though. If Liverpool get him then I reckon they’ll finish in the top 5, without signing Enrique Liverpool might well finish outside the top 6 IMO. They’ve signed two no more than quite good players in Henderson and Downing, and they spent 40M on those two! Ironically, Jose is twice the player that Downing is (albeit a different position).

    • dave says:

      we havent a hell in hope of signing adam johnson,if we cant see the obvious in signing nzogbia what chance have we got,relegation battle is staring us in the face once again,pardew is a puppet who ashley controls using his strings,we will never move forward with a dictator at the helm,keegan was right,we are in the hands of a mercenary who sees us as a toy.

  • David Dutch says:

    AJ from Man City one thing that would stop both Everton and Newcastle would be his wages, playing for money bags Man City causes headaches for any club who may want to sign their cast offs unless they are willing to take a massive pay cut and most footballers cannot add one and one together so see it is better for them to sit back on a subs bench drawing their miserly monthly pay cheque than to move to another club for less money but play first team football every week. We were once cursed with over inflated footballers with over inflated wages who gave little to our beloved club. You can count on one hand the number of so called stars that pulled on the black & white shirt and grafted for their money recently. If AJ is determined to keep his England shirt by playing first team football to the best of his ability of course we would love to see him ply his trade in black & white but then again have our directors the willingness to break their system to attract a top level footballer to our club or do they just want to stay in the PL drawing the TV money every year while the club is put on a good financial footing with a view to selling on either this year or next.

  • dave says:

    i agree, getting him on a year long loan would be a great move. But we would still need another striker. If Ba gets injured for any serious length of time Shola is not going to score nearly enough goals, and i’m still not sure Best would be good enough. And as for lovenkrands…

  • UTD111 says:

    The phrase is “Change Tack” not “Tact”

    It’s the derivative of a nautical term

  • Dazzler says:

    Would love to see us go for Eden Hazzard, this lads going to be a class act in the future, also would like to sign Adam Johnson and not on loan. Samba would add some quality to the team also, not sure who to replace Enrique with but somebody young please, also we must fill that famous no 9 shirt or otherwise its going to be a disgrace considering our transfer outlay this season and the carroll money still sitting there…any ideas anybody (not crouch, maybe defoe, bellemy)

  • Archie BRand says:

    Thanks UTD111 – I thought maybe it was me being picky.
    Thats the beauty of the internet.
    Anyone can post anything – regardless of education


    Dazzler Eden Hazzard is ganna cost about 20 million miminum

  • Wayne kennedy says:

    Wages make it a non starter

  • Mark Roberts says:

    We’re in danger of a having a team with enough midfielders that could be the starting midfield in 2 good premiership teams.

    This 4-5-1 system only works if you have very energetic midfilders who know how to attack AND defend. Newcastle have been brilliant over the years in buying players that can only do one of the above and looking at who we’ve already got and bought so far, I’m not so sure we’ve got it covered.

    Chek…brilliant defensive midfielder who will just sit.
    Cabaye…allegedly fits the bill..we’ll have to see
    Marveaux…can’t defend for toffee
    Jonas…can defend but jury out..will probably leave.
    Barton…fits the bill
    Ben Arfa…can’t defend but great going forward and will probably be 2nd striker
    Gosling…great end to end but not a great defensive midfielder
    Guthrie…don’t think he’ll play
    Vuckic…great potential…he’ll fit the bill perfectly next year
    Abeid…great potential but not as great defender
    Smith…not really worthy of a mention

    Can’t see where johnson adds anything to be honest

    It’s no surprise then we can only summarise we don’t need any more midfielders / wingers…what we need is one more striker and two new full backs.

    repeat after me…we don’t need any more midfielders / wingers…we have to learn how to defend before we’ll win anything

  • Evar says:

    Mancini was also asked, in the same press conference, about the futures of Shaun Wright-Phillips and Adam Johnson. He said SWP could leave but that Johnson is a key player and he definately wont be sold.

  • Geordie forever says:

    Newcastle united simply must invest in the team, Adam johnson would probably give his nuts to play at sjp, but again wages will no doubt be an issue, Eden Hazzard IS a very good player, and no doubt would be a success and sjp, but wages and the lure of champions league football, probably count us out. One player who I seen today, although not a forward but would be affordable was Max Gradle, he played well for Leeds and was at the heart of most of their attacks. He’d probably be available for 3-5 million, and he’s English, and he’s young.

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