Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

There Are Real Bargains to Be Had in January Sales for Toon; Tactics Board A Look at Where Things Are Going Wrong - and Right - on the Field

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

There Are Real Bargains to Be Had in January Sales for Toon; Tactics Board A Look at Where Things Are Going Wrong - and Right - on the Field

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AS Black and White Extra is away for two weeks, it would be difficult to offer any up tactical genius for the Festive Period.

Crystal Palace, Stoke City, Arsenal and West Brom are four very different teams. The only thing I can think of is for everyone to carry on what they have been doing.

This goes especially for Cheick Tiote, Moussa Sissoko, Mathieu Debuchy and Yoan Gouffran who have been superb in recent weeks.

A shout out must go to Hatem Ben Arfa who made a real impact against Southampton. That's what he must do all the time, not every so often.

Oh, and if Loic Remy is reading this then try not to miss another sitter.

From my seat in the Leazes, I was right behind that second-half miss against Southampton. To be fair to Remy, who has been ace, he looked as puzzled as the rest of us.

So what is on the agenda is January tactics? Or to put it another way, who Newcastle should sign during the transfer window.

Alan Pardew wants "one, maybe two" players next month. That will probably mean one at best. It should be two at least.

So who does he go for? Let's start at the back. The goalkeeping position is sorted as if the back four. True, if a world-class centre-half became available for pennies, then why wouldn't you want him? But if Fabricio Coloccini stays, and he most likely will, then Pardew has decent cover in defence.

Now to midfeld. This is where the fun begins.

I personally would like to see a naturally left sided attacker brought in - and I know that's what Ben Arfa is.

And may I recommend the Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady. His club, Spartak Moscow, want to move him on next month before his contract runs out and he can leave for nothing.

McGeady, 27, is on his day a destructive players who could excite Newcastle fans.

Just ask Coloccini.

The captain will surely still remember the night when the-then 18-year-old McGeady ran circles around the Argentine during a Champions League game between AC Milan and Celtic. …

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