Monday, August 04, 2008

Reinforcing our rear guard

After waiting all summer for some defensive reinforcements, it now appears that we have two new arrivals to get excited about.

The first is Sebastien Bassong, who has joined us after a brief spell on trial, from our old UEFA Cup foes Metz. He’s young, left footed, and plays centre-half, and from the quotes appearing in the press, is prepared to work hard to earn a place in the first team. Precisely the sort of player who will bring increasing depth, and hopefully greater competition and improved standards, to our first team.

The second, after much to-ing and fro-ing would appear to be Fabricio Coloccini, with reports now emanating to suggest that a fee has been agreed with Deportivo for the Argentine’s services. Keegan seems suitably pleased, and if he can follow in the footsteps of some of his compatriots in terms of taking to the Premiership, then we could well have acquired the tough tackling defensive colossus we’ve been craving (no pressure!).

Having said that, quotes by Keegan suggesting that "He’s played for Argentina – and not many bad players play for Argentina" rather imply that he wasn’t watching Newcastle when Christian Bassedas was singularly underwhelming us with performances in midfield, and makes me worry as to how many of Coloccini's performances he's actually witnessed.

What we do still need, and our performances in pre-season have only underlined this fact, is a creative central midfielder, something the club have reportedly acknowledged, if the Chronicle’s comment about Per Ciljan Skjelbred is to be believed.

I’ll be honest, he isn’t a player I know a great deal about, although, a quick read of the player’s Wikipedia entry makes me wonder whether the player’s agent might have written it…


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