As we all know by now, Joe Kinnear isn’t one to beat around the bush. Therefore, when he says that his current shortage of midfielders is ‘serious’, you are going to believe him. You are also going to expect him to do something about it.
At this moment in time, Kinnear faces the prospect of going into this weekend’s game against West Ham with Geremi as his only fit central midfielder. The former Chelsea man has only played 12 times this season himself, so it is fair to say that Newcastle could do with strengthening in this area.
With Nicky Butt suspended, Joey Barton injured and Danny Guthrie suffering with flu, there is no doubt that a new recruit would be welcome. So, who could they turn to?
Well, Rangers midfielder Barry Ferguson has been consistently linked over recent weeks and this speculation could increase in light of the midfield problems for Kinnear.
It is thought that Newcastle could get their man for as little as £3m, so perhaps the football betting odds will start to expect the move to happen. As for whether it would be a good signing for Kinnear, it has to be said that it would be a risk.
Fair enough, Ferguson is a talented player and has showed this for Rangers and Scotland over the years, but does he have what it takes to perform in the Premier League? Back in 2003, the Scotsman signed for Blackburn, but only latest 18 months before returning north of the border.
At 30-years-old though, he may want to give himself another go in England just to see whether he could be successful. You get the feeling that he would suit Newcastle’s style of play, so perhaps he could well be the man to solve Kinnear’s midfield problems.
By Thomas Rooney – As sports writer who blogs about football betting advice</a>