Newcastle need a revamp of their defence, that goes without saying. After having the second worst defensive record in the league last year, behind only QPR, the back four is in dire need of improvement.
Newcastle conceded a massive 63 goals last season, that is relegation standard in anyone's book. The defence at St James' Park could be about to get what is needed though, with the Newcastle Evening Chronicle reporting that Schalke are set to offer Newcastle Joel Matip.
Who is Joel Matip?
Matip is a Cameroonian born centre-back who can also play as a defensive-midfielder. He is currently one of the first-choice centre backs at Schalke, meaning he is valued at around £10 million.
He has been part of the Schalke first team for almost six years now and is under contract with the German side until the end of next season. He has two major honours to boast in a relatively short career up to now, winning the DFB Pokal in the 2010/11 season, as well as winning the German Supercup in 2011 too.
He has been tipped to go on and do great things in his career but will he be moving to the north east of England this summer?
Newcastle right for him?
He has previously been linked with teams such as Manchester City and Liverpool, which leads you to think that he is maybe a bit above Newcastle, but that isn't the case. Yes, he is a high-profile layer at the tender age of 23. Yes, he has the potential to become a very special player. But no, he is not above Newcastle, not yet at least.
He is young and has no experience is the Premier League, but that makes Newcastle the perfect team for him. At Newcastle, he will be played; he won't be at Liverpool or City. At Newcastle, he will be one of the stars, at Liverpool or City he won't. At Newcastle, he has the perfect environment to grow and become the player that he has the potential to be. Liverpool and City have bigger, more high-profile players so he won't get the attention and nurturing he would with the Magpies.
There are countless reasons why Newcastle are the more suitable team for Matip at this stage of his career. Liverpool or City would be a mistake, this time in a player's career is make or break. Any decisions he makes now will either set him up for a great career, or set him up for failure. Now is the time to choose.
Do Newcastle need Matip?
As previously mentioned, Newcastle are in need of three or four new defenders. The only defender that proved himself to the Geordie faithful last year was Daryl Janmaat. After conceding 63 goals in the league alone, Newcastle need to revamp that back four.
Mike Williamson is diabolical, Fabricio Coloccini has been a good servant but I think it is time for him to move on whilst Steven Taylor is constantly blowing hot and cold. This is not acceptable.
After getting rid of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Davide Santon on loan, Newcastle left themselves very short in the defensive area. Matip would be the perfect start to a summer overhaul. This would be a fantastic opportunity to announce the intentions of the club.
Newcastle fans, do you think the defence is something the club should be focusing on improving? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.