Journalist Dean Jones has been discussing a potential transfer of Burnley defender James Tarkowski to Newcastle United.
The new era at Newcastle United didn’t get off to the best of starts as they fell 3-2 to Tottenham Hotspur at St. James’ Park, with all three of the visitors’ goals coming before half-time as the defence imploded after Callum Wilson’s opener.
And what that performance showed is just how much help they need in defence, with some pundits in the media suggesting that the majority of the defence needs to be changed during the upcoming January transfer window.
Having previously suggested Tarkowski could be a target for the Magpies, during the latest edition of Touchline Talk, Jones hinted that not only is the Burnley defender, who is valued at £22.5 million (as per Transfermarkt), on Newcastle United’s radar, but he might not be too averse to a move to Tyneside:
“James Tarkowski is somebody that they are clearly interested in. I think he’s had his eye on a move away from Burnley for a year or so now if the right opportunity came along, and I think this might be a good platform for him, he might see it as that way.
“Obviously short-term, it’s going to be difficult and there won’t be much glory involved, but if you’re one of the first men aboard the new ship, then there’s potentially a very fun journey ahead for you. So I think Tarkowski would be interested and would be a good signing.”
TIF Thoughts on Dean Jones’ comments about James Tarkowski and Newcastle United…
Would James Tarkowski be a good signing?
Whilst Jones hints that Newcastle would be interested in Tarkowski, it’s whether or not Tarkowski would want to make the move to Tyneside that is perhaps the key factor in this.
Given that there is still some time to go until the January transfer window, it’s not impossible to think that this Newcastle team, who are yet to win a game this season and clearly have problems at the back, could end up well adrift at the bottom of the league and not in an attractive position.
And although Jones suggests that Tarkowski might be interested, if it looks like an impossible position for Newcastle to get out of, then it’s not a guarantee that he would want to move – no matter how much of the newly acquired wealth they might be prepared to throw at him.