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Is Romelu Lukaku to Newcastle United that unrealistic?

Romelu Lukaku scores for Everton against Newcastle at Goodison Park

Lukaku – Scoring one of many goals against Newcastle United last season

I posed a question on Twitter a couple of days ago about what direction Newcastle United can now go in their pursuit of another forward. Their main targets this summer: Loic Rémy and Alexandre Lacazette have all confirmed that their futures lie elsewhere, and Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, who has long been admired by officials at St. James’ Park, does not look any closer to an exit from the Bundesliga despite reports that he could be obtained for as little as £7m this summer. This leads me to another man who Alan Pardew has wanted for quite some time: Romelu Lukaku of Chelsea. The Belgian was subject to an loan-bid from Newcastle last season only for the club to be told that he wasn’t allowed to leave. As we know all know, Lukaku later pushed through a loan-move which saw him end up at Goodison Park and do very well.

The eyes of world football were fixed on Romelu Lukaku at the 2014 World Cup and he had a very frustrating tournament, nabbing just one goal, in extra-time, against a United States out on their feet. Apart from that, he was rather disappointing – but that hardly comes as a shock as there was too much expectation on his own shoulders, and that of his nation, Belgium.

Lukaku’s future has been up in the air ever since he joined Everton on loan, and with the arrival of Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge in a big-money [Read more →]

July 25, 2014   48 Comments

This NUFC youngster could make big breakthrough this season

Rolando Aarons in a training session with Newcastle United

Aarons – In training keeping 2014 World Cup star Tim Krul on his toes

In a summer that has been dominated – and thankfully so – by in the impressive, swift action taken by Newcastle United’s in the transfer window, the club’s latest pre-season outing in New Zealand against saw 18 year-old Rolando Aarons earn a starting role. The Jamaican winger was named in a line-up dominated by new faces, including summer arrivals Jack Colback, Siem de Jong, and indeed Emmanuel Rivière. It was very pleasing to see manager Alan Pardew start the midfielder in such an encounter, an early indication of the intentions to finally bring through some youth on Tyneside. Thankfully, it seems that there could well be a very good crop of young players coming through, as fellow 18 year-old Adam Armstrong scored an excellent goal in their 4-0 demolition of their opponents Sydney FC, on Sunday morning.

Of course, many of you will know Armstrong from his first team appearances in the Premier League last campaign, but Aarons in a new face to the team, and his involvement has been coming for the past few months.

On that note, let’s take a look at him. [Read more →]

July 23, 2014   No Comments

Newcastle close to completing deal for Chilean international

Mauricio Isla in action for Chile at the 2014 World Cup

Isla – Reached the Last 16 of 2014 World Cup with his nation in Brazil

According to Chilean newspaper El Mercurio, Newcastle United have reached an agreement with Juventus over their Chilean full-back, Mauricio Isla. For many of you that watched the 2014 World Cup in-depth, you will have recognised his name, and more than likely, will know him from his endeavours with the Italian champions. The news breaks from a Chilean paper in a report which they claim Newcastle have agreed a $14m fee (£8m) for the 26 year-old and barring something spectacular, he will sign the dotted line on Tyneside in the coming days. The news comes out of nowhere in fairness, and I am not sure how reliable that particular media outlet is, however, we do know that Newcastle were keeping tabs on him, before they eventually completed a deal for Mathieu Debuchy’s replacement, Daryl Janmaat.

The news of his transfer is noted on the front page of El Mercurio which would suggest that it is not only an exclusive, but something which they are confident is going to happen.

Personally, I find it a little hard to believe considering we recruited Janmaat, but perhaps, just maybe, Isla is a long-term replacement [Read more →]

July 22, 2014   10 Comments

Jack Colback is not ahead of Vurnon Anita in Newcastle’s pecking order

Newcastle's Vurnon Anita celebrates after scoring against Hull

Anita – Celebrates after scoring a rare goal in a 4-1 rout of Hull City last season

While in my usual routine of browsing Twitter (@KevinDoocey if you’re not following!) I noticed a large number of Newcastle United fans detailing out their preferred starting eleven ahead of the upcoming Premier League season. Most people had a similar forward featuring the likes of Rémy Cabella, Siem de Jong and indeed Emmanuel Rivière. However, when it came to our midfield line-up, there were a few differences. What caught my eye was the quantity of people who had Jack Colback starting ahead of Vurnon Anita in a holding position. Firstly, when Colback made the short trip from Wearside to sign the dotted line at St. James’ Park, the majority of Newcastle fans were not impressed. They claimed he wasn’t any improvement to the current line-up, although, admittedly, a superior option to the departed Dan Gosling. So, when I sifted through my timeline and saw Colback’s name of Anita, it not only confused me, but surprised me.

Jack Colback is a player that I rate, no doubt about that. Under the correct coaching he could be a very efficient holding midfielder, and he is naturally left-footed which is a rare commodity to have among English players nowadays. At just 24 years-old, plenty of Premier League experience, and a free agent — it made perfect sense for Newcastle to sign him up.

Colback is used to a relegation battle. He has played everywhere from centre-mid, left-wing to indeed left-back in his days in red and white so again, he is a versatile option to have. However, from those relegation fights, Colback hardly [Read more →]

July 21, 2014   15 Comments