Chris Hughton should be looking abroad for new recruits

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Chris Hughton should be looking abroad for new signings

All the talk in the last few weeks has been about the likes of Matthew Kilgallon and Jermaine Beckford arriving on Tyneside. Today has been pretty quiet on the Toon front with the real focus on the snow, the other games in the Championship. We saw Cardiff City draw 1-1 at home to Ian Holloway’s Blackpool & Scunthorpe put four past a Derby County side which proved an equal match for us a week ago. Anyway, whilst all the commotion about where Beckford will be on the 1st of February, I think it’d be a wise decision for Chris Hughton to look abroad for new recruits as my headline suggests.

There’s no doubt England is home to many many great footballers, both present and up and coming, but the rest of Europe too offers a brilliant range of young footballing gems. The likes of Spain, Portugal, France and Russia all hold many a player that could do a very very good job for Newcastle United, or any English club for that matter.

Now I know what you’re thinking, the foreign ‘talent’ we bought back in those days. We know the likes Albert Luque, Jean Alain Boumsong, Huge Viana etc never showed their true potential at Newcastle, however they were trying to fit into a dysfunctional side at the time.

We see in the news of late that Birmingham will be soon signing Michel from Sporting Gijon. This lad will turn out to be a very very smart signing by Alex McLeish. The 24 year old has cost about £3m but if coached right he’ll be well worth the cash.

I’m always excited when we’re linked to foreign talents but I can’t say there’s been many linked in the last few months. Beckford, Kilgallon, Cort, all English. There’s no problem with that, but considering our teams lacks a big amount of creativity, it’d be wise to add a player with some flair to our ranks.

On what’s been a snowy, pretty monotonous Saturday hopefully the new week ahead of us will bring some encouraging, bright news.

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baro: ⏱ 09/01/2010

We need to look at greece, ghana, portugal and other countries to look for the top young guns for future. Sotiris Ninis is the brightest talent at the moment.

baro: ⏱ 09/01/2010

We need to look at greece, ghana, portugal and other countries to look for the top young guns for future. Sotiris Ninis is the brightest talent at the moment.

sirjasontoon: ⏱ 09/01/2010

I don't care where they are from as long as they are decent. Chances are though we will end up with nothing though.

sirjasontoon: ⏱ 09/01/2010

I don't care where they are from as long as they are decent. Chances are though we will end up with nothing though.

Mag_Laad: ⏱ 09/01/2010

I think the answer to our creative midfield problem is Per Cijan Skjelbred, we've been linked with him for a couple years now and I think its about time they take the plunge and snap him up. Could easily play at this level and at Premiership level as he's only 21 or 22 and has Champions League and UEFA Cup expericence. There's been quite a few good scandinavian imports in the past few years and we should gamble on him and Erik Husekelepp.

Mag_Laad: ⏱ 09/01/2010

I think the answer to our creative midfield problem is Per Cijan Skjelbred, we've been linked with him for a couple years now and I think its about time they take the plunge and snap him up. Could easily play at this level and at Premiership level as he's only 21 or 22 and has Champions League and UEFA Cup expericence. There's been quite a few good scandinavian imports in the past few years and we should gamble on him and Erik Husekelepp.

Mag_Laad: ⏱ 09/01/2010

Forgot to mention Per Cijan Skjelbred is a Toon supporter aswell :D

Mag_Laad: ⏱ 09/01/2010

Forgot to mention Per Cijan Skjelbred is a Toon supporter aswell :D

Robby Bobson: ⏱ 09/01/2010

If we get promoted we should do everything to sign Sessegnon from PSG. Top top class player and cant beleive hes not at a real top club. Coming out of the dream world, im sure there is talent out there in Scandavania and Eastern Europe, but he should buy them as well as not instead of. Would rather have Killgallon and play it safe, but if we then bring in the next Hangeland as well then great :D.

Robby Bobson: ⏱ 09/01/2010

If we get promoted we should do everything to sign Sessegnon from PSG. Top top class player and cant beleive hes not at a real top club. Coming out of the dream world, im sure there is talent out there in Scandavania and Eastern Europe, but he should buy them as well as not instead of. Would rather have Killgallon and play it safe, but if we then bring in the next Hangeland as well then great :D.

batty: ⏱ 09/01/2010

aye we should be looking at real and barca ron and messi lol

batty: ⏱ 09/01/2010

aye we should be looking at real and barca ron and messi lol

batty: ⏱ 09/01/2010

think we should try get ohara on loan

batty: ⏱ 09/01/2010

think we should try get ohara on loan

Doocey: ⏱ 09/01/2010

Should do, would be a brilliant signing. However, I'm not sure what his story is at the minute?

Doocey: ⏱ 09/01/2010

Should do, would be a brilliant signing. However, I'm not sure what his story is at the minute?

sean sturrock: ⏱ 09/01/2010

manager says he wants four new faces ..skjelbred, daniel opare, lewandowski, buananotte !!

sean sturrock: ⏱ 09/01/2010

manager says he wants four new faces ..skjelbred, daniel opare, lewandowski, buananotte !!

tomlkier: ⏱ 09/01/2010

My first though was Skjelbred too. We need to stop talking about signing him and sign him allready, he's class.

tomlkier: ⏱ 09/01/2010

My first though was Skjelbred too. We need to stop talking about signing him and sign him allready, he's class.

batty: ⏱ 09/01/2010

doocey the prem leauge have sed portsmouth cant loan him agen because of there embargo m8

batty: ⏱ 09/01/2010

doocey the prem leauge have sed portsmouth cant loan him agen because of there embargo m8

Mag_Laad: ⏱ 09/01/2010

sean sturrock Too much football manager mate.

Mag_Laad: ⏱ 09/01/2010

sean sturrock Too much football manager mate.

Doocey: ⏱ 09/01/2010

Well then we should be definitely in for him, although I'd be surprised if we were. Would be a perfect addition to our midfield, especially with Nicky Butt looking like he'll be calling it a day soon..

Doocey: ⏱ 09/01/2010

Well then we should be definitely in for him, although I'd be surprised if we were. Would be a perfect addition to our midfield, especially with Nicky Butt looking like he'll be calling it a day soon..

Robby Bobson: ⏱ 09/01/2010

O'Hara is a good player but we are abit overloaded in the midfield, especially with Barton to return as well. Would rather see Guthrie start more games then develop a Spurs youngster. I think he is available though, Pompey aren't allowed to extend his loan, a little harsh I think. We still need to resolve the right back area! Ryan Taylor is great at dead balls but at right back he makes me take a big breath in every time the ball goes near him and there has been no news on Simpson yet.

Robby Bobson: ⏱ 09/01/2010

O'Hara is a good player but we are abit overloaded in the midfield, especially with Barton to return as well. Would rather see Guthrie start more games then develop a Spurs youngster. I think he is available though, Pompey aren't allowed to extend his loan, a little harsh I think. We still need to resolve the right back area! Ryan Taylor is great at dead balls but at right back he makes me take a big breath in every time the ball goes near him and there has been no news on Simpson yet.

sean sturrock: ⏱ 09/01/2010

no its called watching these young talents on youtube m8 ..never played football manager.

sean sturrock: ⏱ 09/01/2010

no its called watching these young talents on youtube m8 ..never played football manager.

JT: ⏱ 09/01/2010

Jason Toon you are the most negative moron i have witnessed on these blogs, u sure ur not a mackem? Sturrock- you're fooling nobody. As for youtube, thats a reliable source isnt it. that xisco kid worked a treat. cretin HWTL

JT: ⏱ 09/01/2010

Jason Toon you are the most negative moron i have witnessed on these blogs, u sure ur not a mackem? Sturrock- you're fooling nobody. As for youtube, thats a reliable source isnt it. that xisco kid worked a treat. cretin HWTL

Mag_Laad: ⏱ 09/01/2010

sean sturrock Aye ok mate and how much did you get them for on Footy Manager eh? haha

Mag_Laad: ⏱ 09/01/2010

sean sturrock Aye ok mate and how much did you get them for on Footy Manager eh? haha

dolly dobbin: ⏱ 09/01/2010

jt .... you tube.

dolly dobbin: ⏱ 09/01/2010

jt .... you tube.

simon: ⏱ 09/01/2010

Surely if the owner MA truley believes like most of us toon fans hope will get promoted first time of asking that we should be looking at targets not just for now but next season and sign them on pre contracts in january to come in the summer. If we dont no doubt after the world cup if any of the players we were interested have a good cup the bigger clubs who can throw more money than sense will be queing up. As for a short term playmaker in midfield what about giles barnes was released by derby and has been training with birmingham and is a free agent ???

simon: ⏱ 09/01/2010

Surely if the owner MA truley believes like most of us toon fans hope will get promoted first time of asking that we should be looking at targets not just for now but next season and sign them on pre contracts in january to come in the summer. If we dont no doubt after the world cup if any of the players we were interested have a good cup the bigger clubs who can throw more money than sense will be queing up. As for a short term playmaker in midfield what about giles barnes was released by derby and has been training with birmingham and is a free agent ???

Doocey: ⏱ 09/01/2010

Simon, very good spot. Barnes was on loan at Fulham last year but he disappeared totally. Definitely worth a shot, sure weren't we close to dishing out £5m for him a couple of years back?

Doocey: ⏱ 09/01/2010

Simon, very good spot. Barnes was on loan at Fulham last year but he disappeared totally. Definitely worth a shot, sure weren't we close to dishing out £5m for him a couple of years back?

Roy Cropper: ⏱ 10/01/2010

unfortunatley due to komfort's drip i'm unable to get any shut eye - & batty lying full stretch in bed - hen broon springs to mind , we have no future.

Roy Cropper: ⏱ 10/01/2010

unfortunatley due to komfort's drip i'm unable to get any shut eye - & batty lying full stretch in bed - hen broon springs to mind , we have no future.

Roy Cropper: ⏱ 10/01/2010

jt - sjt lives in my rented flat & i can assure you he's anything but negative , infact he's the bell of the ball - until he has to pay the rent that is. i'm waiting for the change..

Roy Cropper: ⏱ 10/01/2010

jt - sjt lives in my rented flat & i can assure you he's anything but negative , infact he's the bell of the ball - until he has to pay the rent that is. i'm waiting for the change..

sean sturrock: ⏱ 10/01/2010

Why would i lie about not playing football manager. its called being interested in the youth developement. rumour going round that david bentley on loan till end of season.

sean sturrock: ⏱ 10/01/2010

Why would i lie about not playing football manager. its called being interested in the youth developement. rumour going round that david bentley on loan till end of season.

Roy Cropper: ⏱ 10/01/2010

dolly dobbin - jt is ok man , he's the makeup artist for estee lauder & he wears cuban heels. ..i could scream. .& sturrock leave them kiddies alone you shyster , dont get to excited with the word bent ley.

Roy Cropper: ⏱ 10/01/2010

dolly dobbin - jt is ok man , he's the makeup artist for estee lauder & he wears cuban heels. ..i could scream. .& sturrock leave them kiddies alone you shyster , dont get to excited with the word bent ley.

scotty: ⏱ 10/01/2010

Come back Ed harrison...

scotty: ⏱ 10/01/2010

Come back Ed harrison...

Batty: ⏱ 10/01/2010

roy a coldant slep either and tel you what sick of lickng workys and stardys arse so dont get bannd what y think shoul do

Batty: ⏱ 10/01/2010

roy a coldant slep either and tel you what sick of lickng workys and stardys arse so dont get bannd what y think shoul do

Roy Cropper: ⏱ 10/01/2010

batty - one's up his own ring a one'a be never will be & the other is a know all miserable old failure - tell the pair of them to take a hike - youv'e always got spew79. to mutch will kill you / :)

Roy Cropper: ⏱ 10/01/2010

batty - one's up his own ring a one'a be never will be & the other is a know all miserable old failure - tell the pair of them to take a hike - youv'e always got spew79. to mutch will kill you /\ :)

Roy Cropper: ⏱ 10/01/2010

scotty - is that it , come back ed harrison !?! - thing's move on cock breath - ed's gone so deal with it you weasel.

Roy Cropper: ⏱ 10/01/2010

scotty - is that it , come back ed harrison !?! - thing's move on cock breath - ed's gone so deal with it you weasel.

Batty: ⏱ 10/01/2010

good nigt cropper and thanks

Batty: ⏱ 10/01/2010

good nigt cropper and thanks

Roy Cropper: ⏱ 10/01/2010

nee bother soft lad - anytime , good night.

Roy Cropper: ⏱ 10/01/2010

nee bother soft lad - anytime , good night.

Roy Cropper: ⏱ 10/01/2010

just one last thing before you go batty - how's the bag pipe lessons going ?

Roy Cropper: ⏱ 10/01/2010

just one last thing before you go batty - how's the bag pipe lessons going ?

Batty: ⏱ 10/01/2010

good and playing on northumland street moz u comin

Batty: ⏱ 10/01/2010

good and playing on northumland street moz u comin

Roy Cropper: ⏱ 10/01/2010

aye why not - good night.

Roy Cropper: ⏱ 10/01/2010

aye why not - good night.

Batty: ⏱ 10/01/2010

nite nite roy :)

Batty: ⏱ 10/01/2010

nite nite roy :)

Mick: ⏱ 10/01/2010

Agree that CH should be looking at overseas players, you left Holland out of your list of countries. I have long been a fan of Roy Berens bij F.C. Herenveen in Holland, he,s a bit old now but a player who would definitely fit in to our set up and he woud,nt cost us much!

Mick: ⏱ 10/01/2010

Agree that CH should be looking at overseas players, you left Holland out of your list of countries. I have long been a fan of Roy Berens bij F.C. Herenveen in Holland, he,s a bit old now but a player who would definitely fit in to our set up and he woud,nt cost us much!

DJG: ⏱ 10/01/2010

I would like to see a mixture of english and foreign. There has to be some talented young english players that chris can attract in our current situation. Also I can't believe we wouldn't be able to get Macheda on loan. He has played something like 6 games this season. Would be nice to here something about the Simpson situation. Doesn't his loan expire next week or something?

DJG: ⏱ 10/01/2010

I would like to see a mixture of english and foreign. There has to be some talented young english players that chris can attract in our current situation. Also I can't believe we wouldn't be able to get Macheda on loan. He has played something like 6 games this season. Would be nice to here something about the Simpson situation. Doesn't his loan expire next week or something?

DJG: ⏱ 10/01/2010

I dont think we will have too much trouble beating Plymouth at home. Especially with Hughton saying he is gonna play pretty much a full strength squad to stop the rust setting in. After that I would like to see us approah the 2 West Brom games like we did the Middlesborough game. In total control and laying down our superiority. If it maintains a barren run for them and we can start another winning streak I think they will struggle to catch us and forest, they have scored for fun at times but just havent been consistent enough. It would be great if they had to try and come up through the play offs! Only first place will be good enough for us though IMO. It's so important we win a trophy. Even if it is the second divison. Then hopefully some rich arab will buy us.

DJG: ⏱ 10/01/2010

I dont think we will have too much trouble beating Plymouth at home. Especially with Hughton saying he is gonna play pretty much a full strength squad to stop the rust setting in. After that I would like to see us approah the 2 West Brom games like we did the Middlesborough game. In total control and laying down our superiority. If it maintains a barren run for them and we can start another winning streak I think they will struggle to catch us and forest, they have scored for fun at times but just havent been consistent enough. It would be great if they had to try and come up through the play offs! Only first place will be good enough for us though IMO. It's so important we win a trophy. Even if it is the second divison. Then hopefully some rich arab will buy us.

craig chisholm: ⏱ 10/01/2010

why look abroad?? who we going to get to come to championship footy and at what price? by tme they settle in the season will be over and they will have been zero help to us.

craig chisholm: ⏱ 10/01/2010

why look abroad?? who we going to get to come to championship footy and at what price? by tme they settle in the season will be over and they will have been zero help to us.

Mick: ⏱ 10/01/2010

Sorry Craig your wrong! There is loads of talent abroad who would jump at the chance to play for us. The fact we are in the Championship has nothing to do with it. You forget we are top and potential promotion candidates! A lot of the home grown kids are prima donna,s who just want to see how much money they can earn from us!

Mick: ⏱ 10/01/2010

Sorry Craig your wrong! There is loads of talent abroad who would jump at the chance to play for us. The fact we are in the Championship has nothing to do with it. You forget we are top and potential promotion candidates! A lot of the home grown kids are prima donna,s who just want to see how much money they can earn from us!

Fozzy: ⏱ 10/01/2010

The new rulings mean that you have to have a high percentage of your first team match day squad trained in England (for the previous four years if they have not came through the ranks) so yes, signing lots of foreigners who wouldn't be interested makes sense. You will be best off waiting till the end of the season allowing them to bed in and see how they do in the World Cup first! Gui'varch anyone?

Fozzy: ⏱ 10/01/2010

The new rulings mean that you have to have a high percentage of your first team match day squad trained in England (for the previous four years if they have not came through the ranks) so yes, signing lots of foreigners who wouldn't be interested makes sense. You will be best off waiting till the end of the season allowing them to bed in and see how they do in the World Cup first! Gui'varch anyone?

Phil Smith: ⏱ 10/01/2010

If we are to look aborad, the first name that comes to mind is Per Ciljan Skjelbreid. Outstanding player with a moral thats suits the club. He can make a bigger name for himself in the PL than Hangeland or former Liverpool player Riise. Have both the pace, stamina and the abillty to open up the defence with clever passes. Just the type of player we need. I also would have like to see Macheda from United, he`s listed for loan. Roque Santa Cruz have just played 8 matches so far. And with Tevez, Bellamy, Robino, Adebayorand and benjai they could let him go on a loan.

Phil Smith: ⏱ 10/01/2010

If we are to look aborad, the first name that comes to mind is Per Ciljan Skjelbreid. Outstanding player with a moral thats suits the club. He can make a bigger name for himself in the PL than Hangeland or former Liverpool player Riise. Have both the pace, stamina and the abillty to open up the defence with clever passes. Just the type of player we need. I also would have like to see Macheda from United, he`s listed for loan. Roque Santa Cruz have just played 8 matches so far. And with Tevez, Bellamy, Robino, Adebayorand and benjai they could let him go on a loan.

scottishmag: ⏱ 10/01/2010

Joe Ledley and Ben Watson we should sign straight away. Before you all start to rubbish scottish football and I agree. The two best players Aiden Mcgeady and Scott Brown are ones we should make an approach for. You can see my worry is midfield. Which makes the return of our best midfielder Joey barton all the more appealing

scottishmag: ⏱ 10/01/2010

Joe Ledley and Ben Watson we should sign straight away. Before you all start to rubbish scottish football and I agree. The two best players Aiden Mcgeady and Scott Brown are ones we should make an approach for. You can see my worry is midfield. Which makes the return of our best midfielder Joey barton all the more appealing

TOON LAD: ⏱ 10/01/2010

i would rather keep it all english

TOON LAD: ⏱ 10/01/2010

i would rather keep it all english

Toon soldier: ⏱ 10/01/2010

to attract talent make cheryl cole a spokesperson 4 the club ;)

Toon soldier: ⏱ 10/01/2010

to attract talent make cheryl cole a spokesperson 4 the club ;)

batty: ⏱ 10/01/2010

that was not me last nite

batty: ⏱ 10/01/2010

with the capitol B

chuck: ⏱ 10/01/2010

Dont get your hopes up about any decent signings. Ashleys goal is promotion then sell, at the lowest cost to him. Thats it ! And it will not come soon enough for most.

chuck: ⏱ 10/01/2010

Dont get your hopes up about any decent signings. Ashleys goal is promotion then sell, at the lowest cost to him. Thats it ! And it will not come soon enough for most.

BeeBee: ⏱ 10/01/2010

I agree that the team seriously needs flair and creativity... Eidur Gudjohnsen is a proven player in English football and is available from Monaco for just about £1.5m. I think he's still got 2 good years left in him.

Milburn: ⏱ 10/01/2010

What about de ridder from wigan for the right wing? Worth a shout?

BeeBee: ⏱ 10/01/2010

I agree that the team seriously needs flair and creativity... Eidur Gudjohnsen is a proven player in English football and is available from Monaco for just about £1.5m. I think he's still got 2 good years left in him.

Doocey: ⏱ 10/01/2010

Eidur would be a good choice but I hear there's a few Premier League teams in for him. No surprise to see Allardyce after him again.

Hayley cropper: ⏱ 10/01/2010

Roy your crack is the best, lots of love hayley and Gordon strachan..... I mean chesney!! X x

Hayley cropper: ⏱ 10/01/2010

Roy your crack is the best, lots of love hayley and Gordon strachan..... I mean chesney!! X x

J: ⏱ 11/01/2010

Per Cijan Skjelbred,Rasmus Elm,Stephane Sessagnon,Alou Diarra,Martin Petrov,