Newcastle’s Foreign Transfers in Last Decade Have Been Pathetic


We were asked to review the foreign transfers Newcastle have made in the past – and after reviewing buys starting in the Kevin Keegan era what comes across era and what comes across is that he was the only manager who was successful with bringing in foreign players. Here we review 32 foreign transfers and give our opinion of them – of course a few of them were diabolical (two to be exact – guess who) – but this is one for the ages – so read on and enjoy!

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Kevin Keegan – Newcastle Manager 1992-1997

  1. Phillippe Albert – Belgium – Defender
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    Signed by Keegan in 1994 and made 96 appearances for Newcastle in his 5 years at the club. Phillipe was a popular player and very good and he scored 8 goals for us. Success.

  2. David Ginola – France – Left Wing
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    Signed in 1995 by Kevin Keegan and stayed for two years before joining Tottenham. A beautifully skilled player who brought magic to St. James before leaving for London where they suddenly discovered David was a fantastic player. Made 71 appearances for us and scored 7 goals.
    Success

  3. Faustino Asprilla – Columbia – Striker
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    Signed by Keegan to help us win the league in 1997 – but tended to upset the balance of the team and cost us ₤7.5M from Parma. Scored a famous hat-trick at St. James’ Park against Barcelona in one of the best European nights on Tyneside. Didn’t stay long and sold back to Parma. Made 48 appearances for us and scored 9 goals. An exciting and incredibly talented player.
    Success

  4. Jon Daal Tomasson – Denmark – Striker
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    Signed in 1997 by Kenny Dalglish when 19 years old and stayed at Newcastle for just one season but not quite good enough at the time. He only made 23 appearances for Newcastle and scored 3 goals. He has done very well since leaving Newcastle and has looked good for Denmark where in 85 appearances he has scored an incredible 43 goals. He left for Feyenord in 1999 where in 122 games he scored 55 goals – then went to Milan in 2002 (till 2005) and scored 22 goals in 55 appearances. He joined Villareal in 2007. Probably too young when he came over so has to be a
    Failure

  5. Allesendro Pistone – Italy – Defender
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    Qualifies because signed from Inter Milan in 1997 by Dalglish having never played in England before. Made his debut on August 9th, 1997 (same debut as Shay Given) against Sheffield Wednesday in a 2-1 win at St. James’ Park. Signed as a center back and switched eventually to left back where he made 46 appearances for us and scored 1 goal. But cost an enormous ₤4M and never justified that price tag before being moved on to Everton in 2000. Injury prone. For 4M a
    Failure

  6. Temuri Ketsbaia

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    Ketsbaia became a free agent in the summer of 1997 and joined Newcastle. A popular player with the fans, Ketsbaia was used sparingly by the club, particularly by Dalglish who saw Ketsbaia as a fringe player and regularly used him as a substitute. Although impressing at Newcastle it is not only his performances Ketsbaia is remembered for but also his bizarre celebrations, such as kicking the advertising board after scoring a goal against Bolton. This was done in frustration at having been constantly used as a substitute by Dalglish. Left in 200 for Wolves in a £900,000 deal so we made money on him.
    OK

  7. Didier Domi – France – Full Back
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    Having appeared in the UEFA Super Cup for PSG against Juventus in 1996-1997 in the next campaign he took part in the UEFA Champions League and helped PSG win both the French Cup and League Cup. He moved to Newcastle for £4M in January 1999 but after a good start he fell out of form and favor and began 2001 and finally returned to PSG for the same fee in 2001. Played 55 times for Newcastle and scored 3 goals.
    OK

  8. Andreas Andersson – Sweden – Striker
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    Signed in 1998 by Kenny Dalglish and stayed for one season but not good enough for Newcastle. He made 21 appearances for Newcastle and scored 8 goals. He was a Swedish International and played 42 times for them and scored 8 goals. Andreas was not suited to the rigors of the English game and didn’t welcome the physical presence of the English game.
    Failure

  9. Dietmar Hamann – Germany – Defensive Midfield
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    Signed in 1998 by Kenny Dalglish and stayed for one season before being enticed by Liverpool. He had just played for Germany in the 1998 World Cup and looked –and was – an accomplished defensive midfielder. He was very good for us – when he was here – and scored a few rocket goals. Played for Germany regularly appearing 59 times for them and scoring 5 goals – he is the typical German player – does the easy things well and is an accomplished player. Scored the winning goal against England at Wembley in Keegan’s last game as England manager (October 7th, 2000). (Kevin resigned after the game)
    Success

  10. Nikos Dabizas -Greece – Center back
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    He signed with Newcastle in 1998 on an initial four-year contract, which was to expire in 2002 but was renewed well ahead of time and was to see Nikos in the team until June 2004. He famously scored Newcastle’s winning goal in the 1-0 victory in the local derby away to Sunderland. Being left out of the first squad since the spring of 2003 Nikos had no option but to seek a transfer and eventually signed for Leicester City in 2004 – after refusing a move to Arsenal.
    Success

  11. Nolberto Solano – Peru – Right Wing
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    Signed by Kenny Dalglish for ₤2.5M from Boca Juniors in 1998. In his first spell at club (until January 2005) He appeared 172 times and scored 29 goals. Since he returned in 2005 has appeared 57 times and scored 8 goals.
    Success – Best Foreign Buy Ever

  12. Stéphane Guivarc’h – France – Striker
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    Signed by Kenny Dalglish after the World Cup in 1998 when France won – Stephane is not well remembered by Newcastle fans and he was moved on within months as his style of play was too like that of Alan Shearer and he wasn’t as good as Alan (understatement). We paid around ₤6M for him but moved him to Rangers when Gullit took over as manager and at least got our money back. Made 4 appearances and one goal – which he scored on his debut at home to Liverpool. Should never have been signed.
    Failure

  13. Laurent Charvet– France – Right Back
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    Laurent joined us for ₤750,000 from Cannes in 1998 and played 40 times for Newcastle over the next two seasons scoring 1 goal. The previous season he had been on loan at Chelsea and had played for them 11 times scoring 2 goals. Bought by Joe Royle of Manchester City for ₤1M at the start of the 2000 season. strong>
    Failure

  14. George Georgiadis – Greece – Midfield
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    George joined Newcastle from Greek club Panathinaikos in the summer of 1998 for a fee of £420, 000. He returned to his native Greece with a £500,000 move to PAOK Salonika a year later. Played only 10 times for Newcastle – not good enough
    Failure

  15. John Karelse – Holland – Goalkeeper
    Signed in a panic buy by Ruud Gullit in 1999 and only played a few times for the first team – but showed himself to be a good squad player – always very positive – but didn’t have enough talent for Newcastle. Stayed for the length of his contract – 4 years.
    Failure
  16. Diego Gavilan – Paraguay – Midfield
    Signed for ₤2M when he was 19 years old from Paraguay and said to be the best young player in South America. Looked quite good at the beginning but didn’t come through and put out on loan for the rest of his contract. Gavilán was loaned out to Club Autonoma Universidad de Guadalajara in Mexico for the year, by which time he had played only two further games for the club. In 2003 Gavilán joined Sport_Club_Internacional of Brazil. In 2006, Gavilán signed for Argentinian side Newell’s Old Boys and finally this year signed with Grêmio, returning to the city of Porto Alegre, in Brazil. Still plays for Paraguay having made over 30 appearances.
    Failure
  17. Marcelino Elena – Spain – Center Back
    Signed by Ruud Gullit for £6M after impressing playing with Real Mallorca in Europe and was seen as a good stable defender.A lot was expected of Marcelino because we were weak in those days in central defense (sound familiar?) and Gullit brought in both Goma and Marcelino to fix the problem. However – his first injury occurred in the first game of the season and he never returned after half time. That was an omen. Fans were not happy with his performances and he appeared only 19 times for the club in 3 years before he was released in 2002. Marcelino suffered several different injuries during his time at Newcastle – including a broken finger kept him out for a couple of weeks. This was seen by Newcastle fans as a poor excuse not to play and he probably will go down as the worst buy in club history
    Diabolical Failure
  18. Frank Dumas – France – Center Back
    He briefly played for us in 1999 before moving back to France to join Marseille. Played against Chelsea in Bobby Robson’s first game in charge in which Frank had excellent game but we lost 1-0 after a rousing performance. Robson wanted Frank to stay but he elected to return to Marseille. strong>
    OK
  19. Alain Goma – France – Center Back
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    Signed from PSG in 1999 for £4.7M by Ruud Gullit he initially became an important player at the start of the 2000/2001 season but it became apparent he would be moving on after two seasons. At the time First Division promotion certainties Fulham paid £4M for his services in March 2001 – as they looked to bolster their squad in readiness for Premiership football.
    OK

  20. Louis Saha – France – Striker
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    Louis joined Newcastle on loan from French side Metz in January 1999. He played well while at the club but Gullit was unsure whether to sign him for ₤2M – and finally decided not to make the move permanent. At that time Louis had a few rough edges – but as Alan Shearer later said – he worked on his faults and became a much better player. He is now of course at Manchester United and along with Tomasson are two that we had but let go – and these two have become great strikers. Since he wasn’t signed we’ll class him as
    OK

  21. Silvio Maric – Croatia – Midfield
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    With us from 1999-2000 and signed by Gullit for ₤2M but couldn’t really cut it in the Premiership. He made his Premier League debut for Newcastle United on 10 March 1999 against Nottingham Forest, but never managed to establish himself as a regular at the club and, after making 23 Premier League appearances without scoring a goal, went on to move to Portuguese side FC_Porto in 2000. At Newcastle United, he notably managed to become the first Croatian player to appear in an FA Cup Final when he came on as a substitute in the Magpies’ 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in the 1999 Final.
    Failure

  22. Daniel Cordone – Argentina – Striker
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    Signed on loan for the 2000-2001 season with a permanent deal agreed at ₤2M if he was successful. Not good enough although he did score a couple of goals for us in 21 appearances.
    Failure

  23. Olivier Bernard – France – Left Back
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    Strong and willing player when he first signed for us under Bobby Robson in 2000. Made the left back his own and scored a few cracking goals. Then had fall out with the club. Signed again on 1st September last but never made another senior appearance for us and let go a couple of weeks ago.
    Success (200-2004)

  24. Christian Bassedas – Argentina – Midfield
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    Signed in 2000 by Bobby Robson from Velez Sarsfield for ₤4.1M as we brought in a number of South American players – none of which turned out to be any good. Never seemed to get to grips with the English game and was loaned out to Tenerife for season 2001-2002 and finally moved to Newell’s Old Boys in 2003. For ₤4.1M has to be classed as a
    Failure

  25. Clarence Accuna Chile – Defensive Midfield
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    Defensive midfielder signed by Bobby Robson for ₤1M in 2000. Always played his heart out for the team and made 46 appearances over 3 years for Newcastle scoring 6 goals. For ₤1M
    OK

  26. Laurant Robert – France – Left Wing
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    Joined Newcastle in 2001 for a fee of £9.5M – following a dispute with PSG coach Luis Fernandez. He was at times good at Newcastle but was lazy and would never track back to help out the defense – he didn’t think he shopuld have to do that. Bobby Robson called him the most difficult player he has ever worked with – quite a distinction Laurant. A managerial dispute was also the cause of Robert’s exit from Newcastle since Robert had a very strained relationship with Graeme Souness – when he took over from Bobby. Portsmouth were able to acquire him on loan, but the move quickly turned sour with Robert becoming increasingly unhappy with his role at the club. In January 2006 he returned to Newcastle, who allowed him to join Benfica on a free transfer. Played 141 times for the club and scored 24 goals. Given he cost us £9.5M have to rate him a
    Failure (?)

  27. Sylvain Distin – France – Center Back
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    Signed on loan from PSG for the 2001-2002 season and played for us 34 times. Following the loan spell, Newcastle wanted to sign him for £4M and the club thought the deal was done. But then Kevin Keegan came in and offered him more money and eventually he opted to sign for Manchester City. He said it was because he wanted to play in his preferred position of center back and had been used as a left sided defender as Newcastle. Don’t you believe it – he went for the money. For his loan season he was a
    Success

  28. Hugo Viana – Portugal – Midfield
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    Hugo started his career at Sporting Club of Portugal where he won Young European Footballer of the Year in 2002. He was then signed by Bobby Robson at Newcastle United for ₤9.5M. He played here for two seasons where he made 39 appearances mostly as substitute – and then returned to Sporting on loan. At the start of the 2005-06 season he went to Valencia, again on loan. In March 2006, reports stated that Valencia had signed him on a permanent deal for ₤1.5M. Given we lost ₤8M on him he has to be a
    Failure

  29. Patrick Kluivert – Holland – Striker
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    Joined Newcastle in August 2004 on a free transfer and stayed for only one season. Often accused of being at Newcastle for the money and although a tremendously skilled player seemed to lack any motivation – although he did score some good goals for us – including a great header that won the FA Cup tie against Chelsea in early 2005. Paid him a huge wage and didn”t get the value.
    Failure.

  30. Charles N’Zogbia France – Left Wing
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    Just turned 21 and has been at the club 3 years. Became unsettled last season becasue he was not getting a game but we think Big Sam has come just in time – and expect to see the very best out of Charles now – assuming he can get a game now. He will have a chance with Duff injured.
    Emerging Success

  31. Jean-Alain Boumsong – France – Center Back
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    Signed by Souness in January 2005 for ₤8.5M after joining Rangers on a free in the previous summer. Souness overpaid for a player who started quite well but in his second season lost confidence, made some Bramble-like errors – and lost his place. Sold to Juventus for ₤3.5M last summer. Made 47 appearances for Newcastle. Diabolical Failure

  32. Albert Luque – Spain – Left Winger
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    Albert Luque was signed on the 26 August 2005 from Deportivo La Coruna, signing a five-year contract with the Magpies. We paid £10M for him and he was signed when Souness was manager. He got injured in his very first game and was out injured. Has never seemed to be up to the physical challenge at Newcastle and Glenn Roeder refused to play him for much of last season. For a fee of £10M he has never looked up to it – but he has also not had a fair run in the side. He has appeared 20 times for the club (9 starts) and scored 1 goal. Must go down as one of the worst buys ever at Newcastle. Will be out on loan next season at PSV – so we don’t have to pay his wages.
    Diabolical Failure

So if we look at some statistics there are 9 successes (according to us) of the 32 transfers.
Three of these were in the Keegan era so if we take these out there are only 6 in 29 classed as successes (21%).
So in the last 10 years or so we have had only 6 successes in 29 attempts and 17 of the 29 were failures or diabolical failures (59%).
The three diabolical failures were a striker and two center backs – Albert Luque, Marcelino Elena and Jean-Alain Boumsong. Marcelino is no longer playing and Boumsong is now at Juventus while Luque will be on loan at PSV next season..
Let’s hope that Big Sam’s planned captures of Derek Boateng and David Rosehnal will reverse the trend and get back to Keegan’s 100% record.

Comments very welcome on this one.



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35 comments so far

  • will

    Jun 6, 2007 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #1

    wat r they on about marcelinho was awesome better than john terry if we still had him and boumsong we would be in the champions league haha

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  • steve

    Jun 6, 2007 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #2

    …….has nobody spotted the elephant in the room or is albert luque british?

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  • KinkyAfro

    Jun 6, 2007 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #3

    Apologies but yet again you show a complete and utter lack of knowledge. ITs a regular occurence now for you.

    Ginola a success, Robert a failure? 24 goals in 141 games – second top scorer in every campaign in England with Newcastle United as he was played as a winger whom if you knew football would understand is an attacking player or would you rather (ignoring the fact you are obviously Alan Oliveres lovechild as you regurgitate his comments) 7 goals in 71 games – a far worse ration for someone you call a success who also never tracked back and often cried out of games.

    If you had seen Distin at Newcastle youd also think of him as a failure. I for one can not understand a centre half, whom whilst marking RVN for a corner at Old Trafford, would then be outside of the box whilst RVN scored an easy header from the penalty spot.

    Well done. Keep up the ill informed blog!!!

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  • Jon

    Jun 6, 2007 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #4

    You forgot a fair few: Andreas Andersson (fail), Fumaca, Jon Daal Thomasson (fail), Dietmar Hamaan (success), Laurent Charvet (fail), Frank Dumas (fail), Louis Saha (ok), Christian Basedas (fail)…

    ….and Maric was signed by Guillit

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  • Bigted28

    Jun 6, 2007 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #5

    What about Christian Bassedas, the Argentine International, signed at the same time as Daniel Cordone, who Sir Bobby said was the ‘best pro I have ever worked with’, even though he had limited ability and was injury prone. Cost £4.5 million, so definite failure. Also, one glaring omission was Albert Luque, the £10 million waster from Deportivo la Coruna, must be the worst ever buy?

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 6, 2007 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Jon – heck – when i started I had about 15 – then it got to 25 – but you’re right there are those plus of course Luque – but I wanted to get the article out before Xmas. Luque will be a third diabolical failure and we expect there to be arguments on some of these – hey it’s an opinion ! I’ll update this as others may come in – but this is getting to be a life’s work !

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 6, 2007 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #7

    KinkyAfro – thanks for that huge vote of support.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 6, 2007 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #8

    steve – whoops !

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 6, 2007 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #9

    jon – updated the piece on Maric – thx.

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  • andy

    Jun 6, 2007 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #10

    Jon Daal Thomasson would hav been a success but shearer got injured and he had to play the full season upfround by him self, obviously he must hav been a good player if he then went on to play for AC milan

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  • Ian

    Jun 6, 2007 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #11

    Everyone is going to come to there own conclusions on these players. I would agree with almost everything except for Laurent Robert who scored 1 goal every 6 games, created ahuge amount of goals and had some real flair. He certainly caused many of his own problems at SJP because of his temprement, but it was not his fault we paid £10m and therefore you can’t rate him as a failure in my eyes. The other player I felt sorry for was Kluivert who had an exceptional track record before joining us. Typically with our management they had him sitting on the bench watching Ameobi, could you demotivate a player any quicker? That aside his goal to game ratio was not bad, he cost nothing (if LR was discredited then PK should be credited) therefore overall I think he did OK.

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  • Cathal

    Jun 6, 2007 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #12

    its funny cos boumsong was unbelievable for us in his first 6months at d club, especially that FA cup semi final with man utd but the next yr was a complete joke!! it was bramble all over agen in french form!

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  • Wizdomite

    Jun 6, 2007 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #13

    great comment steve – luque looks like an elephant and is obviously a diabolical failure. I’d say worse than Boumsong.

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  • James

    Jun 6, 2007 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #14

    Robert played better football than Acuna its just that he could moan all day and all night. Plus Sam has only made good signings at bolton so lets hope he carrys that on.

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  • Gary

    Jun 6, 2007 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #15

    I can think of Ginola scoring 3 times for sheff wed away, liverpool away and of course %-0 Man Utd. How you can say Robert was a failure is ridiculous. Quite alot of games we wouldn’t have won without him so I think at the time he was a very important play for us, yes lazy but undisputebly talented.

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  • Paul

    Jun 6, 2007 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #16

    LUQUE has to be one of the BIGGEST disappointments of all time. Such promise with no redeeming qualities!!

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 6, 2007 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #17

    Luque is up there now.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 6, 2007 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #18

    Gary – Ginola scored 7 goals in 71 appearances for Newcastle.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 6, 2007 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #19

    Andreas Andersson, Jon Daal Tomasson and Dietmar Hamann now included.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 6, 2007 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #20

    Christian Bassedas, Louis Saha, Laurent Charvet and Frank Dumas now included – that’s it – 33 transfers.

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  • A Bowman

    Jun 6, 2007 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #21

    Didn’t Jim Smith sign Pav?

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  • Hello is anybody out there. Where are everyone?
    How can you all criticise a player that is still in your club?
    Luque is a good player, he will proof it @ PSV. Then you will eat your words.
    Roader did not know better then that. Luque was professional and didn’t say anything to the fans.
    Only fool was Roader, to say he would give him the opportunity to proof him self.
    And he did, Palermo game, he performed OK not bad and scored the wining goal.
    Roader rewards him by putting him on the bench. (Sorry he wasn’t in the team next game).
    Next tow games he was on the bench. Then he disappeared. Roader putt him on an exile.
    Luque did not score 1 goal they wore 3 synch he came here. 4 if you take the goal in the Shearer final game.

    Luque 6(10) 2 33,3%
    Martins 43(3) 17 39,5%

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  • Owen

    Jun 6, 2007 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #23

    Robert was a fantastic player when “on” , fair enough he lost it the last year but he put in some great performances.

    As did Boomsong in the first 6 months, I still remember the “Boom Boom” chant everytime he made a tackle but his confidence was shot the next year. Thats what playing along side Bramble and Babayaro will do for you.

    Babayaro, theres another failure.

    Steven Carr, another poor signing. The fact we got the “best” right back in the premiership for £1.5m tells a story.

    BUT

    The best foriegner to play for the Toon is Shay Given. Pretty much a faultless professional and I wish he was playing for England.

    Oh and the poisoned dwarf, Bellamy, was good on occasion’s but has to be “the player you’d most want to beat shitless”.

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  • steve

    Jun 6, 2007 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #24

    kinky afro… the guy is a fan writing an amateur blog. give him a break.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 6, 2007 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #25

    Jon – i don’t think Luque has proved himself a good player at Newcastle at all. For £10M you expect some class – and some determination from the player.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 6, 2007 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #26

    Owen – the players we looked at were those foreign players who came in from a league outside the Premiership – so Given wouldn’t qualify – because he came from Blackburn. It’s not all foreign foreign players but players from other coutries that do not play in the Premiership.

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  • LewDavies

    Jun 6, 2007 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #27

    Kinky fool – no need for outburst like that if you dont like the blogg then do your own, or better still dont come on here criticising Ed if he gets something slightly wrong. Personal insults are not necessary so grow up and find another site.

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  • lee

    Jun 7, 2007 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #28

    21 % success rate is too low and too risky. What this means is that if we ever want to hire the service of footballers who ply thier trade on the Continent, they must already be household names in the leagues they are playing… so that means, we must only look at players like Ronaldinho, Kaka, Ronaldo, and so on. Even that will not guarantee you that they will succeed in the Premiership… Ballack and Schevchenko? So it means that it would be best to look at the players already playing in the EPL. First, thsy won’t cost an arm and a leg like Continental players, second you are guaranteed players who will do well at the club because they are so used to playing at Premiership level. Forget about buying players from La Liga or Serie A or what have you, and buy from the mackems and smoggies instead.

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  • lee

    Jun 7, 2007 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #29

    We should be more excited of the news that Mark Viduka, Joey Barton and Tal Ben Haim are signing for Newcastle, rather than Rosenhal, Andrade (or whoever else from the Continent) linked to the club. For these two, I would rather take the ageing Sol Campbell and Sami Hyppia any time.

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  • Greg

    Jun 7, 2007 at 4:38 AM

    Comment #30

    What about helger postiga the big portugese centre back we had on loan, he was top notch, pitty we never signed him.

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  • Tony

    Jun 7, 2007 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #31

    Greg, we didn’t have Postiga, we had a player called Helder (12 apps 1 goal 1999-2000). He may have been Portuguese, he may even have been a relation of Postiga, but two things are for certain:

    1. He wasn’t Postiga
    2. He was shite

    Oh and so was Postiga in his brief stint at Tottenham…although he did obviously make a name for himself with the sub performance against England at Euro 2004 and some half decent turnouts for Porto, but top-notch? I fear if we’d have signed him Ed’s list would stand at 34 now, burgeoned with another failure!

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 7, 2007 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #32

    Greg -think you are thinking of someone else – there was a big and very good center back Hélder Marino Rodrigues Cristóvão, better known as Hélder. He was Portuguese and played for them 35 times – and as Robson once said – he was a beautiful footballer. In 1999/2000 season, he moved on-loan to Newcastle, making 12 appearances before returning to Deportivo. Bobby wanted to keep him but he wanted to return home – as i recall.

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  • crazydave

    Jun 7, 2007 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #33

    Have to agree about Solano, Im sure he must have been a Geordie in a previous life. For the oldies out there Im sure a lot of them can Remember Benni Arentoft from when we won The Fairs Cup, he was only a small player in size but he had a heart of a lion, a typical Midfield Terrier, and was a success whilst here. One of the best mioment i remember from when Albert was here was that wonderful goal he scored in the 5-1 drupping of Man Utd. An exsiquive chip over the stranded Schmichael. Ive must have watched that clip hubndreds of times on youtube.

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  • Owen

    Jun 7, 2007 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #34

    5-0 drubbing of Manure

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  • Greg

    Jun 8, 2007 at 5:00 AM

    Comment #35

    Yeh dont know where i got postiga from, but yeh that was the lad, and yes he was a good footballer, very solid.

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