Why Don’t Newcastle Just Sign Duscher Now?


Aldo Pedro Duscher has arrived on Tyneside for a trial after his contract ran out with Deportive La Coruña at the end of June.

The Newcastle squad returns today from a couple of days off with their families – and it is expected that Duscher will start his trial either today or Monday.

But for such an established player (who is also a free agent) why are we taking him on trial – why not just sign him now?

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Aldo Pedro Duscher

Aldo Duscher has been a target for both Manchester United and Arsenal in the last few years as those clubs tried to overcome losing star midfielders Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane. At the time the transfer fee being mentioned was anywhere from ₤8M – ₤10M. Argentinian midfielder Duscher, 28, who has played four times for Argentina is being reported to have been given three days to impress Allardyce and the new United hierarchy.

Sam Allardyce seems to do his homework on the players he goes after and it’s interesting that Bolton were pursuing Duscher last December. Unlike previous regimes at Newcastle Sam is very organized and detailed in his transfer preparation. His back-room staff scouts players – and when the summer transfer window opens – they are ready to go immediately after the players they want. That’s very unlike the haphazard planning we have been used to at Newcastle and quite honestly it’s a very welcome change.

Duscher, played against Newcastle for Depoprtivo in the 2005 Intertoto Cup but of course is known as the player who broke David Beckham’s metartarsal in 2002. He has a reputation as a tough-tackling holding midfielder and has been at Deportivo for seven years and certainly seems to have the skills to match his tenacity.

While there’s nothing wrong in being ultra sure about Duscher and taking a look at him in training – we think he would be a fine free transfer for Newcastle to go with the two free agents Newcastle have already brought in (Viduka and Geremi). If we do sign Duscher that would bring Sam’s haul to 5 players and his total net outlay would be a mere ₤1.5M – an incredible value for some very good players.

That’s exactly what happens when you do your homework on players and move early in the transfer window. Shepherd and Roeder please take note. Let’s hope Duscher signs for us early next week – we’re sure other clubs must be interested.

Comments welcome.



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21 comments so far

  • Tom

    Jul 13, 2007 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #1

    Would be another great freebie. Nicky Butt isnt going to be able to play 50 games a season and i’m a firm believer that having competition for places keeps players on their toes. I am very impressed with the work Big Sam has done so far. Time to focus on the defence though.

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  • aaron d

    Jul 13, 2007 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Sam left Bolton because they wouldn’t give him £10m transfer kitty. 5 players for £1.5m, make me think if there is money available this season? Maybe its just that the transfers that don’t involve a fee are easier and quick to tie up than agreeing on a price first which is probably why we haven’t signed expensive players yet. As every team in europe knows we are now rich price will inflate. Should of got Andres Guarido of Mexico signed for deportivo for £4.7m.

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  • aaron d

    Jul 13, 2007 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #3

    The reason why we haven’t signed him yet is probably the Deco thing, if deco comes then doubt will need Aldo. Having him on trial while we wait for other transfer targets to agree is better than not having a good look at him.

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  • Kash

    Jul 13, 2007 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #4

    Aaron, are you a complete idiot?
    Deco is a playmaking midfielder, very creative. Duscher is called the “Butcher” for a reason, can you guess why? Because he butchers the opposition players with his TACKLING, making him a defensive midfielder. Guardado is class in Football Manager 2007, but what makes you so sure he’s good enough for Newcastle? Plonker!!!!

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  • Darren

    Jul 13, 2007 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Who’s to say it is us who has the player on trial?

    Think about it – he’s an international player with champions league experience, not long ago all the really big clubs were after him and now his contract has run out.

    It sounds to me that we have invited him over so he can have a look at the set up etc., as most players of his calibre wouldn’t entertain a “trial”

    I guess we are as much on trial as he is – that is why he hasn’t just signed for us.

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  • Jamie

    Jul 13, 2007 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #6

    to the writer of the article i would not tar roder eith the same brush as souness in fairness to hte man he brought duff who by all accounts is a first class winger (unfortunalty for us he just got injured) and then he bought martins a first class striker who now we all fear could be heading for hte exit door. Give hte man some respect when it comes to his transfers.

    its not his fault he does not have hte charisma BS does.

    on hte freddy side of things i think he goes home at night goes on the championship manager and chooses from there!!!!!!!!!! but once more in favour of him he had tried to lure BS to Sj at least three times previously so i think that ou of sorts atricle for this site does not truly reflect the lads effort for the greatest club in the world NUFC, we may not win much but tis never boring eh

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  • Dan

    Jul 13, 2007 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #7

    Guess big Sam is just being thorough, did depo let Duscher leave or has he chosen to leave? Might be something in it there.
    Calm down Kash, its only an informal blog and if were talking footy manager lets go for Kompany!

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 13, 2007 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #8

    Darren – good point.

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  • john75

    Jul 13, 2007 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Does anyone know what his fitness and injury record is like? Maybe that is why a trial is going to happen, although, as already commented, I’m sure that we’re as much on trial with him as he is with us. Would be a great signing though, to keep Nicky Butt at the peak of his game.

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  • aaron d

    Jul 13, 2007 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #10

    Guardado has been good in every game he has played in the copa america and him only been 20 is why i said it.
    Saying the we wouldn’t need Duscher if Deco was to come was nothing to do with attacking or defensive midfield, meant that if Deco came then the numbers of central midfield we have would be enough. Butt, Emre, Dyer, Barton, Z’Nogbia + Deco/Duscher. He’s not exactly an experience international 4 caps, no doubt he is a good player. But as he is a free transfer if he was that good shouldn’t more clubs be linked to him?

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  • Craig

    Jul 13, 2007 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #11

    I think the trial is a good thing. We could sign him and he might be pants. Yes, I know he is a proven player but not in the Premiership. The fact that there are know ‘big clubs’ sniffing around for him suggests he may have went a little down hill. He could be injury prone, he might not be able to adjust to the pace of English football, what’s his attitude like? All of these have to be taken into account before we start paying him big bucks. I think he will be a decent signing as Butt is not going to last forever, however, I’m still cautious. The record of successful Argentians in the Premiership is far from good.

    Bassesdas and Cordone anybody?

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  • Phil C

    Jul 13, 2007 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #12

    Well said!

    How refreshing is it that things are done properly and professionally at NUFC for a change. I must say I was not Big Sam’s biggest fan when he arrived, but he has impressed me with just about everything he has said and done thus far.

    Howay the lads!

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  • Ross

    Jul 13, 2007 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #13

    when the pricetag reads free, you might aswell give the boy a run out.
    as far as other big clubs being interested in him, on another forum i was told
    “man utd were interested in him..a few years back”.
    dunno if that says anything for his current form.
    …keeping in mind this information was provided, by a..manc.

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  • Mark

    Jul 13, 2007 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #14

    Duscher is a good player, very good to have as a back up/competetitor for the DM role, next to Barton and Butt. We wont get Deco in my belief, hope Im wrong though. Emre and Barton in the centre, with Aldo, Dyer and Butt would be good competetion for places. Big Sam is going to get us a trophy, give the man time though.

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  • Kash

    Jul 13, 2007 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Sorry lads, it’s that time of the month and the lady ain’t putting out!!!

    Slightly agitated!!!

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  • Andy T

    Jul 13, 2007 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #16

    Ha Kash lad – mere days.
    Try your missus 8.5 months pregnant with twins!

    Highly agitated!

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  • nightfall

    Jul 13, 2007 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #17

    well i’d still prefer emre – appiah swap instead of duscher…but ok…argentina has great football players…so this could be a massive signing for us for the future, ‘cos argentinias youngsters could follow him…

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 13, 2007 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #18

    nightfall – that’s an excellent point – the Argentinians can certainly play.

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  • Arron

    Jul 13, 2007 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #19

    we aint getting dusher says on nufc.com its a shame i wanted him i bet we wont buy any one for ages.

    this is what newcastle are like they dont buy any one 4 ages its like roader in the january transfer window he didnt buy any one only loan and he didnt prove himself

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  • Lew Davies

    Jul 13, 2007 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #20

    Arron WTF????????
    Dusher was obviously not good enough as his trial was over and done with so soon. Big Sam no fool. Keep the faith.

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  • Arron

    Jul 14, 2007 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #21

    lew davis i dont think big sam will be a fool its just over the years they dont act in the transfer market as good as the use to when keegan was around

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