Real Madrid attacking midfield player and striker Julio Baptista has suggested Newcastle United could be a possible destination for him this coming season. Julio says he wants to first fight for his place with the Spanish champions â€“ Real Madrid.
At first we didn’t think this made too much sense. Why would Newcastle want Julio who was on loan last season to Arsenal?
But maybe Sam sees him as an aggressive goal-scoring midfielder – and that makes a lot more sense to us -even though we already have two good ones in Barton and Emre.
Although as we know Barton is unfortunately out for up to 7 weeks with a broken foot – which may push Sam’s hand in the transfer market for an aggressive physical player like Baptista.
Brazilian Julio Baptista
You’re right – he just scored against Argentina in the Copa Americas Final
25 year-old Baptista signed for Real Madrid two seasons ago from Sevilla – but after a disappointing time, he was loaned out to Arsenal as his former Sevilla team-mate Jose Antonio Reyes moved in the opposite direction.
Julio said yesterday:
â€œI want the chance in pre-season to show our new coach Bernd Schuster I should be a part of his plans,â€
â€œIf things do not work out here I will have to look at other options in Spain and England.
â€œNewcastle is a big club but before I consider a move I need to know about my future with Real.
â€œI believe I showed at Arsenal last season that I can play in England, score goals and make goals.
â€œIâ€™m sure my future will be sorted out in the next few weeks.â€
Sam Allardyce has often said he’d like to spread the goals around more this season and not rely on one or two of the strikers for all the goals. It may well be that Newcastle could use him as an attacking midfielder.
New Real Madrid coach Schuster – who took over from Fabio Capello at Real recently – could decide to let the Brazilian international go, and the fee is said to be in the region of Â£6M – as we reported earlier today. It is unusual for Real Madrid to recall players once they have been loaned out for a season – so we would expect Baptista to be on the move. He also fits the type of player Sam likes – very big and strong – Julio is 6′ tall and about 4′ wide.
He has lots of physical presence and could certainly throw his weight around in the Newcastle midfield. He had an excellent tournament at the Copa America for Brazil and scored a wonderful goal in the final against Argentina – he looked a very good player. The more we think about this – the more we like the idea of Baptista possibly joining Newcastle. Of course he can also play up front as a striker – which is less of a requirement right now at Newcastle.
A little history on Julio.
From 2000-2003 he played 73 times for Sal Paulo and scored 10 goals. For the next 2 years (2003-2005) he played at Sevilla in Spain and scored 38 goals in 63 games. From 2005 he has played 56 times for Real Madrid and scored 8 goals.. He scored 8 goals for Arsenal last year â€“ where he was principally played up front as a second striker. He has played for Brazil 34 times and scored 10 goals.
What do you think – would Julio Baptista be a good addition to the Newcastle squad?
Comments very welcome.