We decided over the weekend to look at some creative midfielders that could be added to the Newcastle, would also be available and would improve the squad – especially the creativity in the side.
However, when you consider that Barton and Emre were not available for Newcastle on Saturday â€“ they are our most creative midfielders so maybe we don’t need another one.
Also, once Jose Enrique beds in at left back that will free young Charles N’Zogbia who has been playing great under Sam to play central midfield or out wide on the left and Charles is quite creative.
Anyway, here are six of some of the best creative midfielders who may be able to do a job at Newcastle United and could be available. They’re listed in no particular order and we’d like you to vote on which one you think would be best.
We give a little playing history on each player and ask you to vote at the end of the article.
Joey Barton - probably our most creative midfielder right now
Anderson Luis de Souza (aka Deco) – Barcelona
Deco has won the European Champions League twice – once with Jose Mourinho’s Porto side in 2004 and then with Barcelona in 2006. He also won the UEFA Cup with Porto and Jose Mourinho in 2003. Deco is 30 next Monday and stands 5’8â€ tall.
Deco was born in Brazil and arrived in Portugal in 1997 at the age of 19 from Brazilian club Corinthians He was traded to FC Porto in 1999 and played for Porto for five years and appeared 142 times for them and scored 32 goals. Deco joined Barcelona in 2004 and has since played for them 127 times and scored 18 goals. He has now played a total of 318 first class club games scoring 65 goals. Deco has played for Portugal 46 times and scored 3 goals. Rumor of the last few days is he may be available for Â£6M â€“ if that’s the case buy him now!
Juan RomÃ¡n Riquelme – Villareal
Riquelme is an Argentinian International who is now on loan at Boca Juniors for whom he played 24 times last season and scored 10 goals. He is 5’11â€ tall and turned 29 years old last June.
Riquelme started his career at Boca Juniors in 1996 when at 17 he made his first appearance. He played 151 times for Boca scoring 38 goals.
In 2002 he moved to Barcelona for one season (30 games 3 goals) before moving onto Villareal in 2003 where he has played 105 times for them scoring 35 goals before being sent out on loan to Boca Juniors this year. Riquelme has played for Argentina 41 times and scored 13 goals.
He is an accomplished player. A negative about the player is that he may lack some pace for the premiership – but his skill should make up for that. There are reports that Tottenham have tabled a Â£10M offer to Villareal for Riquelme. This is according to Riquelme’s agent Marcos Franchi, who wants Villareal to accept the bid (surprise, surprise).
Shunsuke Nakamura – Celtic
Japanese player who has been at Celtic since 2005. Nakamura is a play-making midfielder usually deployed by Celtic on the right hand side of midfield. He had previously been positioned in the center or on the left hand side of the pitch, since he is left-footed.
He is known for his vision and touch, as well as being a free-kick specialist. Shunsuke can create scoring opportunities for his teammates but is also more than capable of scoring himself. He joined Japanese club Yokohama Marinos in 1997 and played for them for 5 years. He appeared in 146 games and scored 33 goals before transferring to Reggina in 2002 where he stayed for 3 years appearing 81 times and scoring 11 goals. He is 5’10â€ and turned 29 years-old last June.
He joined Celtic in 2005 where he has looked excellent and now played 72 times for the Scottish giants scoring 16 goals. He was Celtic’s player of the year in 2007. Shunsuke has played for Japan 71 times and scored 18 international goals. A fault may be that he lacks pace for the Premiership. His contract with Celtic runs through the summer of 2009.
Kevin Nolan â€“ Bolton Wanderers
We include Kevin Nolan here because of a number of factors. First of all he’s a good player and with so many of Bolton’s established stars seemingly unsettled since Sam Allardyce took over at Newcastle there may be a chance to capture Kevin if he became available.
At the age of 17 Kevin signed professional terms for Bolton Wanderers and made his first team debut. He is now captain of Bolton having played 244 times for them scoring 35 goals. Kevin is 6’0â€ tall and turned 25 years old last June.
Kim Kallstrom – Lyon
Kallstrom is a left-footed Swedish midfielder playing for the Swedish national team and Olympique Lyonnais. He has a powerful shot and his nickname is Kongo-Kim. KÃ¤llstrÃ¶m made his international debut in 2001 against Finland and played for his country at Euro 2004, and in last year’s world cup. He had an impressive world cup, both offensively and defensively helping Sweden to reach the second round. He has been capped 45 times scoring 6 goals.
He joined Lyon last year and has appeared 23 times for them scoring 7 Goals. Before Lyon he played at Stade Rennais for 3 years appearing 83 times for the French club and scoring 20 goals. Kim is 6’0â€ tall and will turn 25 years-old this coming Friday.
Rafael Ferdinand van der Vaart
Van der Vaart is a Dutchman who currently plays for Hamburg in the Budesleiga. He started his football career with Ajax in 2000, making his debut when he was 17. He was at Ajax for 5 years playing 117 games for them and scoring 52 goals for them. Van der Vaart is 5’8â€ tall and 24 years old. He joined Hamburg in 2005 and has played 46 times for them scoring 17 goals.
He has played for Holland 44 times making his international debut way back in 2001 and has scored 11 international goals.