Ajax Amsterdam defender Urby Emanuelson is said to be attracting the attention of Premiership duo Aston Villa and Newcastle United. The Dutchman has also been interesting Roma.
Emanuelson is a 21 year-old left back and has already expressed his desire to leave Ajax in the January transfer window.
Urby Emanuelson – looks an emerging star of the future
He looks like a top class player but heâ€™s a left back, so weâ€™ll see if he comes in January. As you recall we were already linked recently with Real Madridâ€™s 20 year-old left back Krzysztof Krol.
Italian side Roma recently expressed an interest in the player, but they are only the third of clubs already interested in the youngster.
Urby Emanuelson was born in June, 1986 in Amsterdam and is a Surinamese-Dutch footballer. He can play left back but can also play as a left midfielder. Emanuelson has come through Ajax’s youth system, joining them from Voorland SC. He appeared in Ajax’ first team squad for the 2004-05 season and made his debut on April 10, 2005. In the 2005-06 season he became a first team regular and won the 2005 Johan Cruijff-schaal and the 2006 KNVB Cup.
He was a member of the Dutch squad that won the UEFA U-21 Championship in 2006, who beat England in that terrific game that went to penalties in the semi-final. Urby was named in the UEFA Team of the Tournament as a left back. He stands nearly 5’10” tall.
In August of 2006 he made his debut for the Dutch national team in a friendly match against Ireland. As a result of his efforts he was named “Amsterdam talent of the year 2006”.
This boy looks good, and we think it’s great Newcastle are being linked with these top youngsters. This is a new strategy expressed by chairman Chris Mort – to bring in top class youngsters from across the world, before they have fully reached their potential. If things go well we’d expect Newcastle to bring in 3-4 excellent youngsters in January. We’ve already made a deal for the Le Havre youngster – 18 year-old French striker Wesley Baheng.
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