Newcastle After 21 year-old Dutchman

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 he’s a left back, so we’ll see if he comes in January. As you recall we were already linked recently with Real Madrid’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.

Comments always welcome.

29 comments so far

  • indian toon

    Oct 19, 2007 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #1

    anything on his height..!? as sam prefers tall players..

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 19, 2007 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #2

    5′ 9.5″ – just put it in article.

  • michael

    Oct 19, 2007 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #3

    Why don’t we sign him but ask Ajax to keep him til he’s 20 so that he won’t be a muppet trained by the awful Newcastle academy.
    Did we actually sign Baheng? I wasn’t aware anything had been released to confirm. What happened about that Yank we “signed” too?

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 19, 2007 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #4

    michael – the deal has been done for Baheng and will be executed in early January – that’s our understanding.

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 19, 2007 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #5

    michael – i assume most of these youngsters Newcastle get will be good enough to go straight into the first team squad. Also Emanuelson is already 21.

  • Obafan

    Oct 19, 2007 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #6

    He would be a good target for us. But isn’t it a bit early to start the transfer rumours again.

    I would be very happy if Edmilson joins us in January.

  • Cathal

    Oct 19, 2007 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #7

    emmanuelson is a brilliant player, very lik drenthe of real madrid (not bcos of his looks obviously). would be a brilliant signing but he would cost in around 6/7mill i reckon

  • Kash

    Oct 19, 2007 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #8

    I think the Krol story might be a load of poo. Emanuelson looks a better bet to compete with Enrique. Remember we’re also signing Danny Szetela for RB in January too. So we’ll have good compo for places for both full back positions. We do need another Right Winger though, and I think we’d be very strong for next season with that squad.

  • Kash

    Oct 19, 2007 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #9

    And lets not forget Edmilson who’ll slot in for Defensive Midfield. I’m starting to think that maybe Ameobi and Butt maybe coming to the end of there Toon lives. Carr and Baba are defenites to leave!!!!

  • malaysian geordie

    Oct 19, 2007 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #10

    ameobi, carr and babayaro could leave the club… we should keep butt for atleast another season… the lad has a tremendous attitute, could help the youngsters

  • Bob

    Oct 19, 2007 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #11

    Urby Emanuelson is a fantastic player, I’d be surprised if we could get him to be honest.

    I think he would slot straight into the first team.

  • Tez

    Oct 19, 2007 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #12

    Bob – Do you think he is better than Enrique? To be honest I have not see the lad play much.

    Would be great to have 2 young talented LB’s with loads of potential rather than just having one average injury prone one (Babayaro)

  • James

    Oct 19, 2007 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #13

    Danny Szetela is not a RB he is a midfielder and i hope we sign him

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 19, 2007 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #14

    Was about to say hes not a RB and he’s already moved this summer to Racing Santander rejecting us and Roma.

  • Bob

    Oct 19, 2007 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #15

    tez – I would say so. Although, to be fair, we haven’t seen much of Enrique yet.

    Barca were reputed to be after Emanuelson in the summer and he is pretty highly rated – Ajax academy’s Talent of the Year 2006 and he was a member of the Dutch squad that won the UEFA U-21 Championship in 2006 and was named in the UEFA Team of the Tournament as a left back…. it would be great if Sam could attract him to Newcastle.

  • ToonKing

    Oct 19, 2007 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #16

    The kid looks looks great on paper, but i watched him in the national team lately, and he’s pretty short, weak and to attacking for my liking, i think he might get hammered in the EPL, i would rather have the polish guy.

  • Bob

    Oct 19, 2007 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #17

    Really? I thought he looked very good against Slovenia, skillful and with a bit of pace. He is pretty attacking minded as you say but I think it’s good to have fullbacks who can bomb up the wing and add to the attack.

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 19, 2007 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #18

    we have N’zogbia for that, id like to see him attack as much as possible.

  • Greg B

    Oct 19, 2007 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #19

    Emanuelson is a very good left back for his age but I agree with a couple of people who have already stated that he may struggle in the Prem. Saying that young Dutch players tend to adapt very well, Van Persie a prime example.
    I would prefer his team mate though, Johnny Heitinga, a solid right back, defensive midfielder and an accomplished international for Holland.

  • leo

    Oct 19, 2007 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #20

    i heard that we were looking at heitinga, how strange someone would say that they would prefer him, i think get krol and urby and at least there is competition for lb and lm respectively. and urby could play both… who are we going to get as a right back

    also how good is heitinga?

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 19, 2007 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #21

    To good for back up 🙂

    His prefered position is CB.

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 19, 2007 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #22

    Tiendalli could be good back up and still fairly young so he can learn from Beye.

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 19, 2007 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #23

    @Bob, Tiendalli was named as the RB 🙂

  • nightfall

    Oct 19, 2007 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #24

    bob – everyone can play well against slovenia 🙂
    well…the fact is they suck…weather i like it or not…

    (p.s. i’m a slovenian)

  • d

    Oct 20, 2007 at 4:59 AM

    Comment #25

    he may prefer Roma than us if Roma makes offer for him!

  • exi

    Oct 20, 2007 at 6:32 AM

    Comment #26

    He will not come to newcastle, fact.

    Why? Luque is his teammate.

  • Bob

    Oct 20, 2007 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #27

    Nightfall: Haha 🙂

    Fair enough. I see that a lot of people don’t rate him that much but in my opinion he would be an excellent signing. Heitinga would be a great signing as well.

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 20, 2007 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #28

    I think a definite signing for january will be

    RW – Darijo Srna

    & i think we also need a young RB (Tiendalli), an experienced LB (?) and possibly a playmaker (?)

  • ToonKing

    Oct 20, 2007 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #29

    Darijo Srna is the shizzle, would love him. 🙂


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