Newcastle Pursue Russia’s Captain

Things are starting to heat up, in terms of who Newcastle may bring into the club in January. There is a good likelihood we’ll bring in quite a number of youngsters, who look to have their best years ahead of them.

A more seasoned player we are linked with today is Andrei Arshavin, the captain of the Russian national side. The Daily Mirror suggests we could make an £8M move in January for the Russian playmaker.


One of the youngsters that seems to have got approval from our readers is young American Red Bull’s striker Jozy Altidore. We’ve had quite a few notes since yesterday, from some of our American readers about the youngster. The overwhelming attitude is that the boy could be a great signing for the club, but don’t be surprised if Newcastle have competition for the youngster’s signature in January.

The Russian captain Arshavin has skippered Russia to the brink of European 2008 qualification, to the possible exclusion of England, and Sam Allardyce is known to be a big fan of the 26-year-old Zenit St Petersburg attacking midfielder. It turns out that Russia’s domestic season ends this weekend, so a move in January would make sense and the Russian has said would be interested in a new challenge if Zenith win the Russian title.

Andrei was born in May of 1981 in Saint Petersburg, (then called Leningrad) and is a top player for the Russian Premier League team Zenit St. Petersburg. He can play both as a midfielder and as a striker and has played 26 times for Russia scoring 7 goals, since making his debut on May 17, 2002 in a match against Belarus. He has captained the Russian side in their quest for European qualification under manager Guus Hiddink. Arshavin has played for his club side Zenith 229 times and scored 55 goals since making his debut in 2000. Andrei is just short of 5′ 8” tall and is a tigerish player in midfield.

Andrei won the Russian Premier League Award for the player of the season largely because of his ability to play in various positions – as a winger, playmaker and striker. He is known for his superb pace, skill, vision, technique and passing and these attributes coupled with his hard working play have turned him into one of the most important players for both his club and country.

Looks like Andrei could be a good signing for Newcastle in January to add to our midfiled attacking options, which we are a little light on right now. Certainly it would be a good way to get Newcastle United on the map in Russia.

What do you think? Would Andrei be the type of signing you’d like to see at Newcastle in January?

Let us know – comments always welcome.

36 comments so far

  • aaron d

    Nov 8, 2007 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #1

    Arshavin could be a good signing saw him play at wembley and was quite impressive, another russian i think we should go for is Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, he’s a left sided play with bags of pace and skill and has a good shot too. I like us being link to all these youngsters and if we get them can only be good for the club. Alitore looks good at only 18 get him and off-load amoebi. Another maybe to take a look at is nicolas milian only 15 and very talented. There’s loads of young brazilians out there too, get in early and sign up players like Pato.

  • MARK

    Nov 8, 2007 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Diniyar Bilyaletdinov – Football Manager player – HO mate, why dont you shut up suggesting we sign players who are good in games? Its not real life, he isnt going to play 60 games in a season and score 100 goals and get 500 assists. Others like Alitore and Pato – they require WORK PERMITS – once again, its not a game its real life and we arent going to sign any two-bit-bob players just on your suggestion that they are mint, because they are good on a game. Maybe we should sign Cherno Samba and Fabio Paim while your at it. You tit.

  • Arthur Prince

    Nov 8, 2007 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #3

    Who should Sam let go in January ?

    Iagree that Ashavin and Bilyletinov could be good signings but then how will Sam keep them all happy ??
    Berbatov would also be a good signing esp if Alan Shearer was involved in talking to him as a club Ambassador .
    Riquelme attitude is my problem . I she prepared to become fit for the EPL and train hard etc ?? dont know about that . Talented for sure though .

  • Brisbane Mag

    Nov 8, 2007 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Arshavin looked a very good player against England and at £8M, a good purchase. Let’s hope we buy him……

  • JJ

    Nov 8, 2007 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Seen a lot of Arshavin, he looks a fantastic player, just the creative midfielder we need (in the Elano mould). So yes definately would look at signing him. Otherwise I would look at someine like Gareth Barry and push Barton a bit more up field to play a Gerrard type role.
    Duff should be back by then, but we could use another pacey winger on the right. Someone in the mould of Ashley Young or Lennon. And up front we need someone to hold the ball up, my first choice would be Dean Ashton and Berbatov. But I’ll keep dreaming till then. Ps. We could steal the lad from Sunderland who looks really good. Others I like are Tim Cahill, Kevin Doyle and Kim Kallstrom.

  • t-g-w

    Nov 8, 2007 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Have we actually been linked with Altidore? as far as I know we were linked with another player and Altidor’s name came up as being a better player…

  • Kash

    Nov 8, 2007 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Arshavin sounds like a better bet than Riquelme, plus he won’t complain about the weather!!!!!

  • Jason

    Nov 8, 2007 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #8

    The only russian we should sign is there goalkeeper.

    Another cracking player in football manger. Player of year 2012, fiffa world footballer of the year and euorpean player of the year. Got him in my Newcastle team!!!!!!!!!
    Why not go for

    Daniel Alves
    Van Der Vartt
    David Villa
    Ribras Diego
    Seriously though…………..

    untill we get european football back at ST James Park we will not be able to get the caliabre of players we require to improve the squad to the standand we are striving towards.

    But given time……………………..I live in hope

    Now all together

    “My old man said be a Sunderland fan, I said F*&K OFF father your a C**T”

  • yemozone

    Nov 8, 2007 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #9

    Arshavin is going to be a good signing.I hope they sign these two guys and riquelme in january.And i’m very sure that players like mr butt and geremi won’t be in the first team again.

  • dh

    Nov 8, 2007 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #10

    It would be great but I think it will be hard task for Arshavin to get into the way of PL football style after full season played here in Russia. I’m not sure that he is able to do it.
    dh, NUFC fan from Russia

  • nightfall

    Nov 8, 2007 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #11

    what do you think of him? 13 year-old serb Nikon Jevtic (already played for schalke, valencia, atletico, austria,…) he was about 10 when this was filmed…

  • aaron d

    Nov 8, 2007 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #12

    Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, i saw playing at wembley and was far there best player, he’s capped 18 and has already played 93 games for his club at 22 years old, so suggesting him didn’t come from a computer game. Alitore was suggested in a previous news story on this site. I can write what i like on here too, so do one!

  • Obafan

    Nov 8, 2007 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #13

    Arshavin is a good player as I saw him 2 against England. He is calm and has got a good tactical view of the game. At 8m£ he would be a very good buy.

    Ed – Do you know something about Newcastle considering an 8m£ bid for Riquelme?

    What a player he would be for us, then our problems in midfield are immeddiately solved; he is a worldclass player.
    Arthur Price – His attitude may not be always that good, but we’ve had other players with bad attitudes at our club, so why shouldn’t we go for him? We have mr Smith in our ranks (every time he is a podssible red card player). I say go for worldclass, so go for Riquelme!!!!!

  • Rich

    Nov 8, 2007 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #14

    Arshavins a top player would be awesome for us a playmaker whos willing to work hard, would love to see him and Aiden McGeady come in january- hed be the pacey winger we need at a young age as well!

  • ToonKing

    Nov 8, 2007 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #15

    Nightfall, that kid is AMAZING, wow. Would love to have a talent like him at the Toon.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 8, 2007 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #16

    Arshavin is a good player, hate to see Riquelme though. And as for Bilyayetadinov hes gonig to Chelsea.

  • Hadrian

    Nov 8, 2007 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #17

    great player tobe linked with , im even pretty happy about being linked with riquelme as the guy’s a superstar when he wants tobe , if we get ‘THAT’ riquelme it would be great !!! .
    i was just moaning yesterday about no buy’s being lined up for the here and now …. well consider me impressed if these are the kind of targets sam would like .

  • Hadrian

    Nov 8, 2007 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #18

    jevtic’s been plastered all over the papers this summer aswell with interest from man u .
    teams really dont stand much chance when you have the big 4 bringing them in as young as that , there will be nowt left for anyone else .

  • Bill f

    Nov 8, 2007 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #19

    Hadrian, you are so right. It often seems to be a case of after the Lord Mayors ball when trying for the real classy players. Rooney was a prime example.

  • yh

    Nov 8, 2007 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #20

    I like Arshavin 😀
    Sounds and looks good!

  • michael

    Nov 8, 2007 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #21

    Not one person is going to comment on the fact that this man’s name is Arse-Shaving!!! Come on!! What’s wrong with you people, have you no sense of humour. It’s people like you that killed Arrested Development.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 8, 2007 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #22

    @Hardian thats Jovetic a Montenegran who is 13 but 18 whos already playing professional football and for his country. Sort it out.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 8, 2007 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #23

    Who isnt 13, but 18*

    Plays for Partizan Belgrade

  • Bill f

    Nov 8, 2007 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #24

    Duuuhh, sorrrrrrrry mikal we is so slowww. Pity wi didnt get the frensh guy then wi cud hav had arshshaving fanni, huhuhuhu.

  • Leo

    Nov 8, 2007 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #25

    haha bill that was awesome…..

    is this kid fast???

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 8, 2007 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #26

    Arshavin is quick, a good passer and has excellent ball control.

    If there was an option between Riquelme with an attitude change and Arshavin id go for Riquelme, but as they are now its arshavin.

  • Arthur Prince

    Nov 8, 2007 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #27

    Obafan I want players who will not sulk when they are dropped to the bench for whatever reason . It seems to me difficult to keep everybody happy in an enlarging squad . We have had problems in the past which partly got SBR sacked which in my view was tragic so I want players with an attitude to work their socks off for the teams, benefit . Ie no Primma donna,s ! I think Berbatov is a good player and I think BSA could sorthim out , I think Viduka wil spend a lot of time on the injury table so we will need another strong big goal scorer as well as OBA and MO .
    I dont know how fit Riqulme is but again if he comes and is prepared to work for the team then we would see the world class player he is . I do think though that we are going to have to open Mike Ashley,s wallet and get some better players in esp midfield and prob 1 top class defender

  • Tom

    Nov 8, 2007 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #28

    Get Vincent Kompany and Riquelme and Arshavin

  • Hadrian

    Nov 8, 2007 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #29

    tom-toon , im pretty sure this lad has also been linked with man u , i was well aware of jovetic

  • evgeny

    Nov 8, 2007 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #30

    Today, he played in UEFA cup against Larissa. He did great job, helped Zenit to score and then he was substituited, cuz Zenit will play very important game this Sunday.
    that goal where Arshavin made great pass
    replays of this goal

  • Danny

    Nov 8, 2007 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #31

    I think he would be a great player for us….The russian’s dont tend to mess about and you know hes not gonna have the bad attitude that riquelme would bring….

    Newcastle should leave behind the idea of buying players from bigger clubs as the players see it as a step down and arent even interested in playing for us…Definately Arshavin for me…He is a class act!

  • valle

    Nov 8, 2007 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #32

    MARK… U think comming to the nufc blog and wind a few ppl up will cause a rift between the NUFC fans?… u low life mackem scum

  • Penang TOON

    Nov 9, 2007 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #33

    get him! he is a versatile player
    oh ya, anybody knows Jo, a brazilian?
    what u think about him?

  • aaron d

    Nov 9, 2007 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #34

    Jo plays for CSKA Moscow, he’s a 20 year old striker, seen him play a couple of times in the champion league looks pretty good for his age. He’s been capped once for Brazil and this season has played 38 times for CSKA and scored 18 goals, which isn’t a bad return. He’s a bit like ameobi in build and height, but looks a better player.

  • Josh

    Nov 9, 2007 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #35

    WOW MARK, what you just said shows that you are a football manager obsessive and you are trying to discredit others who have the same knowledge as you. For shame. (You tit)

  • MARK

    Nov 11, 2007 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #36

    WOW JOSH, what you just said shows you up as a dumb c*(&nt, I see this obsessives all the time and you are probably one, I play FM fair enough, but like once a month when Im not at work or going out, unlike you sad c*&(ts, your probably an American anyway. Now (you twat)


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