Newcastle Target Edmilson Almost Fit Again

The FC Barcelona Blog is reporting today that Edmilson, who has been sidelined since his knee operation last June, has received the medical all clear to play again.


Edmilson – training again with his Barcelona team-mates

Sam Allardyce has said recently that he will not go after Edmilson in the January transfer window, but may still be interested in the Brazilian during the summer. However, while Edmilson is a skillful player and is also good friends with Newcastle’s Brazilian center-back Cacapa, he has no Premiership experience.

That lack of experience has dogged many of the defenders Newcastle brought in during the summer transfer window. However, Cacapa, apart from his disastrous game against Portsmouth for 16 minutes, has possibly been the best of the bunch, along with former Marseilles captain and right-back Habib Beye. We think Sam may be anxious to pair the two Brazilians at the center of Newcastle’s defense, although Edmilson can also play defensive midfield, where he could easily be deployed by Newcastle.

Another reason why Edmilson may not even be allowed to move in January is that Barcelona’s Toure Yaya is leaving to play in the African Cup. Edmilson will be a natural replacement as a defensive midfielder to deputize for Toure, and it is therefore unlikely that Barcelona manager Rijkaard would let the Brazilian leave under such circumstances.

Edmilson has had trouble with his right knee ever since he was injured in October 2004, but now seems ready to get match fit and start playing again. Maybe Newcastle manager Sam can gauge Edmilson’s fitness and form over the next few months, before deciding whether to bid for him in the summer. He will then be available as a free agent.

Comments very welcome.

9 comments so far

  • iain

    Dec 21, 2007 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #1

    “Edmilson has had trouble with his right knee ever since he was injured in October 2004”

    3 years with knee injuries.

    will we ever learn ???

    you would think with hamstrung owen and the previous experience weve had with crocks like dyer as a club we would know better.

    why do we need 3 over 30 dfm players, how is that benifitial to the 5yr plan that sam keeps talking about.

  • Tripp

    Dec 21, 2007 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #2

    If we were to pick him up or someone like ’em, I’d like to see them play as a CDM rather than a CB. We need better service going forward and the CDM is the linchpin. The Fulham game really highlighted the need for good service from that area. Milner and Martins got almost no service in the second half and our attack was spasmodic at best. We need better quality and we need the defenders to stop bypassing the midfield. Of course, with shite service out of the MF why would the defenders wanna go that route anyways.

  • Alex

    Dec 21, 2007 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #3

    He would be a big improvement for the cdm position than what we now have.This guy can pass the ball unlike Butt, he also has vast expierence at the highest level of world football.Just hope that if he comes he is fully fit and strong enough to endure the premership.

  • Tripp

    Dec 21, 2007 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #4

    We could also put Faye in the CDM role, that’s been brought up here before. Esp if Taylor, Cacapa, and Roz stay fit, we’ve got good coverage there. If we stayed 4-3-3 we could go with:

    Beye, Cacapa, Roz, Enrique
    Barton, Faye, Zog
    Martins, Smith, Duff

    Bench: Milner, Emre, Gerimi, Harper, Taylor

    Martins hasn’t looked great in this 4-3-3, perhaps start milner instead. Hard to say, this formation has worked for us recently, but doesn’t seem to suit the squad we have terribly well.

  • roscoe

    Dec 21, 2007 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #5

    No Tripp…

    NO 4-3-3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Beye, Cacapa, Roz, Enrique
    Milner, Barton, Zog, Duff
    Martins, Smith

    Very Solid!!!!!

  • Brisbane Mag

    Dec 21, 2007 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #6

    Edmilson is a great player but too injury prone. We’ve had our share of those buds (Owen, Babayaro, Carr, Duff, etc) so let someone else buy him…..

  • Leo

    Dec 21, 2007 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #7

    including my 3 signings i would like to see this is the team i would like to see


    beye cacapa faye m.taylor

    arshavin/milner butt barton nzogbia/duff

    martins smith

    the other signing i would like to see is


  • Brisbane Mag

    Dec 21, 2007 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #8

    Roscoe, that’s a very exciting team buddy. Will be nice to see Duff back in the fold and playing to his full potential!

  • Leo

    Dec 21, 2007 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #9

    taylor may go in there instead of cacapa but i think the experience is still lacking for him at the moment and it will soon come.


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