Newcastle After Spanish International Midfielder

The Sunday Sun is reporting today that sources in Spain are linking Newcastle United with Spanish defensive midfielder David Albelda, who currently plays for Valencia, and has been capped 46 times for Spain.


David Albelda – played over 200 times for Valencia

There is no way for us to validate whether this rumor is true. However, reports a week or so before Christmas emerged that Albelda, along with Santiago Canizares, had been dropped from the Valencia squad with Albelda currently undecided on any future move.

Whether Valencia will let him go on a free transfer, or a reduced transfer fee is not known. He has recently been linked with a ₤4M move to Everton and rumors that Liverpool are also interested have recently surfaced.

Here is David’s playing record.

Years 	   Club 	    App  Goals

1995–1996  Valencia B  	     31   4
1996–1997  Villarreal(loan)  34   0
1997–1998  Valencia   	      5   0
1998–1999  Villarreal(loan)  35   2
1999– 	   Valencia 	    213   5   

2001-  	   Spain  	     46   0

David Albelda Aliqués was born in September, 1977, in Alzira, Spain, and was captain of of the Valencia club. He was also part of the Spanish squad in the 2002 FIFA World Cup and 2006 FIFA World Cups.

Albelda is a defensive midfielder who began as a center-back and is just under 6’0” tall, and he is a physical player who makes his presence felt in the middle of the pitch. With both his Valencia club and his country Spain, Albelda plays a holding role in central midfield. But he can also move forward, especially during set pieces and is a key figure in Valencia’s team because of his excellent leadership abilities.

Sounds to us like a typical Sam Allardyce player, who could be useful to the Newcastle squad, if the price is right.

What do you think?

Let us know – comments very welcome.

46 comments so far

  • carl

    Dec 30, 2007 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #1

    lining up relacements for barton?

  • santa

    Dec 30, 2007 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #2

    he’s not shearers kind of player..

  • Ross

    Dec 30, 2007 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #3

    i wouldnt be surprised carl.
    good player though, i suppose he’s the type of bsa player that could immediatly fit in straight swap for barton should we need a replacement.

  • Davey G

    Dec 30, 2007 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Utter bollocks.
    How many bloody defensive midfielders do we need. Big Sam even plays his attckers in defensive positions so we have a team fullof them. I agree he is a BSA type of player, but we dont want anymore BSA types of players. In fact I am questioning whether we need a Sam Allardyce!! (from a former BSA supporter)

  • JoshI

    Dec 30, 2007 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #5

    We don’t need anymore DM’s!! faye is good enough!! im gettin really worried that we aren’t going to see any classy creative midfielders 🙁 if we bring in purely DM’s to bolster the midfield im really going to lose my patience.

  • Obafan

    Dec 30, 2007 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #6

    He is a good player, but we need a creative attacking midfield player!!!!!!!!! Faye is very good at CDM!!!

  • Edd Case

    Dec 30, 2007 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Where did this story come from?
    Howards End?

    Although the above named player has been a good player in the past, he is now 30 and on the way down.

    Why we need another DM is beyond me.
    Barton, is not a DM really, he prefers to bomb foward, apparently, something we’ve certainly not seen at Newcastle though.

    Barton will be found guilty, that I have no doubts. The CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) will virtually never authorise a police charge if they think they won’t get a sucessfull prosecution in court (government cooking the books, as always).

    So there will be a spce to fill, but Albelda is not the right sort of player.

    Talk more about Diego – that feels better.

  • Hammy

    Dec 30, 2007 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #8

    I hear Ray Wilkins is available on a free…..
    Let’s get him quick…

  • marat18

    Dec 30, 2007 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #9

    agreed with Davey G

    another defensive midfielder? Sam, come on!

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 30, 2007 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #10

    Why do we need this fella, ye he is good but id only buy him if hes looking to replace butt which is very unlikely, we play too defensive in the center, unlike but albelda can pass a bit, could be an improvement, probably not worth it, hes ageing like butt.

  • deano

    Dec 30, 2007 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #11

    diego from brem is world class andtoon have no chance getting quality any more with sam in charge

  • Greg P

    Dec 30, 2007 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #12

    He won’t come and even if he did wouldn’t get into the team as he’s too slow for the premiership. It would be a stupid signing when we are crying out for attacking midfielders.
    Also – we will not go down and so should give Sam until the end of the season and see if things change by May.

  • Dragoner

    Dec 30, 2007 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #13

    the sunday sun eh, must be official then, lol

  • Andreas

    Dec 30, 2007 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Wrong thread but I reckon it’s more likely that Dragoner mate will read it in this thread (possible answers might be better off in the OT).

    @Dragoner (since you are one of the die-hard SA backers I take the liberty to alter one of your posts to make my point):
    “muppets on here defending SA. Some idiot even said he wouldn’t look out of place in a top four club. Deluded idiotic fans. Why would manchester united, chelsea, liverpool or arsenal want a manager with poor tactical knowledge, poor selections, bad excuses, and little insight in the current problems when the answers are clear to see? stop kidding yourself. Yes SA was fairly good for Bolton over the years, but if you cant recognise that his flaws go deeper than being managing out of his league then you trully are blind.
    Form is fickle, class is permanent.
    Also, when did any team but NUFC confirm that they was interested in SA? good managers are linked with top teams.”

    I any case, I do hate the way we play under SA but unfortunetly I don’t think sacking him is the solution. Since he seems to be to narrow minded to change his way I reckon we’ll have to stick with his crap football this season.

    I do think SA have done good things in the background (transfers, training schemes etc.) but the man HAVE to change his mentality – it is not OK to play the likes of Derby, Wigan, Sunderland etc with the ambition to “contain” them. We are good enough to smash such teams (although I agree we currently do have zero “world class players” on our books).

    If the stubborn man as much as change a bit and play slightly more positive I’m sure the majority of fans will support him and give him time. If not it’s only matter of time before he’s gone.

  • Adrian Swall

    Dec 30, 2007 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #15

    Let’s see what happens after the Bolton game

  • iain

    Dec 30, 2007 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #16

    wow big sam targets a well past his best foriegn defensive player.

    what a revelation.

    the reason albelda is being dumped by valencia is because koemen thinks he is trouble and not physically at his best any more.

    sam couldnt turn smith into a cm, he couldnt control barton.

    surely hes not daft enought to go after a guy whos been creating disharmony in the valencia dressing room and again i will keep repeating this – well past his best.

    how many past there best players do we need to sign ffs, geremi, smith, viduka, owen, duff, cacapa, possibly edmilson.

  • i still hate allardyce (not as much though)

    Dec 30, 2007 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #17

    did anyone here aboout us swapping mark viduka for benni mccarthy. mccarthy would be a much better signing. when we play viduka you have to get the ball to him because he wont go and get it. mccarthy wants the ball and can do more with it.

  • Dave

    Dec 30, 2007 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #18

    We already have Butt, Faye, Geremi and Smith who can play as defensive midfielders.

    No need to add another name to the list of crap Spanish players, i.e, Marcelinho, Luque and now Enrique.

  • Hadrian

    Dec 30, 2007 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #19

    its nearly cards on the table time , we find out if sam actually has any money and what he intends todo with it .
    he’ not going tobe able to put a foot wrong this transfer window without being questioned on it .
    his signins now will point towards the way our team is going to ook in a couple year under BSA , if he starts bringing in dross , he wont have legs to stand on .

  • Dragoner

    Dec 30, 2007 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #20

    @ Andreas

    Martins – Season and a half

    Allarydce – half a season

    You tell me who has had more time to prove their worth?

    Anyway i am not a die hard Allardyce fan, i just see that Allardyce is not 100% at fault for our failure. I also see that stability is what is needed. The likes of Wenger, Robson, Ferguson have all stated this and backed sam allardyce yet people on here have selective hearing. If they say something about flair everyone is ready to quote them in their comments against sam. However, when they recommend sam be given more time everyone acts like these top class, experienced managers have no right to comment on the issue. Its pathetic it really is. Some people on here still seem to think we are a club with great players that just under achieves. we aint. lets except it, we cant go into games with attack attack attack, we dont have the players for that.

  • JoshI

    Dec 30, 2007 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #21

    Bobby’s got the right idea! Exactly what we need, fluid top 6 style football.

  • JoshI

    Dec 30, 2007 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #22

    Did anybody see the finish by Kitson on his second goal?….. What a little dink over the keeper that was.

  • Andreas

    Dec 30, 2007 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #23


    I agree with you that we don’t have any “world class players” on our books atm and expecting us to be top 4/5 this season is not realistic. I also agree that Martins have not been great this season and he’s been here 1 year longer than SA. Moreover, I agree that we need stability, and I do think SA have done some good stuff (as I said in my post – which I btw thought was quite funny due to the quoting thingy :=) ).

    However, I am also scared that SA won’t change his ways, and that would be very bad. The Bolton way will not bring success (in my opinion). The style and mentality shouldn’t be a binary choice (i.e. all out attack as some on this board support or all out defending which seem to be SA’s only tactic).

    And I do hope you agree that our squad is good enough to play positively, i.e. try to win by attacking (within reason), against most teams (full strenght “top-4” excluded). The thing that gets to me is this “contain them” mentality. Aye, against full strenght “top-4” it could be ok, but this season SA have done it against Derby, Wigan, Fulham, Sunderland etc. and still it has got us near to nothing. That is simply not acceptable and has nothing to do with the players at SA disposal, it’s a question about attitude/mentality.

    Over and out for now.

  • Ausgeordie

    Dec 30, 2007 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #24

    Got to say I’d love to get rid of Viduka for Benni and we could then focus on bringing in a good big man up front like Crouch or Gudjohnnsen who would complement our array of small strikers. I dont think we’ll hold onto Owen after his contract so looking at Oba and Benni being our main two in that department sounds good.

  • cathal

    Dec 31, 2007 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #25

    good player. good potential signing. we still need a creative one tho. whats that croations fellas name, modric is it??

  • cathal

    Dec 31, 2007 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #26

    deco is available also, he is looking to quit barca according to reports and is quoted as saying so. deco modric albelda midlfield any1?? offload butt and geremi, cancel barton contract and get compo and keep emre as back up

  • Dragoner

    Dec 31, 2007 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #27


    I just want to clarify something as people on here seem to believe i am one of Sams followers. I am not. I fully back Sam with the belief that he will change this drab playing style once we achieve some stability, stability at the front, central area and at the back. However, if he doesn’t change his tactics after achieving this stability i will join everyone else with the “get sam out” mentality as i can fully understand fans wanting to see attractive football. I just think he is right in the belief that the defence should come first, before all the fancy stuff. Look at Spurs, they play some good football and have some quality players. However, i can see City or Everton(Even though their defending lately has been poor) breaking top four before them due to Tottenhams disregard of a good defence, and i just dont want to end up like that. I want to have a team that can defend what is thrown at them and then unleash a ruthless counter attack in the same fashion Arsenal and Man U do it, and to achieve such a thing will take a fair amount of time. I have already come to terms that this will take 5 or so years if we are lucky and this is why i probably have slighty more patience than a lot of people on here. A lot of people are going to say they have the patience, but only for the right man. I say, how do you know who the right man is? surely if it was so easy to see then we would have him already. There is no harm in giving Sam a chance as he has only been here a short time and most of us had expected this season to be a “fix-up” season anyway.

  • stk

    Dec 31, 2007 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #28

    class! like an alonso or hargreaves type

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 31, 2007 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #29

    we need a bit of south american flair, Villanueva anyone? He’ll easily get a work permit, Chile regular.

  • Ross

    Dec 31, 2007 at 2:44 AM

    Comment #30

    cathal a player like deco wouldnt come to newcastle. fair enough he wants to quit one of the best club teams in the world, but he’ll find another of similar stature to play for no problem.
    and we definitly do not wanna offload butt, he should be wearing our armband.

  • Dragoner

    Dec 31, 2007 at 2:50 AM

    Comment #31

    Would you guys want deco? i mean really? Emre is a similar player to him. Except i would rather have Emre as he is dedicated to our club, and used to the EPL. Deco is at the stage of his career when his quality is dropping, but his wages aren’t. He has already said he does not want to leave Barca after we declared interest in him. He snubbed us like Robinho did Tottenham. surely you do not want a big head at our club after our “clear out” do you?

  • Dragoner

    Dec 31, 2007 at 3:02 AM

    Comment #32

    Two players we should go for.

    Biglia from Anderlecht. He is from Argentina, he is a young, all out central midfielder who can play DM, CM, and AM all effectively. This guy is the has exceptional vision and passing ability for someone who can play DM very well. Unlike Barton, he could play central midfield with Emre as a holding midfielder because of his defensive qualities and can also play alongside Butt, Geremi or Faye as a playmaker.

    Rafinha from Schalke. He is Brazilian, he is also young, versatile right sided player who plays RW just equally as good as RB. He is very quick, good dribbler and great crosser of the ball. He would replace Milner on the wing and at the same time provide cover if Beye gets injured. That way Carr never has to step foot on the pitch for us again.

    What do people think of these two suggestions?

  • Ross

    Dec 31, 2007 at 3:05 AM

    Comment #33

    i get what you mean dragoner.
    if i had my way bla bla, emre would start week in week out.
    he’s a bit of class and seems to love the club.
    i suppose you could stick deco in the same bracket as albelda, like you said, ageing, peaked and form beginning to drop, but the wages staying in the same spot. i mean dont get me wrong they’re both good players but..i’d like to see a bit of youth. and a bit of attacking youth at that.

  • Dragoner

    Dec 31, 2007 at 3:06 AM

    Comment #34

    you wanted attacking youth, i read your mind mate, please read my above comment

  • Dragoner

    Dec 31, 2007 at 3:21 AM

    Comment #35

    i just found out that rafinha can also play on the left side as well. Didnt know that. He is even better than i thought

  • Ryan

    Dec 31, 2007 at 6:08 AM

    Comment #36

    Hmm, i seriously think Deco has drop his form and that the main reason why Barcelona drop him in the beginning. @Dragoner ,
    Your comment about those 2 players have you ever seen them play matches? I don’t , so I can’t comment about those players.

  • mark

    Dec 31, 2007 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #37

    Untrue – the Sunday sun guesses about 500 players a season will end up at SJP and then by the law of averages gets one correct, then spouts about it for weeks.

    They said yesterday the Koreans move is still on, despite on saturday, a club official saying discussions have ceased and that is all. Neil Farrington is a prat of a reporter.

  • mark

    Dec 31, 2007 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #38

    And Santa, your not funny saying he isnt Shearers type of manager, Im past caring now as there is just too many idiots supporting my club, we will be relegated if we sack sam, with sam, ok we will finish 8 – 10th, but rome wasnt built in a day, and neither was manchester united.

  • steve

    Dec 31, 2007 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #39

    rubbish story – both mort and sam have stated that we want to buy younger players in order we can look to the future, this means signing 30 year olds is a thing of the past.

  • john

    Dec 31, 2007 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #40

    Another defensive midfielder is not what is needed right now. Emre is the only creative midfielder we have at the moment and I don’t think he is quite the answer (he looses possesion too much). I would prefer Sam to get a GOOD left back to replace Nzog (who I think along with Milner are the best players we have at the moment). Sam should be playing Nzog/Duff on the left midfield, Milner on the right midfield with Butt and Faye/Emre/Geremi.
    Lacking midfield creativity Milner and Nzogbia/Duff could supply the ammunition for Viduka or Smith with Martins or Owen. What a waste of talent we have up front when we don’t supply the bullets for the strikers to fire.
    The defence with a Good left back could be chosen from Taylor/Cacapa/Faye/Beye/Rozehnal/Enrique?/Geremi/A N Other.
    We have good cover for goalkeeper.
    I have missed out Barton who I would have had as first choice with Butt in centre midfield as we do not know what will happen with him now. This is another player who has not lived up to expectations, but how can he give 100% when he has so much hanging over him. All his own fault I must say.
    Play 4-4-2.
    Rotating players for resting, tactical, injuries, loss of form, etc. is ok but we play too many players in different positions when they are rotated. No wonder they don’t gell.
    I think Sam can stay at Newcastle but I think he is afraid to drop Smith because he is obviously a favourite of the owner. Smith is a forward, his best position. He seemed to struggle to drop Geremi when he hit a loss of form. I think at times the managers need to step back and take a look at what they are doing with the team. And I don’t mean sitting in the stands.
    The booing by the fans doesn’t help the team. Nor does screaming at the manager that he doesn’t know what he is doing. Let the fans who boo and jeer think about how they would perform at work if they did something wrong and everybody in the office/factory started jeering and booing. Who can honestly say they have turned out for work EVERY DAY and been 100%, no errors, perfect.
    Sam find a creative midfielder. Play to the players’ strengths, Don’t try to make them into something they aren’t.
    I have followed Newcastle for 58 years since I was 6 years old. I have seen them win the FA cup, The Fairs cup, I have seen some fantastic players. Newcastle have given me thrills, excitement, and dissapointment beyond anyones expectations. I will love this team until the day my maker comes for me.
    Everyone of the fans is an ambassador for Newcastle. Due to the recent televised antics of the fans Newcastle fans have gone from being the best fans in the country to being the worst and it does pain.
    Lads, and lasses get behind the team and the manager.
    John M.


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