Keegan Wants Defensive Reinforcements

Kevin Keegan seems determined to bring in an experienced center-back in January, if he can manage to sign the right player, in the next 9 days.


Daniel van Buyten – seems to want Newcastle move

Kevin talked to the Newcastle Journal today:

“I’m not thinking of bringing Kevin Kilcline back, much as I like him,” “But if I’m honest, they just need somebody to talk to them more middle to back. Steven Taylor will be a real leader and already he’s got leadership qualities.”

“ But if you look to the side of him you’ve got players new to the Premier League.” “I think we are a club who can go and get big players if they are the right players,”

“That’s absolutely 100%. We have to look at the situation in reality. A lot of players don’t move at this time of year. If they do it usually hasn’t been that successful.”

“We will be trying to fetch two or three players in but we will not fetch them in just to make the numbers up. They’ve got to be players who can play with what we’ve got and improve what we’ve got.”

Stephen Carr, Abdoulaye Faye and Steven Taylor are the only players in defense with previous Premiership experience, and that has been a big concern at the club this season, and the reason for some of our unsteady performances in defense.

Two players that have been mentioned at center-back are Sol Campbell of Portsmouth, and Daniel van Buyten of Bayern Munich. 6’5” Belgian van Buyten played for Kevin at Manchester City in 2004, and looked a steady player at the back, and good on set plays in attack. He could be available from Bayern for a low £1.5M, and we think that is the more likely deal to be made in January.

We cannot really see Harry Redknapp letting Sol go in January, even though he seems to have become a Newcastle fan of late.   😀

Here’s 29 year-old Daniel van Buyten’s playing record:

Years 	   Club 	    App  Goals

1998-1999  Charleroi        19     1
1999-2002  Standard Liège   57     7
2002-2004  Marseilles       76    12
2004       Man City (loan)   5     0
2004-2006  Hamburg          61     7
2006- 	   Bayern Munich    37     3 

2001- 	   Belgium 	    38     4

What do you think?

Comments always welcome.

30 comments so far

  • spidey

    Jan 22, 2008 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #1

    taxi for carr!!!

  • Kash2

    Jan 22, 2008 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Well, Ed, if last nights post bares any weight then Riise would be a class addition not just for LB but also LM, and his set piece ability. I think Sol Campbell and maybe even Richard Dunne would be good signings for us at the back! Thats probably all we need in terms of defensive signings. We definitely need 2 players for midfield. Arshavin is being mooted again, could be a good signing but I read that Lucho of Porto is available and Fiorentina are trying to sign him for £10m. He would be a class signing! Perfect player for our midfield, a REAL GENERAL in the middle with all qualities!

  • Alex Brett

    Jan 22, 2008 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #3

    Van Buyten would be a good buy, but Campbell would be better, he is still a very good defender and will make Taylor improve hugely.
    But what we really lack is creativity, perhaps Zoggs will provide this playing in the middle but we need more! an Elano type will be perfect!

    I’m just worried looking at our fixture list! We are only 6 points from safety! The players we have dont look up for a relegation dog fight!!!!!!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 22, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Kash2 – would love Riise and Arshavin at the club. Andrei would also love to come to Tyneside and he’s Keegan’s kind of player.
    Just hoping Riise didn’t play last night because Newcastle are in for him. 😀

  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 22, 2008 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #5

    Alex we are 7 points from safety and probably 8 if you take in goal difference – all 3 bottom teams lost at weekend so we gained a point. Agree it’s still too close for comfort though.

  • big pea ov the weab

    Jan 22, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #6

    @kash richarddunne has got more chance ov being a astronought than singing for us hes just become man citys top earner

  • paul p

    Jan 22, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #7

    woodgate. bring him back. is fit, but cant get his game for boro at the moment because of wheater and huth. he oozes class and is a talker. plus he only lives down the road. i would make an offer for him. plus nicky shorey and then that will do us at the back until the summer. although, if any one bids for alan hutton, then we may have to go in for him. midfield is my concern. we have no one who can put a decent ball into the box. we are crying out for a creative midfielder , sum one who can pick a pass, do something special to win us a game/create chances for our forwards. we are linked with beckham this morning, as if he is going to give up all that money to come back home. diego for the centre or midfield would be good. michael carrick is going to cost too much but he would be good also. there is lots of players i could name, but we just have to wait and see. up front, we need a striker who is fit and can put the ball in the net. someone different to what we have. berbatov or ashton would be my choices if we can get them. i do believe if shearer was no 2, berbatov’s hero, daft bid in, who no’s. who no’s, its a long shot which i can not see happening but u never no with newcastle.

  • Kevin Hann

    Jan 22, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #8

    pea I heard dunne’s childhood dream was to become an astronaut 😉

  • nightfall

    Jan 22, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #9

    why would we sign riise? ashley gave us 30 mio…is it wise to spend 10 mio for a player who plays in positions where we already have: enrique, n’zogbia, duff, kadar, also milner, troisi, ngo bohang. that position is NO priority…so why??

  • ToonRich

    Jan 22, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #10

    For £1.5m we can’t really go wrong with V.Buyten, he’d make a decent backup if we have any more suspensions or injuries plus his ariel pressence on set pieces could be beneficial. Would still like to see KK be ambitious in the transfer market – perhaps a bid for M.Richards?!

    Also, whats this about Ashley talking behinds the scenes about luring Becks to SJP…anyone else heard anything on this? Rumor has it the MA has the contacts to make it happen, plus he still has some stakes in Adidas and with Beckham being the face on the brand it could be a masterstroke for merchandice sales!!

  • Kevin Hann

    Jan 22, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #11

    nightfall – Keegan is not happy with Enrique and we don’t have any cover for LB. Riise would be awesome purchase plus I don’t think he would cost 10m. But I agree with you we need creative midfielder most.

  • ToonRich

    Jan 22, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #12

    Just adding to K.Hann’s comment about KK not happy with Enrique – did anyone else think Enrique didnt like passing to Duff against Bolton? It was as if he’d do anything with the ball apart from give it simple to Duffer, and then when Milner came onto the left there was plenty of passes down the line to him… :-\

    I think Riise would be a good signing, a bit like Robert with a deadly left boot!

  • ChrisM

    Jan 22, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #13

    Ed Harrison – No offence to you but saying we are 7 points ahead and maybe 8 if you count goal difference, just backs my point in that you know next to f**k all about football. Stick to the NFL.


    Jan 22, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #14

    That’s a real bad joke? VAN BUYTEN a leader in our defence???? sure, and then put ROZEHNAL beside him and the clown show can begin…

    hopefull (keeping all fingers crossed) KK does really not buy this useless and very bad defender!

    As reading KK’s interview today I would mostly expect CAMPBEL to be signed…but I’m not really impressed on that move. But coudl accept that (could be worse if we really buy BUYTEN).

    But still the main part is missing: mdifield! and why shouldnt we get back our geordie boy CARRICK

  • ToonKing

    Jan 22, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #15

    we don’t need defenders, the ones we got are more then able to handle it. We need a midfield.

  • James C

    Jan 22, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #16

    ChrisM… Behave.. Ed does a good job and this site in my opinion is the best nufc around constantly updated with good stories. You slag him off even tho he does this in his own time free of charge.. Lay off the man!

  • Guy

    Jan 22, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #18

    riise fits the keegan mould of ‘attacking defender’ perfectly. We definitely need a creative midfield player, arshavin seems the most realistic. Van Buyten for 1.5 is no risk.

  • Black Caesar

    Jan 22, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #19

    ChrisM you are a a very stupid man, boy, or animal or whatever you are!!!

    Ed only responded politely to a point you made, no need for insults there at all.

    I think you ought to apologise!!!

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 22, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #20

    KevinHann – how the fk do you know if Keegan doesnt like Enirque!?!

  • Jesus of Nazareth

    Jan 22, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #21

    We do not need Riise. He’s not particulally talented, can’t beat a man (so midfields out), has no pace and on top of that he’s a ginger. He works hard, but then so does Alan Smith. The only real positive is his sweet left peg but as he’s so slow if he gets in position to shot it then takes him 3 days to get back to the left back position.
    And he’s a ginger.


    Jan 22, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #22

    heard about that BECKHAM story reportedly and wondering how stupid newspapers are???

    Well I guess there will be no signing before the weekend. Rather guess there will be 2 signings at the mid or end of next week…

  • Leo

    Jan 22, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #23

    where did campbell say that he has became a fan???

  • Mighty Mouse

    Jan 22, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #24

    ChrisM wrong side of the bed this morning? Ed is doing a smashing job and you need to button up.

    All we need is a couple of two point conversions and for someone to get hot behind the arc and we are back in with the big boys!

    Tom_Toon I believe people are taking the chronicle’s observation that KK was omitting poor body-language to Enrique as him not liking the player. Personally I dont believe KK will have given up on the boy after one game.

    ToonRich I also noticed that some of the players did not look like they wanted to pass the ball to one another. But for me it was almost all of the midfield players, it as if they dont get along, no comradery and my biggest complaint of Duff (shit) since coming here is that he doesnt play for the team and looks far too selfish on the ball for the TOON.

    Howay the lads

  • Mighty Mouse

    Jan 22, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #25

    Leo – i believe Sol’s two recent pleas of “come get me” under Roeder and now KK that Ed equates to being a fan


    Jan 22, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #26

    Van Buyten is a good buy. Go get him…


    Jan 22, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #27

    absolutely no go, do not waste money!! Use it for good players. better.

  • scott9

    Jan 22, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #28

    toon king agree totally we need midfieders we are in desperate need for qaulity in the middle and we need 1-2 centre midfileders in the next 9 days or we will struggle

  • Leo*

    Jan 22, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #29

    is he actually quoted as saying come and get me? fair enough the roeder time he did, but not this one i cant recall so i may be wrong about that…

  • Lawman

    Jan 25, 2008 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #30

    great target if we can get him – gordon strchan suppossedly very interested in him too and have also made enquiries about him joining celtic.

    but what an ugly photo!!!!


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