Czech Midfielder On Newcastle’s Radar Screen

Newcastle United will face challenges in the summer for the senior players Keegan will try to entice to the club. That’s also true for some of the youngsters we will try to capture, and one example of that is 20 year old FC Brno midfielder Lubos Kalouda.


Lubos Kalouda – still a target for Newcastle United

Juventus were the first club after the youngster but Newcastle United moved in during January and almost completed the deal from under the noses of the Italian powerhouse. However, it appears that Newcastle remain favorites for the impressive Czech Republic youngster after almost clinching a deal on transfer deadline day last month.

Newcastle of course now have three executives at the club working full time on recruitment, and obviously one player clearly on their radar screen is Kalouda. Good news we heard last month, coming out of Italy, was the young midfielder will move to the Premiership in June.

The Brno-born midfielder Kalouda currently plays for his home town club, in the Gambrinus Liga of the Czech Republic, and apparently Brno want around £2.9M for the highly-rated youngster.

The news was that Juventus had seen Kalouda as the long-term replacement for Pavel Nedved, and the youngster was recently called up for the full Czech National squad, for the very first time in January.

He certainly looks an up and coming class player and we’d be very pleased if we can indeed capture the youngster. He would then be another young star to go with the 15 youngsters we focused on yesterday, 10 of which are still teenagers.

Kalouda was a member of the Czech Republic Under-20 team that won the silver medal at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada. Kalouda scored three goals in the tournament, and was one of the best players in the impressive Czech team.

We’d really like to see Newcastle announce they have signed a pre-contract agreement with the youngster, and that the transfer will be officially completed when the summer transfer window opens in June. The pre-contract could be signed at any time, the sooner the better as far as we are concerned.

Lubos stands just under 5’10” tall, and has so far played 24 times for Bnro and scored 5 goals. He turns 21 year-old in May of this year, and joined his home town club when he was 14 years old.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • mikeygd

    Feb 15, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #1


  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 15, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #2

    Get senior players in first.

  • Davies

    Feb 15, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #3

    I have to agree with tom toon. We’ve got bigger requirements than young players, unless Kalouda is ready for the first team. H’e ll need a bit of time in the premier league before he gets regular call ups I reckon.

    Also, I agree with mikeygd.

    Weeeeeeeeeee indeed.

  • Ian

    Feb 15, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #4

    Also lets get playing the youngsters, Lua Lua and Edgar from what I have seen when they have played in the first team, including Edgar in pressure situations they are as good as we already have and better than others, Lua Lua looks better than Barton for instance.

    Also this Fabio, if he is as good as they say he is, why doesnt he get a few minutes in the first team?

    No point in having potential and not using it, it is up to the youngsters to come in, try hard and make it difficult for the manger to decide who to select.

  • Ausgeordie

    Feb 15, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #5

    I think the Keegs is trying to build a team of pacy young players and this fella sounds like he has the mustard. I dont see why he should not be considered for first team purely because of his age.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 15, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Its not his age, it the fact we are newcastle and barely ever play young players quite soon after we buy them and hes coming from the czech league so i doubt he’d play much in his first season.

  • Leo*

    Feb 15, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #7

    i agree that we need to get senior players in first, but if we can secure pre contract agreements for players then it will make life much easier in the summer for the club.

    maybe we could do that for some senior players.

    whats this guys atributes? is he fast strong etc?

  • thelongshanks

    Feb 15, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Koluda looks class and cud be our future playmaker.Hope we get him in hurry up with the pre contracts.

  • steve k

    Feb 15, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #9

    “No point in having potential and not using it, it is up to the youngsters to come in, try hard and make it difficult for the manger to decide who to select.”

    Couldn’t agree more with you Ian, best bit of sense on this whole young players debacle. As fans that were burnt by Hugo “Young European Footballer of the Year” Viana can tell you “potential” is the most over-used word in the young player dictionary.

    Young Lua Lua looked right class when he’s come on. Give him a go.

  • Bill F

    Feb 15, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #10

    If he is as good as Nedved then lets have him. Watched Nedved playing for Juventus and he still looked good. Just goes to show that age is not a barrier to the right players.

    Just thought I might mention Juninho at this point. 😉

  • chuck

    Feb 15, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #11

    Good to see the club stocking the youth system with future stars, the recruiting of young players has become more competative, as teams like Man. U. & arsenal comb the world for young talent. It has become obvious that local or even the home country`s are no longer the only suppliers to the premier div.
    Looks like the Toon management are aware of this phenomena and are acting in a positive way.
    All we need now is a few excellent senior signings in the summes to bounce back to a top six side and a positive future.

  • Ian

    Feb 15, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #12

    Look at Richards for Man City, he wouldnt have been played if it wasnt for injuries, we should get these youngsters on the pitch, I am convinced we are selecting players on their ability on the training field, but players like Edgar and Lua Lua excel in the real game, and Carroll brilliant as he has been in the reserves either isnt ready to step up to 1st team play yet or might not quite cut it in the first, he should have put his all into the small amount of time he has been selected.

    Kalouda sounds good, but I havent seen him, he definately wants to play here that is for certain, he was furious he didnt get here in January.

  • Ian

    Feb 15, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #13

    steve, I am sick of hearing the word potential too!!

  • Hadrian

    Feb 15, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #14

    Ive got this horrible feeling that were only going to invest in youth and avoid the 20 million pound buys from now on.

  • Kash2

    Feb 15, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #15

    To be honest, I bet this kid is better than Milner, which isn’t that hard considering Milner cannot cross or pass for toffee. I’d like this kid in because he sounds like he’s pretty good. As for whether we should buy top first teamers, well hopefully. But it’s going to be a case of whether their clubs sell, then whether they want to join. I don’t think there will be many big buys this summer mainly because such players won’t want to join. I can see Carrick and Bentley arriving, and maybe a EPL experienced CB and LB most likely Sol and Bridge. Otherwise we will be struggling to attract big foreign names as the reputation of Newcastle is down the shitter. Only british players with big reputations will arrive. I would like us to sign Aiden McGeady. I think he’s the next big star, and would be immesne on our left.

  • Alan

    Feb 15, 2008 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #16

    i agree w/ Mcgeady. watched the Ireland vs. Brazil friendly, and he was EASILY the fastest player on the pitch. looked dangerous all game.


    Feb 17, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #17

    potential has the potential to potentially fail!!!!!


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