Newcastle After Morrocan Winger Boussoufa – Video

It’s getting to be that time of the season when Newcastle United will be linked with every player that’s available on the planet.


Mbarek Boussoufa – Aderlecht’s Morrocan winger

Today we are linked with a couple of players – one of which looks really good in Real Madrid’s big German defender Christoph Metzelder.

Another player that we’re supposedly interested in and reported today by the Daily Mail is Anderlecht winger Mbarek Boussoufa, so let’s take a look at the player and see if he’ be any good at Newcastle.

Morocco’s international footballer, Mbarek Boussoufa won the “Soulier d’Or 2006” that is Belgian soccer’s player of year award. The Anderlecht striker, who is 22, was awarded the title in January as a result of a poll of journalists and former players.

Boussoufa had last year received the best goal scorer award in Belgium and he is the first North African to win the Belgian best player award. Mbarek Boussoufa has also been selected as’s Rising Star in African Football for 2006.

Boussoufa was the comfortable preference for voters over other candidates – Asamoah Gyan, Emmanuel Eboue, Salomon Kalou and Obinna Nsofor – and his choice was made mainly on the strength of his performances in the Belgium league for AA Gent.

Mbarek Boussoufa moved to Belgian champions Anderlecht on the strength of his performances at AA Gent, and he picked up the Golden Boot award for the highest goal scorer in Belgium last year.

Here’s some highlights of the player.

Comments very welcome.

53 comments so far

  • Leo

    Apr 9, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #1

    another african though… not good for the ACN…

    its great that you have put a video link up with the rumour, it means we can all get a jist of what he is like.

    the site just gets better and better ed

  • Yorkie Dave

    Apr 9, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #2

    would rather have farfan

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 9, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #3

    he looks good, reminds me alot of lennon, but with an end product.

  • Plex

    Apr 9, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Please buy this player, I no what will happen. We will leave him for next year and someone else will snatch him and he will become another great player.

  • Mr T

    Apr 9, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #5

    If we’re talking midfielders, and I apologise this being off the subject slightly, there’s reports that Everton may not re-sign Pienaar.

    I know we’ve got a small team as it is. but I think he’s class, if he’s be happy to work in a squad rotation system then he’d be a brilliant signing, see also Jimmy Bullard.

  • HeronMag

    Apr 9, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Thanks for supplying the vid Ed. Great idea.

    He looks decent. You can’t translate form from the Belgian League to the Premiership, but skillwise he seems adept and has the arrogance that wingers need.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing him in a black and white shirt.

  • HeronMag

    Apr 9, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Oh and as for Pienaar good call Mr T.

    Definitely. He’s been outstanding for Everton. Begs the question though – Why is Moyes letting him go…? He’s no fool.

  • OnlyOneUnited

    Apr 9, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #8

    Aye, Looks good like.

  • scottish mag

    Apr 9, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #9

    looks quality, left and right footed can play on either side and upfront, very versatile, he has a good strike, immense crossing and a class freekick, he is quick, tricky. brilliant lets get him now, only bad thing is he goes to ground a bit easy sometimes but he looks like world class in the making

  • Mr T

    Apr 9, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #10

    I can’t see the video, but I’ve seen videos where Lee Dong Gook looked good, and we all know how that ended up! 😀 I wouldn’t get too excited about it gents.

    and HeronMag, fair point, Moyes is certainly no mug! but…. but as you also said, he has been class, it might be the money Dortmund want for him? I’d still have him in a flash anyway.

  • tony

    Apr 9, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #11

    what a player he his best crosser of a ball ive seen for a long while both feet aswel and a goal scorer hes a bit on the light side but a few yorkshire puddings will sort that out

  • YongMalaysia

    Apr 9, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #12

    he was quality player, just a bit small size. will he suit to EPL?

  • Darryl

    Apr 9, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #13

    SWP, Lennon.. they all fit in the premier league, no reason this guy cant. Got all the attributes of these.

  • Leo

    Apr 9, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #14

    pienaar has a minimum release clause which makes him only cost 2.2million pounds, but it has to be agreed before 30april.

    would a good purchase for that money being he is only 22 but is another ACN hopeful

  • Leo

    Apr 9, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #15

    seen that garay doesnt care which club comes in for him its only a matter of the amount of money….

    maybe he wouldnt be such a good signing after all…,19528,11661_3403022,00.html

  • Dondatta13

    Apr 9, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #16

    Hi Everyone … How about a bid for Rafael van der Vaart from Hamburg SV, he moved there for €5.5m. Id love it, just LOVE IT if he wore the black and white of Newcastle United. What a playmaker he would be!!! Slap £9 million down and see what happens? theres a video of this exploits here

  • Leo

    Apr 9, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #17

    also i notice now that keegan has had a change or clothing on the banner… good work whoever did that…

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 9, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #18

    Boussoufa is good, van Basten tried to get him to play for Holland, same as Kalou, but he declined.

  • Zx

    Apr 9, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #19

    This fella looks good. Quick, good at set-piece and crosses well. Can also get past defenders. Can’t believe that he is a Chelsea reject.

  • Toon1978

    Apr 9, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #20

    If we can sign this young kid and keep the likes of N’Zogbia and we have Taylor, Milner, Carrol and the quality we have brought in from January ie the Italian kid from Atalanta who scored the other day by the way, Tozer, the goal keeper we signed and Kadar the future wil look extremely bright along with the more senior additions we make in the summer maybe we are in for some quality times again look up not down he we come lol.

  • Bill F

    Apr 9, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #21

    Must admit he does look good, A few minor criticisms, got to work on his celebration routine, doesn’t score with every shot and even Ameobi might look good in the Belgium league (sorry Belgium fans). Worth a punt though.

  • Bob

    Apr 9, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #22

    Great technique, good pace, good end product.

    A diving cheat as well but all of the top four have at least one or two so we might as well get our own.

    Why did he fail at Ajax? Was it an attitude problem or…?

    PS: Cheers for the link Ed!

  • cg

    Apr 9, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #23

    Falls over too easily for my liking but inarguably excellent technique.

  • Whumpie

    Apr 9, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #24

    Just need to know one thing: what is his cross completion ratio? That’s one thing we’ve been sorely missing since the Nobster left. If he can keep consistently and accurately putting them on Viduka/Carrol’s head then he’s worth a punt.

    Also, is he going to just sulk the first time a premiership defender like Huth hits him like a rock-covered truck?

  • azim

    Apr 9, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #25

    i think we need to buy 6 players..
    1 LB .. Bridge
    1 CB Metzelder
    1 RW Bentley
    2 AM Modric/Moutinho and Bullard
    1 CF Henry/ Kuyt/ Ashton
    and kick out
    Rozehnal, Carr,Ameobi, Smith, Emre
    with this squad we can challenge the top4

  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 9, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #26

    If we try for any neverton players they should be Cahill &/or Arteta…& moyes may not be a mug(subjective!) but he is a mugger (neverton!..& he stole Irvine from us)…& he’s got big googley eyes, scarey!..

  • Toon Al

    Apr 9, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #27

    he looks good but would rack up a canny few yellow card for divin in our league in his first season he goes down softly

  • KKN39

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #28

    seems a great player – primarily right foot but his left still capable of great things, quick, tricky, creative. can play winger on either flanks or the 3rd striker in 433. cheaper than but similar kind of player to Simao, Quaresma and McGeady. get him to replace Duff OR Zog. snap up Arshavin as well then we are well stocked with skilful and pacy wingers / strikers / AM who may turn things around against any team at any time in a 442 or 433 or even 4231 formation …

  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #29

    AM=Pandev or Ribery?..

  • chuck

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #30

    Seems a knowledgeable contributing group here ,I have been impressed by the awareness and choices, hope the gaffer reads reads these comments. Though I am sure he is well aware of the talents available , it`s just scarey when one reads that we are associated with such players as Pennant and the likes,but guess we all have our yeas and nays as to who to buy.

  • Bob

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #31

    No chance at all of getting Ribery who is easily one of the best players in the world right now….

  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 9, 2008 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #32

    Hey Bob, y’never know, KK may well pull off a couple of excellent transfers?..& he must have a few German contacts from his Hamburg days…
    …He would be a great signing tho’, huh?..

  • toonoholic

    Apr 9, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #33

    why the hell was this kid a chelsea reject ? anyone ?

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 9, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #34

    He probably wasnt a reject, just that they got a suitable offer for him and he wanted to move. Few player say from their youth clubs. He was Chelsea captain for their youth aswell.

    And he wasnt a reject at Ajax, chelsea just paid a fair bit for him.

  • Bob

    Apr 9, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #35

    RE: Punk Skunk

    He would, without doubt. But, although I admire your optimism, let’s be a little realistic here.

    Ribery is one of the most highly-rated players in the world and if he becomes available there will be a stampede for his signature.

  • Bob

    Apr 9, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #36

    Cheers Tom Toon for clearing that up.

  • toonoholic

    Apr 9, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #37

    tom toon , you make me look as if i am 17 !

  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 9, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #38

    Hey Bob, but he still went to ‘some german outfit’ for relatively small money didn’t he?..

  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 9, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #39

    & outta the players i’ve put forward, he’s the most ‘optimistic’ choice!..

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 9, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #40

    Punk, if you called 25 million euros small money and Bayern Munich a small club!


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