Who’s Better Defender For Newcastle – Dunne or Cuella?

Kevin Keegan is reported today to have made his first moves to strengthen the defense by making an official enquiry for Manchester City 28 year-old defender Richard Dunne.


Richard Dunne – Newcastle make official inquiry

Keegan has said that he would prefer proven Premiership players and Richard Dunne is certainly that having been outstanding for Manchester City over the last 3 seasons, and Richard is certainly a leader.

On this site a lot of our readers have not been too excited by Newcastle pursuing Dunne, but we think he could be a good acquisition for us. Seem like it’s either Dunne or Rangers’ 26 year-old Spanish center-back Carlos Cuella.


Carlos Cuella – 6’3″ center back has played well for Rangers

The advantage Dunne has over Carlos Cuella is that’s he’s a proven Premiership player, although we hear great reports from Scotland about Cuella.

Dunne is likely to cost around £5M, although he has only one year left on his contract, and things at City may be shaken up if indeed Thailand owner Thaksin Shinawatra sacks Sven Eriksson, as he’s threatened to do.

That looks even more likely now that Fulham got 3 goals in the last 20 minutes at City on Saturday, which was an embarrassing 3-2 loss for Sven.

Kevin of course worked with the 6’2” centre-back during his four years in charge of City between 2001 and 2005, and believes Dunne’s uncompromising play is exactly what Newcastle need at the back.

We actually think Dunne would be a good buy for us, as the risk of this signing would be minimal.

What do you think? Who would be the better buy between Dunne and Cuella for Newcastle?

Cuella would probably cost around £3 -£4M.

Let us know – comments and opinions welcomed.

83 comments so far

  • 51times

    Apr 28, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Cuella has said he wants to stay with Rangers…I would prefer Van Buyten to both but if I had to choose I’d get Dunne.

  • HeronMag

    Apr 28, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #2

    Totally agree 51 times. I’d try for both Dunne and Van Buyten.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 28, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #3

    how depressing!! no matter how much i try to shake off the dissapointment of losing out on modric i cant, please bring in someone who will actualy make us smile when reading the news on here, iv never ever been happer than i was reading the headlines MODRIC TO NEWCASTLE- DONE DEAL? NOT HAPPY BLOODY TIMES

  • Gooderz

    Apr 28, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #4

    Tough choice really. Dunne has the experience Keegan is after, but Cuellar could help Enrique’s game.

    But why not get both as our 1st choice partnership. Faye could then compete with Butt for a place in the team, so we could sign a good young player who’d have plenty of time to develop into that role in the team.

  • rutehh8

    Apr 28, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Dunne would be my first choice…
    Van Buyten on the other hand is utter shite just like roz

  • scott9

    Apr 28, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #6

    dunne definatley he would be a perfect signing just what we need

  • Spyro

    Apr 28, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #7

    I dont want Dunne, he has been CRAP ever since Micah has been out of the team. Micah was making him look good. We can do better

  • Elfer

    Apr 28, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #8

    I guess he could be our only star signing…as things are going these days 🙁

    But we might get a real cracker when all the other clubs already spent to much money now and the real pearls are still not discovered 😉

  • Leo

    Apr 28, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #9

    cuella no doubt for me.

  • scott9

    Apr 28, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #10

    juanda ramos has said he would sell berbatov for the right price i would definatley put a 20m bid in if i was keegan as he use to support newcastle when he was a kid i really believe keegan could lure him to newcastle.

  • scott9

    Apr 28, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #11

    berbatov 20m
    dunne 8m
    riise 4m
    veleso 17m
    joa moutinho 20m
    i dont think we could do it but it would be nice to dream

  • Spyro

    Apr 28, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #12


  • Nick Dryden

    Apr 28, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #13

    Ed – Fulham got 3 goals not Bolton. Bolton is an Allardyce formed team remember – 3 goals I don’t think so!!
    Ed like Riise, Dunne is a journeyman and not a naturally skilful and classy footballer. We already have Carr – similiar type!!
    The only bad signing from the previous KK era was Warren Barton. This would be similiar. Simply not good enough and a waste of 5m whether he has Pl experience or not. There are some absolute donkeys with plenty of PL experience. CuellaRRRRR – not sure about.

  • Spyro

    Apr 28, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #14

    forget about these two, we need to go for Cahill from Bolton. 5 Million and he is ours

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 28, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #15

    warren barton was qaulity

  • ToonDaft

    Apr 28, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #16

    hardly a donkey – hearing what Sven has been saying, he is desperate to keep him – I like him, he would bring us something alien to us – CONSISTENCY!

  • 51times

    Apr 28, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #17

    Warren Barton wasn’t a waste of money at all.

  • Ed Harrison

    Apr 28, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #18

    Nick – thanks for saving me – I’ve changed it – it’s that Alzheimers again – and to think I watched the game on TV too 😀

  • Spyro

    Apr 28, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #19

    consistency? lol

    it is clear some of you have only been watching this guy properly this season…and before micah left aswell because he has been poor since micahs been injured, and throughout his career he has been far from a consistent performer.

    Its amazing what HALF a good season can do for your career, lol

  • KKN39

    Apr 28, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #20

    we can pay spurs 25m plus Zog for berbatov, who may consider joining us if we offer him 150k a week plus 20k per goal he scores. we’ve already missed out on Modric so Ashley pls show us the $ and buy big names!!!

    come on, don’t be silly guys 🙂

  • geordie in taipei

    Apr 28, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Manchester Citys owner is Thai as in from Thailand , not Taiwanese. Trust me – i live in Taiwan and spend alot of time in Thailand. PS: Reckon Dunne would be decent acquisition not sure about Cuella yet ! Are we not being linked with anyother center halfs?

  • Donovan

    Apr 28, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #22

    come on guys,,, dunne… he is ok but not the quality newcastle deserve.

    Metzelder, bridge,, their are two we need to improve our back 4. Beye is quality, Taylor needs some on beside him to show him what he needs to know. Faye isnt good enough, not bad but not good enough

    from 1 – 8 i will tell u who newcaslte should go for

    1 – Metzelder
    2 – Bridge
    3 – Diego
    4 – Joao Moutinho
    5 – Huntelaar (Quality)
    6 – Juninho Pernambucano
    7 – Bentley
    8 – Ricardo Quaresma

    If you want success then this is a possible starter. Yeah expensive but would come to a club like newcastle if the price was right


  • JJ

    Apr 28, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #23

    Ceullar without a shadow of doubt.
    I was watch him play in the Eufa Cup three times and he has always been outstading against quality sides.
    Reads the game brilliantly and would partner Faye superbly.
    Dunne is too similar to Faye.
    If we could get Cuellar for 4mil which I doubt considering Boumsong cost 8mil. It would be a snip. And Id be happy that our DC positions are covered.

  • Donovan

    Apr 28, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #24

    wouldnt this be great

    Beye —- Taylor —- Metzelder — Bridge

    Quaresma —- Juninho —- Diego —- Duff

    Owen ——– Huntelaar

  • Taiwantoon

    Apr 28, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #25

    geordie in taipei is right. That guy is from Thailand. I’m a Taiwanese and I cann’t be wrong with this. :()

    By the way, Duune is good, I’ve nothing against him and I think most people wouldn’t mind having him in our starting 11. It is just we, as fans, are hoping for a morale lifting signing and signing Dunne would not fulfill that need.

  • JJ

    Apr 28, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #26

    No, why would we want juninho, he is great but would be too slow in the Eng Prem.
    Metzelder would be great tho.
    Plus the new formation works great why change it

  • Bill F

    Apr 28, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #27

    I wouldn’t have Dunne on a free, He is a perpetual red card waiting to happen, slow and clumsy. I really do not see what everyone else see’s in him.

    I would rather have Cuellar although even though I was trying to follow his play in the recent games didn’t see much of him.

  • MARK

    Apr 28, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #28

    I only found this site when i first heard you were after modric. he has since signed for the mighty spurs but i have still had to add this blog to my favourites. Seeing some of the platers you link yourselves to has had me in fits of laughter. But the idiots who are saying make a bid for berbatov really take the biscuit. Berbatov was a fan of sheare before he went to newcastle and pictures of him in a blackburn kit have been posted on spurscommunity. He loves the player not your shitty club!! Richard Dunne is exactly the level of player that you will be signing this summer. Portsmouth,man city, everton, villa blackburn and west sham will all have priority over you when it comes to signing players.

  • zhun

    Apr 28, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #29

    Ed, Thaksin Shinawatr is from thailand, not taiwan=P

  • zhun

    Apr 28, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #30

    Mark- for your information, Berbatov loves Newcastle. His mum said that. He even wore Nufc jersey when he was sleeping. maybe it was because of Shearer, but he do love Newcastle.
    btw, fk off u dirty spuds, we dont need you in this blog, but if u keep commenting , i think we will treat u as a crazy dog that barking around- no one will give a fk!

  • Sal

    Apr 28, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #31

    Dunne has been Citehs fans player of the year for 3 seasons on the trot I reckon.

    He is a good defender, and I would be happy for us to sign him.

  • JJ

    Apr 28, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #32


    Beye——-Metzelder—Taylor/Faye- —-Enrique


    ————Barton—-Veluso—N Zogbia————


  • Nick Dryden

    Apr 28, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #33

    £4m Warren Barton was so bad he was replaced by local lad Stevie Watson. Barton gave 100% but was from the Bramble / Dabizas school of defending. One thing he definitely wasn’t was – quality. But hey it’s all opinions. I just happen to be right. If Dunne is the type of player we’re looking at, we’re not going anywhere fast.

  • Vitorbarbosa

    Apr 28, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #34

    I just think 5m is too much for a player who has only one year left on his contract. I’m not sure of his qualities neither.

    However, what we need are clear, experience and leadership. Without this 2 criteria, our defence will continue to struggle.

  • Donovan

    Apr 28, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #35

    JJ — I probs agree, Juninho may be too slow for this PL

    Come on KK bring in the talent.

    To MARK…. who turned you over this year,,,, 4-1, 4-1,, 4-1 na na…. Spurs havent got the legs pal….. The mighty newcastle will be steamrolling you again next season…. the mighty martins,,, remind me again,,, was it 80 or 90 miles per hr last year,,, quality

    Newcastle will be in the top 6 next year

    To all my fellow newcaslte fans,, back the lads,, KK will do it for us

  • Filline - from Taiwan

    Apr 28, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #36

    Geordie in taipei is right (btw, “Taipei” is the biggest city in Taiwan 🙂 )

    Taiwan = an island nearing China

    Thailand = a kingdom named Thai (in Southeast-Asia)

    We knew many people in other countries may think Taiwan = Thailand, although it’s a real SPELLING-MISTAKE, but we just want you know this is not totally comfortable :Q

    I think Dunne ‘ll really help our defense stronger, but now our biggest problem is MF. We have some great veterans like Butt or Geremi, and they can help youngster growing up. SO THAT’S GET SOME TALENTED YOUNGMAN first!!

  • Donovan

    Apr 28, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #37

    4-1, 4-1, 4-1 na na,,, LOL

  • 51times

    Apr 28, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #38

    MARK – Quiet or we’ll team up with Chelsea and West Ham to march you yids into the oven.

  • Donovan

    Apr 28, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #39

    Martins all the way,,,

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 28, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #40



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