There are reports today that Newcastle are interested in FC Basel’s Eren Derdiyok.
Eren Derdiyok – could be smart buy for Newcastle
The 19-year-old Swiss striker scored against England at Wembley in February and seems to have no trouble at all scoring goals..
From what we can tell from his record, he would look a good buy and thereâ€™s one big advantage that Newcastle have over any other club interested in the youngster.
Eren is quoted in the Mirror as saying at the end of April:
â€œMy dream is to play with Owen at Newcastle.”
He has played for Basel 26 times this season and scored 9 goals and has represented the full Switzerland side twice and scored one goal. He previously played for the Swiss Under-19 (7 goals in 7 games) and Under-21 (7 goals in 5 games) sides.
He seems to have little trouble scoring goals, thatâ€™s for sure.
At 6ft 3in Derdiyok is a powerful striker, who can also play at center-back if needed. He is of Turkish descent and started his career with the Swiss club BSC Old Boys, at the beginning of the 2005/06 season.
He scored 10 goals in just 18 appearances for BSC Old Boys, and FC Basel snapped him up in 2006 at the young age of 18.
The 2007/2008 season has turned out to be even more productive, and he has been a regular in the Basle side.
Derdiyok scored his first hat trick playing away against FC Thun on 2nd March this year, and in early April, Basle won the Swisscom Cup.
The youngster could be a smart buy for the club, depending how much Basel would want for the youngster.
He would obviously go straight into the first team squad even though he’s just 19 years old, and Newcastle’s hope would be he still has plenty of development left in him for the future.
What do you think?