Newcastle – Buy Russian and Put A Scout In Moscow


After watching Russia in their last couple of games, it would appear that the country is starting a football revival of gigantic proportions.

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Roman Pavlyuchenko – number 19 – celebrating last night

If the players in their current team are anything to go by, there have to be some great youngsters who Newcastle could sign, and with four top teams playing in Moscow, we could do a lot worse than having a permanent scout located in the Russian capital.

These Russians look so good, it would be useful for us right now to look at some of their younger stars, and while Andrei Arshavin may be out of reach, there are a number of their players that could do a job at Newcastle right now.

Just to select four from last night’s game, when they looked so much better than favored Holland, and excluding Arshavin:

  • Roman Pavlyuchenko, striker,  26 of Spartak Moscow
  • Yury Zhirkov, left wing-back, 24,  of CSKA Moscow
  • Igor Akinfeyev, goalkeeper, 22 of CSKA Moscow
  • Denis Kolodin, center-back, 6’5″ tall, 26, of Dynamo Moscow 6’5”

Notice these four players all play in Moscow, and they are all 26 years old or younger.  And why wouldn’t we immediately take a good look at the Russian Under-21 side, and take their best two players NOW.

So while we may have lost out on Arshavin, and that should tell us we need to sometimes take a chance and buy early, we could still fill a number of the positions we need to fill this summer, by buying Russian.

And that would also seem to fit the requirements of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley. They still wouldn’t cost too much in  transfer fees, given how good the players  are, and their wages would not need to be sky high.

The only problem we may have at Newcastle, is that the weather may be  a little warm for them.  😀

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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94 comments so far

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 22, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #1

    I feel we may well have lost Ashravin now to…..really disappointed.

    But at least our scouts appear able to pick some promising players, we seem to have identfied the tournaments 2 best players prior to a ball being kicked. Well done! However i hope we learn that we have to move faster in the transfer market from now on.

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  • robertsa

    Jun 22, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #2

    we have no chance of arshavin now. hes of to arsenal.

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  • Luke

    Jun 22, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #3

    😐

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  • bri

    Jun 22, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #4

    Why do we always drag our heels on great players, take a note out of spurs book give the club and the player what they want, dont mess about for the sake of 2 or 3 million{modric} get the players signed up .we shoul have agreed a fee in january for arshavin to join us at the end of the season. now his price will be 20+million and tite arse MA will not pay that.

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  • Spyro

    Jun 22, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #5

    “…we may have lost out on Arshavin, and that should tell us we need to sometimes take a chance and buy early…”

    summed it up perfectly Ed, NUFC make the WRONG decision yet again. Mike Ashley is cheap and will lose the fans this summer

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  • michael

    Jun 22, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #6

    I don’t think we have lost Arshavin. Unless Abramovich wants him for Chelsea I haven’t seen anyone else linked as often as Newcastle. Same with Arda. It’s just speculation.

    Also you have say that the biggest thing going for the Russians is that they are in the middle of their season not the end. The Dutch ran out of puff in extra time. It would be interesting to see how they would perform in the cluster f*ck that is the EPL fixture list.

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  • BigDave

    Jun 22, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #7

    I read some forums, and Arsenal fans say, Arshavin will be ours, he’s too expensive for the Gunners!

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  • euanpolo

    Jun 22, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Yes, I still cannot see Wenger spending more than £15m on anyone, I think Wenger might go for Gomis. Although I have heard that Bolton want Gomis. I HATE THE TRANSFER MARKET! Why can’t players be signed in a matter of days like in FM rather than having to wait on rumours for weeks and weeks. I mean what else has Wise etc. got to do with their time? I thought the whole point of them being there was to buy players!

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  • Spyro

    Jun 22, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #9

    exactly, wenger wont buy him, yet the arsenal fans do the same thing every year, they did the same with ribery 2 seasons ago, all of them were claiming he was theirs on their forums. the whole time i knew it wouldn’t happen. Its almost like Wenger is against proving the speculation involving his club to be right

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  • Jack Franklin

    Jun 22, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Why did we not get Arshavin in Jan? I am doubtful we will get him now.

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  • Spyro

    Jun 22, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #11

    the only way i can see arsenal putting in a serious bid for arshavin is if they do indeed get 22 million for adebayor

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  • Toon_Army

    Jun 22, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #12

    Look the good thing about this week is it’s now Keegans last day off and he’s officially back tomorro. Hopefully we may hear of a first team signing this week.

    I bet the first player we sign is Nicky Shorey..

    Would do really well to Sign Arshavin C’MON KK don’t let us down:D

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  • Spyro

    Jun 22, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #13

    we should just save all of our transfer money and offer guus hiddink 15 million a year to manage us, lol.

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  • Mackie

    Jun 22, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #14

    No Michael, whilst I understand what you are saying, Newcastle wont sign him. We hesitated too long and could have got him for as little as 6m.

    His value has near tripled since then, and you mark my words, when Ronaldo leaves manU, they’ll take him up.

    Ashley has already let all and sundry know that he wont want to lose a penny and has destined us to (yet again) mid-table mediocrity

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  • Bob

    Jun 22, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #15

    Kolodin is a poor centre-back but he might be a decent defensive midfielder with that right foot of his.

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  • ROBULON

    Jun 22, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #16

    Slightly off subject, and maybe I’m still drunk fom last night, but don’t you reckon all the players on the banner look like they’re boogying-down at an 80’s bar… Check out Stevie Harper in the ‘Night Fever’ pose!!!

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  • 51times

    Jun 22, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #17

    ROBULON – XD you’re right

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  • Dillon

    Jun 22, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #18

    I’d sell my soul to sign Arshavin , he was simply brilliant last night.

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  • Nick C

    Jun 22, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #19

    I don’t think any of us thought that when a guy worth £1.9bn took over we would be back to the days of attempting to get great players on the cheap. How unlucky are we? We manage to get a penny pinching billionaire.
    Boo.

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  • dougnufc

    Jun 22, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #20

    I would do anything to get Arshavin, I am not joking

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  • Spyro

    Jun 22, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #21

    Nick C, i give him this summer to prove himself, i will make my proper, and final judgement then

    i know many others on here are the same

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  • ali

    Jun 22, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #22

    I found Arshavin’s own website. It is in Russian, naturally, but I found this email address which may represent some kind of repository for fan messages.
    massmedia@arshavin.eu
    I suggest EVERY Toon fan writes to it saying why Arshavin should join Newcastle and how much we need him.
    Who knows ???? He might just be a stand-up guy with a sense of romance.

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  • 51times

    Jun 22, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #23

    If it is his official website, he’ll have a webmaster to run it for him most likely. If you must though, do it in a structured and logical manner. Show him reasons why he’d be better off joining us.

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  • Dev

    Jun 22, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #24

    News Just In!!

    Reports are coming through in Holland that an unnamed Premier League club has submitted a 6m pound bid to Twente FC for Orlando Engelaar.

    I’m trying to find out more and will update in a bit.

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  • dontoon

    Jun 22, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #25

    It is really fustrating whats going on at the moment. I dont see why wise has to be in charge of negotiations cause he is not proving himself at the moment. If he cannot get players to come, then he should not not have that duty and let someone else have a go like KK.

    The other reason why we are not getting players could be we have to make the money from player sales and we have only sold rozenhal 2.9mill, when emre transfer is ompleted 5.5mill and ameobi 3m = 11.4mill then we can buy one good player

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  • howway geordies

    Jun 22, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #26

    Moscow – what more suitable place to “spy” on potential targets!

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  • dougnufc

    Jun 22, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #27
  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 22, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #28

    dev, i hope your right. i am really impressed with engelaar, ver neat and tidy, a bigger and older version of carrick. i hope it really is us.

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  • natedawg

    Jun 22, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #29

    still think we can get him, does everyone really beleive that us and everton were the only ones aware of this dude , man u madrid barcelona dont buy players after two albeit brilliant games, they scout a player for months much akin to what we have been doing. i mean this guy played well in the uefa cup final you think the big boys wouldnt have been watching that

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  • BigDave

    Jun 22, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #30

    I sent him a mail, with the biggest reason, why to join Newcastle: KEEGAN!! (That’s what Hiddink told him, too)

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  • Dev

    Jun 22, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #31

    Ed…that picture of the Russian celebrating last night…..didn’t they wear white last night? I’m sure they did cos Holland were in Orange. I watched the game and I’m pretty certain they never wore a red strip….mind I was a bit pissed so I might be wrong.

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  • dougnufc

    Jun 22, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #32

    Like what ali said please send him a email massmedia@arshavin.eu

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 22, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #33

    yes they did wear white, i really want us to get arshavin, i think there is a chance.

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 22, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #34

    my email is sent

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  • natedawg

    Jun 22, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #35

    unless someone like arsenal (i doubt it) or milan have been scouting him for a while , i still think we are in pole position , think he would break evertons wage cap

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  • Dev

    Jun 22, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #36

    I think we left the Arshavin thing too late. Bearing in mind Big Sam wanted him it shows we have left things far too late. A whole host of top clubs are going to looking at him now.

    Dennis Wise is useless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • dougnufc

    Jun 22, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #37

    Have faith man…

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  • Bob

    Jun 22, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #38

    Dontoon – apparently, if we sell Ameobi for £4m pounds (or something similar), MA won’t have spent any money on transfer fees!

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  • Dev

    Jun 22, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #40

    Mind there is a few top players available and Sporting youngster Moutinho is also worth a punt.

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