Newcastle have been linked for a while now with FC Basle’s excellent 20 year -old striker, Eren Derdiyok, and were even reported as bidding Â£6M for the player earlier this week.
Eren Derdiyok – equalizing against England earlier this year
Former Newcastle player and former Swiss International Marc Hottiger â€“ who played under Kevin Keegan from 1994-1995, before moving on to Everton, has talked about the Swiss youngster:
â€œHe is a very good young player who has all the right attributes to succeed.”â€œI like him because he is a hard worker and competes as a team player with plenty of pace to offer.”
â€œHe can score goals too and, as fans in England will know, he scored against them at Wembley earlier this year on his debut.” â€œNot every player can score at international level so early on.”
â€œHe also did well in the games he played for Switzerland during Euro 2008 and it all bodes well for the future.”
â€œKnowing Kevin, I think Newcastle would be a great place for Eren to play.”Â Â â€œThe strikers always work well with Kevin because he was a striker himself.”
“People like Andy Cole, Peter Beardsley and, of course, Les Ferdinand were a big success during that time.”
â€œBasel is a great club to recruit young players from and in recent years they have had Zdravko Kuzmanovic, who went to Fiorentina and did well.”
“And Ivan Rakitic, who has also shone at Schalke.”Â â€œChristian Gross has produced some good young players there down the years.”
â€œI think that Eren has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League at a club like Newcastle.â€
Derdiyok made all three appearances at Euro 2008 for the Swiss, and had two assists and became a first team regular at FC Basle last season.
He has played 39 times for the Swiss club and scored 5 goals, and has so far played 5 times for his country with one goal.
The youngster has already made it plain he is only too willing to join Newcastle, and we think the boy would be a great signing for us, even at Â£6M.
Marc Hottiger is now director of Academy coaching at Brad Friedelâ€™s Premier Soccer Academies in Ohio, USA, and the defender played 63 times for Switzerland in his career and scored 5 goals.
He played 39 times for the Magpies and scored one goal.