Hottiger Hot On Young Swiss Striker

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 £6M for the player earlier this week.


Eren Derdiyok – equalizing against England earlier this year

Former Newcastle player and former Swiss International Marc Hottiger – who played under Kevin Keegan from 1994-1995, before moving on to Everton, has talked about the Swiss youngster:

“He is a very good young player who has all the right attributes to succeed.”“I like him because he is a hard worker and competes as a team player with plenty of pace to offer.”

“He can score goals too and, as fans in England will know, he scored against them at Wembley earlier this year on his debut.” “Not every player can score at international level so early on.”

“He also did well in the games he played for Switzerland during Euro 2008 and it all bodes well for the future.”

“Knowing Kevin, I think Newcastle would be a great place for Eren to play.”   “The 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.”

“Basel 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.”  “Christian Gross has produced some good young players there down the years.”

“I think that Eren has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League at a club like Newcastle.”

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 £6M.

Marc Hottiger is now director of Academy coaching at Brad Friedel’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.

Comments welcome.

43 comments so far

  • Nev

    Jun 28, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #1

    id have him over ameobi/smith/carroll any day of the week … and only going to get better!

  • 浪子

    Jun 28, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #2

    5 goals in 39 games ??

  • Spyro

    Jun 28, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #3

    exactly nev, and less wages

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 28, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #4

    I think this lad would be a great addition.

    I confess i’ve only seen him play about 3 times all at international level, but on every occassion he has impressed me. The lad just doesnt seem to be fazed, whether hes at Wembley or playing in his countries Euros.

    Yes he can really only get better and i think we should sign him now as he WILL be snapped up by another club (Turkish teams are interested and he may have familiy that way, not sure) I dont care if we sign him and loan him for a year or whether we throw him into the first team battle, just sign him!

  • irish geordie

    Jun 28, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #5

    we should sign him be a great addition. I see today huntelaar is refusing to sign a contract extension with ajax.We should definitely make a offer for him.

  • xfer

    Jun 28, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Young, strong and fast. Made for KK and the club.

    6 Mil might be quite abit for a 20 year old with no EPL experience, but i would like to think he has all the attribute to be a hit in the PL.

  • Yahya Ahmad

    Jun 28, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #7

    We should get him and he will be a top class striker in teh future!

  • Robert from Serbia

    Jun 28, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #8


    The defender Steven Taylor (21) has today extended his contract with Newcastle. Negotiations for the renewal was longer than expected, but finally the “yes” from the player has arrived.


  • Spyro

    Jun 28, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #9

    nufc claim they want players who want to play for their club, and derdiyok does, so why haven’t we snapped him up. He is young, a good finisher, and he is already experienced in playing on the big stages

  • toon1978

    Jun 28, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #10

    Lets hope we get some exciting signings within the next few weeks i aint seen much of this kid tbh so i aint got an opinion but if he is as good as ppl say he is then why not.

  • robertsa

    Jun 28, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #11

    the main thing is he said it was his dream to come hear. the last striker to say anything on the lines of that was alan shearer. could lightening strike twice. if he is half as good as shearer id hope so.

  • Hadrian

    Jun 28, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #12

    Kuzmanovic is one of my favorite players , so they defo knock out stars from that club.

  • southeastmag

    Jun 28, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #13

    I really liked the look of him. He tore the England defence apart when he played in his debut. Would love to see him and Pavlyuchenko in the black and white stripes. They would work very well with Martins/Owen in KKs 4-3-3.

  • Ross G

    Jun 28, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #14

    I was right check last story


    Jun 28, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #15

    He did look good in the Euro’s but so have others players in the past. I can’t help wondering how Carroll would shape up in the Swiss league. Having played devils advocate I would like us to sign him, competition for places is not a bad thing.

  • Ashton

    Jun 28, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #16

    He is exactly what we need a big young strong target man he said that his dream is playing for newcastle so this is very good sign i think he will assiste more than 10 goals per season plus he is already better than the likes of shola smith carrol and the FAT C*&% VODKA !!

  • Shanghaitoon

    Jun 28, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #17

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  • Piers

    Jun 28, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #18

    This would be a terrific signing…..20 years old and only going to get better. Looked very dangerous in the Euros. Should mature into a future star

  • Leo

    Jun 28, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #19

    good stuff, he has looked good, i too have only seen him play in 5-6games that i can remember and he looked very promising

    he gets glowing remarks so that bodes well for the lad… seen as our club is trying to lower the wage bill it is ideal, living in england is cheaper than switzerland i am told- so he wouldnt need huge somes of money yet.

    next year if we get rid of viduka then we will have 4 strikers who would compliment eachother with

    owen and oba

    carroll and derdiyok

    pretty good in my book they all have points to prove and can run and strangly enough because there are two midgets in there, head the ball haha

  • toooooon fan

    Jun 28, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #20

    Your not gonna believe this but kk and wise were sat in the restaurant i work in last night and i overheard them talking about the signing of SWP and lennon as well
    you heard it here first

  • dougnufc

    Jun 28, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #21

    Imagine this in the next five years

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  • richmondmag

    Jun 28, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #22

    doug am sick of people like you comin on here sayin this yeam in five years for starts edgar wont be at nufc in a seasons time and lua doesen’t exactly look like a worldbeater and we aint even signed spears yet!! why bother puttin this sort of thing forward?

  • Taiwantoon

    Jun 28, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #23

    6M? F Me! He played okay and was hard working in 2 or 3 games but that doesn’t mean he is worthing 6 bloody millions!

  • 51times

    Jun 28, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #24

    dougnufc – Edgar at rightback, Kadar at leftback? What are you on?


    Jun 28, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #25

    Shangaitoon, waste of time and effort mate, most attempts at humour and irony just fly by unoticed on this blog. Stick to comments on football.

  • craig

    Jun 28, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #26

    good player but i would prefer the young russin striker

  • Tom4Nufc

    Jun 28, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #27

    51times- Edgar can play rb, but its not his natural position, and i think doug got tozer and kadar mixed up, well i assume he has.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 28, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #28

    Whos that craig?

  • Shanghaitoon

    Jun 28, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #29

    Aye Bill you’re right!! It did have a slight reference to football though… point 12… 🙂

  • normski1930z

    Jun 28, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #30

    Pavel Pogrebnyak is still the one i would like to see us get but what do i know…..

  • ANON

    Jun 28, 2008 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #31

    Tooooooooon Fan, your right, I dont believe it because I happen to know that Dennis Wise isnt in the country at the minute and KK is!!!!!!!

    What was the point I ask?????????????????????


    Jun 28, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #32

    Shangaitoon, I was perhaps being a bit harsh, probably a lot of fellow bloggers will read and enjoy it. (I did). But apart from Leo and a few others who do acknowledge attempts at humour it often seems like a wasted effort.
    Still we shouldn’t stop trying to enlighten what often seems like insular paranoid continual complaints and comments on players we are never going to get.

    Retires to safety of bunker.

  • Marguerite

    Jun 28, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #33

    Shanghaitoon (17) I loved it, very funny – still chuckling.

  • 51times

    Jun 28, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #34

    Bill F – Stop whinging you ball gargling c*nt.

    And what shanghaitoon posted is old anyway, so forgive me for not laughing.

  • neil009

    Jun 28, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #35

    Hi guys,

    I don’t really know much about the Swiss guy, but Klass Jan Huntelaar MUST be worth a punt. Ajax want to set his minimum release clause at 19.75 million which, to me anyway, means it must a lot lower than that at the moment.

    What the odds on Kevin Keegan being nominated for European Footballer of the Year 2009? The way things are going at the moment he might just have to lace up those boots of his…..hang on, i’ll check

  • Rob Kirton

    Jun 28, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #36

    “Bill F – Stop whinging you ball gargling c*nt.”

    Bill F – see what you get for being more than semi literate and having an IQ larger than your shoe size. Keep making comments from the bunker. Some of us appreciate them :0)


    Jun 28, 2008 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #37

    Cheers Rob, to be honest I feel a little honoured to be on the end of 51times vitriol is there anyone he hasn’t had a go at now.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 28, 2008 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #38

    me 🙂

    ‘here comes the pain’

  • neil009

    Jun 28, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #39

    ‘Here comes the pain’ – Brock Lesnar – legend

  • Kash3

    Jun 28, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #40

    Ed – Is this the same Marc Hottiger who has been commenting on your blogs?


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