Newcastle Still Looking For Left Back


The Evening Chronicle is reporting today that Kevin Keegan will step up the search for a new left-back.

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Jose Enrique – needs somebody in to push him at left back

Because we haven’t gone after more obvious targets such as Wayne Bridge, Nicky Shorey and even John Arne Riise, we think Kevin may see Enrique as the starter next season, so he may be looking for a youngster to come in to give Jose competition.

Not that Jose is an old fella at just 22, but that maybe why Newcastle seemed interested in Liverpool’s 19 year-old Emiliano Insua.

We need another left back at the club to provide cover and competition for Jose Enrique, who looked a very decent youngster when he played towards the end of last season for Kevin Keegan, and he was learning all the time.

Enrique is the only left-back at Keegan’s disposal – and while we have young Charles N’Zogbia who can play there, he’s wasted at the back, and we’re sure Kevin will want to play the Frenchman in a more attacking role next season.

Blackburn’s Rovers new boss Paul Ince was not keen to let Steve Warnock leave for Tyneside, so the search continues. We think a very good youngster could be able to do the next season, and presumably he’ll only get better.

But we shouldn’t forget that David Edgar can do more than a useful job at left back too, and he can really play anywhere along the back-line.

We certainly need to start bringing in some defensive reinforcements very soon.

As we mentioned yesterday Slavia’s Prague’s 20-year-old Marek Suchy is one such player who may attract Newcastle, he’s a central defender, and he can also play in midfield too. And we’ve also been linked with 6′5″ central defender, Dorin Goian of Steaua Bucharest.

Sunderland has been pursuing the player, but reports suggested yesterday they were not willing to meet the transfer price. The 27 year-old would seem to be a good buy for the club.

As far as left back is concerned, we have absolutely no idea who’ll we’ll get in, since if we were to fancy Nicky Shorey, surely we would have made a move for him long before now.

Comments welcome.



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87 comments so far

  • Will

    Jul 18, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #1

    We need some sort of back up, for sure. Nicky Shorey would have been good for first team and Enrique for back up, perhaps a waste though :S

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  • LondonToon

    Jul 18, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #2

    I think Warnock would be a very astute signing. Young, English, talented and wouldn’t cost too much. I’d pay up to £4m for him. He also wouldn’t spit the dummy out if Enrique was sometimes chosen ahead of him.

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  • Will

    Jul 18, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #3

    Good point mate, Shorey would be liable to do just that. I like Warnock too, well established youngster.

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  • Hammy

    Jul 18, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #4

    I’d stick with Enrique, Shorey is over rated, I’d go for a more experienced full back as cover for Jose although who would come on those terms is beyond me….

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  • DC Magpie

    Jul 18, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #5

    Constant Djapka

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  • Dirk

    Jul 18, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #6

    buy insua, enrique is our first choice lb in my opinion he did a gr8 job last season against some gr8 players and held his own. if anything we jus need a youngster to come in a push him a little. and if we didn get ne1 in i wouldn b upset, the midfield is our priority at them minute after that is sorted then we should look at sorting out the little things.

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  • Hammy

    Jul 18, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #7

    Maybe a utility guy who could play anywhere across the back 4, Hughes maybe or would that be a step backwards?

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  • Dave

    Jul 18, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #8

    Personally I would take Shorey, and use a rotation policy between him and Enrique and see who performs better.

    Taken from BBC Gossip Column:

    Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul “wouldn’t join Sunderland even if there was an earthquake”, according to his agent. (AFP news agency, 1342 BST)

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  • Dirk

    Jul 18, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #9

    if we bought and experienced lb they would more or less demand first choice. and i personally think enrique could develop into the best lb in the prem. best to give him his chance and only buy another young lb to challenge.

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  • harrier

    Jul 18, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #10

    Guys what about bassong? The guy on trial? He plays LB as well as CB

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  • MAG PIE

    Jul 18, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #11

    Edgar should be used as cover for Enrique. He won’t get a look in at CB with Taylor, Faye, Cacapa, NEW SIGNING ahead of him. We don’t need a new lb.

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  • Hammy

    Jul 18, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #12

    Younes Kaboul seems a sensible lad…

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  • Michael

    Jul 18, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Id like to keep Enrique as a starter. I really liked him last season. As everyones saying I think just someone to give him competition would be good, definitely not a priority though.

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  • indian toon

    Jul 18, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #14

    GET FRANK QUEDRUE , a decent left back and a attack minded one ! 🙂

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  • Will

    Jul 18, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #15

    Good point Harrier. I like Dave’s suggestion about rotating Shorey and Enrique but i fear even Enrique may grumble at it.

    Bassong may prove to be useful too, yeah.

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  • Indian toon

    Jul 18, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #16

    how about giving ben tozer a chance !

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  • Black and White Blood

    Jul 18, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #17

    Sorry – KK’s not looking for a left back – Mr AO thinking that he is important once again!

    If KK had wanted a left back, he would have had one of those above by now. The Chronicle, like most of the press have no idea who or what we are after, these are merely names and stories pulled out of the air to sell papers. END OF.

    Who as well as the type of player we get will only be known once we’ve signed them – I think this is the best thing the Toon have done for ages…

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  • indian toon

    Jul 18, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #18

    i think we should all stick to nufc.co.uk then!

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  • Black and White Blood

    Jul 18, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #19

    Oh… also – IMO, Enrique was awesome 2nd half the season, with him suggesting the best is yet to come…

    Come on Enrique!!!!

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  • Masa

    Jul 18, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #20

    We offered 2 million pounds for a first choice english left back at a premier league club..how stupid or naive are the people running are club?

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  • Black and White Blood

    Jul 18, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #21

    @ Indian Toon, now I didn’t suggest that we should stop all this banter, I’m merely trying to get across the point KK has given the press zero, and it is driving them nuts!

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  • Davies

    Jul 18, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #22

    Happy with Wor Jose to be honest.

    Edgar needs to start making more first team appearances. If he can play anywhere across the back line, he should always be on the bench at the very least.

    I still think we need another versatile defender who can do the same thing and we’ll be sorted.

    I like Faye, but I think we need somebody more commanding in that spot. He and Taylor are likely to be first choice at CB, so one of them needs to learn to start shouting. Of course, they’ll need to learn to read the game a bit better first.

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  • Gooderz

    Jul 18, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #23

    Keegan may not be looking for an out and out LB, but we do need another option there. Torosidis would be a good utility signing covering RB,LB,RM,LM and DM.

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  • Leo

    Jul 18, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #24

    maybe todays signing *fingers crossed* will be an attacking left back

    cant do no defending players, they arnt exciting to watch, well the ones in keegans teams no doubt will again try to put that myth to bed haha

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  • Black and White Blood

    Jul 18, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #25

    @ Tom Toon – Havy any info on this guy Shikabala – looks awesome on youtube…

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  • TrueMag

    Jul 18, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #26

    I agree let tozer be back up for enrique why waste the limited funds wev got and hamper the progress of a promising youngster

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  • Black and White Blood

    Jul 18, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #27

    @Gooderz – I agree

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  • ELFER

    Jul 18, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #28

    Think also that a LB should not be our no 1 priority signing at the moment!

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  • agnetha

    Jul 18, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #29

    When did we make a bid for Warnock? I missed that one. That would have been a shocking signing.

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  • number9

    Jul 18, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #30

    enrique has all the qualities to become a brilliant long term left back. yes he needs cover but there is no point spending to much we need that for a class premier league CB

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  • Dave76

    Jul 18, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #31

    Edgar.. Tozer.. If not these then why do we have them?

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  • Black and White Blood

    Jul 18, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #32

    We need ACM before any other position – I would love to see Diego. Would never come here I know, but I can dream!

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  • number9

    Jul 18, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #33

    Yes we need both ACM and CB but the priority has got to be someone better than Faye

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  • Spyro goodbye-0

    Jul 18, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #34

    check out the last couple of comments on the sebastien larsson post

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  • Paul

    Jul 18, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #35

    LB will be a position where nufc go against there youth policy, they will bring in someone with experience, who will be there to act as a sort of tutor to enrique, someone with premier league, possibly european competition experience, as hammy said, hughes is a possibility, as he cana lso cover other defences, and even midfield positions

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  • Walter

    Jul 18, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #36

    How long before Mr Dreamalot puts the Newcastle want to sign Chiles Carlos Villanueva on his blog.

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  • agnetha

    Jul 18, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #37

    Chimbonda has gone to sunderland. At least that will stop the links to us.

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  • Carlos

    Jul 18, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #38

    Please don’t mention Edgar at left back that I still get shivers when I think how out of depth and slow he looked when he filled in at LB.

    He may have improved, but I don’t think he should be anywhere else apart from CB, that is clear.

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  • Andy

    Jul 18, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #39

    when we first got enrique i was quite happy, but then i saw him play-he was absolutley apalling! but it seems as though hes come into his own now which is good- i think we should get a top quality championship left back as cover somebody like Neil collins from wolves-just a thought. If not get a reserve from another team from the premier league maybe somebody like justin hoyte or somebody like kevin kilbane.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 18, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #40

    Justin Hoyte?!?!?!?

    He isnt good enough to cover me at LB at the park!

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