Things May Be Looking Up For Newcastle This Summer

If we can have a decent run-in to the season things in the summer may even be looking up for Newcastle.


Mamadou Sakho – just turned 19 years old last week

There’s no doubt that although the club have not brought in enough players in the last two windows, they have certainly improved the squad and when you l0ok at players like Coloccini, Gutierrez, Guthrie, Bassong, Ryan Taylor, Nolan and Lovenkrands, they are all good players.

And those seven cost the club just £21M, so once we get a good clear-out of our overpaid stars in the summer, we could get a quite few through the door, to further strengthen the squad.

We may not get any BIG signings, but when was the last time Newcastle made a big signing that turned out to be worth the money?

Certainly not Michael Owen, and it was a long time ago, and Everton have shown you don’t need a lot of money to form a good team to challenge for the top six.

This summer should also see us have a good clear-out of players on huge wages who have just not produced, for one reason or another, and they will likely include Viduka, Cacapa, Geremi, Smith, Xisco, Owen and young Edgar. Spanish Under-21 International Enrique may also be on his way in the summer. That’s a possible 8 first teamers who will leave the club this summer.

There are also about 6 youngsters whose contracts run out in the summer, and we’ll need to see how many of them get renewed contracts at Newcastle.

We’ve also brought in our fair share of good youngsters too, and one that has been on the radar screen is Mamadou Sakho from Ligue 1 side Paris St Germain.

The lad turned 19 years old just last week, and Newcastle have been tracking him for a while now, but news that Arsenal may beat Newcastle to the player, who is said to be available for around £4M.

If Sakho is as good as people say, he could be a top player in as little as a couple of years, and £4M will look very cheap indeed then.

So we hope Newcastle can do a deal with PSG for the 6’2″ defender, although he’s just signed an extended contract at the French club, and may elect to stay there for another year.

Sakho has come through the youth system at PSG and captained PSG last year and became the youngest player to ever captain a Ligue 1 side last season, when he was just 17 years and 8 months. He so far has been capped 3 times for the French Under-21 side.

Unfortunately Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has also been tracking Sakho for some time now, and he may pip Newcastle to the player in the summer.

We’ll have to wait and see because if we do get Sakho, it will not be the first time we’ve beaten Arsenal to a good young player.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • sweendog

    Feb 20, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #1

    If Arsenal want him he’s away there .. anyway thats saying Ashley will actually spend money .. when has he done that.. I hope I’m proved wrong ..

  • Nick 69

    Feb 20, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #2

    you talk about everton not needing a lot of money to form a good team but there is a big difference between us and everton, they have a very good manager, we have a very poor manager. and imo we havent really improved our squad that much with the players you mention as you forgot to say that we have lost milner, given, nzogbia with milner and given being our 2 most consistent players while they were here

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 20, 2009 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #3

    Ive leant not to beleive any link to any player on here or in any other press. Have we not learnt anything over the last few weeks in this xfer window – or the previous?

  • Pons Aelius

    Feb 20, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Toon Graeme- exactly.

    We’ve been linked to countless players over the last year and the ones who have arrived like Bassong, Jonas and Nolan have had little to no attention from the press. The only public targets we know of are M’Bia, Johnson and Daniel Fox.

    I’ve never heard JK or anyone from Newcastle mention Sakho. Yet…

  • Toon_Sydney

    Feb 20, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #5

    geremi cacapa viduka on ur bike…bring in sakho,AM,CB,LB,F

  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 20, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Brinh in Sako along with a LB, LM, DM, AM, ST, MA

  • KevinHann

    Feb 20, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #7

    Nick – my point exactly!

    And you can’t keep hold of a good manager unless you support him all the way! Remember how Everton started with Moyes? He actually stayed with them because he needed to build his career after Preston. And while talking about not needing much money, what is 15 million for Fellaini? How much did we pay for Owen again?

    My point is it’s not just the right policy you need to succeed, it’s the right way to execute it. That requires thorough knowledge of certain areas, competent employees on every single level and perfect communication within those levels.

    Which one do we actually have?

  • Bosck

    Feb 20, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #8

    Ed, its got to be said you do seem determined to get enrique out of the club this summer.

    as far as i am aware, at no point has the club said they are looking to get rid, and it is just press speculation saying about these swap deals. he says he likes it in newcastle, is playing regularly and is improving with every game. why exactly would we want to get rid??

  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 20, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #9

    Cool Hair….WORD!

  • Turkish Magpie

    Feb 20, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #10

    Does anyone think we need a replacement for Nzogbia?

    If Duff gets injured, then what?

    This guy is from my country and KK had the right idea trying to sign him

  • repo

    Feb 20, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #11

    we will get rid of players in the summer but dont count of us buying replacements..

    they will draft in kids to fill the gaps..

    also we all fear the likes of colo bassong and guti if a big bid comes in for them they will leave..

    as mike ash want to coin it in..

    and make some money without given nothing back..

    watch this space.

  • Toon_Ksk (Huh? u mean David Craig is real?)

    Feb 20, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #12

    To add on to what Nick 69 has said, Everton has a very good youth academy.

  • Whumpie

    Feb 20, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #13

    repo, that kind of cynicism just doesn’t stack up any more. We’ve had a lot of lid-lifting in the past few weeks, starting with the publication of the financials, and then the interview.

    While I’ve not got a lot of faith in the management to implement their plan, I now understand what they are trying to do, why, and the constraints they are operating within. Combine those things with their lack of experience, and so much is explained.

    One thing you can rule out is this daft idea that they are asset-stripping the club. There’s just no evidence for it, and no benefit to them from doing it.

    Ed’s right about one thing: we could go into next season with a decent (if not yet top-challenging) squad, a fantastic supply of young talent coming through, and a profitable, sustainable club.

    Still muppets running it, mind – but I’ll take that over what we had a couple of years ago.

  • 619nufc

    Feb 20, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #14

    Why get rid of Enrique?

    Coolest name in the premiership…
    Jose Enrique Sanchez Diaz

  • Whumpie

    Feb 20, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #15

    Yes, Ed – please ease off on the ‘Enrique is leaving’ stuff. I don’t think it stacks up, and I really don’t get why you keep saying it. The others you’ve mentioned; maybe – but sell our only LB just when he’s coming on nicely?

  • dac4

    Feb 20, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #16

    never left a message before but had to sign up .
    Enrique is the slowest player in the prem , i’ve never seen a player give the ball to an opponent as often as him in my life , lead boots . wouldn’t get a game for any other prem club .

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 20, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #17

    Enrique better not leave, and I dont think he will. Ed, you believe the press too much. Logically analyse it for yourself.

    Dont really want Skaho if I’m honest, he seems a bit ovverated.

    We need to start looking in eastern europe though.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 20, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #18

    dac4 // Feb 20, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    never left a message before but had to sign up .
    Enrique is the slowest player in the prem , i’ve never seen a player give the ball to an opponent as often as him in my life , lead boots . wouldn’t get a game for any other prem club .


    You have never seen him play. He can outpace Lennon and has done.

  • lesh

    Feb 20, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #19

    Re ….”one that has been on the radar screen is Mamadou Sakho from Ligue 1 side Paris St Germain”

    When are those that are responsible for buying, going to get out of the radar room and act?

    Instead of constantly being linked with players, alerting the market, shouldn’t Wise do something to sign these guys up before other clubs do?

    Sorry guys, I’m back on me perch…….

    Is Wise doing his job well?

    If not, sack him and get someone in who will!!!

  • chuck

    Feb 20, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Unfortunately it`s always “a day late and a dollar short”
    We should have snapped up people like Sakho last summer.
    He would be the perfect understudy for Beye and someone who can already play in the big leagues.
    We also missed out on Mouyokolo, who went cheap.
    And you are right again TOM_TOON beat me to it re. Lennon who is no slouch when it comes to pace, Enrique actually beat him, could`nt believe it myself.

  • chuck

    Feb 20, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #21

    Seems most of the talented youngsters are either African or European born Africans also theres a lot of good kids coming from the Balkans area.
    Not sure our scouting system is up to snuff, what the club should be looking at now is young talent that can, like Sakho step into the team immediately, not a few years down the road, if ever !

  • Bosck

    Feb 20, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #22

    dac4 – thats why enrique beat bellamy in a full on foot race against city was it then? whilst enrique may have his areas to work on, speed and acceleration arent a problem

  • Andynufctt

    Feb 20, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #23

    “One thing you can rule out is this daft idea that they are asset-stripping the club. There’s just no evidence for it, and no benefit to them from doing it.”
    How on earth do you back this statement up?
    Milner. Given and Nzogbia approx £26,000,000 IN .
    How much paid out and for what better league position?

  • It Could Be Worse...We Could Be Spurs -DC-

    Feb 20, 2009 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #24

    Ed…one more comment RE Enrique. I don’t think it makes any sense to get rid of him and the same with Xisco. Lambarse just came out stating that he was one for the future and one that we actually own outright, why then would we sell him on for a loss? Very much doubt it.

    Wor Jose and Xisco will be key players for us over the next few seasons.

    I’d like us to go back in for Turan but I think he’s out of our price range and probably not the best value around.

  • Daniel Petersen

    Feb 20, 2009 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #25

    I doubt Sakho will go to either NUFC or Arsenal. LeGuen Uses him as a defensive utility player (I think I’ve seen him play LB, RB, & CB at one time or another). Also, it looks like PSG are actually challaging for trophies (2nd place in the league right now) and potental Champions league next year. As much as I would like him to come to Newcastle, I just don’t see it happening. I hope I’m wrong though.

  • Toronto_Toon

    Feb 21, 2009 at 4:09 AM

    Comment #26

    Sahko is certainly a prime prospect, but this is just unsubstantiated rumour.

    What is better news is that “named amongst the substitutes for Newcastle’s U18 academy fixture on Saturday is recently -signed Swedish international youngster Samuel Adjei.

    The 17 year-old midfielder moved to Tyneside from Jonkopings Sodra IF earlier this month and becomes the second Swedish prospect to join United’s Academy, following goalkeeper Ole Soderberg.

    PS: Brazilian youngster Caio Ferreira has yet to appear for the club competitively, while the formalities of his registration and work permit are concluded.” (

  • Toronto_Toon

    Feb 21, 2009 at 4:11 AM

    Comment #27

    But we’ll have to do a lot of recruiting to replace the sort of mass exodus being suggested here. I don’t think that all the players Ed mentions will be leaving.

  • ToonAge DayDream

    Feb 21, 2009 at 6:02 AM

    Comment #28

    Tom_Toon // Feb 20, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    We need to start looking in eastern europe though.


    I watched Villa v CSKA Moscow the other night on Setanta, I really enjoyed the way Miloš Krasi? plays, I wonder how much his value is in Russia?

    He’s only 24 and has Alexander Hleb-esque dribbling skills, anything under 10mil would be a steal for him.

  • ToonAge DayDream

    Feb 21, 2009 at 6:03 AM

    Comment #29

    Milos Krasi(c);)

  • bigj85

    Feb 21, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #30

    Tell you what everton have spent money like fellaini 15m yakubu about 16m and they were also trying to buy moutinho but bid was regected thats 31m on 2 players quite big if u ask me !!!


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