News today that Newcastle United are among clubs interested in Plymouth’s Dutch defender Marcel Seip.
Marcel Sepp – Newcastle after center back?
The 27 year old was born in Winshoten, Holland and has been at Plymouth Argyle for almost 3 years, after agreeing to a three-year contract, back in November, 2006 through this summer.
Previously Seip was at SC Heereneen and BV Veendam in Holland.
And then in November of 2008, the Dutchman renewed his contract with Argyle, tying him to the club until the summer of 2011, but his is now available on loan. We’re not sure why he’s available right now.
He plays center-back and is a consistent performer in the Championship, and has now played 119 times for the Pilgrims with 6 goals, and stands 6′ tall. It also apears he can play at full-back so if that is true that would be good for a squad player.
This player looks decent, and is at least Championship league experienced, and would be a decent acquisition for our 4th center-back. And if he is ambitious maybe he would jump at the chance to test himself at Newcastle and challenge for a first team spot.
Presumably Marcel would have played with Newcastle’s other potential target – Manchester United’s Craig Cathcart, who was at Plymouth last season.
That would make our center-backs a squad of Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Marcel Seip, Tamas Kadar and young Callum Morris coming through.
Overall we need a center back, left back, striker and probably an out and out winger, before we can say the squad is balanced, although even then the numbers are small.
It also appears that next Tuesday, when the loan transfer window opens for Championship clubs, we get some immediate announcement at Newcastle.
We hope so.
Just for tracking purposes and to see how we are in each position, here is the current squad for this season, which currently numbers just 25, with quite a few youngsters making up that number.
Steve Harper; Tim Krul
Fraser Forster is on loan to Norwich until January 1st, 2010
Danny Simpson (on loan from Manchester United until Jan 1); Ryan Taylor; Steven Taylor; Fabricio Coloccini; Tamas Kadar; Jose Enrique; Darren Lough; Callum Morris
Nicky Butt; Kevin Nolan; Joey Barton; Danny Guthrie; Alan Smith; Ryan Donaldson; Haris Vuckic
Jonas Gutierrez; Geremi; Kazenga LuaLua; Wesley Ngo Baheng
Peter Lovenkrands; Shola Ameobi; Andy Carroll; Nile Ranger;