Hughton So Pleased To Have Khizanishvili On Tyneside

Chris Hughton has talked more this morning about just how happy he is have strengthened his defense with the loan signing yesterday of Khizanishvili, 27, of Blackburn and Georgia.

Zurab Khizanishvili

Khizanishvili – great addition the the squad

This looks a very good piece of  business by the manager, as we mentioned yesterday, and if Zurab shines on Tyneside through Januuary,  we wouldn’t be surprised if Newcastle try to sign the player full time.

The club should look in January at improving the squad lonng term, and not wait for the summer, when players will be that much more expensive, if we make the Premier League again.

The former Dundee and Glasgow Rangers defender is comfortable with English conditions, and he is also able to play as a full-back.

His signing means Newcastle now have specialist cover at centre-back, where only Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor have been specialists in that position up until now, and young 19 year-old Hungarian Tamas Kadar is coming through the ranks, and will get some games this year, no doubt about that.

Both Kadar and Khizanishvili can also play full-back so we do finally have a little cover there too.

Hughton talked today about Newcastle’s new signing:

“He is someone we have been looking at for a while and we had spoken to Blackburn about him a while ago.”

“The time was right and everything fell into place. We’re delighted to get him and I’m sure he will become a very valuable member of the squad here.”

“We have been pushing for some time and we have finally got somebody to help give us cover.”

“Since the transfer deadline closed, we have been hopeful of bringing in fresh faces – and this gives us exactly that.”

Zurab joined Blackburn in a £500K move during the summer of 2006, after spending a successful season on loan at Ewood Park.

But since big Sam arrived at Blackburn,  he has found himself surplus to requirements this season, and has made just one senior appearance, in a 3-1 Carling Cup second-round win at Gillingham.

We expect the Georgian to start the game at Peterborough next Wednesday night in the Carling Cup.

14 comments so far

  • cooldj

    Sep 18, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #1

    honey i’m home 🙂

  • Darling27

    Sep 18, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #2

    If he started against Gillingham in the cup he’ll be cup tied.

  • Stuart79

    Sep 18, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Woop Woop!

  • komfort

    Sep 18, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #4

    your spoiling us mike…cheers !..promise i’ll visit you when your banged up..x

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 18, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #5

    Wow Mike…you really have pulled out the stops for the club you so dearly love….a real sugar daddy,

  • Kevin Nichol

    Sep 18, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #6


    I want to hate you but unfortunaely you make me laugh!

    “honey i’m home”…nice work!

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 18, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #7

    Only messing CoolDj….have you got anything relevant to say about NUFC? as I have never noticed anything other than 1st or the odd 1 liner?

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 18, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #8

    Khizanishvili-(Cut and Pasted Obviously)
    Is he any good?
    Wish Mike had speculated in the window just a few million on some decent permanent players,I remember when transfer windows where fun,loads of speculation,ToM Toon scouting for the stars of tomorrow on you tube(That he had never heard of apart from on his computer games)..ahhhhhhh happy days 🙂

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 18, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #9

    The link was made up by the way…if it does go to a rude man on man site it is purely accidental.

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 18, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #10

    Shit Just Checked and it is a real site….best drop Ed a message haha

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 18, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Sorry Ed,just dropped you an email to remove the post.

  • komfort

    Sep 18, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #12

    wish i’d never click’d that link….uuurrrhhh…best stick to nufc.cum.

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 18, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #13

    I emailed Ed,when I clicked it I was like “Oh my god no way!” 🙂

  • Dan4Toon

    Sep 18, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #14

    He is cup-tied!


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