Three Top Young Full-Backs For Newcastle

As the summer approaches we will start looking at some younger players who may be Newcastle targets.

Here are three young full backs who could be interesting Newcastle.

Daniel Fox – Burnley – 23

Daniel Fox is a 6’1″ left back who is currently at Burnley, having moved there in January from Celtic, whom he joined last summer from Coventry City.

Fox began his career at the Everton Youth Academy in 2004, and was on on loan at Stranrear in Scotland, playing 11 games and scoring for them once in 2004, while still only 18.

He then moved to Walsall in 2005, where he played under Richard Money, who was then Walsall manager, and was Newcastle’s Youth Academy Director, until last year

He played 99 times for Walsall with 6 goals.

Daniel then moved to Coventry City in 2008, and appeared 57 times with 6 goals before Coventry accepted a bid from Celtic only last summer, thought to be around £1.5M.

Newcastle were said to have bid for this player 15 months ago, just before the end of that January transfer window in 2009,  but the bid was very low according to Coventry officials, and was rejected out of hand.

It was at the same time that we brought Kevin Nolan and Ryan Taylor to the club.

Fox made his competitive debut for Celtic  in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers against FC Dynamo Moscow last year.

After a six month spell in Glasgow,  where he appeared 15 times for Celtic, Fox joined Burnley on a three-and-and-a-half year contract on 29 January 2010, for an undisclosed fee, but believed to be £1.8M.

Fox was called up to the England under-21 squad for the match against Poland under-21s on 25 March 2008 and made his one appearaqnce  in that game.

He also qualifies for Scotland through his grandfather and Fox made his senior debut for Scotland in a 3–0 defeat to Wales on 14th November 2009.

We could probably get Fox for £2M and maybe less if Burnley, as expected,  get relegated.

Kyle Naughton –  Tottenham  – 21

Naughton is a product of the Sheffield United Center of Excellence and Academy, and joined his home town club at age 7 years old and captained the academy side to the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup in the 2006–07 season.

Kyle was born in Sheffield, and he is a quick, attacking wing-back who can apparently also operate on either flank.

During the 2007/08 season he went away on loan and was impressive during his 18 games at Gretna, despite their relegation from the Scottish Premier League that season.

After just eleven league appearances for the Blades, Naughton was called up for the England Under-21 side, and has since played 6 times for the England side.

The 21year old right full back played for Sheffield United about 40 times.

Despite major interest from Everton, Naughton signed for Tottenham Hotspur in July 2009, but there is no information on how much Spurs paid for the player.

And on 1st February, Naughton signed a 6-month loan deal with Middlesbrough and made his debut in the 1-1 draw against Ipswich Town and has impressed Middlesbrough fans with his pace and skills this year.

He currently has appeared 14 times for the  Boro.

We don’t know if Spurs would be interested in selling Kyle in the summer, but a  season long loan deal may be possible.

Patrick van Aanholt – Chelsea – 19

Patrick started his career at PSV Eindhoven but signed for Chelsea in 2006, when he was just 16.

He was on loan at Coventry in the early part of the season, and at Newcastle in February, filling in for the injured Jose Enrique,  when he played 7 games.

Patrick looked a great young player, and waxed lyrical about the Newcastle club, both when he was playing on Tyneside, and then when he left to return to Chelsea.

Patrick has 4 Dutch U-21 caps and played in the same side as our own Tim Krul.

Since returning to Chelsea, after getting rave reviews at Newcastle,  he has made his debut for the London club, with  two appearances so far, as a sub.

But the lad is still behind a number of  top full backs at Chelsea, including of course Ashely Cole, who is now fit following his ankle injury.

Patrick was very good at Coventry when on loan and just as good at Newcastle, where he was Man of the Match in his first game against Leicester City.

We have no idea if Chelsea would be daft enough to sell this player now.

Patrick turns 20 in August.

We have not listed Tottenham right back Alan Hutton because Chris Hughton has said he is not interested in the player, after recent reports surfaced that Newcastle were after the former Rangers full back.

And Steve Bruce has said he wants to sign the player permanently in the summer.  Alan is on loan at Sunderland for the rest of the season, and according to reports last weekend he is said to want to sign for the Wearsiders.

But having watched Alan a few times playing for Sunderland, he’s looking as good as when he was at Rangers – unfortunately.

What do you think of these youngsters, and are there any other good young full backs out there?

Comments welcome.

48 comments so far

  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 20, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #1


    RB= Sebastian Larsson

    LB= Patrick Van Aanholt

    If bids were accepted, both would join

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 20, 2010 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #2

    paddy van arnold= yes please can also play dm

  • fongct

    Apr 20, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #3

    Fox is slow, will not take him, he is not good enough….we shouldnt sign a player just because he is young, I doubt we can even afford a 2M backup player

    Chelsea wouldnt sell van arnold, and i cant see them loan us a left back, which we wont give him chances to play regularly coz we have Enrique…as long as Enrique is fit, he will have no chance

    Naughton looks ok, but I prefer we sign a right back, fix the problem once and for all

    I will take Bertrand who will be a bosman, but Chelsea also want him to stay…
    or Sowah from Portsmouth
    will also take Belhadj coz he can cover 2 positions, we need someone to cover our left wing position too

    as for RB, I prefer Mears who is at the right age and looks good enough in PL
    or Faubert if West Ham go down, he is at the right age, can also cover 2 positons which is what we need when we have limit budget

  • iain

    Apr 20, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #4

    we could try and get joe ledley and seb larsson on bosmans and between them can play rb, rm, both cm, lw, lb…

    would be excellent signings for us imo …

    and if we cant afford van aanholt try and get him on loan again.

    last night proved how short of cover in wide areas we are so signing larsson and ledley would solve a lot of problems for us.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 20, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #5

    young harris just scored

  • DJG

    Apr 20, 2010 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Buy Naughton from spurs and offer Danny Simpson as part of the deal. If they recall Hutton could be possible.

    Could try and get Van Alnholt back on loan but is there any point when we have Enrique and Kadar.

  • DJG

    Apr 20, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #7

    Fox- Ed have you watched Burnley this season?

    Van Arnholt, Naughton, similar story to Kadar, Ranger ect, other clubs will be keen to hang on to their future prospects.

    Hutton. Unsettled at spurs, good loan at Sunderland. Sign him up and rub mackems noses in it. FAR SUPERIOR player to those listed above.

  • The Entertainers

    Apr 20, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #8

    Like tidea of VA back and have been a big fan of Naughtons for a few years now. Wasted at Spurs as Harry has got 2 very good fullbacks in both positions at Spurs in the Croatian and Bale.

    I believe Spurs would sell, but only at a hefty profit!

  • Newutd

    Apr 20, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #9

    Come back Van Aanholt. Could be backup at the left winger position as well.

  • fongct

    Apr 20, 2010 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #10

    Spurs is asking for Hutton for 9M, no chance at all

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 20, 2010 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #11

    Young Harris has two toneet, will we see him in the sqaud on sat? Hope so

  • Newutd

    Apr 20, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #12

    Redknapp is one greedy bastard. Bad for others, good for Spurs.

  • howay man

    Apr 20, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #13

    7 players that Newcastle should enquire about;

    Patrick van Aanholt (loan)
    we know he can come in and do a job for us when he is needed. 19 years old.

    Nadir Belhadj
    will be available on the cheap due to portsmouth’s relegaton, he is also proven in the premiership. 27 years old

    Anthony Stokes
    In great form for Hibernian and would at the absolute minimum he would add some variety to our strikeforce. only 21 years old.

    Fran Merida
    Available for free and a class above the likes of smith and butt and hes only 20 years old.

    Adel Taarabt
    In my opinion hes only second to gutierez interms of most skillfull player in the championship, and he wants out of spurs, he is only 20 years old.

    Sebastien Larsson
    Available for free, proven premiership quality. only 24 years old

    Per Ciljan Skjelbred
    Weve been after him for literally years now, he supports newcastle and he would easily make it into our midfeild. only 22 years old.

    those 7 are all young-ish and could all be brought in for well under the 15 million which we are RUMOURED to be getting.

  • TinoAsprilla

    Apr 20, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #14

    There is no way we will get Naughton, from what i’ve heard they have high hopes for him, thats why they have loaned him out for game time, expect him to play more next season.

    Same story with Chelsea, who although they have Cashley, would i imagine play Aanholt more next season cos Paulo Ferreira is just terrible, did you all see him getting mugged by Bale, Pav and well anyone that had a go at him.

    My question with Fox is, if he’s so good, why has he moved around so much, you’ve got to wonder why Celtic moved him on so fast, not good enough for Scottish football, not good enough for the Premiership.

    I’d be looking at who has impressed in the championship of possibly french football again, citing N’Zogbia and Bassong as extremely cheap talented players.

    I wouldn’t mind Larsson, but again, why hasn’t he palyed for Brum this season? Is it his attitude or ability? Eitherway not good reasons to sign him, although if he’s free, maybe it is worth the risk.

    Wouldn’t mind Chris Gunter off Nottingham Forrest if they don’t get promoted, he’s only 20, has serious potential and played for Wales 21 times! Which is ridiculous. Now that is a player worth 2mill, not Fox.

    ADAM LALLANA, that is who we should be after, he is far far to good for League One, i reckon a few clubs will be after him though, but deff a good shout at only 21.

    Also am a big fan of Adel Taarabat at QPR on loan from Spurs, 37 starts, 7 goals, a very creative and attacking midfielder, he oculd be exactly what we need, and again fits the bill, being only 19!!! Plus can’t see him breaking into the spurs first team anytime soon.

  • TinoAsprilla

    Apr 20, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #15

    howay man

    started writing my suggestion before seeing yours, good shout on Taarabat, but i think i heard Merida is going to Athletico, might already be rubberstamped.

  • wsquare

    Apr 20, 2010 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Russel Peters would say , ” Do the right thing.. Be a man.. sign Van annholt”

  • TinoAsprilla

    Apr 20, 2010 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #17

    Andrew Driver –

    *Young (22),
    *Left footed,
    *Goal scorer,
    *Freekick taker,

    Also he plays for Hearts, so would probably jump at the chance to play for us.

    Would probably cost £3mill.

  • TinoAsprilla

    Apr 20, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #18

    And this is a repost, but:

    Would seriously love it if we could sign Michael Bradley, 22 years old, complete box-to-box midfielder, has goals in his game, scores freekicks and not to be disrespectful, only plays for Borussia Mönchengladbach. Was quality in the Confederations Cup. Although wouls have to move fast as I reckon he’ll deff go up in price after the World Cup.

  • howay man

    Apr 20, 2010 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #19

    I agree tino asprilla
    worth a try going for merida though nout to lose. not gunna cost a penny.
    as for driver i agree ive seen alot of SPL football this season and Driver and Stokes have been 2 stand outs other than obvious celitc and rangers players. He is a bit injury prone which is a worry though.

  • TinoAsprilla

    Apr 20, 2010 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #20

    If we could get Gunter, Driver, Bradley, plus a centre back and a striker, i’d be well happy.

    Who do people think will leave?


  • howay man

    Apr 20, 2010 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #21

    st to through another name in there
    Mats hummels of burrusia dortmund would also be a great signing.
    23 appearences and 5 goals from a centre half is brilliant. big tall ruthless german.
    Hes only 21 so he’d fit into our transfer plan of buying young.

  • Newutd

    Apr 20, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #22


    That long post is like i shouldve wrote it myself, and I think i have before, just in small parts. hehe

    Seb Larsson – Hyped, hasn’t got flair to get past players on the sides. Nothing special really.
    Adam Lallana and Chris Gunter – yes please

  • howay man

    Apr 20, 2010 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #23

    would lallana really keep contribute to keeping us up? I dont think hed even get onto the bench.

  • Newutd

    Apr 20, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #24

    Who knows? He’s got lots of potential and has really shun in the Southampton side.

  • PapaToon

    Apr 20, 2010 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #25

    hey anyone see the story on haris vukic potentially being bought by Man U. i hope that is not the case, dont want the really good players to leave.

  • wickywoowoo

    Apr 20, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #26

    Just to say – Danny Fox left Celtic because his girlfriend didn’t like Glasgow.

    He liked it at Celtic, he was playing every game and he even chose to represent Scotland internationally. He had to leave because of his WAG.

  • baro

    Apr 20, 2010 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #27

    Hell Ya!!

    Haris Vuckic 2 goals for reserves! As they win 5-1.
    Hey Wickywoowoo, that is why all the attention is on Haris Vuckic and not mostly on Phil Airey even though he is good and scored a goal today too. If Vuckic was fit I bet he would have more goals than him.

  • coxonfamily

    Apr 20, 2010 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #28

    hahahah i just found this on youtube…. maybe their should be an old nintendo or gameboy game about newcastle… this would be great for it lol

  • welshgeordie

    Apr 20, 2010 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #29

    are newcastle lifting the trophy on saturday?

  • Dardo

    Apr 20, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #30

    We have just released young local lad Callum Morris. Disappointed as I watched him on several occassions playing for RoI under 21s and he looked comfortable playing centre back. Scored in his last two reserve matches including tonights game.

    Just a pity he wasn’t given a decent chance – right club, wrong time.

  • Charlietoon

    Apr 20, 2010 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #31

    Where did you hear that Dardo?

  • Tom Mo.

    Apr 20, 2010 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #32

    Just gonna go ahead and say it. I am really scared of what could be in MA’s plans this summer, as he has done the wrong thing almost every offseason/xfer window. (besides this past Jan) I’m also afraid of any input from llambias. Someone please reassure me…..


  • TinoAsprilla

    Apr 21, 2010 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #33

    If we could get Gignac from Toulouse it would literally be amazing!

  • Seabass

    Apr 21, 2010 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #34

    We should try to get S.Larsson on a free and offer him the right back position. He is naturally a right sided midfilder but also very comfortable on the right back position where he has playd for both Birminghma, Arsenal and the swedish national team occasionaly.

    The swedish national team has no good right back at the moment and they seem to lean towards Larsson for the position. Swedens midfiled is full of good players and competition is fierce for a starting place. He has the chance to make the right back position his for years to come.

    A club that offers him this position would probably be ideal.

  • Dardo

    Apr 21, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #35

    CharlieToon – Heard it from a reliable source although not officially confirmed yet. It was also on another NUFC website.

    Good win for the reserves last night, Vuckic look class.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Apr 21, 2010 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #36

    seb larsson is worse than what we have

  • MarkO

    Apr 21, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #37

    Apr 21, 2010 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #38

    gotta keep close tabs on vuckic, some big clubs been sniffing around by all accounts, let him play the remaining games

    looks like shaun wright phillps will be available thsi summer, would like him here but do question his mentality and attitude, especially when he’s got his step dads stupid gob mouthing off in his ear all the time

  • TinoAsprilla

    Apr 21, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #40

    Doubt we could afford SWP, it’d just be Newcastle reverting to type, SWP is just another Damian Duff, he will be coming to Newcastle after peaking at Chelsea. We want players who want to break out while playing for Newcastle, players like Enrique, who come to us young, play a few seasons and become a quality player, who is newcastle through and through.

    No more : Owens, Duffs, Luques, Boumsongs, Fayes, Cacapacas or Geremis please!


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