We’ve been trolling through the free agents this summer, and one player that stands out is a young player Newcastle were said to be interested in a short 18 months ago.
Urby Emanuelson – Ajax left sided midfielder/defender
It’s true that a lot of free agents available this summer are older players who are way past their best, players like Thierry Henry, William Gallas, Michael Ballack, Deco, Robert Pires, Martin Petrov, Shaun Wright Phillips and others – who don’t fit the profile of players that Newcastle will be after.
That’s assuming Newcastle still want to sign younger players, 26 year-old or younger who can still improve.
We have already covered one young player who would fit in well at Newcastle – 23 year-old Joe Ledley of Cardiff City, and another young free agent who could be a Newcastle target is is 23 year-old Urby Emanuelson of Ajax, who has played 11 times for Holland.
We were interested in this player ion December of 2008, when Joe Kinnear seemed to fancy the player and the news at that time was that Newcastle had been watching Urby for over a year.
Urby Emanuelson was born 16th June 1986 in Amsterdam, and plays as a left winger for his home-town team, and he can also play at left-back.
The 23 year-old turns 24 in June and was a member of the Dutch squad that won the UEFA U-21 Championship in the summer of 2006, when they beat England in a penalty shoot-out – that was when Newcastle’s Steven Taylor scored that penalty when he was injured.
In August of 2006 Urby, when only 19, made his debut for the Dutch national team in a friendly match against Ireland and he has so far played 191 times for Ajax with 19 goals and the Holland giants is the only club he has ever played for since joining them back in 1994 as an 8 year-old.
Urby has not been included in the Holland provisional squad for this summer’s World Cup, but if he indeed is a free agent, as we have been told, then he could be a good signing for the Tyneside club, and certainly comes at a good price at the very least.