Newcastle After Swiss Midfielder – Probably Not

Newcastle have made a positive start to this Premier League season, and if anything the team could have had more than 7 points from their first 5 games, with just a little bit more luck.

Thierno Bah – shown back in 2004 playing for the Swiss U21 side

But we feel sure that with the success of the last couple of transfer windows where the club has brought in 9 new players for around £9M, they will continue to bolster their squad in January.

Of course Newcastle can also do that before January, by signing any good free agents who are still out there, and news today that Everton, Celtic and Newcastle are looking into the possibility of signing free agent Thierno Bah.

It turns out that the 5’11” Swiss midfielder, who was born in Labe Ville in Guinea, is without a club having been released by Swiss Super League side Neuchatel Xamax.

His agent, Gino Culbertson said:

“I have been asked by a contact to circulate the name of Thierno to clubs in the UK as he would like to have the chance to play in Britain. He is willing to come over and train with a club so that he can show that he has a lot to offer to any interested side.”

Bah has said he would like to play in the UK:

“’I’ve always dreamed of playing in the English league or Scottish league because I think British football is one of the best football in the world. I’d be very happy to wear the jersey of a team of one of the two leagues.”

Bah is 27, and played twenty games for the Swiss U21 side, but is yet to make an appearance for the full national team.

But after Newcastle have just signed the very talented Cheick Tiote in the summer, we wonder if we need another defensive midfielder, since Alan Smith can play defensive midfield, as can James Perch.

We’re not sure this player is good enough for Newcastle to be really interested in him – even for nothing.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Toontastico

    Sep 21, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #1

    Not a f***n hope!! the lads a defensive central midfielder whos been released from an average club in a below average league – if he was any use he’d at least have a full swiss cap considering he’s 28 next month

  • john_cena163

    Sep 21, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #2

    No thanks.

  • Dennis Twice

    Sep 21, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #3

    Thanksin Sinawatra or something

  • Mags

    Sep 21, 2010 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Dunno the lad so cannot comment.

    However…. just seen / heard on that THERE IS A CLAUSE in Fraser Foster’s loan deal, and if we want we can recall him in January. That would explain why his name was included in our 25-man squad.

  • Rich TOON Bristol

    Sep 21, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #5

    OT does anyone know how long xiscos out for? looked god in pre season dint he

  • Rich TOON Bristol

    Sep 21, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #6


  • BeeGuy

    Sep 21, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #7

    Xisco misses Chelsea and Stoke, then is good to go.

  • burnsie

    Sep 21, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #8

    HE IS CRAP!!! check out his one and only line on wiki…

    Thierno Bah (born 5 October 1982 in Ladeville, Guinea) is a Swiss footballer of Guinean descent who plays for Neuchâtel Xamax in the Swiss Super League.[1]

    great eh?

    oh and stats i here u ask???


    Servette FC
    FC Meyrin
    Neuchâtel Xamax

    89 (4)
    16 (1)
    46 (0)

    the lad has only played 46 league games in 4 years. he 28 next month for crying out loud!!!!

    plus nowhere on the net does it say that WE are linked with him. not even in eds article.

    so whats the point in writing one????

  • pizzicatochan

    Sep 21, 2010 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #9

    Actually, Bah may not be as unwanted as Ed has explained. Perch is mainly deployed as a full-back and Smith is not good in the defensive midfielder position. We do want to pick up one more defensive midfielder from the free agent market. The bottomline is that we can take him for trial. You never know! (or unless Brad Inman is a defensive midfielder)

  • howay man

    Sep 21, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #10

    This player would be like Lamine Diatta.

  • howay man

    Sep 21, 2010 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #11

    DIDA anyone?
    free agent, world cup winner,champions league winner, only 36, not that old for a keeper might be worth a look on a short contract

  • pizzicatochan

    Sep 21, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #12

    howay man: We would need some big wage to lure him here; besides, Krul is better and younger.

  • atom

    Sep 21, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #13

    Anyone spying on Stoke?

  • baro

    Sep 22, 2010 at 2:11 AM

    Comment #14

    Hopefully this is a lie. The player is totally garbage. Poor record and just looks old. Don’t want him at Newcastle.

  • Indian Magpie

    Sep 22, 2010 at 6:37 AM

    Comment #15

    one swiss player i would like is tranquillo barnetta

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 22, 2010 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #16

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