Newcastle Have 10 To 12 Scouts Out At Games In Europe

The Newcastle scouting staff has done well over the last couple of seasons, and we’re hoping they can again spot one or two very good players to bring to Tyneside in the summer at a decent price.

Pardew wouldn’t mind another Cheick Tiote this summer

And it seems the club are concentrating on Europe and not spending too much time in South America as Alan says there are some passport problems with trying to bring those players in.

This is what Alan said about Newcastle’s scouting system today:

“I would say we will have 10 to 12 scouts at games. It is a decent number,” “We’re making a lot of effort but we’re naive if we think we’re going to unearth four or five Cheick Tiotes in the summer.”

“That deal was brilliant for this football club and his first year in the Premier League, if you’d have paid £15million for him you’d have been fairly pleased with him.”

“To pay what we did, you would be ecstatic. To find four of those is impossible. Could we find one more of those? Possibly. Could we find two? Maybe.”

“But we’re not going to be able to fill all of the bases with players like Cheick. They don’t come along often.”

Cheick Tiote has been a  huge success on Tyneside since he arrived last August from Dutch club FC Twente for just £3.5M and must be something in the transfer market these days.

Tiote is already part of Geordie folklore with his fantastic equalizing goal against Arsenal a few weeks back, his very first goal for the club and what a goal it was.

In that game, Newcastle United came back from 4-0 down to get to 4-4, and scored all their goals in last 23 minutes of that amazing game.

Pardew talked  today about Tiote, who is one of the darlings of  the Tyneside fans:

“I’m very, very pleased with him, and Graham Carr must take a lot of the credit because he pushed very hard for him.”

“Cheick Tiote is part of our team now – we’ve got some other names that we hope can be like Cheick. But it’s only hope really.”

And Alan has said why Newcastle are not bothering too much with scouting in South America, at least for this summer:

“There is a problem with passports,” “It is all well and good looking at the Brazilian market and Argentinian market where there is talent.”

“Perhaps more than any other countries – but they just can’t get passports that make them eligible.”

It would be terrific if Newcastle can indeed bring in one or two relatively unknown players,  who turn out to be as good as Cheick has turned out, but we also know that’s never easy.

We do expect Newcastle to mix it up this summer in the transfer market, and bring in some youngsters who would be for the future, and we don’t expect just highly priced players coming in over the summer either.

We’d be more than happy with a few bargain buys this summer, in addition to some high priced captures, and there’s nothing wrong with getting a few bargain buys.

And remember the most  important thing this summer is getting four or five very good players added to the squad, rather than how much they cost in total.

We’ve been down the road of paying out huge fees for players, who turn out to be mediocre at best, and often are not even good enough to wear the Newcastle shirt, let’s keep remembering that

Comments very welcome.

101 comments so far

  • Turkish Magpie

    Mar 6, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #1

    this might be me dreaming, but i know theres a chance of us lining up with this team at the start of the season (even if it is a 0.0000001% chance)


    All the players i have mentioned (that currently don’t play with us) could all be obtained within reason for the following prices if we bargain right and all want to move to the EPL..

    Taiwo: Free (will be tough to get but if not M’Bengue would do for 5mil)

    Gervinho: 8mil (we can get him, Tiote could play a part as well, his contract runs out in 18months as well)

    Lens: 10mil ( money would play the biggest part here)

    Turan: 12mil (wants a move to the Prem as he reaches his prime and wants 1st team football which we could offer)

    Ireland: 4mil ( simple, he hates Villa, we can get him for a low price and is a good player)

    Erdinic: 8mil ( wants European football but also wants to move to the Prem, again money talks, absolute quality player though)

    Total: 42mil

    With the 35mil plus the possible sale of Enrique (which of course i wouldn’t want) 15- 20mil then we would have an incredibly strong team whilst still having money left for wages etc.

  • Snubs

    Mar 6, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #2

    Fantasy turkish haha! But looks good, don’t think we need Turan if we get Gervinho and Lens as they will not rotate, they will both be on the pitch with Jonas as back up (if he does not go).

  • Turkish Magpie

    Mar 6, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #3

    Yeah Snubs, its fantasy, but like you said, if Gervinho and Lens rotate with only Jonas as cover, what happens if 1 gets injured? Jonas and Lens/Gervinho then if they both get injured what happens? Routledge? i dont think so..

  • Snubs

    Mar 6, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Don’t forget about all our youngsters! Richardson could play a winged role… That’s if we’re extremely unfortunate to lose 2 from injury?

  • Snubs

    Mar 6, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Rather a new RB instead of Turan

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 6, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Turkish magpie- If they get injured we could play Ben Arfa, Barton or Ireland. I would like us to go for that winger Sylvain Marvoux too, he looks class and would be free in the summer.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Mar 6, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #7

    yes I suppose your both right

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Mar 6, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #8

    I am Stil reserving judgement for the summer, and praying that Carroll doesn’t come on and score for the dippers today.

    What really riles me tho, is that they got suarez who looks very very good, and Carroll, and we got Kuqi. That still gets to em, the ineptitude of out board.

    Did anyone else see Derek Llambias say Liverpool bid “but we wanted to get our price”. That’s a slight change from “he wont be sold” but we received an offer we had to take. That implies to me they knew it was coming and wanted to get the money they wanted for him.

  • Jose Enrique

    Mar 6, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #9

    Turkish Magpie

    Another person who leaves nolan out their so called ‘future teams’. Nolan is the captain and the most ifluencial player on the team and also our top goalscorer. How could you leave him out the team?

    And heres a realistic team for next season


    Simpson STaylor Coloccini Enrique

    Barton Tiote Nolan Gervinho

    Ben Arfa

    New Striker??

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Mar 6, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #10

    We need a new right back, and we will need another striker bar the new one.

    We lost AC so we need two in to cover that,

  • CJSF

    Mar 6, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #11


    New on here so cut me some slack please.

    Arda Turan for 12m? would be a cracking buy for that amount but i reckon it’d be more like 20m if he was gonna move

  • AussieToon

    Mar 6, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #12

    8 million – Gervinho – ST/MID
    8 million – Lens – MID
    4 million – Ireland – MID
    Free – Taiwo – LB
    Free – Larsson – MID
    Free – Elmander – ST

    Thats a start. Need cover at RB and LB.

  • MacToon

    Mar 6, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #13

    Boo, Carroll in red, any1 else hope he gets injured? lol

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Mar 6, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #14

    Carroll has just come on for the Dippers

  • ronaldeano

    Mar 6, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #15

    It’s not very nice watching Andy Carroll playing for Liverpool

  • davenick2001

    Mar 6, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #16

    Im gonna dream, but, Khouma Babacar up front would be awesome…

    Gonna be a Star in a few years..

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Mar 6, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #17

    Its grim watching him in Red, I still don’t think we should of sold him despite what price we got.

    It’s the fact we got no one in makes it even worse, Suarez looks a real real good player. How they did in that deal is annoying. Got rid of a faltering, out of from striker, and got Suarez who is clearly immense and Carroll who could go on to be immense.

    We got bummed!!

  • AussieToon

    Mar 6, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #18

    ———-BEN ARFA LENS———

    I think that team would put some sort of fear into the opposition. Then look at the depth off the bench:


  • Oleg G

    Mar 6, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #19

    AussieToon // Mar 6, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    You think you are the only smart person in the world? hhh…

    You think everybody else are suckers and idiots?

    put an extra 2-4M on your prices + clauses. Then you will get to the real deal.

    Why do you think someone will sell us a player for cheaper then what they can get for it?
    You think we are the only ones who want to sell players for more and buy 5 cheap players with that money who have the same qualities?

  • Oleg G

    Mar 6, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #20

    Man U lost. Amazing. Arsenal get prizes twice already. 4-4 against us and only 1 point but Man U lost. Now again, against scum 0-0 and only 1 point and Man U lost.

  • GAZ09

    Mar 6, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #21

    Tired of all the talk of who we need or might buy, lets just get behind the current squad and get the needed points on the board to stay up. then we can go hunting for some players.

  • connor_nufc

    Mar 6, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #22

    2 pts gained for arsenal then

  • Gazza18

    Mar 6, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #23

    I don’t know how you feel about it, I am not English, just a huge fan from Hungary. But I have all the respect to NUFC because most of their players are English, the team is not full with foreigners like other teams in PL. I know nowadays you can make a worldfamous team only by collecting stars from all around the world. But if in my hometeam there were more foreigners than homeboys I wold have been not able to support them. I think it’s better potential to stay in the middle of PL with such players than buying everybody and maybe get on higher levels. I hope you undestand what I mean. Howay the Lads!

  • Snubs

    Mar 6, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #24

    We should have around 1-2 youngsters in our Substitutes I don’t understand some of the line ups people are choosing. Also Gervinho upfront on his own is not a good idea, he is a winger/poacher he is not a target man. Some people need to get clued up…

  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 6, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #25

    Players I want to see the back of, come the summer:

    Sol – contract expired – promote Kadar
    Perch – £500k

    Guthrie – £2.5m – promote Vuckic
    Raylor – £2m
    Smith – free (Leeds please, I beg you, take him)
    Routledge – £2m – promote Lua-Lua

    Loven – £500k
    Shola – £1.5m (should have been flogged about 4 years ago)
    Xisco – £500k

    I’d love to see such a sweeping overhaul, all those players don’t cut it, in my opinion.

    I’m starting to sway towards believing we’ll lose Jose, all things considered – contract expiring, clubs interested etc – I think £12m is plausible and fair estimation.

    That’d be an extra £21.5m raised!! That would get us Sturridge and Gervinho.

    LB options:

    Gibbs – would he come here for 1st team football, much like Sturridge? – £7m
    V.Aanholt – £2.5m
    A.Traore – £2.5m
    Jose Angel – £5m

    Any combination of those, or some Graham Carr gems would fill the void.

    Then I’d dip into the (current) Championship, to try and snare Wickham (10m) Taarabt (£9m) and Gradel (£4m).

    That would be my DREAM summer. 😀

  • Toon-Barmy

    Mar 6, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #26






    I’d be really happy to start next season with a squad similar to this!

  • nufc.romania

    Mar 6, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #27

    Jeremain Lens, Gervinho, and what about Dentinho ???

  • Thump

    Mar 6, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #28

    Some of you lads are dreaming.

  • Sinner

    Mar 6, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #29

    According to News of the world,we’re going to make a 12m bid for Kevin Gameiro. 😮

  • MarkO

    Mar 6, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #30

    Were not going to get in all the players people are saying, Gervinho will go to one of top 5 i think. Everyone talks about foreigners but we need good core of english players if we are going to suceed

  • Snubs

    Mar 6, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #31

    I agree Thump. Kevin Gameiro would be a quality signing along with Gervinho and our upfront is sorted with Leon Best in the order too.

  • Crawfordladd17

    Mar 6, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #32

    Bassong and Tiote r the only good scouters

  • chuck

    Mar 6, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #33

    Have to agree with Oleg some of the prices mentioned for cetain players are a bit lower than generally expected.
    So ! say we sign Ireland ? and extend Joey and Enrique`s contract`s that leaves us with and I`m talking about keepers here !

    Ben Arfa



    Few of those left out would hold a first team place in most top ten PL sides and if thats what our ambition is, to be one of these sides then we have to replace those who are simply not good enough.
    But Rome was`nt built in a day and i would`nt expect that to happen overnight and we are in fact still a small squad overall.
    Two or three decent signings this summer, would almost guarantee PL survival for next season.
    With decent crowds and PL money, we could probably bring in another couple, next season.
    A continual systematic policy of disguarding and replacing players.
    Either bringing in better players or through retirement of others .
    Of course success would play a big part of the revenue brought in, european competition, with its tv and attendance money.
    But thats not gonna happen overnight and has to be with the right people running things, which i dont believe we currently have.
    But that could change, hopefully.

  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 6, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #34

    Toon-Barmy – That shoul read:

    Forster (no1)

    If not Forster will be going, hopefully on loan. Watching a few SPL games this season, I think we’ve got a certain, future England keeper on our hands.

    I agree with you MarkO. The core should be English, there’s enough talent, that’s why I’d like to see us get Gibbs and Sturridge. Two real talents, being obstructed by established world class players at their clubs.

  • chuck

    Mar 6, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #35

    Gamiero & Gervinho have been mentioned as possible targets, not only by NUFC, but every top club in europe.

  • Snubs

    Mar 6, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #36

    if every top club had them as targets they would’ve gone in the january transfer market.

  • Snubs

    Mar 6, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #37

    My wish list would be (Realistically)

    Coleman – Everton
    Baines – Everton (Lots of money)
    Jarvis – Wolves
    N zogbia – Wigan
    Kranjcar – Tottenham
    Gervinho – Lille
    Elmander(free) – Bolton
    A couple of youngsters that Graham is looking for and then we’re in a position with squad depth and can handle injuries.

    MAYBES would be


    We should have enough money to pay for their wages if the useless ones like Perch, Smith, Xisco go.

  • Crawfordladd17

    Mar 6, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #38

    2 strikers
    a winger
    a cb
    a lb

    GK S.Harper T.K F.Forster
    RB D.Simpson R.Taylor
    CB F.Coloccini S.Taylor M.Williamson M.Bougherra
    LB J.Enrique C.M’Bengue
    RM J.Barton S.Marveaux D.Gutherie
    LM H.B.Arfa J.Gutierrez
    CDM C.Tiote D.Gosling
    CAM K.Nolan S.Ireland
    ST K.Gamerio/R.Van Wolfswinkel Y.K.Gervinho S.Ameboi L.Best N.Ranger

  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 6, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #39

    Coleman has just signed a new contract, Snubs. That means something, at Everton….

  • Snubs

    Mar 6, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #40

    Yeah 4 1/2 years, I still reckon he’d go for £14M ish, i rate him extremely high for his age and would love to see him play for us and think £14M is just right (Defo better than N zogbia + 2M)


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