Newcastle Will Not Be Bringing In Two Top Players Immediately

It turns out that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was scouting in Austria over the weekend.

Axel Witsel – 22 year old Standard Leige defensive midfielder

And the Newcastle Journal is reporting today that Alan was watching the Belgium National side, that included Standard Liege midfielder Axel Witsel, in their 2-0 win against Austria, and Axel scored both goals.

The 22 year-old is a defensive midfielder, but he can also play on either wing, and so he fits the profile of a utility player Pardew has talked about bringing to the club in the summer.

Alex has played 111 times for Standard Leige with 22 goals, and already has 17 caps for Belgium with 5 goals.

Chief scout Graham Carr was scouting in France, which Newcastle seem to be covering more than any other country, and assistant manager John Carver was at the Ireland game, when they beat Macedonia 2-1.

It’s interesting that potential goalkeeping target Kieren Westwood of Coventry  played in goal for Ireland in that game, in the absence of Shay Given.

Newcastle will again be concentrating on players of 26 years-old or younger, who can still improve on Tyneside, and whose value should rise.

Good examples of players already signed that fitted that profile perfectly are Cheick Tiote and Mike Williamson. Both players were signed within the last 15 months and their values are so much higher than when they signed for Newcastle, for a cumulative £4.5M – peanuts.

Good deals to be sure.

This is what Alan Pardew said about Newcastle’s scouting:

“You scour Europe and you hope you can bypass other clubs like Marseilles, Aston Villa, Everton and Tottenham, who are maybe in the same bracket as us,”

“When the season ends and we are a Premier League side for next year, we will step up our recruitment, but we won’t be bringing two players in straight away.”

“We have to wait, pitch in with these teams, and see what unfolds. But from conversations I’ve already had with players and players’ agents, I already know of players that want to come here.”

“The size of the fan base makes a difference.” “Here, our players have an opportunity to play in front of 50,000 every week and you have to be inspired by that.”

So that good rumor, reported by both the Newcastle Journal and the Sunday Sun, that Newcastle would be signing two International players as soon as the transfer window opened – seems not to be true.

Well that’s a pity,  because that was potentially good news, and could have helped persuade some of our current players, like Joey Barton and Jose Enrique, to stay on Tyneside.

It’s hardly going to help either one if  Newcastle don’t sign anybody until August, because they’ll have to make decisions on their futures before then, and they will need to see some evidence of Newcastle’s ambition.

We had hoped the Journal and Sunday Sun would have some inside information,  but we guess not.

Comments welcome.

37 comments so far

  • The Shola Show

    Mar 29, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #1


  • The Shola Show

    Mar 29, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #2


  • The Shola Show

    Mar 29, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #3


  • The Shola Show

    Mar 29, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #4


  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 29, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #5

    you’re on your own shola mate

  • DerkaSayWhat

    Mar 29, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #6

    Of course,Hes shola.

  • GeordieToon89

    Mar 29, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #7

    Puncheon – £1million
    A. Williams – £4million
    Graham – £4million
    Jarvis – £7million
    Ireland – £5million
    Doumbia – £10million
    Gervinho – £10million
    Wolfswinkel – £6million
    Wendt – £2million
    Elmander – Free
    Larsson – Free
    Gradel – swap with smith
    Total – £49million
    Perch – £1million
    Smith – swap with Max Gradel
    Guthrie – £2million
    Routledge £1.5million
    Enrique if he wants to leave – £10/£12million
    Barton also if he wants to – £5million
    Total Recieved – £21.5million

    that would give Ashley a profit of £7.5million plus saving on the high earners and would also give us alot of depth in the squad we should also look at a couple of cheap defenders from relegated clubs such as if birmingham go down Scott Dann and Roger Johnson..

  • Burni

    Mar 29, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #8

    I like this

    “But from conversations I’ve already had with players and players’ agents, I already know of players that want to come here.”

    This is the best bit of news I have heard regarding newcastle in a while. This seems like a positive step forward and no hiding whats happening, just saying it how it is. God im excited!

  • GeordieToon89

    Mar 29, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #9

    oh also
    Lovenkrands – £1million
    Xisco – £1/£2million
    Raylor – £2million
    Extra £5million recieved and profit

  • GeordieToon89

    Mar 29, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #10

    anyone else not think Pards is abit silly for keep coming out and saying weve got £35million to spend surely selling clubs will look and up their price abit like usual he should just be saying wait till the summer and Mike will show his commitment not I am 100% sure he will be spending £35million

  • DerkaSayWhat

    Mar 29, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #11

    Actions are larger then words,We will see this summer time if it is true.

  • Stuart

    Mar 29, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #12

    I dont think he can win either way GeordieToon.

    If he doesnt mention it at all fans will start saying we arent getting a penny, but if he keeps mentioning it clubs will hike up their prices.

  • Widowmaker

    Mar 29, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #13


    Exactly, he should just shut up and make sure players are signed.

  • AndyE93

    Mar 29, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #14

    Think Shola was just trying to control the ball …
    GeordieToon89 yes i do, it’s a bit amateur and he is setting himself up for a fall if he keeps on going on. My biggest nightmare is that come Sep 1st AP will come out with bollocks like “Players were too expensive” “They knew we had money so held us to ransom” still looking forward to summer though. Bring on the transfers!!

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 29, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #15

    GeordieToon89 – steady on, that makes 12 in and 9 out – I would not argue over any single one, but is it possible? it would be a revolution – part of what we have been asking for is stability, and it would take ages to get so many new faces bedded into a team
    also we end up with only 3 extra players!
    we need 6 quality players in
    but do not rush to sell, ship out only those with good cash offers, keep the rest as squad members until things take shape and we know who is a success and who isn’t (imports take time in the PL)

    I remember a couple of teams in the early 70s who tried importing squads (pompey & crystal palace) and it didn’t work

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 29, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #16

    It doesn’t matter what we say about cash available, it’s all over the web and in every sports paper that £35m is available for any likely (or unlikely) carroll replacement so we can’t pretend.
    We have asked for more honesty so here it is – 35M+ in the kitty and every upandcoming player and his agent has known it for weeks and are taking us very seriously indeed.
    will it inflate prices? of course, but AC was not worth £35m so what difference does it make?

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 29, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #17

    Two quotes from Pardew that need to be thought about – and quoted back to him if he does not fullfill them –

    1 – I don’t think I’m going to win the fans over until they see we’re a Premier League club next year and a kind of rebuilding of the team

    2 -The pool isn’t big if your agenda is young players who fit into our wage structure

    I think he is going to do it, and his plans are in place! I think we are going to be gobsmaked!

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 29, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #18

    The Shola Show – don’t be shy, come back

  • boonarmy

    Mar 29, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #19

    off topic but does anyone know if the game against man u is on tv?

  • lewisnufc

    Mar 29, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #20

    the game against manure is on sky sports 1 on the sunday mate, its been changed.

  • lewisnufc

    Mar 29, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #21

    and as for the reinvesting of the money, ashley or pardew hasn’t said the 35 million is going on transfers, but that it will go into the club. To me that means it could go on something like training facilities or added to the wage budget or something, so me for one am worried that we wont see much money in the transfer kitty!

  • Stuart

    Mar 29, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #22

    Lewis, the club were quoted as saying the 35m will go into the squad, not the club.

    So that only covers transfers, contracts and signing on fees.

  • boonarmy

    Mar 29, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #23

    cheers lewisnufc but i heard it was on the 19th on a tuesday because united are in the fa cup against man city on the saturday?

  • daneevz

    Mar 29, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #24

    Tue 19th Newcastle V Scum Utd live skysports 2

  • lewisnufc

    Mar 29, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #25

    aye your right boonarmy, its on the tuesday! and fair enough stuart, must of missed that one. Just hope ashley doesnt mess up yet another chance to prove he could be a success with abit of investment.

  • boonarmy

    Mar 29, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #26

    cheers lads im pretty sure ashley will invest wud be a fool not to we have a chance to become a great side again if it is spent wisely.

  • Stuart

    Mar 29, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #27

    I’m canny optimistic about the summer like, we probably won’t see the whole £35m on transfers as I expect MA to pay signing on fees out of that money aswell, but I still expect to see around 5-8 players coming in, and at least 4 of them quality players, the rest either free’s or squad players.

  • Sir Erec

    Mar 29, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #28

    For the many that say Ashley refuses to spend money on players. For the very short sighted of you who cannot recall the summer Sam Allardyce took over, Ashley has spent A LOT of cash plus in windows after as well.

    Viduka- Massive Wages plus signing on fee
    Smith 6mil plus 50+k a week
    Rozenhal 4mil 30+k a week
    Enrique 6mil plus 40k a week wages
    Xisco 5mil cash plus 40-50k wages
    Colocinni 10mil plus 80+k wages
    Barton 5.6mil plus 70k wages
    Nolan 4mil plus 60k wages
    Cacapa (RUBBISH) 40-50k wages
    Abdolaye Faye 2mil 30+k wages
    Habib Beye 30+k wages

    Now say what you want, but how many of those players worked out well? And how many of those that we still have took ages to come decent?

    Looking at it as objectively as possible, I would say that Ashley would just want to make sure we spend our money wisely. In the cases of those such as Colocinni for instance, he has spent big money, in fact, Colo is probably our biggest buy since Owen in terms of financially speaking.

    I will admit, I was not happy with some of the players we sold, but that was down to the managers or the players themselves wanting to leave, not so much Ashley himself.

  • Sir Erec

    Mar 29, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #29

    and also, for people who suggest all the players to come and go, please be realistic and realize there are very few clubs who buy 8 players and sell 6 all in one window as many of you have been suggesting

  • boonarmy

    Mar 29, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #30

    i agree i think 2 or 3 will leave any maye 5 or 6 brought in. dont want to ruin the teams spirit, another thing we have alot of promising youngsters so they should be given a chance too next season.

  • Brutooon

    Mar 29, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #31

    Belgian Players been improving the last 5 years. i said YES!

  • john DSOUZA

    Mar 29, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #32

    Looks like a good player + can score goal, datz wat v need

  • gorskino10

    Mar 29, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #33

    Good player but his tackling worries me he has done MANY bad challanges, his tackling techniques isnt that good and gets booked quite ofton but this has lead to him being withhunted like De Jong had for a while, Axel broke this guys leg was a very nasty challange. but still a good young player although Defour is better.

  • geordieforeva

    Mar 29, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #34

    Axel Witsel looks like an absolute cracking player… very good goals record for a utility midfielder… i have a feeling we’ll definitely sign this guy.

  • lewman

    Mar 29, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #35

    tiote did elanos leg but that was playing for ivory coast. remember the pl is one of the most physical leagues in the world so he would probably be good just like tiote who was a bit too physical for the dutch league.

  • itsmehere

    Mar 29, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #36

    All this talk about £35 million to spend is great. Is this money only to be available should we stay in the premier league ?. Of course we will,in that case what about the money the club will receive from the league ,television etc. Possibly £ 30-50m what happens to that or are we being sold short again?, just thought it needed mentioning.

  • cgrizzly87

    Mar 30, 2011 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #37

    Witsel’s goals for Belgium this week-

    Have known about him for a few years now, saw him play a few games for Standard alongside Deour, including against Everton or Liverpool in a euro qualifier (forgot which). Both very good players, but if we get either/both we would need to shift some central midfielders I think, perhaps just Smith, as his wages would cover both of these guys!


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