Newcastle After Young Belgian Star

News today that Newcastle are interested in young Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Thibaut Courtois – 6’5″ goalkeeper turns 19 next week

Goalkeeper coach Andy Woodman has already been watching the 18 year-old youngster, who plays for Racing Genk in Belgium, and Newcastle are always on the look out to bring young stars into Newcastle, who can then be developed on Tyneside.

Alan Pardew said he was not interested in bringing a goalkeeper into Newcastle a few weeks ago, at least not a senior one, and that may have been a clue to Newcastle watching this lad, who seems a big star of the future.

As far as the senior goalkeeping position at Newcastle goes, there will be an almighty fight between Steve Harper, Tim Krul and Fraser Forster in the summer, and Tim is already laying claim to the number one position this season.

The Dutch U21 International came in against Manchester United for the injured Steve Harper, and has played great since then, and will play in the final two games of the season.

The 6’5″ Courtois  turns 19 next Wednesday, and made his debut for Genk while only 17 years old back in April of 2009, in the match against Gent.

The youngster has so far made close to 30 appearances for the Belgian Pro League club, and is highly regarded in Belgium.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • jonnymcdonald

    May 8, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Why a goalkeeper? Does that mean Fraser Forster is off?

  • connor_nufc

    May 8, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #2

    Dont need a keeper. Doesnt matter if he is young cause weve already got two young keepers

  • Crawfordladd17

    May 8, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #3

    If Forster is away yea because Harper will hand up his gloves in a few years

  • sweendog

    May 8, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #4

    talk of foster going and hooper coming in .. so maybe this is why we’re looking at keepers

  • Leo

    May 8, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #5

    Alan Pardew is off to france again to Lyon to be specific on a scouting mission I guess! Haven’t posted in a while due to work. Does anyone know any matches today over there?

  • kilcline

    May 8, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #6

    Swap Forster and money for Celtic’s left back.

  • TheScottishGeordie

    May 8, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Seriously guys I’ve seen tons of Celtic games and Forster has lost them alot of games. He takes ages to get down to the ball if it’s low and corner bound. Would much prefer this keeper.

  • jonnymcdonald

    May 8, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #8

    @kilcline totally agree mate. Emilo Izaguirre is his name, great player, attacking fullback, would be perfect replacement for Jose.

  • arfa chance

    May 8, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #9

    Marseille are playing Lyon mate

  • kilcline

    May 8, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #10


    Too hungover to spell his nmame 😉

    So relieved to be safe. Want us to raid relegated teams for their best players aka Jarvis etc just not C Cole!

  • arfa chance

    May 8, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #11

    Could be looking at Gomis, Remy, the Ayew s Andrew and jordan, taiwo but hasn’t he already signed a precontract.

  • kilcline

    May 8, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #12

    Remy and Gomis would be good, just as long as he realises we need 2 strikers.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 8, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #13

    we must sign lopez from lyon he has taken place of benzema and is a good player with a lot of pace and dribbleing ability and is a argentine we already have 2 argentina international players in NUFC so he can settle easily

  • GeordieRob

    May 8, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #14

    Not much chance of Lopez… He’s worth a mint.

    Ayew is more likely… Great pace and a left wing/ striker.

  • arfa chance

    May 8, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #15

    Jordan ayew is supposed to be a prospect top

  • GeordieRob

    May 8, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #16

    I meant Andre, but I’ll take both… 🙂

  • arfa chance

    May 8, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #17

    Lol Andre is class

  • gorskino10

    May 8, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #18

    Heard he is a decent talent but why? we have already Harper/Krul/Forster/Soderberg, dont really need another young keeper.

  • dazza

    May 8, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #19

    Harper has two years left, tops.

    Forster aint good enough, take 2m

    Krul aint good enough look for 5m expect 3m

  • The Entertainers

    May 8, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #20

    We haven’t brought in many youngsters lately! Always admired Big Mike for doing that, even in the dark days !


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