Newcastle After Top Young Ivorian Striker

There was news this morning that Newcastle were maintaining their interest in Blackburn Rover’s Junior Houlitt.

Wilfired Zaha – Newcastle interested in young Ivorian

And news in the Evening Chronicle today that Newcastle are watching Crystal Palace teenager Wilfried Zaha.

The 18 year old can play striker or withdrawn striker, and the lad is just 18 years old, but has already played for Palace 57 times with 5 goals and 10 assists.

The news is that Newcastle have been busy since August pursuing transfer targets, both at the senior level and for youngsters like Wilfried.

And we wouldn’t be surprised if the club brought in a number of new players in January,  to strengthen the squad so Newcastle can then push on for a Europa Cup place for next season.

Palace went into administration in January of last year, and the London club would obviously consider good offers for any of their players at the moment.

The 18-year-old Ivory Coast born forward was Palace’s 2011 Young Player of the Year,  and the news is that he is also interesting Stoke City and Liverpool.

But Newcastle are becoming a top club for youngsters these days, and the Magpies will do very well if they decide to go after the 18 year-old, who is said to be valued at £3.5M by The Eagles.

The youngster has already scored 5 goals and 5 assists this season in 13 appearances for Crystal Palace, and while he obviously is still developing, he looks a top talent for his age.

Wilfried was born in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire in 1992 and started his career at his home town club ASEC Mimosas.

He has already represented the England U19 side twice, making his debut against Germany last February, and he made his debut for Crystal Palace at home to Cardiff City in March of 2010 when he was just 17.

Of course Newcastle already have Ivorian Cheick Tiote on their books, and Cheick would certainly help the 5’10” tall youngster settle down on Tyneside,  if Newcastle make a move for the youngster, who turns 19 next month.

It’s very good that Newcastle are keeping a look out for top young talent to bring to the club, since it can save them millions and millions of pounds in the future.

Comments welcome.

29 comments so far

  • G

    Oct 11, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Never even heard of him? Must do some Dennis Wise type scouting on this lad.

  • G

    Oct 11, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #2

    BTW Ed, I hope the therapy doesn’t knock it out of you too much mate. Good luck.

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 11, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #3

    this lad is Lightning think he is easily one of the quickest players in the country.. proper skilfull and as i say soo soo quick.. also he’s got more than 5 goals he scored some for them last season aswell..

    Hoillet and Zaha would be a great start in january we could even get Zaha and loan him back to C.Palace until the end of the season

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 11, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #4

    ED – good luck for today and the rest of your treatment mate we are all thinking of you and all wish you the very very best

  • colwell

    Oct 11, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Would love this to be true.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 11, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #6

    My mate is a palce fan and he txt me laughin wen he read this he doesnt rate him at all 🙁


    Oct 11, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #7

    Only thing I have read on this lad was that Barca and Liverpool were looking at him cant remember where I read it though so could of been utter crap

    Good luck today Ed we are all wishing you the best mate

  • Shorzy

    Oct 11, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #8

    All the best Ed, hope everything goes ok mate.

  • sahota

    Oct 11, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Good luck Ed. Wish you quick and complete recovery.

  • drongo

    Oct 11, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #10

    completely off topic – has anyone on here dowlnoaded the champ manager iphone app? I just did to kill a bit of time and getting a total pasting….

  • Murray100

    Oct 11, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #11

    i lokked on youtube for him and he has some promise!

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 11, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #12

    anyone downloaded the new Football Manager 12 demo?

  • drongo

    Oct 11, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #13

    plying with
    raylor, saylor, collo, Pieters
    Tiote, Barton
    Jonas, Martin, HBA

    Just been smashed 6-0 twice…..

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 11, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #14

    toonarmydownsouth – your mate must literally be the only palace fan that doesnt rate him, a was on a blog before when he was linked with liverpool and they wer kicking off about the fact the most promising player to come out of they youth could be leaving they rate him so highly why do you think when they wer getting screwed with money problems the one player they said tha wouldnt sell was Zaha

  • kevymartins

    Oct 11, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #15

    Whe we would want to buy young players when we have better quality 1s in are acadmy is beyond me

    As much as i would love to see hoilett at the toon there is no point in wasteing muni when we could have are own in lualua who imo shoulda been given the chance along time ago an b4 sammy

    An seriozly a crystal palace striker when we have nile ranger sitting there . .ok he fcukd up but i bet he has way more quality than this guy an given time to mature surley he will wise up

  • kevymartins

    Oct 11, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Actully i will never understand why he did’nt get a proper chance

  • Barras

    Oct 11, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #17

    Is Lua Lua at Brighton on loan? Or is it permanent?

  • Toon_Jock

    Oct 11, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #18

    On loan Barras

  • Robby Bobson

    Oct 11, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #19

    Ya know i was just waiting until we were linked with him.

    Every time i see palace on carlin cup or football league highlights he seems to score.

    Typical toon target….someone who has got alot of games.for.his age.

  • niffnoff

    Oct 11, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #20

    How can people say we haven’t given him a chance, he’s still learning his trade.

  • Robby Bobson

    Oct 11, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #21

    Barras..on loan til jan but out of contract in summer so can see him leavin.

    Shame as i think he is such an explosive player.

  • Barras

    Oct 11, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Ahh OK thanks guys.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 11, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #23

    @gt89 might be havent seen much of him to pass an opinion just goin on wat he said hes a season ticket holder and goed to most games so had no reason tp doubt him like he said hes okay but doest work hard on the pitcj

  • toonloon

    Oct 11, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #24

    Good luck with the therapy, Ed. We’re all thinking of you.

  • tiotal football

    Oct 11, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #25

    My dad and brother are palace fans so I keep a bit of an eye on how there doing etc and went and watched the west ham game the saturday before last. This lad looks like he’s got a fair bit of promise about him and would happily have him come to Newcastle and develop even more. Looks confident in picking the ball up and beating his man and strong on the ball when he wants to be.

    I say sign him up!

    On another note, they have a 16/17 year old who’s now broken into their first team called Jonathan Williams who looked really good and has just signed a new deal because of his recent run of form.

  • tiotal football

    Oct 11, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #26

    Just read about you starting your treatment Ed.

    Good luck, you have the support of us all on here!!!

    Best wishes to you and your family

  • AndyMac

    Oct 11, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #27

    “And we wouldn’t be surprised if the club brought in a number of new players in January, to strengthen the squad so Newcastle can then push on for a Europa Cup place for next season”

    “A number of new players in January ????

    What are they putting in your morning coffee Ed ? Please can I have some ?

    Good luck with the “chemo” and keep it going !!!!!

  • branunited

    Oct 11, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #28

    Alan Dzagoev ends contract with CSKA Moscow in June 2012, is a very good player, should take into account, to sign it.

  • brooklynlou

    Oct 12, 2011 at 3:38 AM

    Comment #29

    Crystal Palace fan here (who also happens to have a passing interest in you lot). Some things to know.

    1 – Palace are debt free and after coming out of admin, reunited the stadium to the team. The current owners are Palace fans and worth over a billion combined. They want to run Palace in a fiscally sound way to avoid a future repeat of the mess that put us in admin to begin with. as a result, there is no fiscal reason forcing us to sell any player.

    2 – Zaha signed a long term deal and will cost you (or any one else) a pretty penny.

    3 – He best plays as one of the wide players in a 433; he’s not strong enough to play up front on his own. Similar to Ben Arfa in style of play.


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