We had put out this article just before the Newcastle vs Sunderland game – and are re-releasing it so to speak, since it got lost in the drama surrounding all the news of the derby game yesterday.
The Sunday Sun reported yesterday that Newcastle are interested in Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld.
Toby Alderweireld – Ajax and Belgium International center-back
The news is that Toby Alderweireld will have been watched when the club was checking out another Belgian International center-back at Ajax – Jan Vertonghen.
We don’t think Newcastle will be able to sign Vertonghen, with his preference being to join Tottenham and he’s probably too expensive in any case, but it seems that Newcastle are turning their attention to his Ajax and Belgian International colleague, Toby Alderweireld.
The 6’1″ center-back who is right-footed turned 23 on Friday, and he was born in Antwerp and has played for Belgium 16 times, and he also played for his country at U17, U19 and U21 level, making his full debut back in 2009 against the Czech Republic.
Tony has played 125 times for Ajax with 10 goals since making his debut back in 2008, and he has been at Ajax since he joined the Ajax Academy back in 20004, from Belgium club Beerschot AC.
Tony is a regular in the Ajax side having started 19 games in the Eredevise this season, and of course he scored the 87th minute winner in Ajax’s 2-1 win at Old Trafford in the Europa Cup a week last Thursday.
In all games in all competitions this season, he has started 34 times for Ajax with 3 goals and 3 assists.
The news is that the Newcastle scouts have been watching both Ajax center-backs this season, but we have to think we have more chance of signing Alderweireld than Vertonghen.
What do you think?