There was some news in the Sunday Sun yesterday that got lost in all the news surrounding the derby game with Sunderland yesterday.
Steven Caulker – very promising Tottenham center-back
Newcastle were well represented at the England U21 4-0 victory over Belgium at Middleborough’s Riverside Stadium last Wednesday evening, and one player we were watching is reported to be Tottenham’s young center-back Steven Caulker, who is currently on loan at Swansea.
The Feltham-born youngster is just 20 years old and looks an excellent prospect, standing 6’3″ tall, and he joined the Tottenham Youth Academy back in 2007, and was out on loan two seasons ago at League One club Yeovil, where he made 46 appearances.
And last year he was loaned out to Bristol City where he made 30 appearances with two goals for the Championship side, and this season he has 16 appearances for Premier League club Swansea.
So it’s been a step up in the leagues each season for the promising young defender.
Newcastle would like to bring in a top young center-back in the summer, and were interested in West Ham’s James Tomkins in January, but it could be difficult getting either Tomkins or Caulker to Newcastle in the summer.
We cannot see Tottenham wanting to let such a good young player leave when he will still get a lot better, and it seems that West Ham have priced Tomkins out of a move after asking £8M for the England U21 International in January.
And other news was that Newcastle have maintained their interest in PSV Eindhoven left back Erik Pieters, and they may have tried to bring him in during January, but he was injured.
However, Pieters didn’t look too good for Holland last week at Wembley against England, and the 23 year-old was taken off at half time after being given a bit of a runaround by both Adam Johnson and Daniel Sturridge on the England right wing.
Newcastle were close to signing Pieters last summer, but they couldn’t quite agree a fee for him with PSV – but don’t be surprised if ends up on Tyneside in the summer.
Erik has played 88 times for PSV since 2008 when he joined them from Utrecht, and he has played 14 times for the Dutch national side.