One of Newcastle’s top transfer targets in the summer is PSV defender Erik Pieters.
Erik Pieters – could be first through the door in the summer
But Erik Pieters injured his foot recently and may have played his last game for PSV.
There is a chance he will be able to be fit for the European Championships, so that Newcastle fans could watch him play in June.
The left-back was injured in PSV’s 2-1 defeat at home to RKC on Wednesday 11th April, and it seems he suffered a hairline fracture in his right foot, and the 6’1″ defender will have to spend three weeks in a plaster cast, and then he will then be looked at to see if he has any chance of making in the summer for Holland.
The injury was not good news for Erik, who said:
“It is very disappointing news. I will strictly adhere to the medical team’s rehabilitation program.”
“The gravity of the injury will be known in three weeks. I will give 200 per cent to get back to match fitness.”
The 23-year-old has had a tough season and also missed four months with a metatarsal injury he sustained last October.
We are bringing this up because it looks like Erik is one of Newcastle’s top targets in the summer, and it could be that he is signed by Newcastle before the European Championships even begin.
Newcastle scouts, including Graham Carr, have watched Pieters over the last eighteen months, and his ability to play at either center-back or left back is a plus for him.
Defense has been the weakness of the Newcastle side this season, and we leaked five goals at both Fulham and Tottenham this year, so expect Pieters and FC Twente center-back Douglas, to be major targets for Newcastle early in the transfer market.
It also seems that Yohan Cabaye’s former Lille team-mate and friend Mathieu Debuchy has been watched over the season, and he could be drafted in for the right back position.
Newcastle could bring in three defenders in the summer, and then they will have to fight it out with the current Newcastle players, as to who the starters are next season.
But increased competition at every position on the field, is what Alan Pardew wants to see next season, and the only thing that’s uncertain right now is whether Newcastle will be playing in the Europa League or the Champions League next season.
For a team that had a target of being the top ten this season, Newcastle have over-achieved big time – and long may that continue.