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Newcastle Linked With Red Devils Defender

9:01 pm, Sunday, April 29th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 48 Comments

News in the Sunday Mirror today that Newcastle are ready to sign Manchester United youngster Ezekiel Fryers.

Ezekiel Fryers – Newcastle interested in 19 year-old defender

The 19 year-old can play center-back or left back, and he has already appeared six times for the Manchester United first team.

The 6′ tall younger was born and bred in Manchester and United is the only club he’s played for.

Fryers suffered a serious knee injury last season that kept him out for the whole season, but the lad came back and made his debut in the League Cup in September of last year.

The Mirror is reporting that he has been unable to agree a new deal with Manchester, and that was not unlike the case of Ravel Morrison, whom Newcastle were interested in last January, but the Magpies eventually pulled out of  the deal, and he was signed by West Ham.

Ezekial’s contract runs out on June 30th, and Newcastle are hopping to sign the player, but they will need to pay some compensation to Manchester United for the  youngster, since he is under 24.

Fryers has played for the England U16, U17 and 10 times for the U19 team,  and he is the type of player Newcastle are always looking for, who could be brought to Tyneside, and his skills developed at Newcastle.

This is how the lad is described on the Manchester United web-site:

“Zeki Fryers is a tall and athletic left-sided full-back, strong defensively but also – as with most modern full-backs – likes to get forward and help out in attack.  He has pace in abundance and is tough in the tackle. His first season as an Academy scholar was disrupted by injury, but he finished the season strongly and will look to exert his experience during his second season with the Under-18s.”

“Zeki, who has been capped at England youth level, has also stepped up to United’s Reserves, and will look to really make his mark at this level in 2011/2012 after more injury problems last term.  At the start of the campaign, he figured in both Warren Joyce’s side and Paul McGuinness’ academy outfit as an over-aged player before pulling off something of a coup by featuring in a third of the club’s teams and the one he will have dreamed about as a youngster.”

“The Carling Cup debut at Leeds, playing in the middle of defence, was a baptism of fire that he handled expertly with a flawless display at Elland Road. Another outing, this time at left-back against Aldershot, was followed by a late Champions League appearance in the win over Otelul Galati.”

We’ll see if this effort by Newcastle comes to fruition, but we do expect Newcastle to bring in a number of top youngsters in the summer.

Comments welcome.



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48 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Apr 29, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Hmm didn’t this lad have a good showing against our young ‘uns recently? What’s with Man U not being able to hold on to their prospects these days,

  • 2 Dannyo // Apr 29, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Would be a seemingly good backup to a first team LB…

  • 3 Tsunki // Apr 29, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Gt89 – re the stitches thing I dunno mate – I am a staples man meself. I suppose at least they are coming out and not staying in.

  • 4 serene0380 // Apr 29, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Just think abt United 1st team signings of quality Defenders, whom can play across all back position. As a promissing youth, you might need to wait for a chance ever to perform n show but at some other teams you might be able to try 1st team football faster.

  • 5 rich_toonfan // Apr 29, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    we do need to bring in 2 centre backs this summer

    collo and saylor are very good but saylor is very injury prone and cant think of a full season he has played

  • 6 G // Apr 29, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Manyoo fan at work rates him highly. Can’t say I have ever seen him play.

  • 7 GeordieToon89 // Apr 29, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Tsunki – A was origionally supposed to be getting Staples but the surgeon changed his mind ha

  • 8 GeordieToon89 // Apr 29, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    This lad is class btw would be an unreal signing especially considering his compen would probably be less than a million because he aint featured much

  • 9 ck1978 // Apr 29, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    young, fast and versatile with a good pedigree and Man Utd’s desperate to keep him. But I heard it’s not an issue of wages… more that he wants more first team chances which they can’t guarantee him. Personally I think he would be in amongst the first team squad straight away here. Get the lad signed up. Very promising young player.

  • 10 GeordieToon89 // Apr 29, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Still hoping that Tavernier gets a new deal very soon

  • 11 pbNcl // Apr 29, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    This is good, that’s strenthg in depth we’re developing there. Been a while since we can boast about that, just need to keep level headed.

    Chelsea are gonna be a real test, thiss is the stuff that really matters. We need to take a big bite out of them and keep the bloody door closed

    Proper tense this 5hit

  • 12 qtoon // Apr 29, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Just been watching Lille vs PSG and Eden Hazard has just done the most outrageous piece of skill to set up Lille’s second goal. Think its called a rabona. The lad looks class. Would improve any team in the world in my opinion. Maybe Cabaye can sweet talk him into coming to the toon, then Pardew can beg big mike to free up the funds… I’ll stop dreaming now..

  • 13 t00ntime // Apr 29, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    just went back a few posts and saw people saying pardews tactics were messed up against wigan…

    first of all some of you said we were play 4-2-3-1 for the last 6 games (before wigan) well thats not true we only played that against more attacking teams (liverpool swansea)

    but the thing that got me was that some people said why did pardew change the formation
    and others were complaining about that he did change it…

    When we went in, we had our usual 4-3-3 against weaker teams. The problem was wigan wearnt the wounded horse we were expecting. we should of played 4-2-3-1 against them but we didnt realise until about 14mins in how attacking they would be. when we were 2-0 AP saw we had to change to make sure we didnt get drubbed. he changed it to a 3-4-3 becuase that was our most attacking option and wigan are very weak defensively the only problem was cabaye couldnt pass for the life of him and ba’s first touch was awful. all in all the tactics were normal tactics you would apply only unluckily for AP our players didnt show up.

    Every manager losses games no matter how good ur tactics are. Every manager miss reads and underestimates opponents to blame pardew for yesterday would be stupid. You cant point fingers at one person/player… other wise we could also it was cisses fault for missing from 6yds…

    Everybody yesterday had a bad game and AP misjudged wigan (so did our players and most of our fans) and this gives the boys more reason to show chelsea what we are made of!

  • 14 qtoon // Apr 29, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    http://www.101greatgoals.com/gvideos/eden-hazard-rabona-cross-sets-up-late-nolan-roux-winner-for-lille-v-psg/

  • 15 SwedishMagpie // Apr 29, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    I saw Hazards rabona cross amazing ! Debuchy played good again and I would have him instead of Pieters..

  • 16 t00ntime // Apr 29, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    @qtoon cabayes too busy telling him how great arsenal is -_- http://football-talk.co.uk/62198/eden-hazard-tipped-to-make-arsenal-move/

  • 17 qtoon // Apr 29, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Yeah I saw that. Vieira was at their game tonight. Alex ferguson has said he likes the look of him. And even Hazard has said he was to be in the premier league next season. Man U or Man City it is then

  • 18 martoon // Apr 29, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    GT89 About your stiches – They sometimes don’t dissolve as they should and come out as you describe. As long as there is no sign of infection they will all come out eventually. If you’re worried go and see your practice nurse.

  • 19 berryelliot // Apr 29, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Guys, Sochaux de french club look like they are going to get relegated. Marvin Martin and Modibo Maiga might be going on the cheap perfect for us :)?? surely worth a cheeky a bid

  • 20 SwedishMagpie // Apr 29, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Would love it if we could get Martin.

    ——Tiote
    Cabaye-Martin

    But it’s not gonna happen because Sochaux want 20M for him….

  • 21 ToonAndy // Apr 29, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    qtoon… While we’re dreaming….

    ——————————–KRUL——————————-

    SANTON–ALDERWERIELD—COLLO—-VERTOGHAN

    TIOTE———————HAZARD——————CABAYE

    BEN ARFA—————–CISSE———-LUUK DE JONG

  • 22 supatoonkid // Apr 29, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Sign this lad up (young, versatile & English) with Douglas & Debuchy (get rid of Simpson he’s decent but we need better & we have plenty of back up there with Perchinho, Ryan Taylor & Tavernier).
    I think our defence would be sorted then for next season:
    Debuchy-S. Taylor-Collocini-Santon (Prem)
    Tavernier-Williamson-Douglas-Fryers (Europa)

  • 23 blew // Apr 29, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Will we ever learn Sir Alex doesnt sell good players to English clubs. At present we are stuck with Smith, Oberton and Simpson – not too long ago Butt. Man u are reportedly after a left back, so much for Fryers

  • 24 t00ntime // Apr 29, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    smith and butt used to be great but didnt fit in our style at all and when we tried to change them they failed… obertan might be bad now but he might come good, he is only back up remember (ben arfa on the RW marveux/ba/jonas LW)

    and simpson hasnt been as bad as everyone makes out… look at mertesacker and look at simpson and tell me who is worse… funny enough though simpson gets more hassle from newcastle fans then mertesacker does from arsenal fans

    though I do agree… SAF only sells players to english clubs if he knows for a 100% sure he has 2 or 3 players better in that postion in his team

  • 25 Novocastrian66 // Apr 29, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Roy Hodgson for England?

  • 26 Dannyo // Apr 30, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Lee Ryder ? @lee_ryder
    Melbourne Heart boss Didulica on Curtis Good’s #nufc trial: “#nufc wrote to us and they were extremely positive about Curtis’s time there”

  • 27 Dannyo // Apr 30, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    The article on Curtis:

    Melbourne Heart defender Curtis Good is poised to land a contract with English Premier League club Newcastle United after he impressed in a ten day trial.

    19-year-old Good was outstanding in his debut Hyundai A-League season where he made 25 appearances and with an EPL giant knocking at his door Heart’s resolve to keep him will be tested when the Magpies make a bid.

    Good’s trial was extended and he spent the last few days training with the senior side, under the guidance of manager Alan Pardew.

    Newcastle’s offer is expected to be for a senior contract rather than a reserve team deal.

    “Newcastle formally wrote to us and they were extremely positive about Curtis’s time there and him as a person and that reflects well on the club and the A-League,” Didulica reportedly said.

    I’m surprised he’ll be getting a senior contract. Must have really made an impact!

  • 28 GeordieToon89 // Apr 30, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    He must have been good in training we need some inside info as to how good ha.. I’ll tweet Ryan Taylor

  • 29 shearermania // Apr 30, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    having watched curtis good in the a league – yes hes a good player in the a league but that league you could compare to english non league…ill throw a few names in: michael bridges is a star striker and his partner is francis jeffers….Paul ifill is a contender for player of the year…Liam miller (man u reject) is also a star player…and the list goes on…its a crap league….stay well clear

  • 30 shearermania // Apr 30, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    2 reasons why we lost so heavy to wigan:
    1. wigan was fantastic
    2. complacency

  • 31 Dannyo // Apr 30, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    @shearermania
    Pardew, Stone, Carver and Carr have all been watching this lad 10 days, up close, at our training ground.
    Have some faith will ya, obviously the lad has talent.

  • 32 davybtoon // Apr 30, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Good must have impressed hope we get him if they rate him

  • 33 GeordieToon89 // Apr 30, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    Bridges/Jeffers were both really good players in england but struggled with injuries.. Ifil was a good championship player and liam miller well he didnt do much but he was good for celtic.. Curtis Good has obviously impressed our management and Carr must of rated him to even go and watch him

  • 34 chris_g // Apr 30, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    Not getting too excited about this one tbh. Admittedly this was one person’s opinion, but it’s a worry that half the people who read it gave it a tick (97 agreed, 98 disagreed):

    sean says

    Let him go, he had one good game against leeds and now thinks he is great, has been poor in all his other first team and reserve games, very little ability on the ball no where near good enough going forward to play fullback and not big and strong enough to play center back, he will never amount to more than a championship player
    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11667/7474433/United-risk-losing-starlet

  • 35 davybtoon // Apr 30, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    Ffs I am sick of ppl slagging players without even seeing them play hav they not learnt there lesson with cabaye I remember last summer ppl on here saying cant believe we’ve sold Nolan n signed someone from France we’ve never heard of complete tools

  • 36 Dannyo // Apr 30, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    Have to agree with Davy here.
    We really don’t trust journalists and pundits when it comes to judging players do we?
    I mean, look at their judgment on us at the start of the season…
    Unless u’ve actually seen the player, there really is no room for slagging him.

  • 37 davybtoon // Apr 30, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Dannyo u see we signed rolando arons for the under 18s winger apparently

  • 38 davybtoon // Apr 30, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Also when will ppl learn not judge a player after only 4 or 5 games

  • 39 Dannyo // Apr 30, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    @davy
    Yep, saw that.
    What club is he from? Was it Bristol, or a club in that area?
    We also had two other trialists, yet to hear wether they were brought in or not tho.

  • 40 JP...from The Rock // Apr 30, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    No more cast offs from ManUre please it’s like Smith, Obertan and Simpson all over again. We need to aim higher if we want to reach higher!

  • 41 Brutooon // Apr 30, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    the next danny simpson, average at best

  • 42 shearermania // Apr 30, 2012 at 7:11 AM

    well as im living in melbourne australia and this kid Good is playing from melbourne hart which is the smaller of the two melbourne clubs i think im very entitled to voice my opinion on this lad….hes a good player in the a league…but believe me not good enough…..the above mentioned players dominates the a league currently….

  • 43 SpaceGhost // Apr 30, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    Im guessing Pardew & co saw enuff of the Aussie lad. I for one love having players from there.

    Reminds me of that great Toon player Santiago Munez :)

  • 44 out of toon // Apr 30, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    shearermania – agreed. i’m in perth and have seen him play in the a-league a fair few times. He’s good, but not good enough for nufc (much like willo methinks). maybe a championship player. btw glory were robbed in the final :(

  • 45 cyprus // Apr 30, 2012 at 7:53 AM

    Who’s really in the mood to talk about this kid?
    On previous comments, sad to see people condemning Ba for a poor game and for not scoring for a while. He put us where we are, when we were playing at an average level, for most of the first part of the season…

  • 46 supatoonkid // Apr 30, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    People need to stop dissing this lad, he’s moving possibly to get a bit more cash but primarily he wants to play more matches as it’s not going to be easy at Manure when they have Evra & Fabio already ahead of him & Utd scouring around the world to find a ready made replacement for Evra also he’s not likely to get in as a CB when there is Ferdinand, Vidic, Evans, Jones & Smalling all ahead of him . If he comes here he’ll be 2nd choice behind Santon, this lad is just like Peiters in how he’s a LB who also can play CB but I’d rather have Zeki over Erik as he’s younger, future England prospect & if Man Utd are desperate to keep you then you must be a very good player.

  • 47 MHS NUFC // Apr 30, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    He musn’t be that good because Manchester United are willing to let him go.

  • 48 catchy in norway // Apr 30, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    sorry but we have had our fingers burnt to many times by man u rejects,
    he may be a good prospect , but i think the names we have been linked with are all better than him right now, and its now we need them,,

    for wednesday against chalsea, im hoping its gona be a bit of after the lord mayors show for them, and us responding like a wounded dog,,

    as for sat, it should not have been so much of a surprise , they were sitting 3rd in the form table, im a huge ba fan, but as an outlet on the left, he isnt, his game is in and around the box, he isnt direct enough when we need an outlet,
    hopefully marvauxe will step in to that spot and show what a tallent he is,




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