Alan Pardew attended FC Twente’s 2-1 home defeat against Ajax yesterday at the De Grolsch Veste, which drew a crowd of 30,000.
Ajax players celebrating after 2-1 win at FC Twente yesterday
We assume Pardew was watching some center-backs, with the Brazilian Douglas playing for Twente, and both Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld in central defense for the top Amsterdam side.
The win by Ajax takes them 6 points above second placed Feyenoord Rotterdam, with just two games to play, and Ajax’s goal difference is much superior, by 24 goals – so they’ve won the title again.
While we think Alan was watching those three center-backs – also on display for Twente was 21 year-old striker Luuk de Jong, and in the Dutch Eredivisie this season this lad, who was linked with Newcastle last summer, has scored 23 goals in 23 league games.
Vertonghen has just one year left on his contract, and he should come at a bargain price in the summer, but Arsenal are one big club who are also interested in this player.
But it is fully expected Jan will be leaving Ajax, and he had this to say recently:
“Everyone has already made their peace with the fact I have gone, but I have not gone yet.” “I have a year left on my contract and I have not decided anything. I am still at Ajax.”
Douglas has been reported to be joining Newcastle this summer, but it’s hard to know if some of the reports on the Continent have much truth in them.
But Newcastle’s defensive display on Saturday again pointed to the back four being an area that Newcastle can strengthen in the summer, and we are expecting a top center-back and a top left-footed left back to join the club in the summer.
But just who those two players will be, remains debatable.