With the Debuchy deal with Lille potentially falling apart Newcastle could look to new targets soon, if they cannot get the French International through the door soon.
Gregory van der Weil – talented Ajax right-back
Ajax are telling clubs their right-back Gregory van der Weil is available for transfer, and since he has only one year left on his contract, Newcastle could potentially get a good deal for him, and if necessary could even make it a loan deal, with an option to buy the player next May for a stated fee.
And that would give Newcastle time to see how the right back performs in the Premier League in the coming season.
Gregory van der Weil was born in Amsterdam to a father from the Carribean Island of Curaçao, and a Dutch mother, and he is a product of the renowned Ajax youth system, and the lad joined his home town club when he was just seven years old.
Van der Wiel made his professional debut for Ajax in March of 2007, when he was 19, in a 4–1 win at FC Twente, when he came on as a substitute for Jaap Stam, and he made his debut for the full Dutch national side in February of 2009, when he had just turned 21.
Gregory was in the Netherlands’ squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, when they were losing finalists to Spain, and he started at right-back in the final, and he was in the squad that competed in the Euro 2012 tournament this summer.
He doesn’t turn 25 until next February, so he is about 30 months younger than Debuchy, and he has played a total of 184 games for Ajax with twelve goals, and has appeared 35 times for the full Holland side.
Alan Pardew went to watch this lad play last season, so if we cannot get Debuchy in, it remains to be seen if the 6′ tall defender is next in line.
But Gregory doesn’t seem too pleased with things at Ajax at the moment and he has this to say:
“When you go on to celebrate your 24th birthday, you expect a nice, lucrative contract from your club.” “That certainly will keep you happy, but it seems unlikely that I would be hearing any good offer from the club now.”
“Playing at Ajax was always my dream, but now the club is making life difficult for me.” “Unfortunately, the policy of the club is not benefiting their youth players.”
“I am always surprised why the Ajax youth players receive smaller salaries as compared to the players who come from elsewhere.”
It seems that Debuchy is still Newcastle’s top choice for right back, but at least van der Weil could be brought in for a decent fee, if it’s money that Newcastle are worried about.
What do you think?