Newcastle Manager Hints At Curtis Good At Left Back


After the game last night Alan Pardew talked about young Curtis Good, the 19 year-old Australian defender, who played the last 15 minutes of the game and looked very poised at the back.

Curtis Good in action at Gateshead last week

The Newcastle manager was pleased with many performances of the Newcastle players at Hartlepool, and he had this to say when asked about the young Australian U20 International:

“He’s a naturally left footed center-half and that’s unusual,  and that’s why we paid that money for him.” “He’s a young player and has a lot to learn but he can also play at left-back.”

“He showed he’s very very tidy with the ball, and all he’s got to do now is get used to the physical side of this  game  which I think he’s going to grasp,  and fingers crossed for that.

With those words from Alan, you’ve got to think he believes that Curtis can challenge for the left-back position in the side, maybe in the second half of the season.

And it’s not dissimilar to when Sebastian Bassong landed on Tyneside from Rennes after a one week trial under then manager Kevin Keegan,  in the summer of 2008.

The defender arrived from FC Metz for about £500K and forced himself into the side very early in the season, first of all at left back and then at center-back,  and during our relegation year, Bassong was easily our Player of the Season.

But the Cameroon International has not fared too well at Tottenham, since he went there in the summer of 2009 for £8M, and only yesterday new manager Andre Villas-Boas said the defender was available for transfer.

That’s what happens when you leave Newcastle. 😀

We still haven’t fully replaced Jose Enrique at left-back yet, but hopefully Davide Santon will continue to improve as he gets used to the physical nature of the Premier League, but don’t be surprised if the young Australian pushes for a place at left-back in the coming season.

But if he can show through quickly next term, then Good will certainly help fortify the Newcastle defense, but of course he needs time to settle in his new abode, and to get used to all the things that are new to him at the moment.

He’ll certainly be given time to settle in by Alan and the rest of the Newcastle coaching staff, but we have very high hopes of what Curtis Good can achieve on Tyneside.

Comments welcome.



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23 comments so far

  • Beattie25

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #1

    Please god don’t let one person take this to mean he actually will be the clubs new left back.

    Pardew obviously sees him and Taverneir and the next Cordoba and Chellini.

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Also regarding the mass hard ons for Brazil.

    Is anyone else not disappointed that our supposed ‘football advisor’ KIA joobbrichan has yet to land us with a south American super star that he part owns?!

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  • magpiebop

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #3

    Could be another gem.

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  • Magpie from Lithuania

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Very good news 😛

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #5

    KIA FOURDOORHATCHBACKIAN. Didn’t even realise he was even involved this year! I don’t trust him. But then again, he’s an agent, they’re all bent as a four pound note.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #6

    You don’t bring such a young lad in for £400k or whatever and give him a 6 year contract unless you have very high expectations of him.

    Looking at the comments made by guys at the games recently all three …Bigi, Amal and Good will be first team regulars this season. Bet they all get 10-20 turnouts, especially if we get good cup runs.

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  • Graeme

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #7

    Beattie – you mean he really wasn’t involved in us getting the magnificent Perchinho??

    In that case he’s being a bit lax in his recruitment duties!!

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #8

    Markaccus

    Used to be a nine bob note..that’s inflation

    Kia is a dodgy dealer for sure

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  • neilinho

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #9

    Yeah, didn’t we take Nacho Gonzales on loan as a favour with the promise of some south American kids?

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #10

    Graeme

    Excellent observation!

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  • Bloody Marveauxlous

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #11

    I went to go see Mexico vs Japan at Wembley (semis), yesterday.
    The goals were amazing but the play was rubbish.
    I thought I was going to see Brazil vs South Korea, as that is what it said on the BBC website. so, whilst most people were wearing sombreros and ponchos, I had my Brazil shirt and stuff on! I felt like a right plonker!!

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  • jimmymagpie

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #12

    According to the Chron, we are now only looking for a full back and a midfielder. What heppened to the top priority centre back of the last two windows, and no mention of a striker. No doubt this was written after Pardew briefed the local media after the game last night.

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  • nufc 11

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #13

    Neil Taylor frm swans is classey little LB shame we didnt up our 1mill bid last year and we would have got him.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #14

    MFH, yeah I grew up with decimal currency lol. Now let’s see, a bob was a shilling… 12 old pence (d). 240d to an old pound. Times 4. Divide by 12. Therefore, He’s as bent as an eighty bob note! :p

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #15

    @JimmyMagpie
    Any word on the Le Mans striker that was on trial?
    Is he someone we’re likely to push for?
    In fairness to AP, it’s not easy to comment on transfers when he’s not particularly involved in the dealings.
    Personally i think he should be, a manager is often the one that turns a players head.
    Had AP said nothing at all, surely we’d give him grief on that too 😉

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  • bambams

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #16

    This worries me…… It looks like we are struggling to sign the players we need, now all of a sudden a lad who we trialed as a CB ‘for the future’ (maybe the latter part of this season) now could help out as a LB.
    We know what happens when we try to play players out of position for a period of time.
    I am not saying this is a certainty but i would much rather Ash realised how close we are to a strong team! Just offer a little more for our targets!
    This stinks of ‘CUT NOSE OFF TO SPITE FACE’…… ( i dont normally rant so apologies)

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #17

    @JimmyMagpie
    Couldbe that AP feels that Good and Tav will be good enough to cover? Hopefully Saylor syays fit and there u’ll have your scoring CB.
    I reckon Tav can create chances from there aswell.

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 8, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #18

    Bambams

    I don’t like you.

    Thought I’d get it out of the way.

    Your doom mongering is laughable given the fact the Pardew was probably responding to a question from a join asking for kore detail about Good.

    Pards said he can play LB as well. This was an insight onto the player and you take that and perfume that we can’t sign anyone and that Good is our LB cover and blah blah I fell asleep.

    Get your head out off your inflamed anus and stop smelling your own crap

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Aug 8, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #19

    Still want a CB.

    Am okay with Simmo as he is solid in defence, regardless of his lack of attacking style but
    would really like Anita in as he adds so much tactically.
    Am less bothered about CF if we use Amal and Gabby in that nippy striker role. If either of them comes good 2012/3 we will tear defences apart.

    I like the way Cabaye and Tiote are gonna bring Bigi on and reckon part of the strategy is to get consistency as our top guys will breed quality in the youngsters.

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  • jimmymagpie

    Aug 8, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #20

    Dannyo – haven’t heard a thing about the young French lad. Tav – centre-half? Didn’t win much in the air in Portugal, too small surely – full back perhaps?

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  • Graeme

    Aug 8, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #21

    Beattie, maybe he is working undercover, after intensive training by G Carr Esq, unearthing the next Ronaldo, Pele, Perchinho replacement.

    They will no doubt be ready for next summer – cant bring them in during our winter, the poor cherubs would just not cope!! Fingers crossed

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  • jimmymagpie

    Aug 8, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #22

    Beattie – you were on here yourself a couple of days ago criticising the lack of transfer activity.

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  • FatmanJoe

    Aug 8, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #23

    Beattie. Bit extreme.

    I like that we have youngsters that can play in different positions though and responding to this link to swans for gabby – really don’t want to see it happen! He’ll be really useful this season.

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