Is Erik Pieters Next Through The Door At Newcastle?

Immediately after the game yesterday the news was going around that Erik Pieters had been seen at the game against Spurs, and there were photographs to prove that too, so we obviously have to ask the question is he is on Tyneside to be signed by Newcastle United?

Erik Pieters – was sighted on Tyneside yesterday

One thing with Newcastle is when they have a top target they have done their homework on the player, and Alan Pardew knows exactly what role that player will play in the side, and as all the fans are well aware of this summer, Newcastle will not overpay for their players, and as we saw with the great Papiss Cisse, the club are willing to wait for a good deal.

That may be the case with Erik, as he was injured in April with a hairline fracture of his right foot, and he was also out for four months earlier in the season,  after breaking his metatarsal back in October .

In April, this is what Erik had said:

“It is very disappointing news. I will strictly adhere to the medical team’s rehabilitation programme.” “The gravity of the injury will be known in three weeks. I will give 200 per cent to get back to match fitness.”

Erik turned 24 on August 7th, and he can play at left back and center-back and those are two position Newcastle need to strengthen for the coming campaign, so it would make sense if they can get the 15 times capped Dutch International through the door, for a reasonable price.

We think £5M would be another bargain buy for Newcastle, and maybe PSV Eindhoven would now accept that fee from Newcastle, but of course the club would need to have assurances that Erik is fully recovered from his injuries.

This is one photograph of Erik Pieters taken at St. James’ Park yesterday

And for the record this is what Erik told one of our long time readers –  Aaron – when asked if he was coming to Newcastle”:

“Possibly – I don’t know.”

So there you have it, not exactly a ringing endorsement that he will soon arrive on Tyneside, but if there was nothing going on, why wouldn’t he have just said no?

And to be clear this is pure speculation that he was on Tyneside because Newcastle are interested, and he may have just been coming to call on his two Dutch friends Tim Krul and Vurnon Anita, who made his debut.

We expect if this speculation is not accurate, then Alan Pardew will soon dismiss it out of hand, and if he doesn’t,  there could even be something in it.

And if Erik does come to Newcastle, that’s probably the end of Newcastle’s efforts to bring Mathieu Debuchy to Newcastle.

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609 comments so far

  • Tooooon

    Aug 19, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #1

    A bit concerned that Anita is probably not strong enough in the Prem; I’m sure I’ll be proved wrong but more than once I saw Anita being out muscled off the ball.

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Aug 19, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Did anyone notice how epic Pardieus fist pump for Bennys goal was? outlandish.

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Aug 19, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #3


    he’s 5′ 6″…give him time to adapt.

  • Toonarmlee

    Aug 19, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #4

    It was his first half hour in English football. Give the lad a chance. Maybe an hour or so.

  • Sholadona

    Aug 19, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #5

    @Tooooon Give him a bit of time, he’s only had one game and it’s usually hard to get used to the PL straight away

    Anyway, a PSV fan asked Pieters in Dutch on his Twitter –
    “@_Erik_Pieters_ speelt er iets met Newcastle? Of kloppen de geruchten niet? (Zwijgen is toegeven) ;)”
    Which translates to
    “@ _Erik_Pieters_ Play something with Newcastle? Whether the rumors are not true? (Silence is admit it);)!

    Erik Pieters responded –
    ” nee, ben nog steeds bezig met revalideren..!!”
    “no, am still trying to rehabilitate ..!”

  • gstadt

    Aug 19, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #6

    Anita will be a superstar, very rare to see someone adapt so quickly to a new league and team. More than once I saw him telling everyone to push out when we were dropping too deep. I have high hopes in him.

  • nightfa11

    Aug 19, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #7


    how can anyone rate a guy based on 30 min performance..& at the beginning of the season..when noone is actually fit.

  • Vinny

    Aug 19, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #8


    Modric is small built and still manage to do well in the prem 😉

  • davybtoon

    Aug 19, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #9

    anita will b a great player

  • Tooooon

    Aug 19, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #10

    I’m not judging him I just saw a few times where Anita lost the ball, that a bigger player probably wouldn’t have. The PL is the most physical league so that is why I shared my concerns. I did say that I would probably be proven wrong anyway.

  • Londtoon

    Aug 19, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #11

    Tooooon, he is not exactly built like yaya or Tiote but he is technically clever, an excellent passer, brilliant movement on the touch and go and as witnessed in one moment of glory yesterday he is extremely quick!

  • Beattie25

    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #12

    Fcuking hell

    Anitas had 20 minutes of football for us and is being written off already.


  • Klatoon

    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #13

    if anything Anita will boost Tiote’s game as his deep sitting presence allows the Ivorian to rush and close down the opposition deep into their own half.

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #14

    Suspect we might sign Erik in January when he has fully recovered..

    I really want to see us as a 4-3-3 with Anita, Tiote and Cabaye in top form, with a front three permed from Cisse, Ba, Benny, Marv, in form Obertan, Vuckic, Sammi, Shola etc.,

    I don’t think we’ll play 4-4-2 very often. Pards had obviously briefed Benny to track back and spoke about it in his interview – maybe he was to cover the extrat man Spuds had in midfield.

    Am totally fed up with Simmoknockers…. we do not need to scapegoat a single player… it is a team game. He might not be bluechip but is perfectly competent.

  • Toon1978

    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #15

    I thought for the 20 minutes Anita was on he was really good. He lost the ball once or twice….so what. It was his first game for us so nerves would have been a huge factor. Let’s look at his strong points instead of being negative towards him. His is extremely quick i was in shock and his passing was very clever. Nothing to moan about in regards to Anita, very gifted player and he will get better and better. IMO a great debut for the lad.

  • Beattie25

    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #16

    Xavi, Messi, Neymar, Ineiesta, Mata, Silva etc…

    It’s about technique! I don’t remember once him being ‘shrugged’ off the ball.

    He looked slight but he won’t compete physically like Tiote he will nip in and tackle, pass the ball and move.

    Every player doesn’t have to be big and tough. That’s been the poison that had blighted English football for 20 years and why the rest of the world is so far ahead in footballing terms.

    Come back at the end of the season and say it not after 20 minutes you fcuking fool. Graham Carr and Pards have sanctioned the transfer based on his ability and I’ll trust their judgement over your retarded comments based on 20 god damn minutes.

    I’m gone!! See you tomorrow when I hope this goon isnt here.

    I’m normally critical but now I aim to offend.


  • check the toastie

    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #17

    If i was Tiote i would be a little worried about my consistency, Anita could well prove more influential, i like cheick, but just because he looks mean seems to cloud some people opinion of him (comparing him with Yaya is a joke). Hope Tiote can avoid injury and have a run of games, he was very poor for him yesterday.

    Pardew obviously loves Jonas (captain yesterday), so he is in the mix for the CM spots, rightly so as well, the boy would bleed for the club. Gonna be interesting once the 1st team settles down what pardews 1st eleven will be.

    Plenty of options, which is great. The possibility of Tiote actually being dropped could exist, may push him to true greatness hopefully.

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #18


    Thought you said cock wasn’t offensive in Burnley ?


    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #19

    since erick is injured… a 3-4mil bid is enough… well any chance of europa off match been shown live on tv?

  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #20


    Stop dropping Jonas! Haha. Yesterday really showed how important he is to us.

    Luckily Pardew loves him, so there’s no danger of it!

  • Spuggy

    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #21

    You can’t say at this stage how any player is going to perform for the season and what form they will carry. It will take a few games for everyone to get 100% fit and work as a team. In the meantime, we work our socks off and try to get the wins until we click. It happened this way last season too – we didn’t play that well for the first few games but managed to get the wins. Then we really started to purr.

    I’ve no fears of Anita, we just need to work out how to use him. I think the spurs players thought right when he comes on don’t let him settle, he’s a weak link. Their pressing at times high up the pitch was incredible, and lasted most of the match. A brave tactic away from home and it nearly worked.

    Now can we get a couple over the line before the weekend?

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #22

    It would be great if say we sign Debuchy and Douglas on the last day of the window. Then in January we sign Pieters. That would give us more than enough cover in defense. Personally I prefer we sign Mbiwa instead of Douglas as the Montpelier captain can play accross the whole back four. Sadly though I don’t think we’ll go for him, I still think Douglas is a possibility.


    Debuchy / Simspon – Colo / Douglas – Saylor / Willo – Santon / Pieters.

    We would have an amazing defense with good cover.

  • Conan The Destroyer

    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #23

    I rarely read the comments on here, because the views expressed are; well completely stupid! but tooooon! you win the prize as the biggest loser… wow! Anita played 20 minutes in the most physical league in the world and you have a whinge!.. seriously dude! get a hobby or something cos football is not your thing….

  • Dannyo

    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #24

    The PLs changing, techinque, pace and skill is the future, not power and height.
    Anyone to judge Anita, and negativly at that after 20 mins on a pitch, coming from holland on wednesday…
    Dear me, head check pls.

  • davybtoon

    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #25

    michu for 2m is bargain of the season

    and everton signing mirallas is a hell of a signing

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #26


    Check….not me.. I’m more worried about Meattie’s bental health..

    Jonas is the universal soldier imo

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #27

    Beattie’s mental *

  • Spuggy

    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #28

    I agree with pards that Anita has something different.

    Tiote is strong, bullies people of the ball and then distributes. He doesn’t often play a clever 30 yard pass. But he is so bullish he can pass forward. His shooting rarely comes off but he does have the occasional blinder (Arsenal!)

    Cabaye is cultured, still tough (but not as strong) and hass an incredible passing range going forward, a great engine to get into the box and a good medium-long range shot.

    Anita, to me is more lower centre of gravity, quicker than both but not as strong as Tiote. He like to pass, move and receive quick a bit like Arfa so will make things happen and force the play forward. A very good compliment to our midfield.

    Once we get the initial Europa games out the way, our midfield should start to settle. Can’t wait!

  • Dannyo

    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #29

    Have to say, i’m expecting one more signing. It could be one of the following; Douglas, Remy, Carroll, Pieters, Debuchy…. Or some youngster we’ve either scouted or had on trial.

  • davybtoon

    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #30

    i think douglas will defo come in and someone else

  • Dannyo

    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #31

    Agree with u there, he’s more of a playmaker than Tiote imo, think he’ll be a type to instantly flick the switch for an attack, Tiote isn’t like that, he breaks the other team down and keeps the ball in the team.

  • darrenfletcher88

    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #32

    Who’s slating Anita??? I think pieters would finish are window off lovely,yes he’s injured but we signed Ben Arfa with a broken leg and he’s not to back like,

  • t00ntime

    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #33

    @davy douglas isnt coming, thats already 90% sure

  • chris_g

    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #34

    Sholadona – I wouldn’t read too much into that twitter comment by Pieters. Basically the fan was asking him “is there any truth to these rumours? – if you don’t answer I’ll assume that the rumours are true.” (Silence is admit it);)! So there was really only one answer that he could give – the fact that he said no doesn’t mean that the rumours aren’t true. It just means that he doesn’t really know what’s the situation is at the moment, just like the rest of us.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #35

    Tiote’s biggest problem is his passing. Last season he kept giving the ball away after winning it. If he cuts that out of his game then he will be immense every time. I don’t really care if he doesn’t score as much as he can he can always pass the ball to Cabaye or Benny and let them score. He has to improve on his passing though. This is why I think Pardew has brought Anita along to help that part of the team, ball retention. We need to keep hold of it and not give it away needlessly. It’s obvious from the pre-season games and yesterdays game that we are working on our passing and possession of the ball. Super Pardew is working wonders with our team and making them into serious top 4 contenders, its so exciting to be an NUFC fan right now 🙂

  • croftus5678

    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #36

    based on what i see of him last night his 1st few touches were not great and he gave the ball away but with a new team and the nerves he must have i think we should really expect that.

    but what i did see good in him was a lot of energy good touches allways looking for a pass and he was fast ^^.

    did not look like a tiote no were near as aggressive and he does not slide in either and allways block tackles or stays on feet but had better forward play than tiote for sure and spread the play to the wings to relieve some pressure in the middle of the park which was not working for us at the time.

    think he will be great once he’s had a few games with his new team mates and learns the speed of the prem.

    guti again won us so much though if he could only cross the ball he would be perfect

  • to0n

    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #37

    Does anyone know what happened to that French lad whom
    We gave a trial too in the reserves? I think he scored aswell

  • LewSpi

    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #38

    After ten on eleven games, if we sign nobody else, what would peoples first team be? More interested in the top of the field than defence in honesty, defence pretty much picks itself..

  • Toon1978

    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #39

    See Tiote and Cabaye are linked with the usual suspects again. Why would Chelsea want Tiote ffs?? They have already bought a shed load of players and have cover for Tiote’s position. As for Cabaye, i can see why Man Utd want him but we really need to keep hold of both player to stand a chance of pushing on. If NUFC and other clubs fail to keep hold of their best players because the greedy clubs at the top of the tree want everyone then the gap between the top 4 and the rest will get so big it will be impossible to stand any chance what so ever. Man City are so far ahead it’s ridiculous. Let’s just hope we can keep our elite players because if we do we are in for another great season imo.

  • davybtoon

    Aug 19, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #40

    thought santon, perch n taylor were brilliant yesterday even simpson when defending goin forward is the part of his game that needs work

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