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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