Newcastle Keeping Tabs On Belgian Defender

The scouting has started up again at Newcastle, and maybe we can bring in some new players in January, but that’s always more difficult than in the summer transfer window,  which closed last night.

Toby Alderweireld – Ajax center-back can also play right back

The player that Newcastle scouted at the weekend was a player we’ve been linked with all year – 23 year-old Ajax center-back Toby Alderweireld – who partnered Jan Vertenghen last season at the Dutch Champions.

The 23 year-old stands 6’1″ tall and can also play at right back, and has a contract through June of 2014, so Newcastle will not be able to get him at a reduced fee anytime soon.

Toby joined the famous Ajax Academy back in 2004, and made his first team debut in January, 2009, when he was 19, in the 4–2 win against NEC Nijmegen, and he has since played a total of 125 times for the club with 10 goals, and he has 18 caps for the full Belgian side.

But after the summer transfer window has ended, Newcastle are still left with only three experienced center-backs, and with two top class youngsters,  in newly signed 19 year-old Australian Curtis Good, and local lad 17 year-old Remie Streete, whom Alan Pardew said last March could make the first team squad this season.

We have to  hope that Fab Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Mike Wuillaimson don’t pick up any long term injuries, although the very  reliable James Perch has proved more than once, that he’s capable of  playing at center-back when called on.

Newcastle’s long term target Douglas of FC Twente becomes a free agent next summer, and it wouldn’t surprise us if Newcastle try to get him through the door in January for a nominal fee, or go after him next summer when he’s a free agent.

Until then players like Curtis Good and James Perch will have a chance to prove they are more than capable of filling the breech, if we do lose any two of our experienced center-backs.

It’s a  sign of James Perch’s new standing at the club that he was preferred to Mike Williamson in the first game of the season against Tottenham, and Perchinho put in a strong and solid performance alongside Steven Taylor, in that excellent 2-1 win.

Just like we did last January, we are hoping we can bring in one top player during next January’s window, but who that will be will depend on how the lads perform until then.

Very well we hope. 😀

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44 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Ssolitary confinement in a hell hole reserved for the worlds most henious conmen and liars is too good for Ashley.

  • Grafton83

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #2

    Repost: This transfer window isn’t really that bad at all. It’s been ages since MA really did something to upset us such as renaming the stadium or sacking/selling someone important.

    Either he’s calmed down or we are about to change our kit colours to a red and blue sports direct theme.


    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Hahaha God bless u Ed summers just over and ur lining up our pretend Jan targets

  • Magpie from Lithuania

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #4



    last year this time, we have not had Cisse, Anita and Marveaux was injured. There was Best, Guthrie and Loverkrands and Smith.

    Think we are much better know because

    Cisse> Best
    Marveaux > Lover


    yes it’s a good point and logical too, but i thought we should have more attacking FB in some formations, that’s why i put Jonas at LB and i thought Santon is a bigger threat going forward on the right overlapping benny. That’s a less of the threat loosing the ball there then cuting inside.

  • Magpie from Lithuania

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #5

    p.s i remember people saying they would be happy not too loose our best players this summer, and suddenly all are moanig..

  • Whistler

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #6


    This transfer window was hugely important following on from last season for many reasons….it has clearly defined the clubs direction….actions speak louder than words they say and quite frankly I am deafened by our actions….or lack thereof….we are little more than a marketing vehicle for Sports Direct it would seem

  • Toonarmlee

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #7

    Magpie From Lithuania
    The fact is we have almost double the games as last year with Europa league and hopefully a good FA cup run. Also the fact teams around us have pushed on 4 targets. We must be the only fans that worry about loosing players more than signing them.

  • Made a ma beed

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #8

    What is the point of more speculation, we can’t sign until Jan. The prices go up in Jan, unless the contract expires in June. We have made an absolute mess of this window as regards a striker, remember we have 2 africans (cup) and Shola (always injured). Also for 2 years operating with 3 CB’s (STaylor injury prone). Makes for a bumpy ride again this season!!!

  • pardews waxwork lips

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #9

    Why start scouting when we don’t actually sign players? Ha

  • Tiote4PM

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #10


    I agree, if we sold Tiote for 20 mill I doubt it would be all put back into the market. The question I have is why would it be? I would imagine we would have spent about 7-10 mill on two players with potential. We have cover all over the pitch.

    I am very happy with how Mike is running the club. I am happy with his strategy. I am happy with the football we play.

    IF we start losing games because we lack players, quality or investment THEN I will complain. Would would I rant and rave when I love the players and squad we have?

  • stuart no9

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #11

    HAHAHA is that supposed to cheer us up or to pi// us off even more/

  • stu.toon

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #12

    MFL people aren’t moaning cos we kept our players they are moaning because we have showed a lack in ambition. Pardew said at the start of the window he needed 3-4 QUALITY players to take us forward he got 1 established first teamer. And made numbers up with prospects. Do you really think NUFC one of the biggest clubs in Europe not just the UK are only worth a summer spend of £3m?

  • roadfighter

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #13

    @ Magpie From Lithuania – spot on mate. The moaning is sickening and part of the reason I posted much less on this blog than I would have liked to.

    As people have said time and time again:
    – we have kept all our players
    – we have less injuries at this moment in time
    – Simpson is not everyone’s cup of tea BUT he is a NUFC player and will get all the support from real Toon fans
    – we quite obviously cannot be weaker than last season as we have added a few up and coming youngsters plus Anita
    – we are in the Europa League group stages

    Of course an extra signing or two would have been excellent but this did not happen for whatever reason, this can be rectified in January.

    So having said this, I as a proud Toon fan am quite excited for the season ahead and will be supporting the lads 100% !!!

    I urge others to put the transfer window lack of activity behind them and do the same.

    Howay the lads !!! 😉

  • GeordieGeorge

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #14

    Does acon before January transfer window if so we can always get a striker then

  • Offkey

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #15

    @10 What if those players you love are disappointed by the lack of signings and therefore start thinking it may be time to move on?

  • Whistler

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #16

    Someone on an earlier post (don’t recall who) made comment that other clubs; Spurs etc had only spent what they had recouped in transfers whereas we had shelled out 3m as if to justify our inactivity in the market this summer…..just thought I’d point out that 3m would have been roughly Alan Smiths annual salary which is no longer on the wage bill…..add to that the reduction in salary expenditure from the other 12/15 or whatever the figure stands at players released/sold and the club will in effect make significant financial gains from this transfer window….1-0 to the accountants!

  • SupaToonKid

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #17

    I like Ed’s exotic spelling of Willo’s surname. He sounds Dutch!

  • colwell

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #18

    According to NUFC stats Saylor has not made a single tackle this season,strange.

    For the guys that are saying keep the faith and other bullsh#t along those lines, stop being a mug wake up. I have no faith in MA he’s shown his ambition but I don’t support that belle#d. I support the guys that put on our top, whoever that is.

    Time to focus on the mighty toon and fingers crossed Pards starts playing 4-3-3.

  • Dennis Twice

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #19

    Summer 2013 top targets?

    Messi, Iniesta, Ronaldo?

  • xmindcrimex

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #20

    @Magpie from Lithuania #6

    No no, you are wrong. All aren’t moaning, all are in mourning… or so it seems.;P

    Debuchy would have been a nice addition, but he’s in Real Madrid now.. heey..wait a minute..

    Hopefully Debuchy arrive in January? I’m actually a bit excited for this first half of the season. People will need to step ut and our younger players will get game time and develop even more. Suddenly we might unearth a couple of gems in Bigi and Amalfitano.

    Bring on sunday. 🙂

  • roadfighter

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #21

    Stu.toon – fair comment. I agree, “promises” weren’t met and there is justified disappointment. But what’s done is done, for now at least. but let’s concentrate on letting the football talk on the pitch…

  • arroeben

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #22

    Anybody has any idea whether pardew has any plans to involve ranger in the squad? Sammy Ameobi still posts pics of ranger on twitter!

  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #23

    Ketsbaia is gonna love this article….

  • mackas7

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #24

    I’ve just been on the Villa blog to read what they had to say about tomorrows game, andthey all seem to think that we are going to put 3/4 past the, none of them seem optimistic at all, theyare also unhappy with their transfer activity despite spending a net 18.5m thereabouts. I’m not comparing us to them by any means as we are a class above just saying we could be so much worse off.

    I’m not to upset with the window as we’ve managed to keep all our important players, so providing those players don’t get dispondent I believe we can achieve a similar position this season aswe did last, the only other worry being injuries.

    what’s everyones fancy for tomorrow?

  • Tiote4PM

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #25


    Everyone in the squad will be motivated right now. From the youngsters right through to the first teamers.


    Because everyone has a role to play this season. No one is a luxury. Have you ever worked in a team when you feel like an extra? It’s sh1t.

    Even if Cabaye is feeling down, and he possibly will be, within a couple of days he will realise two things:

    – He is essential to NUFC
    – The fans love him.

    IF we can avoid lots of injuries, we have been lucky in recent history, then I expect a good PL campaign.

    I see Europe as blooding our young and watching their development.

    Football is back and I am feelin good!

  • spitfire_

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #26

    @Magpie from Lithuania

    Read Les Grossman’s post number 41 from last article and you will see why are all those moaning. And if couple people said that only want to keep big players this doesn’t mean that all fans which moans was said that they are fine anly with keeping the stars… And how keeping the stars and not going stronger is forward thinking by the club? I also like this transfer policy but we should make a move for more than three players this summer… Douglas, Debuchy and De Jong. Pardew was Ashley’s cheerleader unfortunately.

  • nico

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #27

    What a great time to play Spuds, we got lucky there. When you look at it, Spuds lost Modric and Van der Vart for 43 million. They brought in some good players but actually made a transfer profit.
    I think we’ve got a good 12-14 players with other players still coming through. If they come through with flying colours we’ll be okay.
    I would assume the plan to be wait until Jan and get players cheaper who are in last year of contract.
    The club must be making lots of money now. Wage bill has been massively reduced, no real outlay on transfers and extra revenue from full stadiums and Europa League. As a club, we are in an excellent state. What is happening with this financial fair play though? Teams this season can only be a certain percentage above their income. How can Chelsea achieve this or Man City? I can’t wait until a club has to live within its means because we will be healthier than most, Abramavic will get bored and leave Chelsea. Or they will just scrap the plans for fear of the big clubs.

  • Les Grossman

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #28

    Let’s all just hope Cisse ad ba stay fit eh?
    Because no one able enough to replace them on standby!
    Love the way AP ha thrown down the gauntlet to his players, get your arse into gear and play well an we will sell you in January! Genius!!

    Totally genius!
    Instilled great amount of confidence in the control he has over team affairs!

  • spitfire_

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #29

    “Pardew was Ashley’s cheerleader unfortunately.”

    I’m sorry not “was” but “is”… I’m not a englishman.

  • Les Grossman

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #30

    January T/Window!
    Pardew has told you what will happen! Players sold and cheaper players in! Why ? Because the players have had their ‘heads truned’
    Nicely pre-empted!

  • calvinho

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #31

    Let’s be serious here. We’ve brought in some young players who we hope will be good premiership players in 2-3 years time. Bigi looks like he has potential, but he’s championship class at present. Same for Vukic, same for Abeid. We could get away playing them in the cups and the odd prem game, but they are not near out best 11. Anita is the only starting player we’ve brought in. And I’d question how that makes our team stronger. All teams need to progress to move forward and I fear we will fall behind. We needed a centre half, but a full back was our priority. I can’t believe our lack of ambition. I hope this does not rub off on our players. Cabaye looks fed up already.

  • manni

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #32

    Main thing was not to loose our best players,which we did. But I agree if we get a few injuries,especially upfront,we lack strikers. If ,its a big if Senegal manage 2 beat ivory coast in the acon qualifier. We only have shola,Sammy,vuckic. We needed to bring in at least 2 more 2st teamers. Hopefully adam cambell can make it into the 1st team and be the new Alan Shearer, although he plays more like a certain,dare I say it Michael Owen lol

  • Les Grossman

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #33

    If any fan on here thinks that tellin you players to wait until the transfer window re-opens and you can go if you want is taking this club forward then you really need a reality check!

    The team under this strategy will always be in transition! Surely you must all agree with that!

    It will always be in transition, but will continue to generate profit!

  • Les Grossman

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #34

    Were you their thurs?
    Vukic? Striker? Sammy striker even?
    Campbell….17 yr old? Fresh out of juniors?

    Wish I had your optimism!

  • Les Grossman

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #35

    Beginning of t window! Cisse ba and cabaye, arguably three of our most important players, called for reinforcements!

    They were ignored!
    Thinknid be a bit peeved and potentially looking at exit!

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #36

    @35 and Collocini, our skipper and player of the year.

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #37

    Well said Grossman.

  • manni

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #38

    I’m clutching at straws mate,cuz our squad is thin. I wanted to see a couple of strikers through the door to replace best and loven. But we lacked ambition . Should of got some real talent with pace. I just pray that cisse and ba don’t get injured

  • Toon73

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #39

    One window shuts and already we are taking the piss talking abhout the next one in 4 months..??

    Let’s all move on and discuss the upcoming game. Support the team, hopefully we can be in a good position in the League and still in Europa come January.

  • joeytoon

    Sep 1, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #40

    i disagree tiote i think the players will feed off pardews disappointment and frustration at an owner who is back to his old ways, con the fans
    cabaye tiote cisse ba have every right to feel as let down as the fans and manager,
    in may it was all about the fact that we must build on this and get good quality signings through the door ,we are in a good position because we are in europe etc etc ,we now know that europe is a disaster for the fat one because he has to pay top dollar for quality and not pennypinch over 1 million for a quality international full back, thursday night proved that our back up players are not ready or not good enough, and fatso has just shown our top players his total lack of commitment and ambition,


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