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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