Newcastle Linked With Dutch Winger – But Why?

There’s news from Sky Tyne and Wear, that Newcastle are interested in 20 year-old winger Yanic Wildschut, who is currently at VVV-Venlo in the Eredivisie and came through the famous Ajax Academy.

Yanic Wildschut – 20 year-old Dutch winger

Newcastle will be linked with a number of players as the January transfer window approaches, but we have no idea whether these reports have any truth in them.

Fulham and Swansea are the two other clubs said to be tracking the 20 year-old who moved to VVV-Venlo from FC Zwolle in the summer of last year.

The youngster has some speed and skill down the wing, and as best as we can find out he has played 29 times for his current club with 9 goals.

But wingers are probably the last position that we need to strengthen since we have singers like Jonas Gutierrez, Ben Arfa, Shane Ferguson, Gabby Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi and Romain Amalfitano, so we have plenty of wingers vying for the two wide positions.

We’d be very surprised if Newcastle move for this player, who is valued around £2.5M, either in January or next summer.

Newcastle need to strengthen the defense and the strike force as the number one priority and in January – if at all possible.

Comments welcome.

46 comments so far

  • davis_toons

    Oct 13, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #1

    We are not buying … any guy that comes in will cost us in Transfers or Wages.

    To Buy , we got to Sell. As simple as that.
    …so who going out ?

  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Oct 13, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Maybes what lambias was saying about not being able to afford two purple players In every position was about wages, we run a pretty low wage system compared with some other top clubs ( similar to arsenal), and honestly, we probably can’t afford to be paying 22 players, 50 grand a week. Can see where he’s coming from even if he is a sly little ***** ******* *** ********** ******** ******.

  • archaeomag

    Oct 13, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Perhaps he knows how to cross a ball. . .

  • davis_toons

    Oct 13, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #4

    When talking about purple player to be replace, we cant just pluck in some kid from anywhere. He got to have something outstanding on its resume.

  • Graeme

    Oct 13, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Ed, not sure their singing ability counts for much, outside the showers to be honest.

    Jonas’ days as a winger are behind him – he falls over very well, wins lots of free kicks, but as a winger he has NO end product.

    If we have to sell a “Colonel Mustard” to buy an additional “Alpha Squad”! Then Jonas has to be a most likely candidate for departure.

    Sad, but brutally true!!

  • archaeomag

    Oct 13, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #6

    A bit harsh, while is limitations are clear, I think he is one of those industrious midfielders that you miss when they are not there.

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Oct 13, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Unless we use the £7m we are going to get for Ba going to the bindippers…

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 13, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #8

    You mean just like he was all summer?
    The papers churning out more recycled shite as usual then

  • Graeme

    Oct 13, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Archeomag – granted, its harsh, but the reality is also harsh. Poor Jonas has lost a yard of pace (at least) and so far this season, he couldn’t cross the road.

    Industrious, no doubt he is: But industry, without a product, is basically worthless.

    The next one on the list would likely be Captain Collo – getting no younger, More injury prone, turns his back on defenders and in Lamearse’s new order, every first team member has to be absolutely at the top of his game!!

    The way he details it, its going to be a case of only the best will survive, the rest are “Back-up” players – or they are gone!!

  • davis_toons

    Oct 13, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #10

    We might not be able to compare but this is Spurs Team

    Hugo Lloris (£8m signing )
    Carlo Cudicini
    Brad Friedel
    Heurelho Gomes

    Steven Caulker
    Benoit Assou-Ekotto
    Kyle Walker
    Adam Smith
    Michael Dawson
    Kyle Naughton
    William Gallas
    Jan Vertonghen (Belgian compatriot)
    Younes Kaboul

    Tommy Carroll
    Andros Townsend
    Aaron Lennon
    Scott Parker
    Jake Livermore
    Clint Dempsey
    Sandro Jermaine
    Jenas Gylfi Sigurdsson
    Gareth Bale
    David Bentley (£15m signing)
    Tom Huddlestone

    Moussa Dembele ((Belgian £15m)
    Jermain Defoe
    Emmanuel Adebayor

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Oct 13, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #11

    NUFC have become a subservient arm of a lowbrow corporation. Have a beer, go to sleep,
    cheer the lads on matchday, anything to avoid thinking about it. We’ve become a club in Ashley’s image. It’s another rotten chapter in the rotten history of NUFC’s selfserving ownership.

  • davis_toons

    Oct 13, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #12

    If the player at the current stage of this football is no-longer consider as a purple player at this club then he will have to make way for the good.

    Its the hard truth in football and every players knows it.
    “If you have to go, you have to go”

    The Fans Young And Old wants to see improvements.

    Its is WHY a good manager is Important, he got to know when is the right time to get into the MARKET to look for a replacement. (with e support of all)

    The right time the right player.

  • davis_toons

    Oct 13, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #13

    To see a much better improvement in the 1st team game, in a much shorter period of time, someone will have to go from the “purple team”.

    Its down to the manager.

  • Graeme

    Oct 13, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #14

    Davis_toons, not sure of the relevance of the spuds squad sheet?

    We planning on buying a few? Selling a few? An example of where our squad should be, compared to what we have??

  • davis_toons

    Oct 13, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #15

    With the current club structure, we are still a little far from that Spurs team.

    It is to show that we supporters are realistic of the current club situation. And what every fans have in mind.


    Oct 13, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #16

    in my opinion a wide/attacking midfielder is a higher priority than a striker, as we should only play 1 up front. We dont create enough chances to justify playing 2. We need more creativity in the midfield so we need 1 more creative player in the XI, with hatem yo…

  • Graeme

    Oct 13, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #17

    I think most fans are reasonably contented with where we are and where they thought we were allegedly heading!!

    The latest missive from Lamearse pretty much throws the baby out with the bathwater – not a recommended action.

    He has our “First Team” – the Mr Purples, which are expected to perform at the top of their game, to keep us in the top six. Should some unexpected mishap befall a “Purple” we have a group below them that will step into the breach, perform miracles, and maintain progress and league position without doubt, until the “Mr Purple” resumes duty.

    In reality, it is nothing but complete and utter garbage from our esteemed Managing Director. It clearly shows he has not got the basic grasp of how a Football Team works. It is a constantly evolving group; players go, Better players come in, the team makes consistent progress, in the desire to achieve progression –
    WIN SOMETHING!!!!! Wouldn’t that be shocking eh!!!

  • davis_toons

    Oct 13, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #18

    Have a clearer picture.

    Jak Alnwick
    Steve Harper
    Robert Elliot
    Tim Krul

    James Perch
    Remie Streete
    Fabrizio Coloccini
    Davide Santon
    Steven Taylor
    Vurnon Anita
    Curtis Good
    Danny Simpson
    Ryan Taylor
    James Tavernier
    Michael Williamson

    Mehdi Abeid
    Conor Newton
    Yohan Cabaye
    Jonas Gutierrez
    Bradden Inman
    Cheik Ismael Tiote
    Sylvain Marveaux
    Steven Logan
    Gael Bigirimana
    Shane Ferguson
    Romain Amalfitano
    Dan Gosling
    Haris Vuckic

    Hatem Ben Arfa
    Adam Campbell
    Demba Ba
    Nile Ranger
    Sammy Ameobi
    Gabriel Obertan
    Shola Ameobi
    Papiss Demba Cisse

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Oct 13, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #19

    It is interesting to see that Tottenham squad sheet as compared to ours. It is stronger, it does have more strength in depth, but they have thrown money at it for 5 or more years. We haven’t but have become competitive at the top end of the table. But really with our infrastructure and fanbase that’s where we should always be.

    It’s hard to see us make the next step with the model Llambias has outlined. You have to wonder about the ambitions of the ownership and wonder why you’d buy a club like Newcastle with its rich tradition and history, with its roots so deep in the city, community and region and not want to give back in a little more magnanimously when you are already so wealthy. I’m not saying throw money at it, but you can’t take it with you.

  • matt11_25

    Oct 13, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #20

    To be fair.. lambias was referring to salary imo.. purples get a starting players wage. Another player can still fight for a starting spot and earn an improved contract.. its make sense that we cant afford to pay say Williamson the same as Colo n taylor..

  • nick_9

    Oct 13, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #21

    “It’s hard to see us make the next step with the model Llambias has outlined”

    Have to say I agree, I am also of the opinion that we need to good players for each position. Consider the game against man united at home, we had to backup players from championship clubs alongside a very young Shane ferguson. Like others have said I hope he was purely talking on a financial basis regarding ‘purple players’. That article just made me cringe, it’s really not something of like to hear as a fan. The whole ‘don’t regret buying a centre back’ is outrageous if you ask me but again I just hope he was considering the feelings of our current back up players.

    I am f the opinion that we need two more purple first teamers and more first team challengers…. Light purple players? This is crazy talk.

  • euanpolo

    Oct 13, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #22

    It’s fair enough to say we can only have some many ‘purples’ but in certain position we don’t have enough players full stop. They don’t have to be expensive – just bringing in a decent youngish centre-back in January would do.

  • Graeme

    Oct 13, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #23

    Jawballs – Exactly. What ambition? What really is the next step they are aiming to take?

    Debt is minimal, salary to income ratio is the best in the league – a fantastic achievement; I take my hat off to them.

    BUT – where are we heading? ARE we aiming for top 10? Top 8? Break-even? Is there ANY clear plan to target a trophy AND WIN IT? Is there even a plan??

    Apart from making us look great, selling up, recovering a substantial return on investment – what do they really hope to achieve?? Its all smoke, mirrors and bullshit.

  • Burni

    Oct 13, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #24

    just regarding the tiote “lashing out at cisse” it wasnt even cisse. he was shielding the ball and wasnt even looking who was getting at him. another ivory coast player kept on nibbling away and he got frustrated and pushed him in the chest. fairly hard i guess but not as bad as u may think. it was acually cisse who went to have words with tiote after


  • Burni

    Oct 13, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #25

    plus, you may notice he has a bandage on? thats because someone elbowed him in the side of the head just before and he had a gash on his temple, bound to put u in a bad mood

  • MacToon

    Oct 14, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #26

    Mr. Pink sounds like Mr. Pussy. How ’bout if I’m Mr. Purple? That sounds good to me. I’ll be Mr. Purple.
    You’re not Mr. Purple. Some guy on some other job is Mr. Purple. Your Mr. PINK.
    Who cares what your name is?
    Yeah, that’s easy for your to say, you’re Mr. White. You have a cool-sounding name. Alright look, if it’s no big deal to be Mr. Pink, you wanna trade?

    Hey! NOBODY’S trading with ANYBODY

    Sounds about right.

  • t00ntime

    Oct 14, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #27

    if we are going to play 4-4-2 a winger is the first player we need.

    ben arfa and jonas are both pretty bad for a 4-4-2
    the winger needs to be able to defend and attack neither can do both. Thats why i dont get why we are playing 4-4-2.
    Jonas and HBA both not great in it.
    We try to long ball it meaning cabaye is useless
    Ba+cisse are both to selfish

    so thats 5 of our 11 missing out due to our tactics. Ba+cisse are both finishers imo.

    look at chelsea a few years back the had drogba the finisher, and anelka the assister. Anelka didnt mind giving drogba a goal instead of him having a chance.
    Ba+cisse wud both rather shoot from 20yds then give the other a tap in :S I dont know why but they dont seem to be a partnership at all.

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 14, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #28

    Dastardly’s ill advised spoutings in my mind raise the following:-
    1. Just what the hell is he talking about. (sounds like gobledigook)
    2. If it is a no buy policy, when did it begin, it flies in the face of pursuing Debuchy and Douglas and Carrs’ remarks in the summer in a BBC interview that Ashley will forkout for new signings.
    3. Is the ambition only financial stability, mid table team, and therefore more attractive for sale (ie fattening up the Christmas turkey)
    4. Bargain basement/el cheapo/unknown players will only get you so far up the league would this be acceptable.
    5. January window may fill in some of the unknowns.
    6. Worse position than last season will be explained away using “we are ahead in our long term plan”
    7. Are we expecting too much as fans ie bettering last seasons finish. Are the fans expectations of immediate betterment too high/at variance with the “slow build” plan.
    My personal guess, and it’s only a guess, is that short term, ie in January we will buy several players, to stop the slide down over.


    Oct 14, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #29

    The club want to develop young players who they think have a good chance to be “purples”, Bigirimana being an obvious example.
    We are building the development squad up to become “purples” to replace the likes of Gutierez as they lose their effectiveness or are holding back future stars like Ferguson, Tavernnier, Ameobi and others.
    I expect most future purchases to be high quality and young who can develop and challenge the “purples”

  • Thump

    Oct 14, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #30

    [generic statement regarding the ability of a player and a player of assumed ability]

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Oct 14, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #31

    @ITUNDERASHELL I agree with that assessment of our approach. I think it’s also fair to say we are more likely to become a feeder club to the senior clubs and a consistent upper mid table side successfully following this model rather than a genuine challenger. I think a club with the history, tradition and fan base of Newcastle should have loftier ambitions. Then again, perhaps this may prove simply a stage in a grander vision. Who knows?

  • mattyNUFC

    Oct 14, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #32

    let’s be realistic here

    Guti is not a winger
    pards refuses to play fergi there
    IMO and i feel probably half of other fans’, obertan won’t make it
    marvs is lost in the plot for whatever reason ( i like him but he’s still got a lot to prove)
    and Amalfitano will never cut it as a winger in the prem, not a chance in hell. CAM or second striker is his best chance

    so, in essence we have two, one being a youngster yet to prove himself (sammy) and one first team regular (HBA)

    don’t kid yourselves. we’re short everywhere on the pitch


    Oct 14, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #33

    Our club are building for the future, not just the present, that’s why Graham Carr is so highly valued by the owner and manager.
    It is important we don’t underestimate the importance of our development squad and even more important that they get playtime in the first team, their path into the first must not be blocked by too many “purples” or quality youngsters will not join us.

  • mattyNUFC

    Oct 14, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #34

    ….and I’m a bit bemused as to why Ed and every other fan hasn’t clearly seen this either….

    we could use a winger, two would be great. we need a striker in the mold of John Guidetti, someone with promise to push the regulars and keep shola on his toes. we need TWO CBs, one a starter, one a back up and move out willo (i think we can all admit perch is the better CB….i hope). We need a LB to either push Guti who should be transfered to that role or one to take over it outright with santon moving to RB. Harper needs to become a coach (maybe a bit harsh, but Elliot’s proved his stock to all of us this past month and a half) and if Pards would put some godd*** faith in Abeid and realize, as most of us have, that he is miles ahead of the obsolete Gosling, CM is the only position we’re well stocked. Anita and Tiote with Cabs in front. stop playing him at CDM. Bigi to push the two formers with Abeid and Amalfitano pushing Cabs

    why do most of these not seem not only straightforward but requisite?


    Oct 14, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #35

    Jaw, I agree with you that we could become a feeder club, the club needs a balanced approach and as you say, “who knows”?

  • FatmanJoe

    Oct 14, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #36

    We need a winger. Can’t believe no one has
    Argued with ed on this point. Jonas – better in a non wing, Ben arfa – operates better behind a striker in a free role. Obertan, marv, alman inconsistent. Sammi, injured frequently but lots of promise. Do we have lots of competition for places in wingers – nope!

    A winger/ striker is really needed!

  • FatmanJoe

    Oct 14, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    Comment #37

    Sorry matty just seen you have said the same – winger is a must! One that can score. And run. And roll over. And beg.

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Oct 14, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #38

    That’s true, I don’t suppose it would be taken on trust that I have long believed but neglected to post that we have a number of “wingers,” none of whom can consistently beat a man on the outside and deliver a dangerous cross. It’s the best argument I can think of for playing 4 3 3.

  • mattyNUFC

    Oct 14, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Comment #39


    no worries! glad you agree..

  • ganiyu

    Oct 14, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    Comment #40

    Its very obvious that we play a rigid system and a very defensive style.(Hoof footy) but nufc tends to have a very weak defensive department.

    I’m very sure we must sell one of this big named players to raise cash for a defender(s).


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