Newcastle After River Plate Center-Back


The Sun is reporting today that Newcastle are after German Pezzella, who currently plays for River Plate in the Argentine league and is only 21 years old.

German Pezzella – top Argentine youngster

We would expect Newcastle to bring in a younger center-back to fortify the central defense at Newcastle, and on that front German seems to fit the bill well, and he has played a massive 26 times for the Argentine U20 side.

The 6′ tall Bahía Blanca, Argentina born player is said to be nearing a call-up for the Argentine full national side, and if Newcastle bring him to Tyneside, he will be given time to acclimatize to the English Premier League, and would be one for the future.

Pezzella has played close to 10 times for River Plate, form what we can tell, and he made his debut against Defensores de Belgrano in an Argentine Cup game back in 2009.

Pezzella played for the Argentina team in the Toulon Tournament in 2009, and in preparation for the World Cup in 2010, he was a member of the team that played against the Argentine team a number of times, as preparation for the World Cup.

German has been a top performer for the Argentine U-20 team and he is the captain, and is a highly rated youngster in South America.

His strengths are in tackling and the reading of the game, plus he has significant leadership skills both off and on the pitch, and he has attracted the attention of a number of top European clubs.

In addition to Newcastle, Roma are also thought to be interested in the top 21 year-old, and if German does arrive at Newcastle, he will join his countrymen Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez, both of whom have played for the full Argentine national side.

The transfer fee is quoted at around £4M, but that seems like a lot of money for a relatively inexperienced player.

What do you think?

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62 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 1, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Well, he has a few years to grow out that hair, could be the future Colo we’ve all been discussing lately. Seems to fit the bill, so I look forward to a future article confirming him signing.

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  • toonLYF

    Nov 1, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #2

    German Pezzella…good name, we’ll take um’.

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  • seancavaz

    Nov 1, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #3

    Would he get a visa?

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  • jayphoto

    Nov 1, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Pretty sure hes got dual Italian nationality through a grandparent…. Really common in Argentina that

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  • breno95

    Nov 1, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Another name amongst many that will be reported so won’t be getting to enthusiastic.
    Liverpool losing last night won’t have too much bearing on game on Sunday as it will be a different starting 11 altogether.
    To make a good game of it and go for 3 points I would like to see AP field our best defence of Krul, Simpson, Taylor, Colo, Santon.
    A midfield of Jonas, Anita, Cabaye and Amalfitano with Ben Arfa played up front just behind Cisse.
    Gone for Amalfitano as IMO he has more footballing technical ability than Obertan, Sammy and Ferguson put together.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Nov 1, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Does anybody remember this thread from the summer?

    http://www.nufcblog.com/2012/07/04/newcastle-look-to-south-america-for-young-talent/

    Take a look at post 107 🙂

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  • Ashton

    Nov 1, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #7

    I haven’t seen him play but he is very highly rated by the River fans. And this news is driving them mad!!

    http://canchallena.lanacion.com.ar/1522616-german-pezzella-la-joya-millonaria-que-ya-observan-en-europa#lectores

    I liked this comment by one of the fans : “This kid is as good as paid by Walter Samuel. 19 million euros.” Authentic Google translation.

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  • Dannyo

    Nov 1, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Future Collo. Simple as that.
    A target that ticks all the boxes.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #9

    Why can’t we buy one that simply fits in to our current set up,a position we clearly need to strengthen,I feel as though I’m sounding like a broken recored.

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  • rainrix

    Nov 1, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #10

    About time we started looking at south america for talent!

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  • breno95

    Nov 1, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #11

    Wake up lads.
    If this kid is as good as reported he ain’t gona arrive at NUFC.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #12

    rainrix,
    We have had South American talent at SJP for as long as I can remember.

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  • Quasi.modo

    Nov 1, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Breno

    You’re right, it’s not like we’re actually a big club that are plying their trade in Europe or anything…oh wait.

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  • rainrix

    Nov 1, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Jail… I know mate i was talking more about how we scout nowadays, picking up unknowns for low prices. Besides in recent times we’ve picked them up from europe a la spain for colo and jonas

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 1, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #15

    Jesper…One question…How did you find that so quickly?

    Jail…I hear you, but just because we need to fill a certain spot, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be looking at other positions and bringing in upcoming talent.

    Breno…Nice positive outlook. Don’t think anyone has got carried away (I think my post was probably the most “carried away”, but it was a joke – we’ll see what happens.

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  • breno95

    Nov 1, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #16

    So funny that like quasi. Can’t stop laughing at your wit and humour?
    We were linked to Vertongen as we are a big club who could offer European football and did he come, oh wait……….no.
    If this kid is any good and other European clubs are interested then a) price goes up and b) the way the team is playing at the moment they won’t be in Europe next term so what can you offer him then?

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  • beddersmag

    Nov 1, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #17

    Breno

    Why not? Lots of these players probably see us as a club to make a name and get a move to a bigger club if a top club is unwilling to take the gamble. On amalfitano im not sure he quite has the pace to make it at the top level. Pards obviously isnt seeing it from him on the training ground but he does have a nice touch like

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #18

    Ibiza,
    Defintely not,but although we all know that Ed prints stories that he picks up on internatinal rumour sites I’m getting tired of players that are linked with our future success when issues need to be addressed now.

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  • Quasi.modo

    Nov 1, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #19

    Breno

    Comparing a 21 year old who plays in South America to a full International defender who has Champions League experience?

    And you’re saying that when we aren’t in Europe we aren’t an attractive prospect? So why did Cabaye leave a CL club to play for us? Why did Tiote leave a side that won the Dutch league to play for us? Same goes for Santon, Anita, Cisse.

    We are an excellent club, in or out of Europe who most young talented players would love to play for.

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  • blaydonracist

    Nov 1, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #20

    http://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/en/german-pezzella/profil/spieler_113133.html
    take him for that money
    Personally, although i don’t think we have been linked with him, I would like to see us make a move for napoli centre back, federico fernandez, argentine international, and only 23 so old enough to get first team straight away but young enough to develop

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  • breno95

    Nov 1, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #21

    Neither positive or negative Ibiza. Just realistic.
    Too many see a name posted, google them or check them on FIFA12 and hey presto it’s the ‘sign him up’ rubbish.
    All am saying is he is another name out of lots more to come who more than likely are not even known to the manager.

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  • WWYCD

    Nov 1, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #22

    Always quite tough scouting in South America for talents because of visa’s not to mention the style change and the adaptability of individual players

    Players ability might be there but its always a risk

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #23

    rainrix,
    As much as I like our new scouting system,it is surely limited to so many locations and as much as it has unearthed a few ‘gems’ we were told that if target number one wasn’t possible that we would then persue plan B then C,so if our A grade scouting network was so good how come Debuchy and Douglas were the only two identifiable targets last summer.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 1, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #24

    Jail…As I said, I hear you. May have to skip a fair few of Eds articles for the next little while, the next month of madness is fast approaching.

    Breno…Just want to say I’m not saying this deal is likely to happen. However, this kid is hardly in the same situation as Vertongen. Maybe he’ll look at us and see a great opportunity to get game time he wouldn’t at another club? Maybe he’s seen our Captain being recalled to his national club? As I say, certainly not something to hang your hat on and I know for some it was a tough summer, but give yourself a break.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Nov 1, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #25
  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Nov 1, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #26

    @ Toondownsouth

    Haha, The resemblance is uncanny 🙂

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  • toonLYF

    Nov 1, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #27

    http://www.thefirstrow.eu/watch/150129/1/watch-genoa-vs-ac-fiorentina.html

    Genoa vs Fiorentina if anyone is interested…complete with the best commentator of all time – from our very own Newcastle (whey Gatesheed a think) – Ray Hudson

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  • toonLYF

    Nov 1, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #28

    – what a fabulous pass, stick that game on all.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 1, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #29

    Breno….Sent my last post before reading yours to me. Still not commenting on whether this one is true or likely, but I wouldn’t have thought i realistic that we would end up with players like Ba, Cisse, Cabaye, HBA and be back in Europe this season.

    Anyway, nice pic TDS.

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  • tenpointnine

    Nov 1, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #30

    @28
    Krul would have saved that!

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  • breno95

    Nov 1, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #31

    Quasi
    Was not comparing them specifically against each other. I was trying to convey that if, and a big if, we have to go up against other European clubs then we won’t be at the top of the list.
    As for those you named here’s why I believe we were able to sign them:-
    Cabaye – no other EPL club made an approach and he himself wanted to challenge himself in our PL irrespective of the fact Lille had CL football.
    Tiote: as above plus Twente saw him as a liability as he had the worst disciplinary record in their league for the 2 previous seasons he played before they sold to us and read some of the views on here on him as he spends more time suspended.
    Anita – new challenge, only EPL linked and more money.
    Santon : out of favour at Inter and told that hence as we were again only EPL showing an interest he came.
    Cisse : was playing for a club who were bottom of german league, who needed the money hence dropped the asking price and it was a choice between us and the mackems. No brained there then.

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  • Quasi.modo

    Nov 1, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #32

    Breno

    How do you know who was interested in signing Cabaye, Cisse, Santon, Anita or Tiote? Unless you’re privy to the discussions between players and their agents then we will not know who we were up against in securing the signatures of these players.

    Also, it would seem that clubs have since went in for Cabaye and Santon and both are still currently at the club, with Santon coming out to say that he wanted to stay at the club, why would he do that if he didn’t think we are a big club?

    As for Vertonghen, do you know if we were even in for him?

    And of course we are nowhere near the top of the list in terms of top European clubs, if we are in for players against the likes of Man U, Barca, Real etc then we need to brace ourselves for the fact we’re going to lose that race but it is unfair to claim that a 21 year old playing in S.America wouldn’t look twice at us because we are a big club. If Cisse, Anita, Cabaye and Santon only came to us to gain PL experience then why is it inconceivable that Pazella wouldn’t want to do the same?

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  • breno95

    Nov 1, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #33

    Q
    And how do you know if other clubs went in for those you named?
    Also I am not claiming that young lad would not consider NUFC. What I am saying it’s just another name plucked out of a big hat.

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Nov 1, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #34

    Los Millionaros are the establishment club of Argentina. Saw them play at their rambling old coliseum of a home ground around 10 years ago in a game that was punctuated by regular sounds of gunshots. I assumed they were summararily executing dissidents in the bowels of the stadium. They will doubtless demand an extortionate pile of cash for this player, as they do.

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  • Quasi.modo

    Nov 1, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #35

    Breno

    I don’t know if other clubs went in for them, we’re in the same boat on that score.

    Well I don’t want to get into a row or a slanging match but you did say that he wouldn’t come to us @11. But yes I do agree that the closer we get to January the more and more stories we’re going to hear about who we are supposedly linked with.

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  • breno95

    Nov 1, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #36

    Q
    I did and he won’t IMO.
    As for slanging match – not interested in that at all. Expressing my view on him being just another name probably hugely wide of the mark.
    Anyway, back to reality and did you see my 11 posted to play liverpool earlier? What are the views of others. Starting 11 and result?

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  • Quasi.modo

    Nov 1, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #37

    Breno

    Who knows, we may even have an even better alternative lined up but until they are in SJP with the scarf above their head I won’t believe a word of it.

    I didn’t see your line-up, but I’ll give my 11 and we’ll see where we’re at.

    Krul

    Simmo Willo Colo Santon

    HBA Perch Cabaye Guti

    Ba Cisse

    I don’t particularly want to see a 4-4-2 but going away from home we’ll need to be solid and hard to break down so for me we need the more rigid formation. I’ve also went with Ba and Cisse together because I think this partnership will come good eventually. If we want to play a bit more fluid if things go our way then stick Ba LW, take Perch/Guti off for Anita and play a 3 man midfield.

    As for a result, not sure, think it is a tough one, think we’ll have much less possession than them but I fancy either a 1-0 win or, more likely, a 0-0 draw. What’s your thoughts?

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  • Munster Mag

    Nov 1, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #38

    Thats an intersting argument lads, if unable to be proven one way or the other. Breno, its unlikely that zero clubs were in for our star players. Given how most talent is well monitored in europe. Having said that Quasi, we cant turn around and pretend that we werent in for Vertongen – we probably were, just like we were in for that Dutch striker who went to Germany. Having seen some real weaknesses in our team, and a real lack of quality in our football and being outplayed by many teams, I’m more interested in first team signings at the moment.

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  • Quasi.modo

    Nov 1, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #39

    Munster

    Well we definitely were in for De Jong as his agent and Twente were very vocal in our interest in him. I wouldn’t have the same amount of certainty about our interest in Vertonghen but like you said, we can’t prove it one way or the other.

    Where do you think the current weaknesses lie in the first team? And is it purely because we didn’t invest more during the summer?

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  • breno95

    Nov 1, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #40

    Q
    I had picked an 11 of
    Krul, Simpson, Taylor, Colo, Santon
    Jonas, Cabaye, Anita, Amalfitano
    HBA & Cisse

    Reports gave Ba injured and I know AP won’t send out that 11 but I would want to Taylor brought back purely because he is better than Williamson. I have gone for Amalfitano as from what I have seen of him he is a far better player than Sammy, Oba and Fergie IMO and I have pushed HBA up front so he can play football in the final 3rd rather than having to pick the ball up in his own half and have no movement in front of him.
    Anita needs to play. As far as I am concerned he is a very cultured, composed and good technical player as is Amalfitano.
    Jonas and Anita also frees Cabaye to pull the strings in the midfield and hopefully Cisse has his shooting boots on.
    Heart wants a 2-1 win but it’s a bogey ground so head says defeat by Suarez.

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