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Newcastle Not Impressed With Asian Market

10:22 am, Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

Derek LLambias has talked about expanding the European Market for Newcastle, and as well as France,  Newcastle will be looking to do some business in Holland and Belgium this summer.

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Ji Dong-Won – sent on loan last month to German side Augsburg

Derek was interviewed again in the Newcastle Journal and he also talked about world markets for Newcastle outside of  Europe and this is what he said:

“As for the global markets, well we did look at South Korea and a player from the Chunnam Dragons.” “We sent our guys over. Graham Carr had a look at him and he wasn’t good enough, yet he was one of their star players.”

That player was 6’2″ striker Ji Dong-won and we were interested in the player in the summer of 2011, and here’s one of our reports on the transfer speculation in April of 2011.

And it’s interesting that we said Graham Carr had made the trek to South Korea to watch the then 19 year-old in action – so the story from the Daily Mail  seemed to be even true- that’s scary. 😀

But Graham Carr said the player just wasn’t good enough, so Sunderland signed the lad in June of 2011 on a three year deal and the transfer fee was thought to be around £2M.

And it was reported last month that Bundesliga club Augsburg had signed Sunderland forward on loan until the end of the season.

The South Korean International played 21 times for Sunderland last seasons with two goals but he has not appeared in the first team this season, although he has 19 full caps and 8 goals for South Korea.

So it would seem he’s not coming through for the Black Cats – but it’s always hard to judge the youngsters.

It’s difficult at Newcastle to know which players of our current crop of youngsters will make it.

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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Munster Mag // Feb 12, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Well done Sunlan !

  • 2 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Feb 12, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    KISUKE HONDA. A player I would love to have at Newcastle

  • 3 JackButler // Feb 12, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Surprised we haven’t looked at Belgium before now tbh, the amount of quality youngster to have come out of there over the last few years is astounding.
    We’ve done some amazing business in France but there is quality to be bought in Belgium and Holland, Mr. Carr could have a field day 😀

  • 4 rainrix // Feb 12, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Sunderland eating our scraps? Shocking absolutely gobsmacked here
    How could they stoop so low? If you cant trust a mackem who can you trust damn it?!?! 😉

  • 5 Markaccus // Feb 12, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    So the quality in the far east is a load of clap? Are all the players a load of borrocks?

  • 6 Transfer Sage // Feb 12, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    This blog is far too quite when the transfer window isn’t on.

  • 7 rainrix // Feb 12, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    markaccus… I was waiting for someone to make and “Engrish” joke well done cookie for you 🙂

  • 8 rainrix // Feb 12, 2013 at 10:42 AM


  • 9 saxonfenken // Feb 12, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    The only reason a lot of clubs have Asian players is to boost shirt sales in the respective countries, few IMO really make the grade.

  • 10 Markaccus // Feb 12, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Thank you velly much, lainlix!

  • 11 Transfer Sage // Feb 12, 2013 at 10:46 AM


    Yeh thats true…which is strange…you’d have thought a few more would make the grade.

  • 12 Markaccus // Feb 12, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Someone had to, I thought about the racist element, but decided that, since there is an entire website devoted to it, I went ahead 😀

  • 13 Sav // Feb 12, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    I always thought ‘the Asian Market’ was a place to pick up wantons and noodles. If Llambias means the Asian Football League, I wonder whether their assessment of him was equally dismissive?

  • 14 Sav // Feb 12, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Does Derek have an opinion on wallpapers? I was thinking of redecorating…might give him a ring.

  • 15 toonin // Feb 13, 2013 at 4:06 AM

    If you want to expand your fan base across the world, start with Asian market..look at keisuke Honda, park ji sung, shinji kagawa, those are few names that become big at international football..and remember, look at Japan and south Korea achievement at world cup, I think it’s a good gamble to buy players from Asian market. Do you guys know Radja nainggolan? He’s a Belgium born to an Indonesian father…plays for cagliari and having 4 caps of Belgium international..there’s a lot of talent from Asia…

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