This Portuguese Striker Would Be Useful In Set Plays


One area of play where Newcastle have to be a lot better than we’ve been this season, is from set plays and especially from corners, and we’ve only scored once this season from a corner – and that was when Demba Ba handled the ball into the back of the net at Reading – but yes of course, it was accidental.

Amido Balde

Amido Balde – 6’4″ Portuguese striker

If Newcastle get a good header of the ball this summer, that would be a good first step – and that could be Andy Carroll or Amido Balde, who Newcastle have been linked with this year, and the Portuguese striker turns 22 tomorrow.

The Portugal U20 striker stands 6’4″ tall and joined Vitória Guimarães from Sporting Lisbon last summer on a free transfer, and the youngster has scored 9 goals in 29 appearances for his club this season, and is dominant in the air.

Amido was born in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau and began his career with Sporting Lisbon’s farm team in Guinea-Bissau – Sporting Clube de Bissau – and he finally moved to Sporting Lisbon in Portugal in 2008.

Balde went on loan to various Spanish clubs, but then last summer he was released by Sporting Lisbon, and then signed for Vitória Guimarães in the Portuguese Premier League on a two-year deal.

It’s strange he was released last summer, and we wonder if he’s good enough for the Magpies?

He’s played 16 times for the Portuguese U19 side and 10 times for the U20 side, and some top clubs are said to be interested in the striker, with Newcastle said to be tracking him.

It will be good to see Newcastle do some business in Portugal for a change this summer, after most of our players have arrived from France these last couple of years.

Chief Scout Graham Carr and his scouting team have been busy watching various strikers, and Balde fits the profile of young players Newcastle want to bring into the club.

Amido could well be an alternative to Andy Carroll, but of course the Portuguese player is untested in the Premier League and it would be a risk for the Tyneside club.

What do you think?

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260 comments so far

  • Alan_Pard_Who

    May 15, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #1

    Aye,

    But he’d also be useful as a target man in a 4-5-1…gulp.

    Anyone get the impression Ed is trying to change the subject?

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  • catchy in norway

    May 15, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #2

    can he take on 12 players and score 30 goals a season??

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  • Rainrix

    May 15, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed im going to keep pointing this out till you get it right, the hand of ba goal wasnt from a corner but from a fergie cross. 🙂

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  • catchy in norway

    May 15, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #4

    allan

    yes,, i do

    but i wish he would run a poll onwho wants to keep AP,,

    ED is running scared of that poll,, cos he knows

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  • Alan_Pard_Who

    May 15, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #5

    The Rooney news coming from Sports Direct news?

    If they wanted publicity they’ve got it.

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  • Puppet Pardew's Brainlessness

    May 15, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #6

    @rainrix email him if it bothers you that much haha.
    @catchy have you emailed ed suggesting that poll?

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  • Alan_Pard_Who

    May 15, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #7

    Catchy

    I think he’ll do it after the Arsenal game but it might be too late then.

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  • Rainrix

    May 15, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #8

    I dont think its such a case of not having tall players more bad set play tactics (shocking) and poor delivery. Tayls used to be a beast from corners, colo and ameobi can have also scored from corners and im sure mbiwa has as well. Height isn’t the problem for me.

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  • Rainrix

    May 15, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #11

    Puppet Pardew’s Brainlessness… Ha im not that bothered to expend energy to email him. I’ll just let him carry on believing it was, its better than accepting the truth 🙂

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  • Markaccus

    May 15, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #12

    I’d take a punt on this lad. We do need a big man. It is a decent compromise for the people who don’t want AC.

    I’d take rooney but i REALLY REALLY can’t see it, can any of you?

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  • Alan_Pard_Who

    May 15, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #13

    Rainrix

    What cologne are you going to go for?

    London gentleman or, no wait, Blackbeards delight?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 15, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Just read that Sports Direct article. Firstly, who knew Sports Direct had a news team???

    On story, Wayne as the ideal Newcastle player and a “massive boost to the clubs brand name.” Maybe, but I’d imagine an even bigger one to Sports Directs potential advertising. That is what makes it marginally more likely. That any cost for Mike would be outweighed by the added interest, and subsequent increase in SD awareness. Particularly with the new TV deal allowing for increased packages for sale to foreign broadcasters. However, just by SD breaking the story the brand will be mentioned without any capital outlay.

    Rooneys wages would not be matched here, not without offering Cabaye, HBA, Colo, Krul etc etc increased packages. Would Mike offer him high “sponsorship” deal for SD to make up for it?

    Finally, Rooney for 20 mill, or Carroll for 12-15mill?

    (Note: The entire story seems like a load of dog doo to me, I’m merely getting things to football again)

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    May 15, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #15

    why is Newcastle sooooooo hocked on getting tall players ffs does any 1 at Newcastle realize that hoofball doesn’t work and never will regardless of what players we bring in

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  • Puppet Pardew's Brainlessness

    May 15, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #16

    @rainrix I think our main problem is the delivery. It’s been pretty poor for a while. Same with our crosses.
    why do we almost always cross from deep? Those crosses require a big man up top. If we crossed from. The byline more often I’m sure cisse could tap or nod a few in.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 15, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #17

    393Toon-Prodigy // May 15, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Transfer,

    I’d take Rooney. But not sure where he would fit in our current set-up.

    Ideally i’d like to see ben arfa in the hole next season and Marv as back up for that particular position.

    Im hoping for proper old fashioned wingers next season also.

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  • Rainrix

    May 15, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #18

    Pard_who…. No you guys get a special cologne… It’s called Sex Panther by Odeon. It’s illegal in nine countries… Yep, it’s made with bits of real panther, so you know it’s good. They’ve done studies, you know. 60% of the time it works, every time.

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  • SupaToonKid

    May 15, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #19

    Never seen Balde play but judging by his height he seems a similar target man to Carroll. Does not mean he’s a bad player but with a poor manager like Pardew it will just ruin the team further as hoof ball will become first choice & only tactic forever under Pardew’s clueless tenure. Just sack Pards, replace with Martinez and bring in Douglas, Ince, Mertens & Bony and I’ll be be happy.

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  • Dannyo

    May 15, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #20

    @catchy
    If you search a bit, you’ll find that there are numerous polls like you’re asking for.
    Most of them call for Pardews head. In various degrees.
    But either way it tilts, you should’ve learned that MA doesn’t listen to the fans.

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  • JackButler

    May 15, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #21

    I would willingly blow our entire transfer budget on bringing in a manager as any player given to Pardew will be ruined

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  • Puppet Pardew's Brainlessness

    May 15, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #22

    Rooney? Isn’t he on over 4 Times our salary cap?

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  • Alan_Pard_Who

    May 15, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #23

    That, that doesn’t make sense.

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  • catchy in norway

    May 15, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #24

    Puppet Pardew’s Brainlessness

    no i have not,, and it is something i would not do,, im sure the guy has a lot to read with everyone emailing him about name calling,

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  • Rainrix

    May 15, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #25

    JB… Well seeing as espn are reporting that rooney story as gospel i think we can just about deduct that the cabaye story was a complete lie, if it wasnt certain already 🙂

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  • Markaccus

    May 15, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #26

    Black and white….. we need a couple of tall players for corners and crosses, not for hoofball.

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  • JackButler

    May 15, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #27

    @Rainrix – It’s silly season already and the season’s not even over yet, I think we can expect a lot more of this type of stupid headline grabbing nonsense 🙁

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  • Spoof

    May 15, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #28

    I’m not AC’s biggest fan, but if we are to go for a big CF, then it must be AC as we know that he can do it in the Prem, this lad may well turn out to be a good player, but AC would be a safer bet, I would rather see us get PEA or Bony, but if its a big target man then AC is good at his job

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  • catchy in norway

    May 15, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #29

    dannyo

    i have seen a few ,, but i think there is more traffic on this site

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  • toon kk

    May 15, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #30

    Dont expect any top big money strikers coming to Newcastle, the club ain’t run like that. Also Caslhey doesn’t know enough about football to get rid of Pardew, so expect next season to be similar to this.

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  • TorqToon

    May 15, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #31

    I hear we are signing Rooney???!!!!

    Not a bad signing I suppose! Will do as back up to shola!! 🙂

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 15, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #32

    What is the current feelings on here? Sack Pardew? Or give him until crimbo?

    I’d give him until christmas to prove himself.

    This squad is capable of top eight with or without Pardew next year. If the squad get a run out without the injuries and distractions it’s all good. Maybe even a push for sixth with more quality added to the squad. A striker and two wingers and where good to go.

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  • gonufc (not Arf' bad)

    May 15, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #33

    Seriously? Another target man?!?!

    Great that’ll really improve the football!

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  • JackButler

    May 15, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #34

    @Spoof – I think Carrol is a better footballer than people give him credit for as most only see his worth if we play long ball, but then people who would be against Carrol coming back may be more eager if he were to play under a different manager to Pardew who nearly everyone believes would have us playing long ball every game

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  • Markaccus

    May 15, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #35

    Spoof, i think we need 2 forwards on top of cisse. one of them a target man. And NOT just for hoofball, before i am accused of wanting that 😀

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 15, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #36

    Lilongwe @14 – I did a post months ago about Ashley having a TV Channel. I think he has owned it for nearly a year or thereabouts. The gist at the time was that he owned the channel but the news items would be “bought in ” from a news provider.
    Putting on a cynical hat the news about Rooney could be accurate as it is straight from the horses mouth so to speak.
    Equally in view of what is currently going on at SJP it could be a device to raise the fans expectations for next year so current issues about the club are “lessened”from the fans viewpoint ….. ie if we are making approaches to a load of star players current issues may be swept under the carpet. Who knows what the truth is!
    PERCY…………………………….out.

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  • Markaccus

    May 15, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #37

    gonufc… Can i ask what you mean by “ANOTHER” target man? we dont have any at the moment lol

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  • JackButler

    May 15, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #38

    Lee Ryder ?@lee_ryder 47s
    #nufc sources and Rooney camp have now rejected talk of transfer bid. And distanced themselves from Sports Direct News.
    ———————————————————————-

    So the club, that’s owned by the Sports Direct owner has distanced themselves from the Sports Direct news story…………………….interesting 😀

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 15, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #39

    A business class ticket to smash the ball up to him early and feed off scraps while 8 or 9 players loiter round the edge of our own box waiting for the ball to come back. What style Pardew has…

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  • Markaccus

    May 15, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #40

    TorqToon // May 15, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    I hear we are signing Rooney???!!!!

    Not a bad signing I suppose! Will do as back up to shola!!
    HAHAHAHAHA class, mate!

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