Newcastle Could Go After 6’4′ Brazilian Center-Back – He’s A Free Agent


Alan Pardew is again talking about improving Newcastle’s set plays – and in the season review he gave late last week, he was talking about getting a dominant big center-back in, who can score goals from corners, but Alan said almost exactly the same thing last summer.

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Douglas – available as a free agent

At that time we thought that was a hint that he would be going after FC Twente’s 6’4″ Brazilian center-back Douglas, but we didn’t, or we did and weren’t successful.

Douglas is available right now as a free agent, after seeing out the last year of his contract at the Dutch club, and there’s news that Liverpool are now interested in the player.

This is some of what he said last week to nufcTV:

“The big fall down has been the center backs scoring goals from set plays. We need to have more dominance in that area.” “It’s all well and good saying that the set play problem is down to tactics, delivery, whatever. Ultimately you need players of six-foot four inches to go and head it in, or at least make first contact.”

“We haven’t had that all year and it means all our wins have been one-goal wins, apart from Wigan and Southampton.” “We’re not the strongest attacking-wise from set pieces and that is an area that we need to look at.” It is not just center-backs who Pardew expects to be a threat in the final third either, with the boss believing that the likes of Mathieu Debuchy, Santon and Massadio Haidara can all play their part too.” “It’s not like we play with our two full-backs to stay at home,”

“They are encouraged to get forward and at times it has cost us in terms of goals conceded.” “They haven’t delivered the goals but I think Mathieu Debuchy, in particular, has got a goal in him and I would expect him to get two or three next year.”  “From left-back, Davide Santon played most of the season and will definitely contribute more. He’s grown as a man – you can tell. Then there’s Massadio and we have got better options from full-backs for scoring goals next year.”

That reference to 6’4″ players is a timely one – since we are supposed to be going after QPR’s Christopher Samba, but we already have Mike Williamson at the club, and he stands 6’4″ tall, but he is yet to score a goal for the Magpies in the three and a half years he’s been on Tyneside.

Chris Samba has Premier League experience, but would cost a massive £12M from QPR, and Douglas is available as a free agent this summer – who do you think would be the better buy?

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295 comments so far

  • Rainrix

    May 29, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #1

    Oh dear, set yourself up for some bashing there pards.

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  • G

    May 29, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #2

    Switches off for a good 10 minutes a game like. Reminds me of Titus Bramble, without the ‘suprise love’ allegations.

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  • corkypants85

    May 29, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #3

    because he has already signed for someone!!!!

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  • Spoof

    May 29, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #4

    I thought Douglas had signed for one of those Russian clubs, Kuban Krasnodar I think it was

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  • G

    May 29, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #5

    I thought the Russian deal was still negotiating. Has he actually signed then?

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  • dmac

    May 29, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Pretty sure Douglas has gone to a team in Russia.

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  • Spoof

    May 29, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Yep, I’ve just checked, and he has signed for Kuban, you’ve dropped a b—-ck with this was Ed, never mind, can can make our own list, Sakho or Simon Kjaer would be my choice

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  • corkypants85

    May 29, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #8

    i think so G Its no big loss to.us hes a bit of a donkey and a lot of a knob as a character

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  • G

    May 29, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #9

    +1 for Sakho, who hasn’t had a great season, but then again he hasn’t had regular football. Ticks all the boxes, and PSG seem keen to do business, even though publically they say they want to keep the player.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 29, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Pardew talks a good attacking game of football but the reality is that we spend most of our time defending and hoofing it aimlessly to a lonely tired old Cisse.

    The human brain is supposed to be able to suppress or rewrite bad memories, perhaps Pardew’s seeing a different version of reality than the rest of us?

    There has to be some explanation why he thinks we’re playing on the front foot with wingers and fullbacks flying upfield with complete abandon.
    While in reality we can’t pass it out of midfield and just give the ball away all the time.

    Sack him, put the fool out of his misery.

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  • corkypants85

    May 29, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #11

    agree spoof sakho,kjaer,mirin,n’koulou any of them id be happy

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  • Spoof

    May 29, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #12

    Hatem m8, don’t you feel its time to move on from the Pardew bashing, he is staying end of, and there’s nothing you or I or any amount of moaning can do to change that.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    May 29, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #13

    more rumors, so i guess where not getting him then?

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    May 29, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #14

    same old, same old,

    NEXT! season prediction for Newcastle

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  • Spoof

    May 29, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #15

    Corky
    Sakho would be high on most peoples list, the only doubt for me is his temperament, he can be difficult to manage, allegedly, but the same was said about Ben Arfa and regardless of your views on Pardew, it does appear as if he has managed Benny’s temperament quite well, so there’s no reason to suggest that he could not do the same with Sakho, but Kjaer does not have these type of issues and he is a really good CB, I would be delighted to get him

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  • gfp13

    May 29, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #16

    I seen somewhere that tiote was going to atletico and that marseille are wanting 15mil for n’koulou. Can only see n’koulou being signed if someone goes out, not saying we would get 15mil for tiote but maybe 10. N’koulou can play dm too I think so if tiote goes and is replaced by him… Either Anita is getting a starting role, sissoko being dropped deeper or n’koulou is being signed to play dm… Not claiming to be in the know or anything just stating what I’ve read somewhere

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 29, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #17

    Spoof

    Nope still in a very anti-puppet mood, can’t see it subsiding for sometime, I really grew to dislike him over the season. Creepy used-car salesman. He will say anything to deflect the blame. A brave desperate political move pointing the finger at Ashley may have saved him.

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  • G

    May 29, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #18

    Anybody else notice how recently in Europe there seems to be a glut of East-European Centre Halves who appear to be bloody good value for money? I do hope some of Mr Carr’s team are doing the rounds in Serbia, Montenegro etc. I haven’t seen enough East Euro football played this season to name names, but that looks like a market we should at least examine more closely.

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  • Spoof

    May 29, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Black and White
    with all due respect, at this time of year if all we dealt with was facts then there would be very little to report, the transfer window doesn’t officially open until 1st July, so speculation is about all we have.

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  • Newcastle Brown Alien

    May 29, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #20

    I’m 6 foot 10, sign me up?

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  • fatash

    May 29, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #21

    We can not get rid of him now after all he is a master tactition who plays his own unique brand of attacking football from within our penalty area.
    We could put him in the ball locker and he could manage the balls while someone else looks after the team.
    If the the french players are having language difficulties, do they understand his tactics? if so how?

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    May 29, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #22

    Spoof

    i know mate but teams can go for players before the transfer window opens, same goes for free agents not in our league so we could say why didn’t we sign Douglas in December?

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 29, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #23

    Ben Arfa stats for the Toon:

    56 appearences. 11 goals. 10 assists.

    As much as he is exciting to watch when he gets on the park.

    This over the course of 3 seasons or 2.5 seasons makes for very grim reading.

    Those stats include cup games aswell, terrible really.

    Do we take a risk and keep him and hope he can stay fit and consistent? Or cash in and look for a younger model.

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  • one Tony Green

    May 29, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #24

    Toon Prodigy I would cash in and get someone more consistent.

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  • Spoof

    May 29, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #25

    Hatem
    this thread has over 20 posts attached to it, mostly about CB’s, so it does appear to be subsiding a touch, I’m not saying that no body should ever critisize him or express their views about him, whether they are good or bad, but there is more than just him, for an example, which CB would you like to see us sign.
    Please don’t say your not bothered because Pardew would hoof-ball any ability out of him, cos that would do my head in lol.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 29, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #26

    What are we waiting for… seriously!!??

    GET Douglas IN NOW ASAP!

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    May 29, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #27

    Toon-Prodigy

    i would keep him simply because his stats is better than all our players even though as you said he’s made 56 apps in 2.5- 3 years

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  • one Tony Green

    May 29, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #28

    We always over hype our players. Poor Adam Campbell will suffer from some fans ridiculous expectations of him being some sought of Geordie Messiah he is average at best. Brad Inman scored more goals than him last season and he was at Crewe from January can back in April and scored 3 in 3 games

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  • Spoof

    May 29, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #29

    Black and White
    of course they can do that, and hopefully they are, but we have something like 90 days between the end of one season to the start of the other, and I don’t think we can expect factual reports everyday, I just feel we should be a bit more patient with what Ed rights during the close season, because there isn’t really that much for him, then again it could just be me who is far too soft !

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    May 29, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #30

    how many players so far has a stat record of more than 10 goals and 10 assist?

    makes you think doesn’t it.

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  • one Tony Green

    May 29, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #31

    JP he has already signed for a RUssian club mate. Ed has made a mistake thinking he was available.

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  • Agent Stardust

    May 29, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #32

    I would rather have AC any day over any other player we are linked with. 100%.

    Liverpool want £15m for good reason. He is worth that much easily. But his value to us is much greater. He will give all when here and should be here for life not like the others.

    Ben Arfa is great to watch but there really are so many flaws in his game that people seem to overlook because of the excitement he creates. I also get excited when he plays.

    But if you want real excitement get AC back here asap and get shot of cisse. As much as I like cisse he isn’t the answer.

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  • one Tony Green

    May 29, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #33

    Agree Stardust

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 29, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #34

    Agent stardust

    are u the same person from NUFC blog

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 29, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #35

    Toon
    I asked the same question this morning. I would take anything over £10million.

    Reasoning
    1) I think he is injury prone.
    2) A very talented footballer but needs to know when to pass and when to run wit the ball

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    May 29, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #36

    Agent Stardust

    here’s a question for you who would you have

    AC- 15 million, injury prone, slow.
    PEA- 12-15 million, knows how to score and assist, immense pace.

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 29, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #37

    half our players have gone backwards because they are played properly Includes Cisse

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 29, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #38

    Suppose it depends on how much would be available to pump back into the squad.

    If we got 20 mil we could get two quality wingers for that I reckon and double those stats which Benny has brought in 3 seasons. So long as they stayed fit of course.

    I agree with Pards on the height of the squad aswell. It’s a small squad. We have very little aerial threat without Tayls and Carroll. These two for aslong back as I can remember only ever grabbed us goals from set pieces at any consistent rate. Tayls is always injured and Carroll took off for the wonga.

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  • Agent Stardust

    May 29, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #39

    IM

    Now. That is a clown who has impersonated me and is writing stupid biased articles that are not balanced at all.

    My views are balanced. Although I am saying Ben Arfa and Cisse are flawed, I still love them. And I go to every game.

    I know we need Carroll back here. We can get other great strikers but we won’t get the value that AC would bring.

    Also the Stardust on NUFC Blog never ever goes to a match. Ask him how many he has been to in the last 10 years. I think it is 1.

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  • corkypants85

    May 29, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #40

    spoof i said douglas had a bad attitude not sakho

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