This Belgium Winger Would Be A Great Buy For Newcastle

26 year-old PSV winger Dries Mertens has been in great form for PSV over the last two seasons, and if Newcastle want to bring in a goal-scoring winger, then he could be a terrific buy for the Magpies.

Dries Mertens

Dries Mertens – 26 year-old Belgium International

With some players potentially moving on this summer, maybe Gabby Obertan, Dan Gosling and perhaps Romain Amalfitano, Newcastle could do worse than bring in a winger of Merten’s abilities.

Since joining PSV from Utrecht in 2011, Dries has played 86 times for PSV Eindhoven with 45 goals, and he’s been in in terrific form.

Mertens has 18 caps for the now very strong Belgium National side, and he made his debut in the friendly match against Finland in February of 2011 in Gent.

The 5’7″ winger started his carer with the Andelrecht Youth Academy,  but in 2004 he moved onto AA Gent, without ever playing for the Anderlecht first team.

He had loan spells at Eendracht Aalst and AGOVV Apeldoorn, before joining AGOVV in 2007, and he then moved to Utrecht in 2009, where he stayed for a couple of years before finally moving to PSV two years ago, and while at Utrecht,  Dries played 86 times with 21 goals.

It’s not clear what his transfer fee would be at the moment, and when he moved to PSV from Utrecht, it was a double transfer with team-mate Kevin Strootman, for a combined total of €13M (£11.2M)

Newcastle are supposed to be tracking players in the Ditch and Belgium leagues,  so we have to hope this lad is being monitored by Newcastle, because we think he would be a great buy.

What do you think?

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44 comments so far

  • lesh

    Jun 6, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Go, go, go for him!

  • 89Norcal

    Jun 6, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Comment #2

    We had targeted him in January and I believe the summer. Would be a great pick up

  • RonVanDam

    Jun 6, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #3

    “Newcastle are supposed to be tracking players in the Ditch”

    Lol i know what types of players you find in the ditch

  • Geordie-Exile

    Jun 6, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Comment #4

    He’s a canny player and would be a wonderful addition to the first team squad.

  • Rankin

    Jun 6, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Seems a good player tho can never see it happening, we will be looking in the bargain bin

  • Falkland Geordie

    Jun 6, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    Comment #6


    Maybe he has his finger in the ditch

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 6, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    Comment #7

    ditch bitch

  • Sydney Toon

    Jun 6, 2013 at 3:58 AM

    Comment #8

    I am not sure if anybody has already posted this link, but do you perhaps think Ashley is awaiting the outcome of an apparent rift at Swansea…perhaps wait and see for Laudrup??

  • gonufc (not Arf' bad)

    Jun 6, 2013 at 4:43 AM

    Comment #9

    I’ve not seen much of him, all I remember him for is that cowardly little push on Gary Cahill in the England game which made him break his nose on Hart’s shoulder.

    Seemed a right d!ck in that game.

  • HullMag6

    Jun 6, 2013 at 5:42 AM

    Comment #10

    If only Sydney

    Mertens is definitely someone we should be signing

    A PSV treble swoop: mertens pieters toivanen?

  • nufc1984

    Jun 6, 2013 at 6:12 AM

    Comment #11

    Just been reading an article from Deloitte about increased prem revenue and it had this to say – Of that, some £1.4bn was in interest-free soft loans from owners (2011: £1.5bn), of which around 90% related to three clubs: Chelsea (£895m), Newcastle United (£267m) and Queens Park Rangers (£93m).

    Correct me if I’m wrong but hasn’t the official figure of these loans from Ashley been touted at nearer 100 mill?

  • cyprus

    Jun 6, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #12

    Unless Santon is turned into a winger, then we need to of those: Obertan is surely out and HBA seems to prefer a more central, no. 10 role, Jonas will also be moved into MF with time, so we are a PL team with no wingers. Even Stoke has those.

    No wingers means less width and being easily closed down. It means no speed merchants who can help/build counter attacks. It means a boring predictable team.

  • cyprus

    Jun 6, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #13

    “we need to of those”
    “we need TWO of those”

  • jdizzle

    Jun 6, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #14

    This guy is an a**hole. Isn’t he the guy who deliberately pushed Gary Cahill into Joe Hart consequently injuring the former?

  • JackButler

    Jun 6, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #15

    Merten’s is an exceptional player who would cost more than what our budget could stretch to, would truly love to see him come here but I’d be amazed if

    A. We could afford him
    B. He’d want to come here

  • Graeme

    Jun 6, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #16

    Pardew would have this guy playing at full back to improve his defensive ability and “All round” game!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 6, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #17

    I hope lessons have been learnt regarding transfers and we end up with some A list players who can fit straight into the first team, last summer was one long drag, I wouldn’t pin too much hope on the ITKs though as I remember Ando on Total sport two years in a row now saying Pieters then Debuchy were done deals only for Dirk Dastardly to screw it up at the last minute.Remy anyone !!!!

  • one Tony Green

    Jun 6, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #18

    Ed no chance of signing him.
    @ NUFC 1984 You will find all owners of clubs or businesses ( which NUFC is) who invest their OWN money into that business can show them as soft loans/directors loans this is to negate any tax liability and the loan needs to be paid back in full before any tax is paid. these loan can attract interest however if taken this can lead to tax due.
    Could be worse Man United owe 900,000,000 to the banks and interest are payment of 150,000,0000 a year are needed just to stand still. That is more than 50% higher than our total turnover.

  • alkinou

    Jun 6, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #19

    I’m Belgian and so I know a lot about him but I’d think he’s out of our league. He’s really talented but I don’t see him wanting to come here sadly

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 6, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #20

    Thats what I would have thought but , Mbwia and Sissoko joined us when we were in the sh1t last January, so although we can’t see it there must be something going right behind the scenes unless of course Cabaye’s on a recruitment bonus and just completely bull$hitted them which would be more Ashleys style.

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Jun 6, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #21

    Jail…Would that be a similar setup to something like Amway?

  • Toon73

    Jun 6, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #22

    I think there’s someone playing in the 3rd tier Albanian super league we haven’t been linked with yet.

    Ed, please do another fantasy piece on this player whose name escapes at this time.


  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 6, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #23

    Mashley has a 22% stake in Amway funnily enough !

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Jun 6, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #24

    Jail…Ha ha, that is unsurprisingly believable. Does he really?

    What sort of cut do you think Cabs is on for each player he recruits? Bet he’s hoping the new lads start placing some orders this summer, he’ll be will be thinking about retirement soon.

  • Harley

    Jun 6, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #25

    In the last 2 seasons we’ve added santon, cabaye, debuchy, mbiwa, cisse, sissokho and Ben arfa, all internationals before they came here.

    All you people claiming players won’t want to come here are jumping to conclusions. There’s obviously something about Newcastle that is appealing to the foreigners. And I’m proud of the fact!

  • jazzyp

    Jun 6, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #26

    morning guys will we be filled with hope and desire today,or will it be the same old despair as of late???.
    williamson £2 mill.
    amalfitano free.
    obertan £2 mill.
    gosling £2 mill.
    gutierrez £4 mill.
    tiote £10 mill.
    amoebi £1 mill total £21 mill.

    debuchy sakho colo mbiwa
    hba de jong cabaye mertans
    so easy when you play fifa lol.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jun 6, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #27

    No chance of signing Mertens.

    Pardew would ruin the guy within weeks.

    It is now so depressing supporting this club.

    Ashley just f### off and take your useless puppet with you.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jun 6, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #28

    Pretty much everytime I’ve seen Mertens play, he’s been class.

    Doubt he’ll love being a full time fullback once we go a goal up.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 6, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #29

    Not sure he’s got a stake in it but I know he started out selling it in Milton Keynes ripping off his friends until he had enough money to buy a box of sweat shop t shirts.

  • sparky55

    Jun 6, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #30

    Nice one Lauren!…sad but true!

  • John Tudor

    Jun 6, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #32

    smoke and mirrors guff i doubt if more than two come in unless a mass exodus of first teamers even then if there is still one or two,wait till jan in deep shit then try to sign some club ran into ground viable sale money into cashleys pockets nuff said for today

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 6, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #33

    John Tudor ,
    Why so cynical lessons have been learnt,haven’t they ?

  • John Tudor

    Jun 6, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #34

    agreed lessons learnt but will be ignored,andif he wont spend players will be unsettled .he knows if if he sell big stars and then the club he is on a win win situation for little outlay

  • John Tudor

    Jun 6, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #35

    i have the right to be cynical as those who have the right to be blind fools

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jun 6, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #36

    Sparky, as you can see also, the truth is indeed unfortunate with Pardew.

    Regardless of the lad’s goalscoring ability, or any prospective player, the restraints put on him would need him to score with a lot less chances than what could be created by, or for him, than he would usually be used to.

  • catchy in norway

    Jun 6, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #37

    bla bla bla,, another day, another 3 players linked,,

    roll on xmas,

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Jun 6, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #38

    Yeah Jail, people have the right to be cynical. We’re not all rays of sunshine like yourself 😉

    So guys, I get the general feeling is that Pardew will ruin any good players we buy. Can I ask why it is that people seem to not want these players now? Is it to protect their careers or something? Regardless of the manager, shouldn’t we want the best talent we can get for our team? Just seems an odd way to look at it.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jun 6, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #39


    The reality of our situation with Ashley and Pardew is hitting home.
    Ashley is a cheapskate and Pardew is useless.

    Coaching is poor throughout the club and we are going nowhere.

  • Sack Llambias

    Jun 6, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #40

    Interesting read the Deloitte’s review of
    football finance. Massive surge between
    2006-12 in player salaries in the premier.
    Arsenal are freeing up financial resources
    for transfers by cutting wage bill by £ 10
    million which Wenger describes as being
    Socialist and wasteful. We need to do the
    same in order to upgrade with 3 quality
    signings particularly an attacking winger/
    wideman and strong ST to hold the ball
    whilst we get more players into the box.
    Where is Llambias when we need him.
    Other clubs are making the right noises.
    Maybe Dekka is moving with stealth.


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