Defensive Target Getting Closer To Newcastle Move


There’s some good news in the local papers today that our top defensive target, 25 year-old FC Twente center-back Douglas, is asking for assurances about first-team football at Newcastle.

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Douglas – asking about starting place at Newcastle

The Shields Gazette is reporting that Douglas is understood to be interested in a move to St James’s Park, according to their sources in Holland.

Douglas is keen to get in the Holland squad for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil, and after playing regularly at FC Twente for six years, he wants to continue to play first team football at his next club.

But if Fabricio Coloccini stays on Tyneside, Newcastle will have the Argentine and Steven Taylor, and they were first choice last season when they were fit, although both players spent months on the sidelines in our very disappointing Premier League season.

Douglas will know that Coloccini was in the Premier League team of the season a year ago, and that Steven Taylor is pushing for an England place for next summer’s World Cup.

So the 6’4″ defender will face some competition for a first team place at center-back – and then there’s French International Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa who showed he’s a great prospect for the future.

In these cases Newcastle of course cannot promise anything, and if Douglas is not playing well he will not get in the first team, but Steven Taylor has also become injury prove and has missed lots of games for Newcastle since January of 2010 – in fact he’s only played only 62 games in that period.

When Newcastle tried to sign England winger David Bentley on loan in January of 2011, the Tottenham player wanted a guarantee built into his contract to play in the starting eleven when he was fit – so Newcastle told him where to go – and it wasn’t to St. James’ Park.

You really cannot guarantee any player first team football, and that’s something Jose Mourinho has recently made clear, as he takes up the reigns at Chelsea again.

And last season, even the Real Madrid and Spain legend and captain – goalkeeper Iker Casillas  (145 caps for Spain) – couldn’t get his game at Madrid, after making 654 appearances for the famous Madrid side since making his debt in 1998, when he was just 17.

It does seem that Newcastle are leading the pack for Douglas – so we hope we can sign him.

What do you think?

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33 comments so far

  • JAMSHA

    Jun 14, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #1

    HOPE… WE WILL KNOW ON WED

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  • Belfast

    Jun 14, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #2

    Don’t think he’s gonna be getting much first team football with us like. He’s going to be Willamsons replacement.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 14, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Douglas will NOT be coming to NUFC.

    Belfast – keep up mate, if I denounce Can’t Control he will be on the books by sunday night. 🙂

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  • rainrix

    Jun 14, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Pretty sure we gave 1st team assurances to anita as well 🙂

    So if he is brought for the 1st team and colo stays than presumably he’ll partner colo with mbiwa at LB. Sounds good in theory and means we can push santon forward. Though no doubt pards wont want to drop taylor and he’ll be playing just behind cisse 😉

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 14, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Tsunki

    If he is 12 i will modify my tone 😀
    However, at that age he should not be accusing everyone of being racist when they are clearly not. It is not the first time and he should learn from his mistakes.

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  • jeff

    Jun 14, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #6

    Bent is probly better then douglas

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 14, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #7

    Markaccus – kids, eh? Hang on, does that make me an ageist?

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  • tequilamag

    Jun 14, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #8

    I think we all know there is only one player who is good enough to be garunteed a first team starting spot. Shola

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 14, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #9

    Jeff………. Never mind.

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 14, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #10

    Tsunki. Yes it does.

    Be gone you vile biggot 😀

    On douglas… i am lost, i thought he was brazillian, but he wants dutch world cup squad???

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  • Graeme

    Jun 14, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #11

    Rainrix @ 4 – I thought Saylor would be in Goal – we need Krull’s height up front to help out Cisse.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 14, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #12

    IF Pardew can BS Cabs, Anita, Benny and Marveaux into thinking they would be signing for a ”footballing” team, surely he can pull a blind on Douglas and make him think he would be starting.

    He should be really as Colo is away with the fairies and Saylor is mostly injured and very error prone. Douglas and M’Biwa could be a very fast and powerful combo.

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  • John Tudor

    Jun 14, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #13

    naturlized

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 14, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #14

    Jeff

    Bent = forward (and a mercenery and also confirmed as not coming last night because of wage demands or so i jeard)

    Douglas = defender

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 14, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #15

    *heard

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 14, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #16

    douglas has dual nationality I believe as he is now a naturalised dutch man after living there for more than 5 years

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 14, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #17

    Ah, i see. Thanks, John

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 14, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #18

    And rotonda

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  • rainrix

    Jun 14, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #19

    Graeme… Bugger forgot about him. This is why I’m talking on a forum and pardews in charge of Newcastle. The mans a genius, and well spotted btw you’re truly cut from the same cloth as pardew 😉

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 14, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #20

    I’s drop Saylor in a heartbeat for anyone of Douglas, Sakho, Mirin but not now Okore sadly.

    You know Jonas, Saylor and Tiote will be starters no matter what

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  • 09nufc09

    Jun 14, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #21

    Hopefully we sign him and then play mbiwa at left back, steven taylor is a poor defender and has no chance of getting into a world cup squad. Hes too stupid to be a good defender, he would rather stick his arm into the back of a strickers head than win a ball in the air and loves to play handball in the box.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 14, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #22

    Markaccus @14 – thanks for doing that I couldn’t be chuffed. 🙂

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  • TALKOFTHETOON

    Jun 14, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #23

    Jeff do you actually watch any football? Some of your comments are bizzare!

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  • toon kk

    Jun 14, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #24

    How much pace does Douglas have? Because we lack pace and need it badly.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 14, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #25

    Ed

    You are 100% right no one should be guaranteed a start
    and that’s just another facet of where Pardew fails on so many levels re- my previous on Jonas, Tiote and Saylor.

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 14, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #26

    Tsunki, yeah no problem mate. Someone had to say it

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 14, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #27

    Jonas and saylor (and maybe tiote) are now the three ‘closed shop players’ on the bench. The other 3 out feild subs should be more positive and attacking. Jonas tiote and saylor should not start, but should be used to close down a difficult game in the last 15 mins or so. If we are losing we bring on the 3 attacking players instead.

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  • Barras

    Jun 14, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #28

    Is it a coincidence that Steven Taylor has committed his future to Newcastle United in today’s Chronicle? I think not.

    Two players which I think we would not struggle to replace have committed their future to Newcastle United – Tiote and Taylor.

    At this moment in time I can’t help but think I would play Douglas before Taylor. As for Tiote, it is difficult. I am uncertain.

    Nevertheless, they have the ability to be outstanding next year, they both have something to prove now, as the fans are starting to get fed up with their poor performances.

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  • Rozzy

    Jun 14, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #29

    He will only be playing first team if Colo leaves as Yanga-Mbiwa is a better defender and if Colo does leave i think a second defender needs to be brought in. I think if he does go we should move for Sakho to pair up with Mbiwa at the back and have Taylor and Douglas as backup.

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  • low fell mag

    Jun 14, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #30

    Pleas have faith in Tiote ,he will come good gain.

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  • Paul Collins

    Jun 14, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #31

    With the amount of injuries we always get it won’t take him to long to get a run in the team, plus we all know you’ll never get a full playing season out of Steven Taylor!
    Get the lad signed up.

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 14, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #32

    you guys worry too much asurity’s are only 5-10 games and he’s bound to get them esp in our defence.

    top player if he sign we are a step up in class from last years shambles of a defence with collo injured/mbiwa getting used to prem life and taylor/williamson only turning up for the odd game.

    more importantly i want bony or/and ideye pls

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  • TheWellGeordie

    Jun 14, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #33

    It depends on how much he wants it. We have 3 good CB’s at the club (Taylor, Colo, MYM) – One of which is old, one is injury prone and the other hasn’t been here long enough to secure his shirt. One less than impressive one, who in all likelihood will be leaving this window (Williamson), one who is more suited as a holding midfielder or full-back (Perch) and a few youngsters who are 2-3 seasons away from regular first team football.

    The way I see it, he has some healthy competition for starting places if he joins the Newcastle. We know Taylor will probably be injured at some point and Colo isn’t getting any younger. If he plays his backside off every game – There is no reason he can’t be a regular starter for the club. Say what you like about Pardew, he rewards players who give it their all.

    I hope we do sign him, he seems a right talent and lord knows we need to shape up at the back.

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