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.
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.
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