I had breakfast this morning with my son Neil, and of course we talked about possible striker targets this summer for Newcastle, and Neil brought up Manchester City striker John Guidetti – who had done very well out on loan at Feyenoord the season before last – but he seemed to have disappeared last season, when he stayed at Manchester City.
John Guidetti - while on loan at Feyenoord
Newcastle were said to be interested in the striker last summer, and we were linked with him a number of times, but in the end we didn’t bring any strikers in, and that cost us last season – out squad was simply not big enough for Europe.
John was on loan in the 2011-2-012 season at Feyenoord, and he had a very good season scoring 20 goals and having 8 assist in his 23 appearances for the Dutch side.
And at the time the Feyenoord manager was Ronald Koeman, who had also managed Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Ajax, and Koeman said “Guidetti can be as good as Ibrahimovic in the future.”
Before the loan deal in Holland Guidetti had made his full debut for the Manchester City side, when he was in the starting line-up in the League Cup third round match against West Brom in September of 2010, but he has played very few times for City since then – in fact that’s his only first team competitive game for City.
In October last year, Guidetti signed a new 3 year deal with Manchester City, keeping him at the Etihad Stadium until 2015, but this lad may be a good signing for Newcastle, and there could even be the possibility of getting him on loan for next season.
Newcastle could then judge just how good he is in the Premier league – and at least he would be given a chance, which he doesn’t seem to be getting at City.
Last season the fee that he was supposed to be available for was around £7M, but that would be probably be lower this summer.
Guidetti has played for all the Swedish Youth sides, and made his full International debut last year in the friendly away to Croatia, coming on as a half time substitute in that game.
Not exactly sure what happened to this lad last year, and he may not be coming through like City had hoped, but maybe Newcastle could bring the lad in on loan next season?
What do you think?
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