This Young Porto Defender Would Be Great Signing For Newcastle


Eliaquim Mangala is a 22 year-old central defender who plays for Porto and he has played 23 times for the France U21 side, and once for the full French national side.

Eliaquim Mangala

Eliaquim Mangala – 22 year-old 6’2″ French center-back

Here’s another in our series of picking out some top youngsters in Europe, who could be decent buys for Newcastle.

Eliaquim joined Belgium club Namur in 2004 at the age of nine, and he then joined Standard Liege in 2007 at the age of 16 and in October of 2008, he signed his first professional contract agreeing to a five-year deal with the Belgium club.

Mangala made his professional debut as a substitute in November of 2008 , coming on in the 89th minute in the 3–1 victory over Germinal Beerschot, when he was just 17 at the time.

Eliaquim went on to play 100 times with four goals for Standard Liege, before he was signed by Portuguese Champions Porto in August two years ago.

He’s so far played 53 times with 8 goals for Porto, and the 6’2″ player looks like an excellent defender in the making, and he can play at center-back or left back – similar to Sebastien Bassong.

As we said before, he’s played a massive 23 times for the France U21 side and was so impressive playing for Porto last season, that he finally made his full France debut this year in the 1-0 loss to Uruguay in Montevideo in early June.

We have no idea if Graham Carr has been watching this lad, but he looks like a very good young defender – and exactly the type of young center-back with great potential that Newcastle are looking for.

What do you think?

Here’s some video of the youngster, and he can also score some fancy goals.

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144 comments so far

  • the truth will out

    Jul 1, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #1

    can he defend though?

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  • lesh

    Jul 1, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Joe!. Just get the ball rolling and announce a good signing. Quickish!

    Lots of love

    Mike (the Mike that pays your wages.. And can issue your P45 – geddir?)

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  • criticalsteve73

    Jul 1, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Champs lge club to crisis club I very much doubt it

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  • lesh

    Jul 1, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Joe.

    Hope you’re not wasting my tine here!

    Mike Ashley.

    PS. Payroll dept might be in touch soon. Geddit?

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  • jarnytoon

    Jul 1, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #5

    I know it’s only Day 1 of the official transfer window but i’m getting so hacked off with everyone being linked to someone or another or teams actually signing players offically…..NUFC PULL YOUR F**KING FINGER OUT!!

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  • rainrix

    Jul 1, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #6

    He sounds good but will he blend?

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  • geordiefromthemidlands

    Jul 1, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #7

    Ppl saying perch to Wigan is pards being over ruled

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  • Joe Blog

    Jul 1, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #8

    Some of you need therapy, lots of therapy. Jarny *cough cough*.

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  • lesh

    Jul 1, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Dear Mr Kinnear.

    No report or recommendations yet. Oh, and since we’re on the subject, can I have a detailed time sheet for the last couple of weeks? Smartish!!

    Mike Ashley (Owner)

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  • the truth will out

    Jul 1, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #10

    David Moyes Told Smash The Transfer Record And Buy Bale!
    nufc to carry on in the bargin bin section of lidl

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  • spitfire_

    Jul 1, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #11

    Jeez… enough with titles “Would Be Great Signing For Newcastle”… every single day there is at least one.

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  • gonz

    Jul 1, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #12

    Glad to hear Mehdi Abeid is back in Newcastle for preseason. I hope we don’t get rid of this kid because I still think he’s got talent. Just needs games under his belt and more experience which he got at the start of this year. Truly hope he hasn’t been given his marching orders.

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  • lesh

    Jul 1, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #13

    Joe.

    Don’t think you’re under any pressure to deliver, but Derek’s not around to carry the can for failure.

    If you want to discuss and bring me up to speed with any difficulties you may be experiencing, please feel free to get in touch.

    Mike A

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  • L.ARAVIND

    Jul 1, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #14

    ed this is so sickening. i know that you are writing these posts to aspire newcastle or their fans.but all those players you mention could be a potential target are completely neglected by newcastle board….they dont seem to be concerned and i wouldn’t be surprised even if we get relegated next season…u put world class players as our potential target and atlast nufc doesn’t even bid for those players…..it toooooo sickening……..

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  • lesh

    Jul 1, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #15

    Joe.

    In case you didn’t know, I had to intervene to bring Januarys signings in. Comprende?

    MA

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  • cyprus

    Jul 1, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Lesh,
    How’d you get those emails? Through that CIA dude? Anyway, keep them coming. JK must be stressing out…

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  • lesh

    Jul 1, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #17

    Haven’t heard from you yet Joe. Where TFRU?

    Mike

    Ps. No pressure,

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Jul 1, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Another Name to add to our Endless, Endless Target List !

    The Window is Open, Let the Circus Begin !

    Which one of the Rest of the Prem Clubs are gonna Snap this one up, i Wonder ?

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  • lesh

    Jul 1, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #19

    cyprus… ITK, can’t say – hope you understand

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  • the truth will out

    Jul 1, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #20

    he has been seen by hull mag having tea and crumpets with steve bruce

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  • jarnytoon

    Jul 1, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #21

    Joe Blog I think every NUFC fan needs therapy for 1 reason or another because the way the club is being run at the minute I think we all need it!

    Not belittling other clubs but if we’re losing out on targets to teams like Swansea (Bony) & Norwich (Van Wolfswinkel ) you’v got to ask yourself what the hell the scouting team are doing?!

    Also, I don’t want the club to be bent over for transfer fees being presented to them but we need to spend some dollar & in some cases not much would be needed.

    I know PEA will be pricey but we could get Redmond & Ince for £10 million combined if you believe reports…..there only cherubs for gods sake, the resale value would be immense.

    With our luck & that r*tard as Director I can’t wait to see who our ‘Prime’ targets are

    *rant over*, sorry peeps!

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  • Goodfella

    Jul 1, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #22

    Looks like Dortmund are making moves for PEA sending a representative over to sort the deal according to French press, and what are we doing nowt!

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  • L.ARAVIND

    Jul 1, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #23

    only true fans answer this,,,
    1. Do you see newcastle to spend more than 15 million pound this transfer window?
    2. will we win any trophies?
    3. how many of you are gonna leave this club and seek elsewhere when the season starts?

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  • the truth will out

    Jul 1, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #24

    no
    no
    yes maybe

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  • L.ARAVIND

    Jul 1, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #25

    these are the toughest years in newcastle united football as well as in my life..neither i could find a solution to my miseries nor newcastle….wtf has happened after our 5th finish triumph,,its been a tough tough road to travel.Any moment i can get kicked in my ass.

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  • Goodfella

    Jul 1, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #26

    No
    No
    No

    There’s no limit no no no no no no there’s no limit 🙂 sorry

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  • djm...

    Jul 1, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #27

    I would love to spend more than 15mill.
    No.
    You ask for only true fans to answer these questions then ask who will be looking elsewhere. If you are a true fan you can’t live without Nufc, it’s like a drug.

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  • the truth will out

    Jul 1, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #28

    cracking tune

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  • the truth will out

    Jul 1, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #29

    sang to the words of kinnear

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  • L.ARAVIND

    Jul 1, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #30

    i should have mentioned “THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN A TRUE FAN OF TOON”.

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  • cyprus

    Jul 1, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #31

    Read article in telegraph, ‘why did Ashley buy NUFC’?

    Can’t help but feel sorry for the guy and us both… a fairy tale gone bad, like the song says.

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  • geordiesteve520

    Jul 1, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #32

    Sorry, to me this article is like saying Messi would be a great signing, has been linked to Chelsea and Barce already and Porto have said he will not leave for less than his release clause (rumoured to be £35m), silly article imo. I normally defend Ed to the hilt but this has no weight nor is in any way, shape of from sensible.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Jul 1, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #34

    i think joe would gladly tell us who we are after but hes prob been told to shut it cos of the uproar caused by the moaning ten percenters

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  • geordiefromthemidlands

    Jul 1, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #35

    http://www.whoscored.com/Players/5823/Show/Matthew-Taylor
    Likes to cross and is decent. Good at Set pieces. Raylor replacement

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  • the truth will out

    Jul 1, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #36

    no no and fffin no

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  • geordiefromthemidlands

    Jul 1, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #38

    Still don’t want him

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  • Sazzer

    Jul 1, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #39

    Non starter this post. Maybe few years when hype is gone and his contract coming to an end.

    Perch to Wigan rumour has it

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  • Ginger

    Jul 1, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #40

    1. Do you see Newcastle to spend more than 15 million pound this transfer window?

    Unfortunately I do not. There is a slight feeling in my stomach that we’ll spend big this summer, but I know that’s more then likely not going to happen.

    2. will we win any trophies?

    Yes. Call me optimistic but I think we will win the Capital One Cup this season.

    3. how many of you are gonna leave this club and seek
    elsewhere when the season starts?

    Where else is there to go? I’m a Geordie, if Pardew started himself up front I’d still support the club. As someone else said it’s like a drug.

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