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Magpie Target Keen On Newcastle Move

8:17 am, Sunday, January 5th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

It seems that Everton defender Johnny Heitinga is keen to join Newcastle United, after he has just turned down a move that had been worked out between his club Everton and West Ham United, who are second bottom of the Premier League, and only Sunderland are below them.

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Johnny Heitinga - Newcastle target?
This story has been persistent over the last few days, so we have to believe there is some truth in it, and the 87 times capped Dutch International will be available for a pittance, since his contract at Everton has only six months to run, and he seems he has  no future at Everton under new manager Roberto Martinez.

Heitinga can play in multiple positions including center-back, right back and in defensive midfield, so we suppose he could be a decent squad player for Newcastle, and he has huge experience in the Premier League.

But Newcastle have more defenders than we’ve had for a long time with Steven Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara and Paul Dummett all fighting to get into the starting back four of Debuchy, Coloccini, Williamson and Santon.

It’s true that Fab Coloccini is out for at least four weeks, but it would still be a little strange if Heitinga joins Newcastle this month.

This news is in the Daily Star today and it’s called an exclusive.

What do you think?

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Blofal // Jan 5, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    A couple of clubs have also enquired about Gutierrez. Sell!

    I’m still so gutted btw. This club makes me bipolar.

  • 2 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 5, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Remember…I think you played football yourself way before modern football was introduced ;)

    It is one of the seven sins of modern football to double up on a player defensively. That means the fullback takes care of his own – there will be no babysitting because it creates so many other problems.

    Neither should the fullback ever move inside to mark a player to free up a center back.

    On of the most important aspects of modern football is forward thinking fullbacks – these are the ones who are doing the crosses and the make sure you have more players in and around the box and at the same time crowd the midfield.

    What you are describing is just another British 4-4-2. It has is moments as well, but it demands alot of stamina and certain players who are hard to by these days. Plus it is very weak against technical teams who move the ball around and press high. Way to much negative running!

  • 3 TorqToon // Jan 5, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Is Heitinga better than Taylor?

    I would say yes. Taylor can be a liability and if the price is low enough, Johnny Heitinga could be a decent signing.

    Wasn’t too long ago he was being touted as a future star.

  • 4 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 5, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    But moving from Everton’s bench to our bench is rather pointless ;)

    …I think we need a young gun at the back; someone to call upon and someone who will get games but not demand it. Neither Colo nor Willo are young anymore.

  • 5 ERER // Jan 5, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    This would be the worst signing the club has seen since Ashley took over.

    What a lack of ambition.

  • 6 Ben3arfa // Jan 5, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    ERER

    Remember Ignacio Gonzalez and Xisco?

  • 7 sparky55 // Jan 5, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Heitinga better than anyone we’ve got across the back four with the possible exception of Debuchy.

    The good thing about him is he’s consistently good…unlike anyone else we’ve got and he hasn’t got two mistakes a game in his locker like everyone else has.

    Don’t care if he costs 40k a week…he’ll be a good signing

  • 8 GeordieoftheSouth // Jan 5, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    This story has already been rubbished by toon, Pardew says they are not buying a centre back…which is right as we have other positions we need to strengthen.

  • 9 Jeff from Benwell // Jan 5, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Scuttlebutt has it that the squad got a huge bollocking for partying too hard over the holidays.
    Jonas Guttierrez and Steven Taylor in particular went over the top.
    I thought when watching us against West Brom that the jaded appearance of the team was down to more than physical exertion.

  • 10 ed777 // Jan 5, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    I think heitinga would be a decent signing due to his available positioning, only not sure of his quality at this moment in time (tht many dutch caps sort of proves this as a positive move, but form/being benched for so long later in careers can have a considerable negative impact…literally no idea if this is th case though…).

    To my mind we need another properly defensive minded midfielder for when cheick is inevitably suspended, and gael’s still a bit young, so cover for tht postition over th next few years would be decent enough (anita/sissoko as the leg work midfielder; cabaye/ben arfa as th creative central one [as pardew tends to play] as 4-3-3/4-5-1 is when we play best in my opinion [ps should use ben arfa as a winger and get tom ince/remy cabella in as cabayes' apprentice..if only..] ).

    Plus, without debuchy we tend to shift santon about and bring in another left back, almost doubling the effect of the right full back’s absence, so cover for this position would be decent enough too.

    Colo being injured or maybe leaving soon/taylor needing to grow up a bit/yanga finding his feet/still not sure about williamson (even though i probably should be), again says not just a centre half, but a centre half with other position experience, seems a decent enough shout.

    I think this’l happen and may well be a step in the right direction.




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