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Newcastle After England International Center-Back

5:22 pm, Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 22 Comments

News today that Newcastle United could make a move for 6’3″ center-back Steven Caulker – if his club Cardiff City are relegated at the end of the season.

Steven Caulker _swansea

Steven Caulker 22 year-old England center-back

Steven is still only 22 but he has been capped once already for England, and he also scored on his debut against Sweden in November.

He was replaced with England winning 2-1 at Wembley – but of course we were beaten by an amazing goal-scoring display by PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored four goals and it ended up England 2 Ibrahimovic 4 – we lost.

Cardiff are struggling mightily against relegation,  and at the moment the south Wales club are 2nd bottom two points from safety – with Norwich in 4th bottom spot right now.

Cardiff are at Newcastle a week on Saturday, but whether we can beat them is a good question, after they beat us 2-1 in the FA Cup third round game in January.

And of course Newcastle are finding it hard to beat any team at the moment, and we even lost to Swansea last weekend, and there’s big pressure on manager Pardew to get some results in the last three games of the season.

Caulker is a good player, and he is dangerous from corners and free kicks – something we don’t have at Newcastle these days with the four center-backs we currently have.

Caulker is ambitious, and he’s not by any means the finished product, yet he has already played 167 first team games and scored 9 goals, and five of those this season.

He was born in Fulham and  started his career at Tottenham Hotspur, and he made his debut as an 18 year-old in the 4-1 home defeat by Arsenal in the Carling Cup in September of 2010.

He has been on loan at Yeovil Town (44 appearances), Bristol City (29 appearances, 2 goals) and Swansea City (26 appearances) and in July of 2013 he joined the newly promoted Cardiff City.

The fee was said to be in excess of £8M, and we suppose he would cost more than that these days – after a full season at Cardiff where he’s made 36 appearances with 5 goals.

Caulker is English too – so he seems to be an excellent target – but we’re not sure we can get him in the summer.

Maybe if we can beat Cardiff in our next home game,  that would mean they wouldn’t survive in the Premier League and they would need to sell Caulker?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target



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22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 cyprus // Apr 22, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Toonking,
    Sorry to jump in. Do we have a weaker squad than in the past? Isn’t this crop better than your Smiths, Butts, Geremis and Brambles? Do you hope this manager can take us further? Should he not take the blame for the quality of the football? Are Newcastle fans expecting too much when all they really want is competitive football and giving it a right go with the big guys a la Everton, Southampton, even Swansea?

  • 2 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 22, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Would be a cracking signing but not a million years would the fat controller pay the fee for the lad

  • 3 ebm // Apr 22, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    He is terrible on the ball. Have watched Cardiff a lot this season. Decent defensively. I hope we will find better options. On the previous article, Rhodes would be a fantastic signing, performing well in a poor Blackburn side.

  • 4 Spoof // Apr 22, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    whether Cardiff go down or not would make no difference as surely Caulker himself could do better than us, Hull will be in Europe next season and will need a bigger squad, he would be better off going there rather than join the shambles up here.

  • 5 toon kk // Apr 22, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Any new signings will be french. Mash likes to keep the cost down. Wages will be a major factor for any new signing.
    I’m used to disappointment with MA its all part of being a Newcastle fan.

  • 6 Bambams // Apr 22, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Will he be free….
    Will he take less than £30k a week…..
    Happy to not play in Europe…..

    No chance he will come to us. Hull/Southampton/Everton/Stoke would all have better chance than us.

    imo

  • 7 Bambams // Apr 22, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Toon kk
    Spot on !

  • 8 toonking // Apr 22, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    cyprus
    the squad which contained butt smith geremis and brambles that was what you call a relegation squad and was the one which got us relegated.
    the premier league as a whole has got 2 mini leagues.
    the first league is a top 6-7 team league which are teams who spent lots of money. 2 of them teams have got mega rich owners who bought the league they won and those are city and chelsea then their is the 2 who are the most well known of all those of course are liverpool and united, then you have 2 teams who have been on the decine in recent years because of their constant selling of quality and not much activity in windows and what that has did is all a team who has for years been making progress up towards the top and have got themselves the chance of europe like newcastle had 3 seasons ago, the full extent of everton is next season.

    the second league is of course the rest of the premier league and the aim of these teams is to finish as high as 8th and avoid relegation, the teams who finish in the upper half are stoke newcastle and southampton the rest all battle it out for relegation.

    what this squad is not but is it’s not a top6 team because top 6 teams have got either lots of forwards that are quality or in cases like everton and chelsea they have got the passionate locals like terry lampard and baines who are always determined to get their team going.

    bobby robson went on a run of 5 wins of a possible 16 and he a great manager. the team he had was a much better one than this team yet we were not consist top4 like chelsea arsenal united (until this season) and liverpool (after this season)

  • 9 Rotonda heights // Apr 22, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Tads

    I don’t think Bruce is the worst by any means but I just wish people wouldn’t view him with black and white specs as he is ok and competent, but not amazing by any stretch.

    Laudrup obviously would bring a euro element with him and modern tactics and from the short time I saw him at Swansea I enjoyed the football they played.

    Look how they destroyed us even with their strikers both out and having played 3 games in 6 days. I know that’s only one match in isolation.

    Laudrup may not be my absolute top choice but I’m not sure how he is rated by some to be so much lower than Bruce and Moyes!

  • 10 stuart no9 // Apr 22, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Steve caulker eh , bet he’s brimming with excitement at the prospect of that . All these players coming here is a waste of a topic Ed.

  • 11 toon kk // Apr 22, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    One of the most important things that needs addressing at our club is our fitness levels.
    We seemed a fitter squad when we were in the championship.
    We seem to run out of steam after about 60mins.

  • 12 Toon Tang // Apr 22, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Just remember lads, we cant compete financially…

  • 13 toon kk // Apr 22, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Toon Tang
    we can’t compete on the pitch either.

  • 14 Toon Tang // Apr 22, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    kk – true, true

    Anyone else think ManU should take a punt on Pards and relieve us?

  • 15 noladonna // Apr 22, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    AVB is the one I’d go for, definitely don’t want moyes if take laudrup as a second choice

  • 16 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 22, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Rotonda
    Laudrup didn’t install a style of play, it was already there and had been for years thanks to Martinez and Rodgers

    Look at his record, he’s a journeyman who ups sticks the second the going gets tough
    Say what you like about other managers at least there in it for the long run not just a tick over until the next big pay check, that’s why i don’t rate the lad

  • 17 toon kk // Apr 22, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    I honestly think that most of our squad would struggle with quick passing tactical football.

  • 18 mag // Apr 22, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Since the 25th of December, Newcastle United have failed to score any goals in 71% of their matches, shocking Taxi for Pardew!

  • 19 archaeomag // Apr 22, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Shares in Man U up 8% – Result!

  • 20 archaeomag // Apr 22, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    @ED
    “he’s made 36 appearances with 5 goals.”
    A defender that scores goals – would not suit our style of play

  • 21 Sav // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    No doubt Chelski (or anpother mega rich elite club) will buy Caulker and loan him out to play everyone but them. Chelski, for example, have 27 players out on loan at the minute. That is a disgrace. Why can Lukaku (for instance) play ManU /City, Arsenal etc, but not Mourinho’s men. Squad sizes (including loan players) should be limited. Those players who want match time should have to sign for somebody else. Anyone else on loan should be only permitted to play in a lower league to the owning club.

  • 22 bobby mango // Apr 23, 2014 at 6:47 AM

    Why would he come to us? Sure there’s more appealing clubs after him (eg anyone else in the league)




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