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 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?