Newcastle Eyeing Young England Center-Back

News in the Journal that Newcastle are giving a trial to Sunderland’s 21-year-old center-back Louis Laing, with a view to signing him if he does well.

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Lois Laing – 21 year-old Sunderland center-back

Newcastle will probably want to bring in another center-back this summer, and this lad seems to have a good pedigree, and has played for all the England Youth sides through U19 , but only once for Sunderland, and he is a free agent in the summer.

Louis joined the Black Cats in the summer of 2009, but has played only once for Sunderland back in May of 2011, when he was 18, and came on as a late substitute for John Mensah in Sunderland’s 3–1 defeat at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

He did go out on loan to Wycombe Wanderers two years ago and played 11 times for the first team, but that’s not too many first team games for a player who turned 21 in March.

You have to ask the question why are Sunderland letting this lad go if indeed he is of Premier League caliber.

But like Jack Colback he was born north of the River Tyne, and in fact in Newcastle, so it would seem he’d be only too keen to sign for Newcastle, if he proves he’s good enough.

Louis is 6’2″ tall and the report says he’s been training at Manchester United, and some other clubs are also said to be interested in signing him on a free transfer.

But again the question has to be why are Sunderland letting this lad go, and why has he only played once for Sunderland, in what has been a poor side struggling against relegation for the last two seasons.

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10 comments so far

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 8, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #1

    If Pardew misuses the captain of the former French champions at centre back then what use will the development of this guy be like?

    Williamson has been lucky in a way that we contain for a lot of the game. He has had a decent season but when you’re not committing players forward it’s quite a bit easier to defend. Having said that, we’ve also let loads in!

    Pardew the defensive coach! What does he actually do?

  • Rotonda heights

    May 8, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #2

    Hmmm… who would develop my career, Poyet or pardew!!!

  • Rotonda heights

    May 8, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #3


    I just feel so so depressed about everything at out club right now.

    The club is just full of ”wrong-uns” from pardew to wonga etc.

  • TurkishFan101

    May 8, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #4

    Morning lads!

    Seems like ED has corrected himself on previous post about the poll but yet people seem to vote no.

    I would like to say, get out of here you mackem inbreds and pro pardew/ pro regime idiots.

  • tabuk toon army

    May 8, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #5

    “What is a club in any case?”

    “Not the buildings or the directors or the people who are paid to represent it.

    It’s not the television contracts, get-out clauses, marketing departments or executive boxes.”

    “It’s the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city.”

    “It’s a small boy clambering up stadium steps for the very first time, gripping his father’s hand, gawping at that hallowed stretch of turf beneath him and, without being able to do a thing about it, falling in love.”

    Bobby Robson.
    Has anyone read this at the side of the page Its time we got behind our (Yes thats OUR team) and supported our team a couple of hundred walk out of a game where there were 50000 supporters and they are claiming success i seen more leave 10 minutes before the end of the famous 5-1 derby game to avoid the rush. Have a word with yourselves guys if you are a toon fan you are in it through good and bad and it doesnt matter who the owner is or the manager or who plays or what division we are in we support our team. where would we be as a country if our soldiers said naw dont fancy that battle much they follow their team thats what armies do but not it seems certain factions of the toon army

  • tabuk toon army

    May 8, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #6

    Sorry about the punctuation above but im just so pissed off listening to the moaning f*****s on here. This is a top forum but i’m so close to leaving because i question if some on here are supporters

  • Go toon gooooo

    May 8, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #7

    For Centre Back years doesn’t matter.Examples of this are Keown-Adams partnership(Premier League champions),Maldini-Nesta(useless to talk about these two) and so on.Therefore go for proven Centre Back in football and don’t ruin career on youngsters.Centre back is specific position.We have future in Coloccini on that position(Williamson is championship quality,Mbiwa can’t with Coloccini and Taylor is not a stable player although right now i think he is the best option behind Coloccini.Maybe Ferdinand Rio at his age will come,maybe Lescott.The goal is something like that.Not youngsters on that position.

  • giimps

    May 8, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #8

    We didn’t walk out because we’re scared to miss the bus, there were substantially more than a couple of hundred and, I at least, left to try and affect change, leave the blog if you want to ,but not because you disagree with other bloggers and are sick of the negativity within the blog, although i do expect this negativity to continue into next season due to the regimes failures and the non footballing tactics of the manager.
    If you are happy with this seasons finale, and the events (mainly created by AP) ,happy with the football being played and the ambition being showed by the whole club…then you are a lot more tolerant of failure than I am.
    In order for evil to prevail, all it takes is for good men to stand by and do nothing…..and ,to do the same thing over and over again in the same way with the same tools and expect the result to be different each time is insane..ergo……Pardew is insane, stupid or deliberately trying to get beat…..
    Cashley Out
    Pardew Out

  • noofc

    May 8, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #9

    I can remember the hype around this lad when he first broke onto the scene at u16’s and u18’s for England. From what I can remember, very much a Rio Ferdinand Esq player, great on the ball and very strong in the air. Perhaps a mentor in the form of Collocini could stand him in good stead following his lack of first team games. I for one wouldn’t mind taking a punt on him. He’ll come on a free and his contract wont be too much.

    He’s also a young Geordie, surely he’s got passion for the club, somewhat more than the majority of players this season? Who knows…

  • magpie6699

    May 8, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #10

    Thought Louis Laing was Superman’s girlfriend?


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