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Newcastle In Driver’s Seat To Sign Ecuador Striker

3:23 pm, Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 21 Comments

There are reports in South America that Newcastle United are in the driver’s seat to sign 25 year-old Ecuador striker Enner Valencia (full name Enner Remberto Valencia Lastra), who is currently playing in the Mexican League with C.F. Pachuca.

enner valancia

Enner Valencia – 25 year-old Ecuador striker/winger

Valencia started his career with in Ecuador with C.F. Pachuca and he played 117 times for them with 23 goals and 21 assists and he joined C.F. Pachuca eighteen months ago,  and last season he did well with 18 goals and 2 assists in just 23 games.

C.F. Pachuca finished last season in 6th place of 18 teams in the Mexican League.

And it’s difficult to judge how good a player is playing in the Mexican League, and the Premier League will be a huge step up.

Enner has now played 11 times with 5 goals for Ecuador and he made his debut for the Ecuador national football team on February 12, 2012 in a friendly match against Honduras.

He scored against England in a World Cup warm-up game, and scored after 22 minutes in the World Cup group E opening game against Switzerland, who came back with two second half goals to win the game 2-1, and the winner came three minutes into added time. 🙁

The reports coming our of South America say that both Spurs and Everton are also interested in the player, but that Newcastle are in the lead to sign him.

Valencia can play as an out-and-out striker or out on the wing, and he’s not a particularly tall striker at just 5’8″.

Maybe this lad is one of the players Newcastle are watching in Brazil,  and we will not be able to sign him until after the World Cup has finished – or Ecuador are eliminated.

Alan Pardew said today in the Shields Gazette that the World Cup was holding up some of our potential transfers .

Comments welcome.

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

21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 19, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Quick, blackley’s just posted, get a new article up.

  • 2 the truth will out // Jun 19, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    car crash on the horizon ferkme

  • 3 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 19, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    That’s an average of one goal every 5.08 games…….in Mexico……

    Looking forward to seeing us play Monday and Friday nights again

  • 4 Toon Tang // Jun 19, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Someone try and tell me Kevin Prince Boateng isnt writing his own wiki page hahaa. This lot belongs on strolla’s surely…

    ‘Boateng is known for his intense dynamism; physical strength, extreme aggression, man-to-man marking, tempestuous sliding tackles, endurance, immense work rate, exceptional high jumping, acrobatics, both footedness, footspeed, and ball-juggling tricks.[9][12]

  • 5 Graeme // Jun 19, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    TADS – But he’s South American, has a sexy foreign name and, no doubt, HE IS CHEAP!!!
    You cant say our Management do try lol

  • 6 pedro // Jun 19, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Valencia is a very good player. Don’t be fooled by his stats, while at Emelec he was used as a winger and has only really been converted to a striker since moving to Pachuca. 18 in 23 there and top scorer in Liga MX last season.
    He is quick, good in the air and a decent finisher. For a smallish fee I think he could be a good signing

  • 7 Graeme // Jun 19, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    oooops, “Dont Try” lol

  • 8 Belfast // Jun 19, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Probably bullshit.

    It’s a conspiracy blackley,phone the blog police.

  • 9 Thump // Jun 19, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    @ToonTang: He isn’t, however, known for his humility.

  • 10 armchair fan // Jun 19, 2014 at 3:47 PM


    You need to check his history, he ha to compete with first team players from the age of 19 where he scored 27 goals in 131 apps which isn’t so bad growing into a team, his recent move to Pacheco has seen him flourish. Even his national record is 5 in 11 apps, so I wouldn’t pre judge him here, he could be the next Asprilla 😀

  • 11 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 19, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Ah yes the NUFC recruitment scheme, it’s on par for quality with the Tesco Value range!!!

    We have no goals in the squad, we don’t need possible decent signings (how would he get a work permit btw?) we need proven goal scorers
    So yeah let the Stats speak for themselves and assume another bargain utility player should not be the signings were looking to make

  • 12 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 19, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Why? Those are his stats, every player has to compete for first team football
    A goal every 5 games is a p1ss poor record

  • 13 ethiotoon // Jun 19, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    tired of talking about transfers.i decided not to read or hear of transfers regarding beloved newcastle utd.i love this club more than anything deep in my heart,however i wouldn,t opt anymore unless we sign one of those french golden boys,Grenier,cabella,Lacazatte or Gomis.bcoz we will be same old same thing.
    where are u mate lets talk about something else
    hit me back would u

  • 14 Ashton // Jun 19, 2014 at 3:52 PM


    “last season he did well with 18 goals and 2 assists in just 23 games.”

    You are an imbecile.

  • 15 pedro // Jun 19, 2014 at 3:53 PM


    Work permit shouldn’t be a problem. He is a regular Ecuador international.

    Is he proven at the top level? No
    Watching the guy in Mexico I have thought he looks like a good player – the step up could be too much we wont know but if the fee was small it is a risk I would take

  • 16 blew // Jun 19, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    We struggle from set pieces at both ends
    of the pitch, at 5’8″ this guy will help solve
    those problems.

  • 17 usmagpie // Jun 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Lets sign Mike Owen, ex England international. Tongue in cheek!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 18 armchair fan // Jun 19, 2014 at 4:17 PM


    Yes of course, but look at players like Bale, Ramsey and others who have only excelled once past age 23+, this guy played from 19-24 same club, who’s to say he didn’t score the majority of those 27 goals in his later years there?

  • 19 bobby mango // Jun 19, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Since when did us being in the driving seat mean anything?
    We take so long we can’t complete any deal once there’s competition.

  • 20 AndyMac // Jun 19, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    So a 20 year old from Spanish second Division and a 25 year old from the Mexican league.

    “Doesnt get any better than this” or maybe that should be “Wont get any better than this”

    Pardwho “Get me two strikers, a centre half and a box of biscuits please Graham”

  • 21 sissoko kid // Jun 21, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    Just watched him score twice against Honduras in World cup 2014. He did not break a sweat. We could do worse ( and have). Also watched France demolish the Swiss, Sissoke scored, Debuchy played as wing/back and cabaye hit the bar.

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