Newcastle After Top Young French Whiz Kid

Newcastle are reported to be interested in 18 year-old Rennes center-back Sega Coulibaly, who has played for the French U16, U17 and U18 sides and also the Rennes first team.

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Sega Coulibaly – 18 year-old Rennes center-back

The young defender was born in Bamako in Mali on June 9th, 1996, so he has only just turned 18 and he has played at Rennes since the summer of 2005.

We were first linked with this player about three weeks ago, and last season he played 11 full games for Rennes, and if he is signed by the Magpies he would (probably) be part of the Development squad as one for the future.

Newcastle have had the player watched a number of times this year when he has played for the Rennes first team, and he apparently is also keen to move to England.

We were hoping this summer that Newcastle – as well as strengthening the first team squad significantly – would also bring in four or five top youngsters, and 20 year-old Ayoze Perez has already been signed from Tenerife, and Ayoze is one example of these young up and coming players.

Liverpool, Aston Villa and West Brom are also said to be interested in the young French center-back.

Since Newcastle will not pay out big fees for established players,one way we can get some good players into the side is to sign them as teenagers, and then hopefully develop them into top class players, but so far we haven’t been too successful in doing that.

That doesn’t mean we cannot do that over the few years.

That’s just one of the hopes we have for Newcastle United.

Comments welcome.

Written from Winchester, England.

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203 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 1, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #1

    Not coming here then!

    I agree with Pardew on 2 things.

    1) English players are way too expensive

    2) May be some middle class, supposedly more intelligent and academic players wouldn’t be such a bad thing

    Where I differ is how anyone can fail so spectacularly in one season with:-

    Krul, Debuchy, Sissoko, Tiote, Mbiwa, Ben Arfa, Colocinni, Haidara, Cisse, Remy,


    Anita, Gouffran. Jonas, Marveaux, Armstrong, Obertan etc, etc.

  • Spoof

    Jul 1, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #2

    Is this kids contract up, if not then he won’t be coming !!!!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 1, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #3

    A center back and a wiz kid 😉

  • Tsunki

    Jul 1, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #4

    When are we going to see some players developed then? Saying we are interested in these kids is just admitting that a bigger club already has a rep having tea with his folks

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 1, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #5

    forgot Bigirimana and Abeid too.

  • BandB

    Jul 1, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #6

    The next potential buyer is going to drool over all the zero hours potential in our squad.
    Could this kid be the next Mbiwa with a year or two on his back?

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 1, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #7


    weg // Jul 1, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Pardew and Ashley are two dastardly villains in the same sick play! One, an inept manager with no tactical nouse, no understanding of modern football, and no concept of how to tell the truth.

    The other, an owner who doesn’t see players – only dollar signs, thinks the fans are irrelevant, and only sees the club as a notice board for his tatty sports retail empire.

    Arguing over who is the biggest problem is pointless. They both need to sling their hooks. The only thing we should think about is who is the easiest to get rid of. Pardew, for me!

    He needs to be given grief on matchdays until he can’t bear it anymore!
    Maybe if he goes, we can then focus on protesting against the owner!

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 1, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #8

    stuart – all originals – no fake gear or SD tat is allowed in the household. Got a little bit of Firetrap stuff –pre Mr Tubbs buy out I would not even accept any of his stuff now even if it was been given away.

  • Spoof

    Jul 1, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #9

    Krul has been hopeless ever since his injury against Sunderland, Colo is well past it as is Jonas, Benny was his usual unreliable self who has failed everywhere, Obertan and Marveaux are two of the worst ever players to play for us, Armstrong and Haidara are just kids who could still come through, Cisse doesn’t know the off side rule or if he does then you have to seriously question his aptitude, Santon defensively has got to be one of the worst in the prem as he always gets caught out of position, Anita will never be good enough for the prem, Gouffran is only good enough to be a squad player but he did ok when the team was doing ok, Remy, Sissoko, Debuchy and Tiote all played to an expected level but yes Pardew has seemed to fail with MYM, but I forgot, Alan Pardew is the manager so we have to invent and create complete and utter nonsense so we can hammer him and we can conveniently forget that even though the owner constantly sells our best players we should still be challenging at the top rather than mid table as we were last season because our squad is so wonderfully talented, look at Abied, £500k should be enough to get him, what a wonderfully talented player he has got to be, no wonder his market value is so high, ffs get a grip and listen to yourself, yes Pardew is not a good manager but our team/squad is absolutely pathetic m8 and your trying to make out that they are so talented, come back to the real world, the squad is as good as the manager, neither are holding the other back.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 1, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #10

    In an ideal world?
    We’ve offloading players for 18 months and seen one senior player bought in ffs
    As for Colback heading straight for the first team as I said for what?
    In a position were very well stocked in, instead of bringing in much needed pace and creativity we’ve grabbed another bog standard defensive grafted
    Whoopdie f**king doo

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 1, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Spoof, a forward three of

    LF Remy

    C Cisse

    RF Ben Arfa

    is hardly Pathetic.

    Hatem and Cisse already showed us what can be done as a 3 for a run of half a dozen games before Pardew dumped it. Even then he stumbled on the 433 as he does with lots of his ‘tactics’.

    He’s a chancer without a clue is ol’ Pinocchio.

  • 70TWO

    Jul 1, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Institute of Directors has announced that Sports Direct is seeking to push through excessively generous pay arrangements for Mr Ashley, indicating a weak board incapable of balancing the interests of the controlling shareholder and other stakeholders. Sounds familiar!

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 1, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #13

    Remy Sissoko and HBA maybe but Cisse has been here for 2 and half seasons and has only had half a good season in that time
    Sorry but that lad has no business wearing the number 9

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 1, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #14

    Bad managers make teams look a lot worse than they are. Through probability and individual ability, some players can be only marginally affected. That is in spite of the manager, not because of him.

    Forget positions on a table for a minute, the actual on-field link ups and movement going forward is nothing short of appalling almost all of the time. It still was earlier in the season, which is no surprise why were abysmal second half of the season. It was the underlying basis of our football without Remy or Cabaye’s ability digging us out some points.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 1, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #15

    Tds, he’s scored goals wherever he’s been though and continued to do so when he first came. To me that is his norm.

    Tevez went on a 13 game run of not scoring under Pardew and even Remy went his longest drought under Pardew which I believe was about 10 games without a goal.

    He looks a nervous wreck now because he’s been ruined. Little to no service as well as being shoved out wide for half a season. Even when he was eventually in the centre, he’s be shunned out wide again when bambi strolled on.

    I still have faith in Cisse, although he does looked wrecked by Pardew’s awful tactics.

    The lad needed constant service which he doesn’t get and to play him wing is just awful. His confidence and match practice being on the end of chances been smashed to pieces.

  • Slank

    Jul 1, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #16


    I only meant this transfer window not the previous 18 months which is, as you say, a completely different situation.

    I don’t know much about Colback other than he was often voted Sunderland MOTM (which can’t be the most coverted award there is !).

    I’m wondering whether he is Tiote’s backup or his partner alongside hopefully Grenier.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 1, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #17

    I sincerely hope you haven’t been doing what I think you’ve been doing for awhile now !

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 1, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #18

    I don’t think it’s a different situation we’ve been desperate for creativity and width for nearly 4 windows now
    The squad is in tatters and mackem who boast 2-3 assists per season when not filling in at LB is hardly the answer
    The only reason this lad is here is because there was no fee

    Not for me, he looks well and truly done
    Said by January last season the lad has no fight whatsoever, never challenges the last man, never challenges in the air and just looks soft tbh
    He did score at Frieburg but there was also a fantastic article about despite losing his goals the squad as a whole and style of play were much better for being rid of him
    He came in when the whole squad was flying high, he’s looked lightweight ever since and have no faith in this lad returning to his half season wonder form, nor do I think we can afford to take the gamble that he will

  • Spoof

    Jul 1, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #19

    Laurent, your totally missing the point, I’m not saying that Pardew is good but that the squad is poor, anyone believing otherwise cannot be taken seriously. look at the squad for pities sake it’s dreadful and a lack of numbers has always been our downfall.

  • the truth will out

    Jul 1, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #20

    if we were a boat we’d be screwed

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 1, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #21

    Tds, have a look at the type of goals he’s getting for Freiberg on there. Lots of service and pretty much all are in the box. He just doesn’t get that here under the containing of Pardew. Our attacking nous is awful.

    I think Cisse is pretty decent heading the ball when in dangerous areas. He is constantly looking for balls over the top and making diagonal runs and does track people down. He does have skills which are lacking but that’s why we paid £8m for him not £28.

    As the video shows, he can finish chances when he’s given them. Some of his technique on those goals is excellent and instinctive.

    As I say, if he was constantly played to his strengths and still looking shot I wouldn’t be as lenient, but with Pardew’s ineptitude, players will generally look a lot worse than they actually are.

    Lack of service, constantly out of position, containing team… No surprise he looks a shadow of his goal scoring self.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 1, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #22

    Spoof, I’m not missing the point. We do need players and more quality. Every team needs to build whatever standard they’re at.

    However, if Pardew mis-manages good players which are already here then more players are going to be subjected to a similar drop in form and thus look not good enough. I believe we have some good players and certainly enough to make a pretty good starting line up, although that has deteriorated with Remy and Cabaye gone.

    New players need to improve the skill set, not pad out the squad with average plodders like Colback.

    That’s my opinion on it anyway.

  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 1, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #23

    I’m with lr32.

    Cisse is a good striker that isn’t getting the service he deserves. In turn that’s affected his confidence and fight.

    This lassoga has the physicality but not the ability to be a main striker for us. Cisse is far better. He needs service and a team that plays to his strengths.

  • Spoof

    Jul 1, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #24

    Laurent, you are missing the point m8, totally missing it, you keep harping on about Pardew when my post is about the squad ond not how its managed, forget him he is not in the equation, the point is about the squad, is it good or poor, if you say good then you are sadly wrong, so is it good or not and please dos not mention Pardew as he is not the subject in question.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 1, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #25

    You can see at the matches, Cisse is constantly trying to make good runs but many many times he just doesn’t get the ball and can look very frustrated. I would be too. Especially when the team does not base its development and cohesion on attacking play.

    I don’t think there’s a surprise that Marveaux and his at times very good creative passing has led to a few crucial Cisse goals. Goals which kept us in the league.

    I think there’s a lot more potential in our players than is misused and mismanaged under the slimey former glazier.

  • hitman

    Jul 1, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #26

    all well and good brining in players for the future,but that aint going t sort the mess out where in now.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 1, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #27

    Spoof, I think the squad is better than is underwhelming shown each game. Therefore the players look worse than they actually are, meaning the squad looks worse.

    We need improvement, but so does everyone.

  • Graeme

    Jul 1, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #28

    Now there are allegedly 3 chasing Payet – us, Everton & Swansea who are expected to make an offer within the next 48 hours.

    If there are really 2 other clubs after him, pretty much means he wont be coming to us then!! How can we compete against the Mighty Swans eh??

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 1, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #30

    With a lower level manager, the capability of the squad will naturally decrease. That can affect the judgement of a squad and the perception of their ability. He is directly related to how people view the quality of a squad.

  • Graeme

    Jul 1, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #31

    LR32 – I believe that a more “Modern” 20th Centuary Manager would get so much more from the squad than P45DUE does.

    Simply by playing systems they can adapt and understand, simply by playing players in their “Natural” Position – no more of 3 LB’s on the pitch unless serious injuries dictate. Instilling a “Club Ethic” which becomes a “Team Ethic” which means any reserve player coming into the 1st team is comfortable with his role.

    Its certainly not Brain Surgery, thats for sure!!

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 1, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #32

    jail – evening – last post -got me puzzled??

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 1, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #33

    Graeme, I totally agree.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 1, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #34


    Don’t come the keyboard warrior mate, it doesn’t suit you. Basically we had half the current French national team (Cabaye, Debuchy, Sissoko, Remy) who aren’t doing too shabbily are they and under a Martinez, Poyet, Pochetinno, Rodgers type would have threatened top 5/6.

    Was Everton’s squad so much better than ours? They had Lukaku, we had Remy.

    Pardew has failed everywhere so why is it always someone else’s fault?

  • Spoof

    Jul 1, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #35

    This modern manager claptrap is starting to get on my tits, if the players aren’t good enough then you struggle, ours aren’t so we struggle so can we stop trying to sound clever with modern manager rubbish and accept the fact that the owner is skrewing us dry.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 1, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #37


    Is that the same Ben Arfa who won 5 (FIVE) league titles at 2 different clubs.

    or the same Cisse who has been prolific everywhere he’s been

    or the Gouffran who is a striker not a defensive left mid


    How is it nonsense that Pardew plays so many people out of position. no wonder they look poor.

    Listen to people, ie the 50000 who didn’t want Pardew to come out of his technical area against Cardiff they were so p—-d off with him. Maybe it’s Pardew few remaining sycophants and apologists like you who should get a grip pal.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 1, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #38


    It’s not always about high maintenance. Look at Diego Simone, the whole team cost less than Bale. Do we really have a worst squad than Sunderland to lose 3-0 at home (Again!)

  • Spoof

    Jul 1, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #39


    The players you mentioned are doing well, but no better than what they did for Pardew so how do you make out that a different manager woud do better with them, the proof is clear, give Pardew a decent player and he gets results from them, but he is not a magician who can make a top player who has virtually no ability, name one player who has left us under Pardew who has gone on to improve, this holding them back lark is totally wrong, the facts prove that beyond any doubt what so ever, so why do people continue to harp on with these false claims.

  • Belfast

    Jul 1, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #40

    De Jong would be a good signing. In my wonderful opinion

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