Newcastle Seen As A Big Club – A Sleeping Giant – In Holland

Newcastle United are starting to look elsewhere for new players and away from the French market, and we are scouting for players in Holland, Austria and Switzerland and that’s because there is good value there, with players in the French market starting to go up in price.

Newcastle United Training Session

Siem de Jong – in training at Benton last week

It’s interesting that Newcastle have gone back to Ajax in Holland to sign Siem de Jong, after we signed Vurnon Anita from the same club a couple of years ago.

There’s a report in the Chronicle that Holland may be the place where Newcastle concentrates their scouting on over the next few years – with the players there being cheaper and better value than those in France.

Newcastle are after Daryl Janmaat of Feyenoord and Newcastle have offered £5M and the Dutch club wants £6M – so if that’s true we should definitely be able to do a deal – and quickly too.

Paris Saint-Germain have said they want to have more French players in their squad and that’s only one reason the prices of French players has gone up, and Monaco seem to have money to burn too – that’s until UEFA catches up with them for not abiding by the Financial Fair Rules for European clubs.

Belgium is also a league worth scouting with so many excellent Belgium players having come through over the last few years.

This is what football journalist Michiel Jongsma of the Dutch website has said:

I think because of the technical levels of Dutch players and the way that the league is advancing, clubs in England and elsewhere are starting to look at it again.”

“Ajax have beaten Manchester City and Manchester United and Dutch players are good both technically and tactically.”  “The Eredivisie is excellent technically and tactically but we don’t have many of the big physical defenders that there are in England.”

“I think Janmaat is a very good player and a good right-back. He’s played well at the World Cup and it is a big step going from the Eredivisie to the World Cup.”

“He may take some time to settle in. A couple of months maybe but he is disciplined and he is a good replacement for Debuchy. He doesn’t have as much experience – but he will get that.”

“Newcastle are seen as a big club in Netherlands. It has a big following, a great stadium and played Champions League football in 2000’s, when the current players got to know football a bit.”

“Plus Shearer and Bobby Robson have quite a status in Netherlands.”  “This was exemplified by Frank de Boer, who said he’d like to work for a sleeping giant, such as Liverpool was, now Spurs and Newcastle.”

Newcastle are certainly a sleeping giant – and we wonder when the club will finally wake up.

Waking up means to rekindle the spirit that has always been at Newcastle – we want to be in the top four clubs in England, as difficult as that is these days with rich clubs like the two Manchester clubs, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea we have to compete with.

But we need to be much more ambitious before we can start doing well again in the Premier League.

We haven’t seem much ambition under Mike Ashley – other than to make money – but maybe that will change with all the cash starting to flow into Newcastle through the Premier League’s massive new TV contract.

If only Mike would promise to invest all of the profits back into the club every season ….. then we could be on our way again.

What do you think?

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14 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Jul 14, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #1


    I am not trying to be funny here, but Liverpool finished second. Surely if Man U had had a better season, then it would have been Arsenal to miss out on the CL?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 14, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #2

    It’s a shame Remy done what he done against Lpool as it would be great to have him here, somebody mentioned him and Ba, you’d be looking at, at least 30 goals between them, but do you want a pair of strikers who are constantly angling for a move and have agents who know exactly how to milk the system.

  • Markaccus

    Jul 14, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Twatter is all a-twat about a 6 year deal for janmaat. No more mention of him going to manure. Also, has anyone else noticed that the NUFCfans hissy fit has vanished, and the account is now carrying on as if it hadn’t happened?

  • Slank

    Jul 14, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #4



    Cabella tends to play on the right wing although, from what I have seen on You Tube, he often goes through the middle.

    This is almost exactly the same as Ben Arfa. I’m not sure either of them would be too happy or as effective playing on the left wing.

    It’s a nice idea but I don’t think it has any legs.

    I have a feeling that Pardew may put Colback on the left wing, more I suspect as a protection for Haidara as both are left footed which makes sense, although this is Pardew I’m talking about !.

  • Markaccus

    Jul 14, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #5 ?@Turkish_Futbol 47s
    #Besiktas on the verge of signing #Chelsea striker Demba Ba #football

    Puts that to bed, anyway (if true). It makes sense. Big payday to finish his career.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 14, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #6

    Yeah bit of a conundrum – But I would go for Remy and Ba – just because we know what they have. Least they would get first team football. But seems these days a lot of players would crather have a larger wage packet and sit on their arses all season.
    And with the team we seem to be building/hopefully then we have a good chance of getting in the mix in the top half dozen.
    If not them to – I would go for Benteke

  • gazza85

    Jul 14, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #7

    Haha I’d take De Boer over Pardew any day…. the Dutch have always played good football so at least if we lose we won’t have endured turgid hoofball.

    Also cheers Firebug for explaining about newsnow.

  • Santon03

    Jul 14, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #8


    Yes, LVG prefer Kuyt because he used 3 at the back. It’s just based on the news that Manutd also after Janmaat. If he has to choose between MU and NUFC, LVG and pardew. I think he will sign for MU.

  • Spoof

    Jul 14, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #9

    Apparently Janmaat is 1/6 with the bookies to join us and they were saying that betting may be suspended if any more is placed on him, they feel that inside info has lead to an avalanche of cash piling in on him ?, very rarely are the bookies wrong.

  • Santon03

    Jul 14, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #10

    De Boer for NUFC manager pleasssseeee 🙂

  • Slank

    Jul 14, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #11


    I think we would agree that the top table is likely to be a permutation from either Arsenal, ManU, Man City, Chelsea or Liverpool.

    One of them has to lose out. Arsenal have spent very wisely and look much stronger. We know Man City and Chelsea are going to be there or thereabouts.

    ManU is the dark horse but under Van Gaal I think they will bounce back. He looks like the perfect replacement for Fergie. He looks like the type of manager you don’t mess about with or question.

    Liverpool will be without their talisman who did so much for them to finish second. I wonder whether losing Saurez will have the same impact as when Spurs lost Bale. There is really no like for like replacement for both of them.

    We shall see.

  • firebug666

    Jul 14, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #12

    I think it is one of those deals where we only need to agree a fee with his club. I read somewhere that Janmaat is quoted as saying he would love to join Newcastle, so if a fee can be agreed he will come here.

  • Spoof

    Jul 14, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #13


    you would think given the choice he would go there but it doesn’t always happen like that, Cabaye, Debuchy and Cabella all came here when you would have expected bigger clubs to go for them, the same with MYM, at times players need assurances that they will be first team regulars and if that is not given to them then they could choose us to show case what they can do, this may be the case with Janmaat, then again the Man U interest may only be press invention.

  • ethiotoon

    Jul 14, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #14

    We r not sleeping giants but careful ones.
    I started to watch premiere league in 1995
    But started to watch seriously in 2000.
    I started to support Newcastle utd since Alan Shearer joined the club.
    I get to know NU more and more when they qualified for the champions league in 2004.I always had hope one day this club will be on top of Liverpool,arsenal or man utd.cabaye was one of the best MF we ever signed shearer was my best striker.
    So I am hoping that the cabella signing will be the sign of getting to be a top respected club. Which will inspire other top players like lacazatte and Grenier to come too.
    Get the deals for Janmaat and reviere
    Then we can wait patiently and analize the situation for other targets.
    Welcome to the toon cabby


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