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 benefoot.com 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?

Sean Borland has a student season ticket and since he will be away in Calgary studying for a while he wants to sell his season ticket for the first half of the season. The price is £140 – which is what he paid for it – you can contact Sean at s.borland@ncl.ac.uk

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Written while on vacation in Newcastle, England.