Newcastle To Make Move For Senegal Defender

The Mail is reporting that Newcastle United are watching 25 year-old Genk midfielder Kara Mbodj, a defensive midfielder or center-back, who stands just short of 6′ 4¨ tall.

Kara Mbodj

Kara Mbodj – Genk and Senegal defensive midfielder

Kara can play in defensive midfield or at center-back, and with Cheick Tiote likely to leave Newcastle – if not in January than in the summer – Newcastle will be wanting to bring in a defensive midfielder, to challenge Mehdi Abeid for that position – always assuming Cheick leaves the club.

The fact that the twice capped Senegal International can also play at center-half adds cover for a position that Newcastle will need to strengthen soon when Coloccini’s contract runs out a year come June.

Kara is a powerful players and an excellent header of the ball and since he joined Genk he’s made 74 appearances with four goals and two assists.

The Genk manager is the former Birmingham, Aston Villa and Scotland boss Alex McLeish,  who is said to want £7M for his top player, with a number of Premier league clubs reported to be after the player.

But that seems a high price for the player and Newcastle could probably get him for less than that.

Kara started his career in Norway with Tromso, before moving to Belgian club Genk in January of 2013 for €2M, on an initial  three and a half year deal, but that contract has since been extended and runs out in June of 2018.

Kara played 83 times for Tromso with 10 goals and two assists, and in fact he is quite versatile and has been known to play in attacking central midfield too.

Kara could possibly be the replacement for Cheick Tiote should Cheick leave the club in January, but if Newcastle can get £15M for Tiote and bring in Kara Mbodj for less than half that amount – owner Mike Ashley might think that’s a good deal for the club.

Kara played in both of Senegal’s recent African Cup of Nations qualifying games against Egypt and Botswana – both wins – and he scored the first goal in the 3-0 home win against Botswana, which was enough to qualify Senegal for the finals in January/February to take place in Equatorial Guinea.

Here’s Kara scoring against Anderlecht recently.

What do you think?

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16 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Dec 1, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #1

    Cabs is a brilliant footballer, he’ll come good. Slightly better than Lamella, and better looking too. Big Sam on the left, him on the right. All good there, both sides…

    PS. Ed, I keep ‘rolling over’ the above ad by mistake. Nice for you I guess 🙂

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 1, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #2

    The kings said colo is out tomorrow. Something about 22 players available but 3 have knocks, willo, hadaira and janmaat. Wasn’t aware willo or hadaira had picked up injuries against west ham. Rivvy is fit by all accounts. No mention of Abeid. Taking all that into consideration, what’s people’s teams?

  • Graeme

    Dec 1, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Who is the “All Knowing Sage” who has this complete belief that Tiote is leaving?? Total speculation now being believed as a fact.

    Complete nonsense at this point in time, given that it has been going on for months – is it now destined to become a self fulfilling prophesy??

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 1, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #4

    The one thing that’s never changed in all my life watching football is a match is 90 mins long.

    Pardew should have a word with the FA if he can get it shortend to 20mins we might win more games and prevent as many injuries.

    Sorry for being sarcastic I’m just sick of giving the opposition inicative and trying to play for the win in 20mins.


    I’d say yes because the lad can play football as well as tackle. Another forced change but he’ll probs only get cup games now Tiote is back. Shame as I’d rather Abeid was in the side over Tiote or Colback.


    I don’t doubt it but maybe we won’t see that here, people say he needs to learn how to play in EPL. He won’t get that expirience sat on the bench watching Goufran play.

  • 70TWO

    Dec 1, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #5

    WHY? WHY? WHY?

    I think it is a little to easy to be critical about one game and say why was that player selected? Why did the manager play that formation? Why was that not changed?

    I have a few ideas about how we could have got a positive result but I was not in any disagreement with the starting eleven before the match against West Ham. In hindsight a tactical change in the first half may have freed up the midfield and helped our attack, but it is too late now, the next game is tomorrow and there is no more time to think about what ifs.

    The lack of available players and the limited number of midfielders could be an opportunity, or entice Pardew to revert to type. I think if we lose the games against Burnley, the League Cup game and the Derby, we will be back to the same situation we were in a month ago.

  • 70TWO

    Dec 1, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Team for against Burnleys’ two banks of four:

    ———–Cisse ——– Perez
    ——–Sammy ———- Anita
    ——————– Tiote
    Haidara – Dummett – *Willo* – *S.Taylor*

    *name* – dependent on the fitness of Collo and Janmaat

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 1, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #7

    I’d like to ask Pardew about his 20 min to win the game plan.

    I’d like to know why we don’t try and play that way for 90mins.
    He obviously thinks we can score without conceding in those 20 mins so why wouldn’t it work over 90 or why can’t it be altered to do so.

    If we were playing Chelsea Citeh etc I could understand but to do it every game is negative and counter productive.

  • 70TWO

    Dec 1, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #8

    Thought that when Colback played with Tiote they cancelled out each other and that the latter does better with two midfielders in front of him rather than one at his side.

  • cyprus

    Dec 1, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #9

    maybe I misunderstand you, but I have come to realise that we can’t sustain 90′ intense minutes, like (even) your Evertons and Swanseas. We need to ‘give up’ chunks of games a la Chelsea last year when they were embarrassingly defending vs Liverpool, Man U etc. Of course, with their depth, they were able to ‘steal’ a lot of games… not saying we are Chelsea, mind, but their PL wins were often ‘boring’.

    PS. I don’t subscribe to this, just observing…

  • hibbit

    Dec 1, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #10

    i see were back to the 2 camps for and against well just step back and take a look our biggest problem is we dont have a goal scorer you ALL know the problem the staff know the problem but ashley is blind to the problem you can not win games if you dont score you can not pick a goal scorer if dont have one on the books

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 1, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #11


    Not sure who’s fit but I’d go 4141

    Saylor Willo Dummet Haidra
    Sammy Anita Cabella Aaron’s

    Aaron’s or Rivierre and Cisse or Perez depending who’s fit, those players would fit in Pardews 4231 to

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 1, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #12


    That’s why I said altered to play that way for 90, I don’t want us all out attack but I’m sick of defend for 70 try and attack for 20. It’s not as clear cut as that but there must be a happy medium.

  • Ashton

    Dec 1, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #13

    So many wrong info in this article. He has definitely played more than twice for Senegal and he is mainly a CB who can play at DM.

    I’ve seen him a number of times and he has impressed me a lot. He is a beast in the air and he is quick and strong as well. He is also very with the ball at his feet.

    He can offer something different to our defence and he is exactly what we need.

    Either him or Van Dijk or both in Jan would be mint.

  • beermonkey

    Dec 1, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #14

    even if janmaat has a slight knock is it worth risking him against burnley
    I know were short of midfielders but taylor can cover right back
    we have taken risks with Aarons and cisse and it didn’t pan out well

  • 70TWO

    Dec 1, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #15

    78 Sissoko
    45 Perez 62 Collo
    73 Perez
    6 Aarons 75 Sissoko
    46 Ameobi 58 Pérez
    71 Obertan
    43 Cissé 75 Cissé
    73 Cissé 87 Cissé
    37 Janmaat 73 Aarons 88 Williamson

    <40 – 1
    40 – 3
    50 – 1
    60 – 1
    70 – 6
    80 – 2

    Dear Mr Pardew,
    Please could you instruct the team to put more effort into scoring goals in the first 20 mins of each half, rather than just the last 20 minutes of a game. As you can see from my extensive scientific research this would double the opportunity to score and 100% benefit our chances of winning matches.

  • Mag52

    Dec 1, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #16


    Interesting point you make about going all out for the win in the last 20 mins.
    Not sure he does this in every game. He certainly relies on a solid defence, an unchanged one if possible, although his plans have had to cope with a few injuries recently. A solid defence, and hitting on the break. Again injuries to those speedy wingers Obertan and Aarons have hindered this tactic of late. This, IMO, is a perfectly acceptable way of playing the game if everyone knows their role.
    The last 20 minutes plan tends to be employed away from home, silence the home crowd for the first hour or so, then hit them with our speedy forwards, or against the toughest teams in the division. If we go behind, however, we have to go all out for it in the latter stages of the game.


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