Newcastle Tracking Top Irish Youngster


Always assuming  we are still a Premier League come the summer, this will probably be one of the biggest transfer windows for a long time at Newcastle, because Mike Ashley will be motivated to strengthen the squad.

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Kevin Toner – 18 year-old center back

Mike’s not motivated to build a top side, but he knows he has to improve the quality of the squad in the summer if we are not to be in a relegation struggle next season.

It seems the disaster scenario for the Newcastle owner is we are relegated again and miss out on all that PL money – and he cannot be too comfortable at the moment with Newcastle’s situation.

So we will be linked with a lot of players for both the development squad and the senior squad in the summer, and today there is news we are interested in Aston Villa’s 18 year-old center-back Kevin Toner, who captains the U21 side and has played all 16 U21 games this season.

While center-back is his main position he can also play at left back.

Kevin has already played for the Ireland U19 side and Newcastle are interested in the youngster because his contract runs out in the summer, and there could be an opportunity to get him to Tyneside –  if we can offer him a good deal.

He is one of Villa’s best up-and-coming players, and new manager Tim Sherwood will not want to lose him in the summer, but unless Villa can sign him up to a new deal, he will be looking at other offers.

And that’s why Newcastle, along with some other clubs like Stoke, Leicester and Norwich,  are watching the situation closely.

Newcastle have scouted the player this season, and Kevin’s not only a very skillful central defender, but he has good leadership abilities too.

That’s one reason he has been captain of the Villa U21 side this season,  and Newcastle are really short of players with leadership abilities at the moment.

We need some top young players like Kevin brought in over the summer, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating.

And Newcastle will need to offer good money to entice players for both the development and senior squads – and we have the money – we know that.

But we don’t like paying it out – we just like bringing it in.

Unless Newcastle have a monumental transfer window this summer – Geordie fans are not going to be happy – and they may not be happy even if that happens.

Certainly they are happy with the Mickey Mouse running of the club this year.

Our apologies to Mickey.

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Kevin seems a top class youngster and therefore he would be a good acquisition for us this summer.

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82 comments so far

  • N1CK06

    Apr 9, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #2

    “We need some top young players like Kevin ” What for our U21 team?

    I wish we would stop getting linked with kids when we clearly need a PROVEN CB with PL experience. We already have Satka, Good, Lascelles who could be potential future CBs. This guy has not played a single game in the Premier League and only has 22 games under his belt with the Villa U21 team.

    But I guess there is only one criteria he needs to fill in this regime: He could be sold in a few years at a profit.

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  • croftus5678

    Apr 9, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #3

    aye very glad we are keeping our eyes on top young talent esp in the cb mould but by only going for those on a free or very low fee’s we are always doomed to have an avg team !

    again another season written off and again another season in hope that when our injured players are back and hope we sign players we need for next season we will be better !

    unfortunatly it never happens 🙁 next season carver will be manager we will sign very little and atleast 1 of our best players will leave ! ashley out.

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 9, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #4

    He has good leadership skills.

    Not for us then, wrong type of player.
    We only sign cowards no marks and perma crocks.

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  • Sav

    Apr 9, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #5

    I’d be more impressed with Benteke. Frankly, Toner will probably look at our U21 results and say ‘No thanks’.
    Scouting… Linked with… In for… Tracking.
    I love/hate all the ‘Reports from a Source’ at this time of year and throughout the summer. 99% BS but compulsive reading.
    As Mrs. Merton asked Debbie McGee, what was it first attracted you to millionaire Paul Daniels?’ Unfortunately, nowadays every player on a prerequisite run-down contract gets tied to us it makes for far less excitement than in the Keegan era.

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  • lesh

    Apr 9, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #6

    Carver’s bleating about being forced to play who he’s got but what he fails to mention is that performances were crap even before Cisse, Colo and Dummet were injured.

    He can’t hide, he should just admit he’s not up to the job!

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  • Mag52

    Apr 9, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #7

    A serious protest from now until the end of the season, if it does nothing else, it will show Ashley that he cannot continue to take the fans for granted as he has in the past. That it could be just a foretaste of what is to come next season, and it might be enough to get him to untie his purse strings in the summer transfer season, get us a decent manager and a competitive squad of players.
    It would, sadly, be too much to hope that it would be enough to persuade him to sell up………or would it?

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  • lochinvar

    Apr 9, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #8

    Chelsea have made a bid for Japan international striker Yoshinori Muto.
    In February, Premier League leaders Chelsea announced a new shirt sponsorship deal with a Japanese tyre manufacturer worth a reported £40m a year.
    Well thats transparent then isn’t it.
    How to capture a slice of the merchandise sales in the East.
    and Newcastle’s “ambition” to increase revenue is….loans from Wonga and shell suit sales in Sports Direct.
    Thats before you consider shambolic Coaching and Team under performances.
    Depressing doesn’t cover it.
    Well actually yes it does.

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 9, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #9

    Any kind of protest is better than nothing . It is with doing nothing that we find ourselves in this position, so people saying it is a waste of time , look at what we have achieved these last few years by doing nothing – yep , nothing in fact if we had stood our ground like we should have years ago the club could have made big steps towards creating a team to be proud of , however , by doing nothing we are a laughing stock , a disgrace , and have a SHYTE football team . Aye it’s always best to do nothing .

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  • one fine day

    Apr 9, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #10

    Been watching post after post for the last two days and still can’t calm down enough to say anything remotely objective from what I see.
    Harrison please enough with this who we are linked with shi@@ . We have had 4 years of mostly disappointment and seen every glimmer of hope turn into another fu$$ing mirage .
    We got our hopes up recently to have them dashed by a kid from mk dons ffs.
    Who can remember the last time we actually. Signed anyone that really had us buzzing ?? Come on anyone ?
    Forget getting a continental coach etc whoever comes it will be business as usual as long as the salad dodging belle@d is at the helm .
    I am on the other side of the world here but come on lads just for one game show the fat man who really runs this club .
    It’s wor club so take it back one game an empty stadium imagine just ash n bishop and few bemused spurs fans going global as sav said we filled the ground and the players still couldn’t be arsed so what’s one game in the big scheme of things? If the players are hurt to have no support trust me they have no idea what hurt is after we are humiliated week after week .
    Let’s see a gate of sub 30 k and those who do want to go make his life he’ll inside.
    Take back our club

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  • BandB

    Apr 9, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #11

    Mag52

    You are right.

    There are people who slate the “mind-readers” who try to work out what the best way to approach the Ashley problem is.

    Yet they themselves state as Gospel that he is a thick-skinned wrecker who is impervious to criticism and will react with gales of laughter.

    If we aim for the stars, we might at least hit the moon. We may bring about some change.

    Good to see you arguing that case.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 9, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #12

    lochinvar

    for a supposed brilliant businessman it’s amazing ash hasn’t done the only thing he’s good at, flogging tat in the far east

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 9, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #13

    for i don’t know how long I’ve been calling for a boycott and now there does appear to be some genuine appetite for it at last.

    it need only be a couple of games needed to make the point and of course it may not work but there does now appear to be more of a collective buzz and desire to affect some form of change than has previously been the case.

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  • lochinvar

    Apr 9, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #14

    Rotonda

    maybe thats why he should not be spoken of is lining up a tour of the West Coast of the USA to rake in a few dollars…after all they have plenty of Casinos and JC could pop up the road to see his old mates in Toronto

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  • geordie157

    Apr 9, 2015 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #15

    Don’t really see the point in talking about transfer targets etc anymore but if we want to move for a player out of contract this summer, Luke Garbutt of Everton is the one to move for, he is a class act.

    He’ll prob end up staying put, can see him replacing Baines at left back within the next year or two.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 9, 2015 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #16

    BandB,
    I’ve said this before but I am genuinely surprised, now that there is a real buzz forming, at the amount of people claiming that showing we aren’t happy wont achieve anything. Like just letting it continue and moaning on here is going to change the world. If it wasn’t for the fact it would be an outlandish conspiracy theory, I’d almost think that these people were ‘sleeper’ posters just waiting for the right time to tell us protest is pointless.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 9, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #17

    There’s a great picture of an empty San Siro next to an empty SJP and promoting boycott of the Spurs game doing the rounds on FB.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 9, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #18

    Graeme, Belfast, Scout, why is it pointless ?

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  • BandB

    Apr 9, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #19

    Jail,

    How can it be wrong to show to Ashley that there are limits to our patience?

    He assumes there are none.

    Everyone has a limit to their patience and it is dishonest for anyone to claim they do not.

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  • lesh

    Apr 9, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #20

    Rotunda

    Selling tat in the far east is an opportunity Ashley seems to have missed out on?

    I wouldn’t be so sure about that. Most of the stuff he sells is made out there and I can’t see him missing an opportunity to sell it there.

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  • lesh

    Apr 9, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #21

    I see the Guardian cartoon strip, Newcastle life under Mike Ashley’s appeared in the paper’s hard copy edition today.

    I hope the illustrator runs with the theme for a while.

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  • BandB

    Apr 9, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #22

    Jail,

    I think there are two viewpoints arguing against protest.

    There are those who don’t want to protest.

    And there are the downtrodden and despairing. They think they are berating the do-nothing fans by pointing out they have no stomach for a fight.

    But they are not beating them, they are joining them.

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 9, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #23

    Apparently, The Chronic still hasn’t mentioned the protest.

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 9, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #24

    Correction. It amounts to two lines (nearly):
    “Unrest levels have gone up a notch since the Wear-Tyne derby defeat, with supporters discussing potential protests against Tottenham Hotspur via social media.”

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 9, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #25

    Band B,
    I don’t understand your last post.

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  • Sliema

    Apr 9, 2015 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #26

    Ron Vlaar and Danny Ings are out of contract in a few weeks. I wonder if the fat man thinks that would be good business?

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  • Graeme

    Apr 9, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #27

    Jail @ 18 – is that aimed at me?
    Why is what pointless??

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  • BandB

    Apr 9, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #28

    Jail,

    I am sure you are not surprised that people have popped up to oppose the protests.

    I think it’s fair enough that not everyone wants to protest. They don’t like being told what to do on match days and by the same measure, they shouldn’t be telling others what they should and shouldn’t do.

    The second part refers to your question @18.

    The three you mention don’t say protest is useless because they are content, but because they despair of past fan inaction and believe that won’t change. Fans can’t agree and unite they say, and then set about proving it.

    For different reasons and motivations then, they end up in common cause with those who don’t WANT protest.

    Which is disappointing when you see people who haven’t been regular complainers saying something now needs to be done.

    That was rather less elegant, but I hope you understand it now.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 9, 2015 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #29

    Graeme,
    Aye, just the people saying that it’s pointless, boycotting, marching, waving banners, that the fat mans skin is too thick, he’s a billionaire, a few empty seats won’t hurt him, it’s not just about getting to him, it’s about showing him we’ve had enough.

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  • SuperShearer

    Apr 9, 2015 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #30

    I’m so sick of Carver’s bile spouting nonsense. He calls himself a fan of this club, he says he’s the man for the job… then why do you defend Ashley constantly? I’m not saying you have to come out and criticise him but just don’t say anything. Talk about the players, talk about how the squad is too thin, talk about understanding the fans’ frustration but stop with the BS man. You want what’s best for the club? Then start shutting up and start putting up.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 9, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #31

    BandB,
    Capiche !

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  • Graeme

    Apr 9, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #32

    Jail, I’m all for people boycotting, marching, waving banners – I know you misinterpretted something I said a few days ago, but thought it was sorted.

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  • BandB

    Apr 9, 2015 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #33

    Organising collectively is also a free choice.

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  • SuperShearer

    Apr 9, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #34

    More power to the AshleyOut Campaign runners but remaining anonymous makes you lose power. Tell us who you are, make it clear you’re supporters who love the club and only want what’s best for it, demonstrate that you, like us, are willing to stand up and be counted. Our club is broken, the sad thing is Ashley has the power and resources to fix it but it goes against his “business plan” – it he used half his obvious business nous to make this club great again I genuinely feel we could be fighting for Europe every year but he won’t and has no interest in making us successful. A crying shame given the platform he has to launch us up the table.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 9, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #35

    Graeme,
    Yes, my sincere apology.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 9, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #36

    Super Shearer,
    If they go public then they get accused of doing this for their personal benefit !

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  • Graeme

    Apr 9, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #37

    Jail @ 35 – not a problem mate. Onwards and Upwards.

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  • BandB

    Apr 9, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #39

    graeme,

    I also got the impression from one of your recent posts that you thought it was pointless.

    Which I may have misunderstood. I will speak to you soon.

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  • Graeme

    Apr 9, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #40

    No problem B&B – I look forward to it.

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