Newcastle Make Move For Spanish Forward


Newcastle United this season have been interested in 18 year-old Racing Santander forward David Concha, who has played for the Spanish U19 side, and has already visited St, James’ Park last year with a view to a move to Tyneside this summer.

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David Concha – 18 year-old Spanish forward

David made his debut for Racing back in December of 2013 when he had only just turned 17, and he has played 37 times for the first team with six goals and four assists since then,  and has been a regular this season.

Newcastle had wanted to complete the signing before the January transfer window closed, and we were to loan him straight back to Racing Santander for the rest of the season.

It would have been the same type of deal Newcastle made when we signed Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow last summer from Nottingham Forest, and loaned them straight back to Forest for the season.

Concha watched the Newcastle – Sunderland derby back on December 21st, which of course we lost through a late goal scored by Adam Johnson.

The deal is said to be set at around £2M, but the Chronicle is reporting that it’s now up to the 18 year-old as to whether he signs on for the Magpies.

David may not be playing first team football if he does sign, but will be encouraged by what happened last season to his countryman Ayoze Perez, who scored 7 Premier League goals in 38 appearances for the first team – after he was brought in for the development squad.

Newcastle also haven’t exactly covered themselves in glory since the deal was almost made in January, with a string of 8 successive league defeats, and we finished in the bottom six in the league for the second time in two years.

That could be a problem with our summer transfers – that we were almost relegated on the final day of the season – but that’s unlikely to be a problem with the younger players.

Newcastle were also interested in signing impressive 18 year-old center-back Jorge Mere of Sporting Gijon in January, and will also be going after this youngster this summer.

Comments welcome.


19 comments so far

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 28, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #1

    I just hope nufc dont assume concha will automatically be perez mk 2

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 28, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #2

    LR32,
    As far as I remember Jonas spoke out at Pardew for the training as well. Not sure why you think that is the sole reason that people were down on HBA. There are many reasons, and there is evidence of problems with him at every club he has been at. When you are doing less running in a match then the goalkeeper, as was the case at Hull, then there are serious issues and flaws with your character.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 28, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Football is full of ifs and buts. If HBA hadn’t of broke his leg that year we could have seem many,many performances like the one against Everton… and then sold him.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 28, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #4

    ToonfromLeeds,
    Yeah, I think Trippier has a big future ahead of him. I first suggested we should be looking at him 2 years ago now, probably best we didn’t as he would have probably been ruined by now!!

    If we did go for him I think it would give us good additional options, as well as cover/competition for Janmaat. Janmaat looked composed and comfortable in the centre, so on the right of a 3 with Trippier as wing back I think would work quite well.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 28, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #5

    Jail,
    Or exactly the same as did happen could have happened, just a year earlier!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 28, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #6

    So even some of our most anti Ashley posters are taking that rehearsed interview that said nothing at all as a huge positive. In light of this we must now assume that they have gone on holiday and will sort out a manager in two weeks time. Luckily we have already been told that all the processes of finding a new manager have been carried out and it’s just a case of crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 28, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #7

    LR32,
    I really can’t see how you can put the blame on HBA’s behaviour on anyone else but him. It has been consistent everywhere he has been.

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  • jayphoto

    May 28, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #8

    @lilongwe – think i’ve missed your HBA in training discussion but I heard from some ppl a few years ago reports about HBA conduct in training! Would never pay attention, constantly messing about, constantly making stupid remarks. Refers to himself as a prankster a bit but he sounded really really immature. Also took great pleasure in showing up ppl on the training pitch and winding senior pros up. Apparently staff and players were shocked by what Pardew let him get away with but that it all changed when Benny stopped performing on the pitch!
    Tbh he sounds like he was a nightmare to have around the place

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 28, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #9

    Lilo, it’s not. He should have put more effort it, however, he’s a creative, flair player who relies upon the game being enjoyable and played positively going forward.

    When the fun and enjoyment is sucked out of the lad through abysmal coaching and lack of a footballing philosophy, then his sensitivity will undoubtedly be one of the first to be knocked, and what you will see is an easy scapegoat target, when the blame game could be placed at negative football which is turn is killing flair and excitement.

    This is a misconception with him not playing so well in some of the games he plays in. Yes, his form can fluctuate, I accept this, because he is a flair player, however, other ‘get stuck in’ types and ‘run around a lot’ types also do not play well week in week out. Yet, most of them do not provide end product like Hatem has done, and certainly do not provide the entertainment of dropping a shoulder and beating a man with ease.

    I really enjoyed his dribbling skills and it provided much needed excitement to a load of drab and monotonous football provided by imbeciles in the coaching team.

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  • jayphoto

    May 28, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #10

    Im an atheist but if I was a religious man i’d think that HBA was a cruel joke played on NUFC by the gods! he is essentially a Faustian player! All the skill and ability in the world with the brain of a chicken!! He’ll go past 5 players then run off the pitch… With his ability he could have been at Benzemas level in that pool of players at the top just below messi/ronaldo. With his brain he’ll probably end up eventually playing in Qatar

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 28, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #11

    LR32,
    But he hasn’t always had imbeciles as coaches, and has had similar problems everywhere. Don’t want to get into an HBA discussion particularly. Got bored of that while he was with us and he is no longer our player/problem. It will be a shame if he continues to shoot himself in the foot with his poor attitude and lack of intelligence, and hopefully he will finally realise that.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 28, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #12

    Jail, I’ve just said that he should have put more effort in. However, it should also be noted that he played his best football, and most consistent, when the rest of the team was performing better as well. He needs movement and runners around him as well. We have been shocking at that for years.

    Flair players can be different to other players. Temperamental, sensitive, even less hard working. This is nothing new at all, many players have had this attitude over the years. I’ve quoted before about Romario and sir Bobby. Romario would hate doing training, and had even feigned injury to get out of it. He was not banished, sir Bobby still played him.

    He said Robert was the most difficult as well, but he still played him.

    Now, I’m not saying this behaviour is OK, what I’m saying is that it comes with the territory with certain players, and as a good manager, it is their job to be able to deal with that and get the best out of them, like Sir Bobby often used to.

    You can do that by playing enjoyable football where they want to perform at their best. It is a management skill in itself. Get them focussed on how they can improve themselves in a positive way, rather than bashing them for other aspects which they can’t or won’t do.

    Influence their state of mind.

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  • hibbit

    May 28, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #13

    only if greggs have opened a branch there

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  • jayphoto

    May 28, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #14

    Wonder what the craic with Mitrovic? Meant to be this huge talent and 16m for a 20year old from the belgian league is huge outlay! But belgian bookies don’t have any big clubs linked to him for his move? Nufc are favourites, followed by moechengladbach and augsburg and swansea…. Anyone else find this odd?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 28, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #15

    On this guy, we were close to finalising the deal in January, along with one or two others. Why couldn’t we get it done then? 50/50 chance he could turn out like Ayoze, or he could turn out like Zamblera. If we want him, get him, don’t allow it all to drag on as we have far more pressing matters regarding the starting 11 to deal with.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 28, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #16

    Jay,
    I think it is right that Mitrovic isn’t linked with top clubs – although Arsenal and the Milan clubs have been credited with serious interest. Better for him to move to a club like ourselves which offers the big stage to develop without the rotation, or potential bench time of one of the top clubs.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 28, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #17

    Lilo, he won’t have had imbeciles as coaches before, yes, but he also has contributed to receiving winners medals as well in pervious years, as well a had the reputation of being an exciting player. He’s scored two of some of the very best goals I’ve seen at St. James’ over the years.

    There’s no doubt that there is more potential to unlock, but when he’s in the current coaching equivalent to sour milk, it’s hardly going to keep him at his best for long, and Hull being relegated shows a similar situation there as well.

    He’s a temperamental and sensitive player. That’s something that has to be dealt with with good man-management and positive football.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    May 28, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #18

    Is it just me or does it seem to be the Frenchmen we sign are the most difficult? Ben Arfa Robert, Cabaye?

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 28, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #19

    Yeah looks like i was right about the HBA thing. It has been proven very clearly now that it is 90 percent his own fault. No amount of “he’s sensitive” or “he needs love” will change that. He is a complete moron who will eventually waste his tallent at any club under any manager.

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