Newcastle United are interested in signing midfielder Ergys Kace, who plays for Greek club PAOK (Panthessalonikeios Athlitikos Omilos Constantinoupoliton) and he’s played 12 times for Albania.
Kace is very short – standing only 5ft 7ins tall*** – that’s a little taller than Vurnon Anita – so that may be a problem, and he plays as a defensive midfielder.
Newcastle have never been linked with this player before.
Ergys Kace – 21 year-old defensive midfielder
Already plays in black and white stripes
Kace is a good strong player, who is also said to be a bit of a specialist at set pieces, and in fact scored the winning goal for Albania recently against France from a set piece.
It was Ergys Kace’s brilliant free-kick that was enough for Albania to beat France for the first time ever in mid-June in Tirana.
Kace was born in Korce in Albania but moved to Greece at the age of three, and later he signed on at Achilleas Triandrias but joined the Youth Academy of PAOK when he was 11 in 2005.
Kace made his league debut for PAOK in January 2011 at the age of 17 in an away game against Panserraikos and since then he’s played 111 games with 6 goals and 5 assists.
He was also on loan at Anagennisi Epanomi from 2011–2012 and played 20 games with one goal and two assists.
Ergys was undecided whether to play for Greece or Albania at International level but decide on the country of his birth and made his debut for Albania in June, 2013 against Norway in a 2014 World Cup qualifier, coming on as a substitute,
He seems to be a decent enough player and the transfer fee is said to be only £2M, so it may be another Graham Carr special.
OK – here’s that great free kick against France last month that won the game 1-0 and no wonder he was Albania’s hero.
What do you think?
***Note – we adjusted his height from the 5ft 4ins (which is what he is on Wikipedia) we had in the first article – to 5ft 7ins after further research.
He doesn’t look 5ft 4ins in the video that’s for sure, but in some profiles he is listed at 5ft 4ins.