The Newcastle United Blog

News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

The Newcastle United Blog header image 2
Howay The Lads!!

Newcastle Line Up Shock Move For Defensive Midfielder

1:26 pm, Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 23 Comments

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 Kac

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?

Comments welcome.

***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.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bambams // Jul 7, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    Shorter than Anita…..
    Well with him Colback and Anita we will be great at corners.

  • 2 mickalfas // Jul 7, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    I thought a Greek club would be scouted now ,he’ll be offering food parcels ,SDparcels
    He is scum of the highest order !

  • 3 Bri // Jul 7, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    Will we be heading to the States without any new signings ? Would that mean no incoming players while we are over there?
    At this rate we’ll have the same line up as last season.

  • 4 Lost Plot // Jul 7, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    Looks like …

  • 5 Ibizatoon // Jul 7, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    Just speculation, but another midfielder?

    Not commenting on the player in question as I’ve never heard of him. His height isn’t an issue for me – it all depends on what style Steve is going to go with.

    Just think we have other areas to address before more midfielders.

  • 6 croftus5678 // Jul 7, 2015 at 1:43 PM


    has no one told you mcclarens secret plans yet ?

    theres no need to worry mate the new formation is


    rumour has it he’s a strong believer that the game is won in midfield 😉

  • 7 croftus5678 // Jul 7, 2015 at 1:48 PM


    joking aside though if he is a true dm who’s a freekick specialist like is being reported (and i have no idea about him personaly so i cant comment) then it would be an ideal replacement for the ageing tiote tbf who i think is almost a one of a kind at our club with the only other player like him being colback.

    if we look at things objectively and think what of our players deserve to be in a champs league team from england ! i think they are the players we need to keep and not just keep the players who can do a job for us imo as we have plenty of youth/fringe players who are not on huge money who can do a job for us and are improving by the day imo.

  • 8 Jib // Jul 7, 2015 at 1:49 PM

    No attribution of this story , was it in The News & Observer in Raleigh ?

  • 9 lesh // Jul 7, 2015 at 1:51 PM


    I think you’re right in that they’ll not sign players to have on the payroll in Charnley’s eyes, needlessly!

    They’re managing the budget by the penny – Christ, anybody’d think they only had a couple of quid to last the freeking month!

  • 10 Lost Plot // Jul 7, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    Would be nice to know how the guys are coming through in training.

    Can see this being the major factor before we see transfers coming in and out i suppose.

    And I recon the team he got at mo is probably bets he’s worked with for sometime as long as the key players aint injured. Especially Luke De Jong & Rolando Aarons

  • 11 Jib // Jul 7, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    Siem de Jong even

  • 12 Lost Plot // Jul 7, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    Yeah, and Siem lol

  • 13 expatmag // Jul 7, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    Lost Plot

    Signed Luuk, have we?

    Geez, I must that one.

  • 14 croftus5678 // Jul 7, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    @10 lost

    did we sign luuk again ? 😉 i know you mean siem btw.

    rolando/abied/hairdryer/dummett/perez/jamaal should be our youth players who can do a job for us imo and if we want a champs league team they should not really be in the first team as we should have established players like messi and ronaldo / pirlo ect in our first team 😉 i joke ofc but i thin it hits the route of what i’m thinking.

  • 15 Ibizatoon // Jul 7, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    Croftus… 🙂

    I get what you’re saying. If it’s upgrade work then I wont complain.

    I am worried though about how much the club can get done in this window. If they upgrade the midfield now and not the defense, I think we’ll struggle big time.

    I don’t disagree with the idea of upgrading, I do think they need to prioritise though.

  • 16 Polarboy // Jul 7, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    Not saying this lad is the new Makelele but far too much is made of height, either a player has learned to adapt his game to his physical attributes or he hasn’t.

  • 17 optimistic prime // Jul 7, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    I was fortunate enough not to see Ashley’s interview until 24hrs later.

    I’d been in the pub after the match and spoke to a few who were so excited saying Ashley’s interview proved he cared and wanted to make NUFC successfull.

    So the following day after the dust had settled and I was no longer under the influence I watched Ashley’s interview.

    To say I was dissapointed is a understatement, he said nothing but used 500 words to say it.

    People see what they want to see or find something in nothing, I couldn’t understand and still don’t understand how people saw Ashley’s interview as positive.

    I still laugh when people say “he has to do something after that interview as it’s on paper now”

    What is it he said that he could be held to account for? Don’t rush I have all day.

    He said nothing and a Army saying springs to mind “bullshit baffles”

  • 18 Jib // Jul 7, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    Paul Breitner said the worst 90 minutes of his career was in May 1981 playing for Bayern Munich in the European cup final.
    Liverpool’s Sammy Lee ( 5′ 2″ ) man-marked him out of the game.

  • 19 mickalfas // Jul 7, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    If the board showed a bit of ambition ,it’ll be easier to get these players who want to go to better clubs
    Players need to take a bit of responsibility as well ,the likes of Sissoko make me sick,when he harps on about he deserves champions league football
    Why can’t they show a bit of loyalty and try to build s team good enough to be in the CL
    Of course the parasite needs to match that by buying good players who will improve the squad ,if he buys the players might not be in such a hurry to sit on Chelsea’s bench

  • 20 BandB // Jul 7, 2015 at 2:15 PM


    Ashley must be chuffed.
    Protests thrown into disarray.
    No need to hold him to it.

    And yet you spotted it was all a ruse.
    Thank God they can’t baffle folks like you.

  • 21 Bri // Jul 7, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    Yes you would think the club was penniless and i’ve gotta be honest if i was someone like C. Austin i wouldn’t sign for us,not the way this club is run.

  • 22 lochinvar // Jul 7, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    If he climbs on Anita’s back for corners then we might just have a winning combination for headed goals from set pieces

  • 23 James RS // Jul 7, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Forget him…waste of money

previous post: Dutchman Has Some Doubts About Joining Newcastle

next post: Shearer Still Looks Fit And Trim – Sign Him Up – Video