Joe Kinnear didn’t do much at Newcastle when he was the Director of Football, but one of the first things he did do when he came in two years ago last month, was to block the transfer of 6ft 4ins center-back Douglas, who was at FC Twente at the time, and Managing Director had worked his tail off to get a deal all set up – just for Joe to kill it.
That’s one of the reasons that Derek Llambias rather quickly resigned a few days later, once Joe was officially unveiled as the Director of Football.
Douglas – at Dynamo Moscow
The good news and bad news about Joe Kinnear was he didn’t do too much else for 20 months at Newcastle, until owner Mike Ashley fired him a year last February.
Douglas is now at Dynamo Moscow, whom he joined two years ago as a free agent, and there’s news that Steve McClaren may want to go back in for the player who was in his side when FC Twente won the Dutch Championship for the only time in 2010.
The Mail is reporting tonight that Newcastle have inquired about signing the center back from Dynamo Moscow this summer.
When you think about it – it could be a decent move for Newcastle, now that McClaren is at Newcastle United, because he’ll know all about Douglas.
Since he was signed as free agent two years ago – Moscow would also be able to make a decent profit on him, with one year left on his three year contract in Russia.
And other than 21 year-old Jamaal Lascelles, who joined the first team squad this summer, Newcastle haven’t bothered to sign any center-back to reinforce our leaky defense since we gave up on Douglas two years ago.
The Newcastle defense if anything is worse than it was two years, after we have concede 63 goals and 59 goals in the last two Premier League seasons – in our relegation year in 2009 we conceded 59 goals.
Douglas is very good in the air and he is a giant of a man, and can help Newcastle be a lot more dangerous from set plays.
He could still be an excellent acquisition for Newcastle – even if it’s two years late – and the Brazilian already has Dutch citizenship so he wouldn’t need a work permit to come to Newcastle.
While at FC Twente for six years, after signing on from Brazilian club Joinville in 2007, he appeared 243 times for Twente with 19 goals and 16 assists.
In the two seasons he’s been in Moscow he’s made 54 appearances with three goals and one assist.
He could be a good signing for Newcastle this summer and help plug our (very) leaky defense.
What do you think?