Fans Want This Top Free Agent At Newcastle

A couple of days ago we looked through the free agents still available, and we picked out 30 year-old former Aston Villa center-back Ron Vlaar as perhaps the one most suited to Newcastle, given our weakness in that position.

Classy French midfielder Yoann Gourcuff is also available after seeing out his five year contract at Lyon, but he suffered lots of injuries in France, and because of that we didn’t think he would be a good signing for Newcastle.

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Ron Vlaar – 78% think we should sign this center-back

Injuries never seem to get better as you get older, but Gourcuff”s record at Lyon was still fairly impressive where he played 128 games with 19 goals and 29 assists over five years.

Maybe an option for Newcastle would be to sign him on a pay as you play deal?

With Ron Vlaar, a good 78% think Newcastle should be signing this powerful center-back, who stands almost 6ft 3ins tall, and is a good solid center-back who has a few good years left in him yet.

He was also a star for Holland at last year’s World Cup in Brazil.

But Ron probably doesn’t come cheap as far as his wages go – but he would still be a decent bargain as a free agent.

Should Newcastle Sign Ron Vlaar As A Free Agent?

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What do you think?

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65 comments so far

  • DaraghL

    Sep 9, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #1


    Do you read any of the comments on your posts? He is injured until January at the minimum.

    The fact that you suggest we shouldn’t sign Gourcuff becuase he is injured frequently but should sign Vlaar is bizarre given his injury record (including the current one).

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 9, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #2

    There’s a reason Villa let him go and Villa fans I’ve heard express an opinion appear pleased he’s gone. That’s why I voted no. Villa were as bad as us last season and with his wage demands, I just don’t see it myself.

  • beermonkey

    Sep 9, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #3

    78% of toon fans want him do those that vote know anything about him

    1 good world cup doe not make a player he has been poor for villa for years

  • DaraghL

    Sep 9, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Beermonkey –

    78% of fans saw “Do you want to sign a centre back”

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 9, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Why would anybody sign him whilst unfit anyway? You still pay his wages, even if he’s just sitting around. By the time he can play, the January window will be open and we probaby have signings lined up. Definitely not for me beermonkey.

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 9, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Probably even!

  • Jib

    Sep 9, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #7

    I think you are right
    Such is the irrational obsessional hated of Willo that some folk would rather have a sicknote like Vlaar than a guy who has his limitations but is a 100 percenter.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 9, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #8

    Will this be filed under the players we won’t sign category once Ed does his homework!

  • beermonkey

    Sep 9, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #9


    Yes I have to confess I don’t read a lot of what ed posts I read the headline and move to the comments
    So u would bet ur right

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 9, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #10

    I think if I was asked if I would replace him for Taylor or Williamson in January, I’d probably say tes in all honesty.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 9, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #11


  • Bobbybee

    Sep 9, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #12

    TP, I think we’ll probably have moved Willo on by then mate and we’ll have somebody younger, fitter and better than Vlaar lined up in January – unless the defence looks solid, which is unlikely. If we can turn Lascelles into a good CB in his head, he has all the right attributes to go far, but right now his confidence looks shaky. One for Blackie to work on I reckon.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 9, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #13


    hatred is a very emotive word, more like people are fed up with Willo’s incompetence and are either jealous or dumbfounded at his ability to pass himself off as a footballer.

  • barkel

    Sep 9, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #14

    Well we’ve named a 25 man squad already so even if we signed a freebie they can’t play until January. Agree with beermonkey, 1 good world cup doesn’t make a great player. Gary Breen is a good example, he was excellent for Ireland in 2002 and there was talk of him going to Barca he ended up signing for west ham and being injured for most of the season and sold on to the mackems

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 9, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #15

    The decision to have Williamson as first choice CB for 75% of games over the last five years lies solely at the feet of Mike Ashleys tight wadded policies.
    (I can hear jeff furiously typing)

  • Big Archie

    Sep 9, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #16

    And we are not at all put off by the fact that this injury waiting to happen is actually a free agent????

    If he is so good why aren’t other clubs grabbing him?

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 9, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #17

    From dreams of Barca, to the reality of Sunlun. Could there be a bigger let down? 😉

  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 9, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #18

    Jail I think it lies on S. Taylor being injury prone. Coz Willo was always a back up.

  • BandB

    Sep 9, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #19

    I was rather hoping Lil was going to have the answer to whether or not players who go out on emergency loan retain their Newcastle squad number.
    Its reported that the players Newcastle would want to send out on loan are Mike Williamson, Gael Bigirimana, Yoan Gouffran, Curtis Good and Rob Elliot. These are all named in the 25-man squad, along with Marveaux.
    But three of these are home grown players. We need to name a minimum of eight home grown players in out 25 man squad. We named nine.
    Can all three go on loan at the same time? And do they retain their Newcastle squad numbers while out on loan?
    And if they don’t, would that create a gap in the squad for an unattached over-aged player? Presumably you can’t award the same squad number twice.
    The loans can last between 28 and 93 days, so theoretically loans made in a few weeks time would last until the transfer window.
    My best guess is that they could all go on loan, but that would not create a space to bring in a new player who would be eligible to play, unless they were under 21 and unattached.

  • Jib

    Sep 9, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #20

    “incompetence and are either jealous or dumbfounded at his ability to pass himself off as a footballer.”

    Don’t see it with Willo to be honest , but it is what I think of Obertan.

    As the man with the wooden leg said “it’s all a mater of a pinion”
    (opinion – geddit ?)

  • Jib

    Sep 9, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #21

    mater = matter

  • Goldmbemba

    Sep 9, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #22

    Its not in Ed’s interests to read or respond to comments. We’re all paying towards his pension because thousands of NUFC fans click on his site every day. THEREFORE the more articles and non-articles he can churn out the better.

    There are better sites to go for proper news but there you go… here I am 🙂

  • Jib

    Sep 9, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #23
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 9, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #24

    “Pound for Pound” is Charnley’s motto

    The only reason we would be sending players such as Gouffran and Williamson on loan will be too save wages we will certainly not be looking at bringing another player on a free when they leave !!

  • BandB

    Sep 9, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #25

    McClaren has said that he’s be happy with a core squad of around 20.
    All of our summer signings with the exception of Wijnadum are eligible to play by dint of their under 21 status, and therefore don’t need to be named in the 25 man squad (and haven’t been.)
    If all six went on emergency loan until Christmas, we would have an effective squad of 22, with the lads who signed professional contracts early in the summer in support.

  • Jib

    Sep 9, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #26

    Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nothing could be further from the truth.

    The parsimony of previous years at NUFC is part of the Llambias legacy.

    I have it on good authority that Charnley and Llambias hated each others guts.

    LC has laboured tirelessly since being appointed CEO to loosen the grip of the owner on the purse strings , this he achieved at the end of May.

    It’s a new era bonny lad

  • hibbit

    Sep 9, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #27

    jib dont know who’s got your ear but they are feeding you a line llambias put charnley forward for the job and backed him 100% with ashley to get the position which he did no one else was even considered

  • banjax

    Sep 9, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #28

    Ron Vlaar no doubt a good player, but when in 2016 would he be fit enough to play in the premiership ? Big question and it depends if he would submit to a pay as you play deal. Without a Payp deal it would be too risky. Anyway we need centrehalf’s now not later.

  • Jib

    Sep 9, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #29


    A timeline for you

    June 16th
    Joe Kinnear appointed director of football – in a radio interview the next day among other verbal faux pas he calls Derek Llambias “Lambayzee”

    June 19th
    Llambias resigns with immediate effect (we can only surmise why but he leaves in double quick time)

    Move now to 2014

    February 4th Joe Kinnear resigns as director of football

    April 18——–6 months after the last sight of Llambias at SJP
    The Chronicle says
    “director Lee Charnley has dodged the limelight and risen from executive understudy to head honcho at St James’ Park.”

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 9, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #30

    Willo was back up to both Collo and Taylor, one is perennially injured, the other doesn’t like derby games or games where he thinks we might get tonked. This should have been addressed

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 9, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #31

    Willo was bought with one objective in mind – promotion. In that, he was a great success and certainly played his part in full in getting us promoted as champions. The decision to retain him was out of his hands. He has never once given less than 100%, despite his talent deficiencies and has, on ocassions, been awarded motm status. He’s been there when others have been injured or suspended and we’ve been grateful for that in the past. No question he is a Championship player struggling in the PL, but his commitment has always been without question – Carver. A lack of talent means a failure by those above to replace him, it’s not his fault he kept getting picked. He’s always wore the shirt with pride. I wish the same could be said for far more talented players.

  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 9, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #32

    Jib Jibberish you posted :-
    “I have it on good authority that Charnley and Llambias hated each others guts”.

    Who has your ear is it Jeff or Jane.

    Your timeline —-ehhh – proves nothing at all ….. and adds nothing to your contention that Owl Heed and Penfold disliked one another. More rubbish I’m afraid.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 9, 2015 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #33


    I hope you are correct I really do !

    But it was only in January we decided to get rid of 8 players through a combination of loans, sales and releasing players!! Also got rid of a manager and did not even bother to replace any of them because we were safe in the table!

    Would have been interesting to see how this new era would have progressed if Carver had managed to fluke a few more wins to keep us top 10

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 9, 2015 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #34

    Also would have been interesting had Mclaren not been sacked.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 9, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #35

    100% agree with that!

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 9, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #36

    Williamson has done a job for us without complaint and always wears the shirt with pride !

    If Sissoko , Cisse or Tiote put in the effort Willo does then we would never struggle with relegation or get beat of the Mackems!

    Hes a good 4th choice defender but because of our cheapskate ways means he has had to play more than he should have !

    Hes actually a solid defender him with Mbemba would be a sound partnership that just focussed on defending and not fannying about with the ball!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 9, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #37

    Have you seen the size of Ed’s house, don’t think he’s to bothered about advertising income

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 9, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #38


    For Mclaren not getting sacked would probably have meant Derby got promoted so its doubtful we would have got him!

    Not sure we would have risked it on an unproven coach but Big Sam was available or the Tinker man ….

  • jayphoto

    Sep 9, 2015 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #39

    Take it no one saw Ron Concrete play for villa then…
    Heres something i heard a dutch pundit say-
    Vlaar is the perfect centreback to play in the centre of 3 defenders. He has good anticipation and is brave with a willingness to charge down defenders and put his body on the line. His success with the national team and in the eredivisie came playing this role in a 3-4-3 and 3-5-2.
    In a back 4 with 2 central defenders his eagerness to charge out of position and his poor positioning play can leave his central defensive partner exposed.

  • jayphoto

    Sep 9, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #40

    To be honest Willo is an awful defender for the modern game. One of the worst ive seen and i think many an opposition coach has targeted him and a weak link.
    Think the lad gets a raw deal though! Not his fault the club didnt sign better defenders and i think he always gives 100%. Think he genuinely loves playing for the club. Weve had better technical players with far worse awful attitudes that were clearly here for the pay day that got better treatment from the fans


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