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Fans Want This Top Free Agent At Newcastle

9:39 am, Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 65 Comments

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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65 responses so far ↓

  • 1 DaraghL // Sep 9, 2015 at 9:46 AM


    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).

  • 2 Bobbybee // Sep 9, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    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.

  • 3 beermonkey // Sep 9, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    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

  • 4 DaraghL // Sep 9, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Beermonkey –

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

  • 5 Bobbybee // Sep 9, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    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.

  • 6 Bobbybee // Sep 9, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Probably even!

  • 7 Jib // Sep 9, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    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.

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // Sep 9, 2015 at 10:00 AM

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

  • 9 beermonkey // Sep 9, 2015 at 10:00 AM


    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

  • 10 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 9, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    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.

  • 11 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 9, 2015 at 10:02 AM


  • 12 Bobbybee // Sep 9, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    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.

  • 13 Rotonda heights // Sep 9, 2015 at 10:10 AM


    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.

  • 14 barkel // Sep 9, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    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

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // Sep 9, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    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)

  • 16 Big Archie // Sep 9, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    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?

  • 17 Bobbybee // Sep 9, 2015 at 10:18 AM

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

  • 18 will die for the toon army // Sep 9, 2015 at 10:24 AM

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

  • 19 BandB // Sep 9, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    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.

  • 20 Jib // Sep 9, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    “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 ?)

  • 21 Jib // Sep 9, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    mater = matter

  • 22 Goldmbemba // Sep 9, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    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 🙂

  • 23 Jib // Sep 9, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Looks like y’all going to get your wishes

  • 24 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Sep 9, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    “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 !!

  • 25 BandB // Sep 9, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    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.

  • 26 Jib // Sep 9, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    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

  • 27 hibbit // Sep 9, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    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

  • 28 banjax // Sep 9, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    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.

  • 29 Jib // Sep 9, 2015 at 11:27 AM


    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.”

  • 30 Jail for Ashley // Sep 9, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    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

  • 31 Bobbybee // Sep 9, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    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.

  • 32 Mister Tuff // Sep 9, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    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.

  • 33 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Sep 9, 2015 at 1:15 PM


    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

  • 34 Jail for Ashley // Sep 9, 2015 at 1:29 PM

    Also would have been interesting had Mclaren not been sacked.

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // Sep 9, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    100% agree with that!

  • 36 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Sep 9, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    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!

  • 37 Jail for Ashley // Sep 9, 2015 at 1:41 PM

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

  • 38 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Sep 9, 2015 at 1:43 PM


    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 ….

  • 39 jayphoto // Sep 9, 2015 at 1:45 PM

    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.

  • 40 jayphoto // Sep 9, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    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

  • 41 Jib // Sep 9, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    Mr Tuff

    It’s really a kiddies trait to scoff at something merely because of who says it and not offer up a counter argument or piece of information.

    For what it’s worth without giving too much info away (for obvious reasons) a relative of mine is a long standing contractor at SJP and has attended many meetings with personnel at the club over decades.

    He told me yonks ago that there was a genuine dislike between the incumbents at the club (Charnley dates back to Russell Cushings time)
    and the Ashley appointees.

    He told me ages ago that if you could connect the old hands at the club to Ashleys money we would be ok.

    I only remembered this conversation recently when we met at a family wedding and he reminded me

    He still has business dealings with NUFC so I have to keep details sparse.

    By the way Mr Tuff don’t bother responding I’ve put this info out there for the many readers of this blog not for you

  • 42 Jail for Ashley // Sep 9, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    Are we on about the same Lee Churnley that Bob Moncur was arguing about not wanting to win a cup ?

  • 43 Belfast // Sep 9, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    He lives in a house, a very big house in the country
    He’s got a fog in his chest so he needs a lot of rest in the country.

  • 44 Belfast // Sep 9, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    Ed not me.

  • 45 Jib // Sep 9, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    No jail that was with Ashley/Pardew

  • 46 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 9, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    That was a bit of a blur there Belfast!

  • 47 Mister Tuff // Sep 9, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    Jib Jibberish – what a hypocrite. you were slagging off just about everyone yesterday – with your offensive abuse.
    Seems the hypocrites have a rule for themselves and a different one for others.
    You couldn’t make it up.

    Jib Jibberish you had better get back to preparing some Modern European History lectures, I’m sure your students are missing you because of all the time you spend on the blog.
    Eagerly awaiting your next blunder/gaffe -must be overdue one now.

  • 48 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 9, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    Senor Tuff…I am pretty sure they are not missing him!

  • 49 Jib // Sep 9, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Oh shoot I’m being attacked by the Dane and Mr Tuff.

    What did Denis Healey say about being attacked in Parliament by Geoffrey Howe ?

    “It was like being savaged by a dead sheep”

  • 50 martoon // Sep 9, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    I wonder how many Willo haters attend matches? At the game you can actually see that Willo’s general positioning is good and he does some timely interceptions. Yes he is not the quickest and his passing is atrocious but he just has to lay the ball off to someone who can pick a pass. He wouldn’t be my first choice now but OK as a fourth choice and could be brought off the bench in certain circumstances e.g. to play against Carroll etc. – remember the difference he made in the Everton game when were getting thrashed at half time!

  • 51 dok - the horrid colonial // Sep 9, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    I see that the town idiot/town drunk jib is still nipping at the bottle, having a run at upstanding blog members…

    he must have no mirrors in his trailer home, cant stand the sight of himself, like the rest of us…

  • 52 dok - the horrid colonial // Sep 9, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Sir Jesper, Sir Tuff,

    keep fighting the good fight, I do enjoy your posts, among a few others on here… as long as we don’t talk about the resident psychopath jib/jeff/jane, or whatever dress he is wearing today…

  • 53 geordie157 // Sep 9, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    Vlaars out until at least Jan, I think he’ll end up returning to Holland.

    Gourcuff is on his way to seal a return to Rennes.

  • 54 Jail for Ashley // Sep 9, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    No jeff it wasn’t

    “All the fans say to me ‘All we want is to have a go in the FA Cup’ and I don’t see that as a big risk. I know there’s reasons given to me. There was a general trend of injuries, but I said to (managing director) Lee (Charnley) as an ex-player you’re going to have to explain to me why we don’t have a go. He did, but I didn’t see it. The risk of injuries compared to the feelings of the fans and the bad publicity isn’t that big.

    “Especially in January because by then you know where you stand in the league a bit. Worst comes to the worst, someone gets injured but it happens.”

    Interestingly, it is one aspect of the club’s running that Moncur enquired about in his ambassadorial role. He said: “I can’t take credit for the Cup part of the statement but I have said to Lee in the past I can’t understand why apparently we weren’t having a go, especially with the FA Cup.

    “The Capital One Cup might be a bit early on in the season but by the time you get to January you know exactly where you are. The likes of last season I thought ‘Now is a good time to have a go’.”

  • 55 Jail for Ashley // Sep 9, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Hang fire with grovelling apology jeff, I don’t want one !

  • 56 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 9, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Where is this pic of Ed’s house over in the states?

  • 57 Chancel be a fine thing // Sep 9, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    last post 3.10????

  • 58 Chancel be a fine thing // Sep 9, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    must be afternoon tea.

  • 59 Belfast // Sep 9, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Toon Prodigy

    Ed harrisons house

  • 60 martoon // Sep 9, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Toon-Prodigy @56 – There is a picture on the home page on the LHS I think as scroll down from the top.

  • 61 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 9, 2015 at 4:34 PM


    I can see why he may need a few extra quid..

    This could actually be his child hood home in Walker actually.. Im from there myself haha. It’s a bit ropey in parts!


    Na, I can’t see it like. Im on an Iphone don’t know if it’s visible on IOS. Software issue?

    Just his usual short Bio I can see..

  • 62 Belfast // Sep 9, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    It’s not there anymore. Jail for Ashley complained via email. 🙂

  • 63 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 9, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    dok Meister… 😀

  • 64 ITUNDERASHELL // Sep 9, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Looks like Moussa Sissoko wants to move to Crystal Palace. Bye then.

  • 65 mega heed // Sep 9, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Some idiot at The Mag website (to be fair he is a fool) just posted in an article saying they would see signing long term crock and Villa flop Vlaar as the type of signing NUFC should make instead of our summer signings, seriously who are these people. The fans who want people like Vlaar signed would whinge if we signed free transfers in their 30’s. This would be a short term, expensive signing that would solve nowt, stinks of Freddy Shepherd!

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