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It Would Be A Huge Mistake For Newcastle To Sign This Player

2:28 pm, Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 46 Comments

Newcastle United were interested in signing 26 year-old Adel Taarabt a few years ago but we didn’t bother – and we were OK with that given the 18 times capped Moroccan International has caused trouble at the clubs he’s been at.

Taarabt signed a five-year contract with Portuguese champions Benfica last summer but he is yet to play for the first team and Portuguese daily O Jogo is reporting that Newcastle are interested in the player.

Newcastle are probably interested in a loan deal in January – if this report is true.

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Adel Taarabt – while at QPR – now a Benfica player

It could be true that Chief Scout Graham Carr has been interested in the Moroccan International for a few years now, but the last type of player we want to sign in January is one who has discipline problems – and Adel has had discipline problems in his career.

Former QPR manager Harry Redknapp can testify about how difficult this player is to handle and he was often unfit and overweight at the club.

One of the problems Newcastle are having in the current squad is a lack of discipline and it would be foolish to sign a player like Taarabt who was on loan at Inter-Milan last season and scored four goals in 14 appearances for the Italian side.

Here’s a case – much like the case with Florian Thauvin – that Graham Carr has fancied a player and whoever the manager is – Graham goes ahead and brings the players he likes into the club.

It doesn’t work and the manager – Steve McClaren – must be the one who decides who comes in during the January transfer window and it’s why managers in the past haven’t been able to build up decent squads on Tyneside.

If we don’t change this way of recruiting players then we will have our second relegation in seven seasons.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

46 responses so far ↓

  • 1 AncientC // Dec 3, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    Taarabt is everything described about Ben Arfa, when the Ben Arfa haters were going severely overboard about him.

  • 2 John Tudor // Dec 3, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    past caring
    leaving it to the abomination of the diatribe nation
    for me im out

  • 3 WWSBRD // Dec 3, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    McClaren will have minimal input on who comes in come Jan howay we know how the transfers work by now

  • 4 ilovetoon8788 // Dec 3, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Mclaren press conference latest.

    Williamson out with hamstring!! We all could have seen this coming aite?! Just our luck!

  • 5 WWSBRD // Dec 3, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    And Adel wasn’t at Inter he was at AC

  • 6 ilovetoon8788 // Dec 3, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Tiote is out as well.

    Seriously there will not be any major shuffling because we have barely anyone. Colo and sissoko will start.

    We are gonna be in for a humiliation. Atleast 6 or 7 goals will be shipped in.

  • 7 AncientC // Dec 3, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Williamson out? so long as he is back for the Villa game… that is the most important thing.

  • 8 Roosta // Dec 3, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Mikes comment of we make our own luck from now on isnt working out is it, this club is infected with viruses, it needs completely cleaned.

  • 9 Tsunki // Dec 3, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    I’d advise Steve invests in a job lot of water wings as we will be be serious water until January.

  • 10 Tsunki // Dec 3, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Be treading serious water… stupid stupid device!

  • 11 Jib // Dec 3, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    We are in for French goalie Stephane Ruffier from St Etienne

  • 12 Jib // Dec 3, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Also sniffing around Kerim Frei’ye a winger at Besiktas who came through Fulham as a kid

  • 13 Jib // Dec 3, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Happier Turkish news
    Emre Can is suspended (accumulation of yellows ) for Sundays game.

  • 14 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 3, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Jeff…you managed to make everyone leave the blog again…

  • 15 firebug666 // Dec 3, 2015 at 4:28 PM


    You really couldn’t make it up

    Newcastle United rocked by another injury as Mike Williamson limps out of training

  • 16 toon kk // Dec 3, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Im not bothered who we sign tbh, mixed up with our flops no player would play to their potential. Without a clearout first the club’s just wasting money on new signings.

  • 17 firebug666 // Dec 3, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    McClaren at his press conference:

    Steve McClaren:

    “Nobody is happy here.

    “We have lost the last two games and not played very well. Confidence can go as quickly as it comes.

    “The next game is always an opportunity to build a performance, get a result and the confidence can come back.

    “The fans can be so influential and we need everyone together (v Liverpool) no matter what.

    “The mood is focussed and determined and we know that we can turn it around with one result because we have good players.”

  • 18 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 3, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Unless McClaren gets a say on who we sign and as a minimum have final say then what does it really matter?

    The slimy turd Charnley will make the signings and probably hang MaClaren out to dry;

    For the record always thought McClaren was a poor appointment…still does.

  • 19 hibbitt // Dec 3, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    no chance of that jesper he will take what he’s given and do what he’s told just another yes man with no balls or bottle

  • 20 Rotonda heights // Dec 3, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    ”The mood is focussed and determined”


    I’ve never seen a more disparate bunch of disinterested, uncommitted, unfit and workshy mercenaries in my life.

  • 21 GeordieTwo // Dec 3, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    We actually don’t need any incoming including Taraabt! We’ve got Phil Gristle and the Belgian midget strikers! Why or why don’t you use them Steve???

  • 22 Rotonda heights // Dec 3, 2015 at 5:08 PM


    almost to the point now where relegation would be a blessing. Seeing sport direct and wonga ads everywhere is really stomach turning and the collective of ash, charnley, carr, SM and simpson are really not fit for purpose.

    If relegation brought this nearly 9 year nightmare to a quicker end with this appalling creep of an owner I’m all for it.

  • 23 GeordieTwo // Dec 3, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    More talk from Steve:
    “Right then, who pooped in me wellies? Who did it? Come on you lot, someone knows something!

  • 24 Rotonda heights // Dec 3, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Just got back from Valencia where everyone was sympathising with me for following a team sponsored by wonga and playing at the sports direct arena.

    Bit left field but what about the guy valencia just fired. He was very successful there last season with Ian cathro.

  • 25 Jail for Ashley // Dec 3, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    I think they’ll write these next two games off as lost anyway, if we beat Villa they can put the panic button away and pat each other on the backs.

  • 26 firebug666 // Dec 3, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Maybe Ashley will get visited by the three ghosts of Christmas past, present and future….. Then again maybe not he would want to charge them for access rights.

  • 27 GeordieTwo // Dec 3, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    More rumours coming out of the club:
    Colo won’t speak to any of the other players because he knows they’re jealous of his hair.
    McLaren is furious and won’t do any more of his excellent coaching unless someone admits to having pooped in his wellies.
    Willo has been quietly taking advice from Saylor about how to stay fit between matches.
    Tillie the Tea Lady has already given several of the lads a good thrashing along with several cups of tea. 😯

  • 28 GeordieTwo // Dec 3, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    A front three (or 2 1/2) of Phil Gristle and the Belgian midget strikers! Try it Steve!

  • 29 GeordieTwo // Dec 3, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    I demand equal rights for midgets! Harrumph.

  • 30 GeordieTwo // Dec 3, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    A lot of you are asking: “G2 as Official Blog Hobbit how do you feel about wor club this season?”
    Hmmmm. Very difficult one lads…..Very difficult indeed. I like the new tea lady, aaaannnd errm I think possibly we need a new owner….aaaannnd I don’t like Wonga or Sadistics Direct. That sums it up for me like.

  • 31 hibbitt // Dec 3, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    i have a feeling even the moderates in the ground will turn on sunday just cannot see us putting up any kind of fight……. klopp has liverpool fired up for every game playing good attacking football looking to win every game…… i honestly think they will overrun us in all departments it could be a cricket score……its a hard life being a member of the toon army

  • 32 BrightonMag // Dec 3, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    hibbitt // Dec 3, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    it could be a cricket score……


  • 33 GeordieTwo // Dec 3, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    I sympathize with you hibbit mate but look at all the positives as well. We’ve got the club Christmas party to look forward to, as well as the sacking of Steve after more of his brilliant post match comments. Then there’s the shots of Charnley scurrying out of the ground after another loss, and the empty seat belonging to Ashley for each home game. And surely we’re going to get more inspirational comments from Mike next summer!!! How can you be down in the dumps mate?

  • 34 GeordieTwo // Dec 3, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Well, I say we take a break now lads and scratch them where they itch. Give it a good five minutes and then report back here. Carry on then lads.

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // Dec 3, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    A few of them might fancy their chances of being sibned by old Klippety and actually turn up on Sunday

  • 36 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 3, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Tell ya
    Injury after injury – there has got to be something wrong with the training ground indoors and out

  • 37 GeordieTwo // Dec 3, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Just listening to John Butler’s Ocean on youtube. Very nice.

  • 38 hibbitt // Dec 3, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    jail…….. but the rest of them will just throw in the towel

  • 39 GeordieTwo // Dec 3, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    As long as they get those towels back after they throw them in hibbitt mate. Those towels are very expensive according to Assley.

  • 40 Jail for Ashley // Dec 3, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    I see the Ashley lads have started posting again

  • 41 GeordieTwo // Dec 3, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    A lot of you are saying you don’t know anything aboot the poop in Steve’s wellies. Well, I don’t believe it lads……Hmmmm…. Where’s beermonkey?

  • 42 LGFUAD21 // Dec 3, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    I dont think a Mourinho or Guardiola could get us out of this mess.

    Some players have now been here through 3 seasons of crisis and are probably used to it being like this.

    The new players have probably been rocked by their baptism of fire.

    I dont understand how anybody could manage these players emotionally or coach them technically with the state we are in.

    I also dont think adding new players in January will really make a difference.

  • 43 GeordieTwo // Dec 3, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    You almost make it sound like a crisis LGFUAD mate. This is just normal operating procedure for Mike. He will buy in January as he did when we were in deep doodoo in the 2012/2013 season and he brought in five including Sissoko, Gouffy, and Debuchy. But will he trust McLaren with the newbies? I think not. It will be a new pinhead for the role.

  • 44 Ron Knee // Dec 3, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    Do you think Ashley will sack McClaren – seriously?

  • 45 GeordieTwo // Dec 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Welcome to the Machine. Ashley style. How do you like it lads?

  • 46 OneAlanShearer // Dec 3, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    Cheap targets no surprise there. And we are supposed to believe they look for character first. Will this regime ever do anything right. A small child would make better stab at running nufc than this lot and yes Ashley is at fault. He needs to ante up or sell up. We need leaders.

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