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Newcastle After Giant Senegal International Center-Back

11:57 am, Tuesday, December 29th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 34 Comments

There’s news today that Newcastle are interested in Napoli’s 24 year-old center-back Kalidou Koulibaly, and the defender stands 6’5″ tall and has played 3 times for Senegal.

The news is in teamTALK and they are reporting he is one of the list of targets at Newcastle – which according to them does include center-backs – which is different from what we heard in the Chronicle last week.


Napoli’s center-back Kalidou Koulibaly

We have so far conceded 34 goals this season and it’s the second worst only to Sunderland and it doesn’t take a genius to tell you that Newcastle’s back line is a weakness of the side – and has been for three years.

But with Newcastle being in 3rd bottom place in the Premier league it’s going to be a very hard sell for Newcastle to the player –  to get him to move to a club in severe danger of relegation this season.

And Napoli are having another good season and are currently in 3rd place in Serie A on 35 points – only one point behind leaders Inter-Milan after 17 games played.

Koulibaly was signed from Belgian club Gent in the summer of last year,  and he has so far played 59 times and is playing well and seems settled at Napoli – which will make it even more difficult for Newcastle to sign this player next month.

Koulibaly was born and raised in France by Senegalese parents, and was eligible to play for both countries.

He played 11 times for the U-20 French youth side starting in 2011, but in early September decided to play for Senegal and he made his debut in September in an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Namibia in a 2–0 win.

It doesn’t look like Newcastle will have much chance of signing this player as his agent Bruno Satin has recently told Tutto Napoli that his client  is settled in Italy:

“Napoli has always been the first choice of Kalidou. He wants to stay to reach great levels in Naples, and wanted to prove to coach  to earn a starting role.

“We are not concerned about his contract. He is doing well in the field, and he is happy and motivated.”

It will be interesting to see if Newcastle do try to strengthen the defense next month.

With Ashley’s only real motivation being to keep Newcastle in the Premier League – and with the team now in 3rd bottom place and now odds-on to be relegated – we could see more players coming in next month than if we were higher up in the league.

That’s the way the club is run these days – but we may have left it too late this season already.

We are 8/11 on to be relegated by SkyBet after yesterday’s second successive defeat – behind only Aston Villa and Sunderland and next in the betting is Norwich at 11/4 –  and Norwich have won two of their last three games.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

34 responses so far ↓

  • 1 John Tudor // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:03 PM
    pardew to real pmsl

  • 2 Magpie Season // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    So guess what fellas. Was perusing the odds in the ‘Not to be Relegated’ section & we are at $1.90 while Norwich has shorter odds at $1.20. So even the bookies have us as 3 favourites while scum are at $5.50.

    I STILL think we won’t & neither will Sunderland as the last 2 will be occupied by Norwich & Bournemouth.

    Reckon I should put money on it? Good odds.

  • 3 Graeme // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    JT – that’s priceless lmao

  • 4 kimbo // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:20 PM

    Before anything else we need 2 new central midfield players and if we buy another winger instead then we are relegated. Carr must be put out to grass and not involved with any more signings.

  • 5 John Tudor // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:20 PM

    why waste hard earned cash

  • 6 RUNAWAY777 // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    get players signed now for when the 1st comes so they can come straight in,but no it will take all month to sign one player if where lucky,or we tried but could not get them over the line.

  • 7 John Tudor // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    smoke and mirrors watch the systematic destruction of our club by a wealthy billionaire who couldn’t give a fcuk

  • 8 mindshaft // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    we need a midfield who can help the back four out – too often they are left alone
    We also need a striker who can actually put the ball in the net … sadly mitrovic has turned out to be a poor Shola imitation and Perez is a better sub than a starter
    We also need to move Gini into number 10 role or central midfield – he is not a winger

  • 9 Our Toon // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:33 PM


    We had this discussion on the previous thread, no striker in the world would score consistently with max 2 chances created for them every game.

    Lukaku needs 5 or 6 same with ighalo vardy Kane etc. You also seem to forget mitro is a kid…he’s 21 or 22

    If you can’t provide consistent service no one will be prolific

  • 10 optimistic prime // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    Just been watching Terry Henry on Sky.

    He reckons players can’t fool the fans, I wonder if Steeve and our players know that.

  • 11 Ian Toon // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    Something I prepared earlier:
    I don’t very often blame the manager. However it made little sense not to play a 4-3-3 formation against a WBA side playing with three in the middle. With little Vurn we were always going to be unable to impose ourselves against a physically strong Albion midfield and we were simply inept in this key area.. Colback playing clearly not fully fit tried but overall failed to stem a growing tide of attacks as the game progressed. The defence as a unit played well but we simply constantly did not retain possession and work the ball out of our half . I blogged the day before the game where the the game could be won or lost and so it came to pass. I won’t repeat myself on the priority need to acquire a creative midfielder. How about Cabaye, Gosling or even Abeid anyone?
    In any event Macca did get the team selection wrong. I also expected more from Wijnaldum who barely warrants a start on that performance although the limited range of passing and movement around him doesn’t help his movement.
    On the ST front Mitrovic offered little. The weakness in this area falls also to a lack of creativity in the midfield and wide areas – simply getting early balls into the box. We need to stretch the play and the introduction of Thauvin earlier could have offered an alternative. Macca did have options! . Mitrovic lacks pace and therefore static movement around him doesn’t help his battling style. Although He should have been awarded a blatant penalty. Perez was also not a force but when I watch him I always feel he might produce something.
    Against Arsenal we really do need to compete in the possession stakes and de Jong should start.

  • 12 John Tudor // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    and mucca will say same old crap same team to start they showed they can play well as a team and were just unlucky

  • 13 toonbrother // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    We need a left footed/left sided Centre Back
    We already have Lascelles, Mbabu and Mbemba all of whom play on the right side of central defence
    We need to look at players like
    Hinteregger, Riedewald, Umtiti (unlikely but you never know), Kongolo and maybe Djilobobby (sp)

  • 14 Transfer Sage // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:43 PM


    I’d play Anita (colback if he’s not fit) with de jong and gini in front of him. Then have a forward three of sissoko, thauvin and Mitro. A classic 433 style of play.

    I think Perez looks shattered, keep him on the bench for pushing against tired legs towards the end of the match.

  • 15 John Tudor // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:43 PM

    you missed Tommynoddy toonb

  • 16 John Tudor // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    sissoko would get no where near a start
    for me

  • 17 Transfer Sage // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    Three players could turn our season around and get us moving up the league.

    A quality CB, a creative midfielder and a winger…..would give us more solidity and a threat going forward to pull us out of the bottom of the league.

    Ideally a left back would be nice too.

    Hopefully Aarons is fit soon, he just posted a photo of himself in the dressing room with other lads in training kit….he might help make the difference although can’t expect too much from him.

  • 18 Ian Toon // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    Lukaku and Kane are not that much older but do have experience of time in the PL. He needs to work on his fitness, balance and movement. He makes it easy for defenders to track his runs. We have limited alternatives until the window opens.
    He’s a work in progress/ development player. at present.

  • 19 Our Toon // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:46 PM


    I agree with your selection, that’s the same side I’d go with as well

  • 20 Ian Toon // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    Transfer- We do need some imaginative thinking. With Pérez as at Spurs he offers something lacking elsewhere His runs and trickery unsettle the ponderous CB’s.

  • 21 WWSBRD // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    Aaron’s didn’t play when he was fit mate he will add to the bench but he’s unlikely to get game time

  • 22 Transfer Sage // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    Our toon

    I’d like to see us try that, whether it would work or not is a different issue.

    We used to be able to play 442 when we had cabaye and tiote in the middle, at the time both were in form, had backs of energy and cabaye had the vision and ability to pick the front men out… we don’t have the strength, quality or energy in the middle to only go with 2 players in there.

  • 23 toonbrother // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    Seriously how is getting another winger going to help our cause? We have marveaux, Obertan, arrons, Sissoko, Sammy Ameobi on the books and blew another 15Million on Thauvin only just yesterday.
    The only thing that should be coming out of anyone mouths is DEFENCE

  • 24 Transfer Sage // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:51 PM


    I don’t understand why. He looked a real threat last year when he played and it’s hardly like our current wide men are effective and they certainly don’t track back to cover runs from opposing fullbacks….he has to be involved for me.


    Perez is very clever, his final ball and shot lack conviction for me. He often opens gaps but them plods into them or has a powderpuff shot…..I think he just needs more confidence to either power into the gap or unleash a stronger shot.

  • 25 JP...from The Rock // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    Irs good to go for tall CBs but they have to be good defenders. Height alone is not enough. We need talented defenders not just giants.

  • 26 Our Toon // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:52 PM


    His movement for the header he should have scored against Everton was excellent, think that’s an indication of how we should be supplying him. Not lumping it without a thought or hope….agreed on the pen that wasn’t given though, would have been a red as well….ref bottled it

  • 27 Transfer Sage // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    toon brother

    Because other than potentially Aarons, those wingers are not cutting it. We need supply to the forward to get goals, Mitro thrives on crosses…that is why.

    We also need a CB and LB as priority.

  • 28 Ian Toon // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    Transfer- We definitely need to buy with a view to players going into a starting side. We lack creativity, pace and power. Our two CB’s are not imposing like the majority seen in other teams. Coloccini I thought has upped his game recently but I favour an Incredible Hulk CB purchase to cause trouble at both ends.

  • 29 Our Toon // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    I think 442 in possession and 451 out if possession is something we could utilise. I’d actually like to see both Cisse and Mitro start

  • 30 WWSBRD // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    I don’t disagree but he won’t play, Thuavin should be getting game time but he doesn’t and he’s got a better pedigree than Aaron’s

    McClaren seems to have his deformed team in place and to hell with the rest

  • 31 OneAlanShearer // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:56 PM

    If they want to stay up they need at least 4 to 6 quality players.

    DM (playmaker) ideally 2

    Darlow is not the answer,
    An injury to Mbemba and we are down
    Dummett sucks
    We don’t have a central midfielder
    Aarons is the closest we have to a lw when fit
    We need a quality striker with pace power and accuracy.

  • 32 Our Toon // Dec 29, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    CB, LB, Creative Midfielder, LW needed

    Would like a DM also but none of the above will happen.

    Wouldn’t mind Shelvey in midfield, need to offload Marv, Obertan and Riviere

  • 33 blacksmith // Dec 29, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    While Koulibaly’s height would be an asset to the defence, I don’t think the defence is the fundamental problem with the current team.

    Our defence has played OK in recent games. But if you can’t hold possession and create chances the other way then even the best defences will get overrun eventually. And if you can’t score goals you can’t win games.

    It’s a tired refrain at this point but what we lack is a DMF in the mold of Cabaye. A player who can provide a pivot in midfield. Who can tackle, hold possession and whose range of passing can put the ball in dangerous areas for the likes of Wijnaldum and Perez to be most effective.

    Instead what we have are central midfielders who play the ball sideways and backwards forcing our attacking midfielders to advance the ball on the dribble. This most often results in them overturning possession and heaping more pressure on the defence.

    With nobody to supply the passes from deep there is less effective movement off the ball up front and less ability to punish teams on the counter attack.

    Our approach is painfully predictable. Play the ball out wide look for the overlapping full back and hope the cross finds someone in the box.

    Clearly the problems go deeper than any one player in any one position, but having a midfield that can control the game for spells, ease pressure on the defence and create opportunities will go a long way to producing results.

  • 34 blacksmith // Dec 29, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Colback and Anita should be squad options at best. But as Ian Toon said neither is imposing enough physically or technically to control the middle of the park.

    In a 4-4-2 your CMF pair need to be strong on both sides of the ball. Colback and Anita aren’t bad players and either could do a job in a 3 man midfield with an imposing attack and defensive midfielder.

    Sissoko should have developed into one of those imposing midfielders but due to his inconsistency in the middle is deployed out wide. I still feel with the right coaching and tactical set up he could be deployed as a midfield powerhouse.

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