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Newcastle Line Up Young Striker For The Summer

2:18 pm, Thursday, January 7th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 33 Comments

The Chronicle is reporting today that Newcastle have taken Swiss U21 International Albian Ajeti on trial – and if he does well the 18 year-old could be signed in the summer.

The striker is of Albanian descent hd he’s played for all the Swiss youth sides form U15 to 3 caps for U21 side – which is not bad since he’s just 18.

Albian Ajeti

Swiss U21 International striker Albian Ajeti

The 6 ft tall striker has played 12 times for the Basel first team this season with 5 goals

Ajeti made his debut for Basel almost two years ago in March 2014 in the UEFA Europa League when he had only just turned 17.

He’s played 21 times for the Basel first team so far with 6 goals and 4 assists.

These are the types of deal we should be doing – bringing in good up and coming youngsters who are then looked at closely by the coaching staff before any deal is made.

He will be one for the Development squad and Peter Beardsley will be watching his closely during his trial to see if is good enough to sign for the club in the summer.

We wish Ajeti all the bets in his trial on Tyneside.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Development squad · Loan Moves · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours

33 responses so far ↓

  • 1 SPRINGY // Jan 7, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    need first team players but if he’s decent cant hurt i spose

  • 2 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 7, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Your last comment. I will stick to dealing with the football issues. Join in if you like.

  • 3 lesh // Jan 7, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    I wonder whether Charnley and Carr are aware of or even care about the Club’s relegation threatened position?

    Do these clowns not see that we need players in key positions now, not next flaming summer!

  • 4 toon kk // Jan 7, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    There’s more likely to be more truth in this speculation, it’s more to the point of how the club is run, potential good resale value or saving money on a more expensive experienced player. Unfortunately far too many under achieve,lack of quality to train with doesn’t help.

  • 5 SPRINGY // Jan 7, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    i think they know but dont realise how important it is…..theres nee fire under there arses to get deals done quick…unless no one will sign

  • 6 Tsunki // Jan 7, 2016 at 2:34 PM

    Yesterday in one of my more fiendish moods when jeffs ‘ eggnog’ comment came to light, I was going to compare his tendency to flame other posters coupled with his seemingly racist comment by posting a link to Flight of the Conchords’ “Albi the Racist Dragon”.

    And now we’re interested in bringing a young Albanian boy here? 😉

  • 7 SPRINGY // Jan 7, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    lamine kone’s move to the mackems fell thru….we were linked to him wonder if that has out to do with it?

  • 8 jazzyp // Jan 7, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Perez the 2nd

  • 9 Tsunki // Jan 7, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    So Blackley, Ashley is the saviour and continuing benefactor who has saved the club from financial ruin, keeps the wolves from the door, and we could have had worse. Correct?

    And the advertising is not worth much to SD, so rather give it away free than Mike take his money out and renew bank loan at interest?

  • 10 lesh // Jan 7, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    Springy, I honestly believe that Ashley gave them a budget of £50m for the season and they blew it in the summer – including £14m on Thauvin when we needed a CB at the very least.


  • 11 toon kk // Jan 7, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    Trouble is with the clowns in charge they admitted in the past they won’t be held to ransom in the January window by paying over what they think is over the odds,although Mash is happy enough with the selling side in January.

  • 12 Tsunki // Jan 7, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    Has anyone noticed how pants our academy is still doing?

  • 13 lesh // Jan 7, 2016 at 2:41 PM


    Who’s Koney?

  • 14 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 7, 2016 at 2:44 PM

    This guy will be useful when we are in the championship i guess..

  • 15 JAMSHA // Jan 7, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    good for future but we need a proven striker from pl , no time for players to settle in…better go for remy dan lacazette

  • 16 AncientC // Jan 7, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    Albian Ajeti is a free agent in the summer. I am guessing Basel are letting him leave now for a nominal fee.

    I can just imagine Carr’s database of players, organised from top to bottom with player contract expiration dates.

  • 17 lesh // Jan 7, 2016 at 2:51 PM


    Yup, you’re right of course but surely principles ought to go out of the window when relegation’s staring the Club in the face?

  • 18 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 7, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    AncientC // Jan 7, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    I would like to know if Blackley believes the story in regards to Mike Ashley when it comes to the ‘due dilligence’ or lack thereof.

    I only ask, because in the past, Blackley suggested to other fans that it would be a waste of time pushing Ashley to sell the club, as a buyer would not be forthcoming etc. I posted a direct quote from Mike Ashley stating the club was not for sale at any price, which Blackley immediately dismissed as he did not find Mike Ashley trustworthy enough with the truth.
    I don’t know whether you’ve been following my debate with OurToon that never gets past the starting post.

    The story about due diligence? I think we all agree he didn’t do any. The issue is whether that fact was detrimental in any way to NUFC. Some people use it as a stick to hit Ashley with. They say it shows he’s not a fit and proper person to run the club and it cost the club. Have you seen my car analogy? Perhsps you could comment. I would add to it that when Ashley discovered the finances were worse than he imagined, he loaned the club as additional working capital. In other words, when he discovered the previous owner had run the car into the ground, he put money in for essential maintenance.

    Yes I have said it is a waste of time boycotting and protesting, unless there is a suitable buyer willing and ready to step in. When’s internecine warfare ever done much good? Who is ready to step in? How do you know that all the boycotting is going to bring you a new owner any better than Ashley.

    Yes, you’re right I don’t trust Ashley to tell the truth. I think he might be prepared to sell at the right price. But I ask you, what would you do if someone tried to force you to sell an asset that you own to a buyer who hasn’t appeared never mind at a price you’re not happy with?

    I’m not sure what your point is? You seem to be suggesting some inherent contradiction?

  • 19 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 7, 2016 at 2:56 PM

    That’s not to say an exciting purchaser won’t emerge. Only if one did would I consider supporting a campaign to urge Ashley to sell. Anything else is just pissing in the wind. No good would come of it for the team.

  • 20 SPRINGY // Jan 7, 2016 at 2:59 PM

    he’s a cb we were linked with a few weeks back

  • 21 AncientC // Jan 7, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    Blackely “The story about due diligence? I think we all agree he didn’t do any.”

    Why do you believe Mikey Ashley didn’t do due diligence when buying the club, because Ashley said so?

    Ashley said the club was not for sale at any price, you didn’t trust his word then, why so then do you trust his word over not engaging in due diligence when buying the club?

  • 22 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 7, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    The Ashley bashing can’t get any barmier than when he gets criticised for having the club make profits. How do you think the loan will reduce or we will have money to buy players if the club doesn’t make a profit?

  • 23 AncientC // Jan 7, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Just to clarify my earlier point, from a discussion going back to last season. I claimed that the club cannot be sold if it isn’t for sale – so to first know if there is a buyer forthcoming, Ashley would need to be persuaded to put the club up for sale first.

  • 24 Tsunki // Jan 7, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    @9, Blackley – close?

  • 25 AncientC // Jan 7, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    I do not really need a reply. I think I got what I needed from “Yes, you’re right I don’t trust Ashley to tell the truth.”

  • 26 manxpie // Jan 7, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    Didn’t hall say in his interview a while back he was ready to sell it to sum foreigners but they wanted to much time to do due diligence and that’s when Ashley popped up
    kind of puts a different spin on things from Halls point of view

  • 27 bladeuser // Jan 7, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    And take his arse LICKING stooge Blackley and brownley with him
    SHEEP ? Out

  • 28 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 7, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    What has he got to gain by stating he didn’t do it? Nobody, not his critics or supporters say he did it. You don’t need Ashley’s word for it. If you understand what the due diligence point is you would know that he had nothing to gain by saying he didn’t do it. All it shows is that he overpaid for something because hd didn’t check it out. If uou buy a dud car becsuse youre not a mechsnic snd you gont get it checked out, it makes you look stupid in many prople’s eyes. As Posada says, if you know anything about how it works and what happened, he wouldn’t have time to do due diligence.

    But the bottom line is that he has got nothing to gain by saying he didn’t do it. You seem to be suggesting he has?

  • 29 Sazzer // Jan 7, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    No worries we will sign Leandro Damiao on free transfer…Mondial will set us up.

  • 30 komfort // Jan 7, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    b&b @ 18

    when he put the money in for essential maintenance…..does he expect to get the value he paid for the car plus what he paid for fixing it when he sells it on?

  • 31 AncientC // Jan 7, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    Blackley, I am unsure if Ashley did his due diligence when buying the club or not, it seems out of character to me – as you alluded to previously, he was not as wealthy then as he is now… which means the sum he paid for Newcastle was more significant to him at the time.

    Ashley wanting to run Newcastle his way, he can make claims that he did not do due diligence, blame the previous owners for how they ran things etc – which in effect gave Ashley leverage and more support to do what he wants with the club.

    Theoretically of course.

  • 32 AncientC // Jan 7, 2016 at 3:21 PM

    I have to go, so I cannot respond if I am replied to again. Have a good day all.

  • 33 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 7, 2016 at 3:23 PM

    Tsunki @24
    Yes. @9 is closer than your previous comment.

    The sdvertising may be worth a great deal to SD. But the benefit SD gets does not equate to the lost revenue to NUFC. NUFC’s loss is what it could otherwise achieve on the open market. SD’s gain is probably extremely difficult to quantify but that doesn’t matter because it’s irrrelevant. But in quantifying NUFC’s loss, you have to net off the benefit of the interest free loan.

    If you look at the EPL finances provided in the link from Croftus, you will see that the figures for total commercial revenues of comparable clubs are fairly modest. And that is the total including sponsorship, merchandising etc. And even with SD paying nothing NUFC’s total commercial income stands up in comparison. But please look at it and comment.

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