Here’s One Striker Newcastle Have Lost Out On

The Chronicle reported on Thursday that Newcastle would take 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 and 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.

So he looks a good young player with lots of potential.

Albian Ajeti

Albian Ajeti – just signed for FC Augsburg
What happened to his Newcastle trial?

But news today that he has just signed a four and a half year deal with Bundesliga club FC Augsburg – so his trial didn’t last long at Newcastle and it looks like it didn’t even start.

Here is the FC Basel statement about Ajeti published today on the Swiss club’s website:

“The 18 year old striker Albian Ajeti has signed with immediate effect from FC Basel 1893 to the Bundesliga and the UEFA Europa League participants FC Augsburg.”

“Ajeti will sign for Augsburg on a four and a half year contract until 30 June 2020.”

“The Swiss U21 international signed in July 2013 for FC Basel along with his twin brother Adonis Ajeti, his first professional contract with FCB for three years.”

On Saturday 9 January 2016 Ajeti will travel to meet the Bundesliga squad who are twelfth in the league and at a training camp in Marbella , where he will join with former FCB player Raul Bobadilla.”

“FC Basel 1893 wishes Albian Ajeti all the best and much success in the Bundesliga.”

There was nothing official from Newcastle on Ajeti but here’s a promising young 18 year-old striker that we quickly lost out on.

Wonder what really happened?

Another club was probably more aggressive and ambitious than Newcastle – and that’s not the first time that’s happened.

Remember a year ago when Tottenham came in and took 18 year-old MK Dons central midfielder Dele Alli from under our noses?

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • BandB

    Jan 8, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #1

    Not so much a show trial, as a no show trial.

  • toon22

    Jan 8, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #2


    We dont care anymore,the teams irevivant

    MA OUT

  • Jack Root

    Jan 8, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Jimmy Smith – Early days yet for signings.
    Other football comment you might not have seen/

    Speaking to Sky Sports, pundit Don Goodman thinks that Armstrong could end up being Newcastle’s very own Harry Kane, who also spent time out on loan in the Football League before thriving in the Premier League with Tottenham, even becoming a regular for the England national team.

    “You only have to look at Harry Kane,” said Goodman. “He is the perfect example that Armstrong needs to look at. I saw Kane playing on loan at Millwall and elsewhere and you saw him grow. It wasn’t an explosion like Armstrong, it was a slow, steady improvement, but now he is almost irreplaceable for Spurs, playing week in, week out, and an England regular. I dare to say he wouldn’t have come on in the same way had he not had the loan spells,” he added.

  • lesh

    Jan 8, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Nice one indeed – the Swiss lad’s the first of the ‘Couidn’t get them over the line’ attempts.

    Just shows what a useless idiot Charnley is. Where was super-scout Carr’s intelligence on the lad’s status? On Augsburg’s interest?

    They’ve been made to look even bigger fools than we’ve taken them for. And that’s saying something

  • Our Toon

    Jan 8, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Carr and charnley have no say, they are appointed to take the blame, people to point the finger at. The man who signs the cheques is the one responsible

  • Belfast

    Jan 8, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #6

    I’ve a hunch that accusation about Blackley being paid to answer questions will no doubt be covered in great detail toon22

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 8, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #7

    It would be ideal for Armstrong to return to a Newcastle side as good as the Spurs one that Kane returned to feature for. That would have also helped harry Kane’s dramatic rise to prominence. But Kane is the real deal, and Armstrong will have to keep going some to achieve the same, but Adam Armstrong certainly is great in that league, for that team, and at such a young age, without question, and that is potentially a great thing for us, also without question, but it doesn’t help us now..

  • Magpie Season

    Jan 8, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #8


    Why are people getting so excited about Armstrong? It’s League One.

    Kane did spend time in League One but Spurs played Europa League every season & went far in both domestic cups. Those 3 competitions they fielded their youngsters & Kane played in every single game & the odd EPL game. Much higher level than League One. So even if he didn’t play many games in Premier League he would have gotten 10-15 games experience in a much higher level each season with Spurs themselves.

  • Blofal

    Jan 8, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #9

    If Armstrong comes back to a side creating lots of chances and playing well he will excel. Coming back to a side playing poorly and in a relegation battle will set back his development.

    Sadly enough the best situation for Armstrong is for us to be relegated and him become a starter for us in the Championship.

  • John Tudor

    Jan 8, 2016 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #10

    armas off at the double

  • Tsunki

    Jan 8, 2016 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Aww come on you’d have to be paid and handsomely to dig yourself into the crap as badly as Blackley does, what an embarrassing show. it’s enough for me to give this place a rest for a while I can only entertain the infants for so long 🙂

  • JamesToon

    Jan 9, 2016 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #12

    Reports in Italy that we’ve had a £17million bid rejected for Manolo Gabbiadini

  • Graeme

    Jan 9, 2016 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #13

    James @12 – do you honestly believe, that on the balance of 7 years experience of how Ashley works, we are going to bid £17 million, for a player, in January???

    Yeah, right. Next.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 9, 2016 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #14

    If there is a chance of getting gabbiadini we should not hesitate. He’s very good, good pace and quality touch. Wicked shots too, would definitely transform our attack. We should be raiding Italy more, they have some fantastic players coming through and it’s kind of an untapped market since there is still a stigma about Italian players in English football.

  • lesh

    Jan 9, 2016 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #15

    James Toon

    Don’t you think that the Gabbiadini report sits with the others?

    Like the rest of the rumours it’ll have been put out by Bullshit Bishop.

    You know the score, when the natives are becoming restless, throw out some crumbs for them to chew on.

    The seeming cock up over the non-trial just about sums Ashley and his minions’ incompetence.

  • Magpie Season

    Jan 9, 2016 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #16

    Blofal @9,

    It would mate but would what would be the point? End result he will be sold. Andy Carroll comes to mind.

    Difference between us & Spurs is that they are still able to keep hold of Kane.

  • Magpie Season

    Jan 9, 2016 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #17

    Anyone remember how much we spent in that January window where Gouffran, Sissoko, Debuchy, Haidara where all bought? Ended up avoiding regelation because of that. Something similar could happen.

  • Magpie Season

    Jan 9, 2016 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #18

    ^Although difference being we bought 5 players for good value but that will not happen now with inflated prices & other clubs know we have huge tv money at our disposal.

    Sissoko & Debuchy bought for a combined 7mil pounds. A couple years later if we were to say get them that figure would be twice at least.


    Jan 9, 2016 at 2:17 AM

    Comment #19

    magpie season
    was it not about 21-22m….if memory serves

  • nut meg

    Jan 9, 2016 at 4:15 AM

    Comment #20

    Magpie Season
    According to transfer market nufc paid a total of 13.2m Euro.
    Debuchy 6.2m
    Sissoko 2.5m
    Haidara 2.5m
    Gouffran 2.0m
    We sold Debuchy to Arsenal for 15.m Euro.

  • Magpie Season

    Jan 9, 2016 at 5:45 AM

    Comment #21

    nut meg,

    There was someone else. I remember we bought 5 players in that January window but can’t remember who the 5th was.

    Anyway, my point was, those 5 players were decent buys (at the time) for not much money spent to help us avoid relegation. Now, we won’t get that same value because of inflation & clubs know EPL teams have tv money. It will be harder to buy this window than that one couple years ago.

  • nut meg

    Jan 9, 2016 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #22

    Magpie Season
    Mapou Yanga- Mbiwa ? 6.7m pounds Approx. 8.7m Euro ( wikipedia )

  • nut meg

    Jan 9, 2016 at 6:18 AM

    Comment #23

    Forgot to say they were summer signings 2013.

  • jazzyp

    Jan 9, 2016 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #24

    Da da da another one bites the dust ..

  • davis_toons

    Jan 9, 2016 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #25

    How do we punch above our weight when we cant even compete in youth development.

    That’s the very starting point to build a young top quality squad.

    Any gianfranco zola in italy?

  • Mag52

    Jan 9, 2016 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #26

    Ash ley Sports Direct – Out Out Out.
    MA is hurting at the moment. His ‘paper’ wealth has just gone down by a billion or so following the latest SD profits warning.
    Hit him while the iron is hot.
    Ash ley Sports Direct – Out Out Out.

  • JDdubai

    Jan 9, 2016 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #27

    Bmouth have Iturbe and now bid for Afobe too. all they have been missing in some attackers, they will be safe if they get Afobe.

    And we are doing what now…….

  • Average_Contents

    Jan 9, 2016 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #28


    Working very hard behind the scenes….

    Utter tripe.

  • WestOzMag

    Jan 9, 2016 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #29

    Nufc safc and villa will make for an interesting chase to get back up next season in the championship. My thoughts are that it’ll be harder than ever and we may even have to go through the playoffs.

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 9, 2016 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #30


    At least we’ll still have the Tyne/Wear derby to look forward to!

  • Average_Contents

    Jan 9, 2016 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #31

    Especially Penfold. It’s hard trying to pick the right teabags and biscuits dontcha know.

    Then there’s good old Bobby “take the silver” Moncur who doesn’t even know what day of the week it is never mind find the boardroom (cleaning closet)

    The less said about Carr the better and then we have shteve. See above.

    With the slug pulling the strings in the background then what realistic chance do we have.


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