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Newcastle LInked With Top Player In Summer

1:23 pm, Thursday, February 18th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 62 Comments

For the last two seasons Newcastle have struggled with relegation and in three of the last four seasons we have struggled with relegation – so at the moment the star of Newcatsle United is falling.

We are currently battling relegation which could really happen this season, after we only just avoided it last season

The Mirror is claiming that Newcastle want to go after one of Graham Carr’s favorite players in 22 year-old Belgium international striker Michy Batshuayi, who we have been linked with for a while now.

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Michy Batshuayi – why would he want to join a struggling Newcastle?

Top Premier League clubs Manchester United and Liverpool are also interested in the player as are West Ham and Tottenham and over the last couple or years all those clubs have been much more successful than Newcastle in the Premier League.

The Marseille striker recently signed a new deal at the French club, but that was principally to protect his club,  who can now ask a very high price for their top player and they are well aware of the new three year PL deal of £5.1B that starts in the summer.

The Mirror cites the fact that Steve McClaren wants the strike, but Steve’s position at Newcastle is becoming untenable unless he can start winning some games away from home very soon.

Planning for the transfer window has to continue for the summer – even though Newcastle are in a precarious situation, but all bets will be off if we are relegated.

We would need to turn to other targets who are less expensive and could do a job for us in the tough physical league of the Championship.

Because of Newcastle’s falling importance and influence in the Premier League over the last few seasons, we just cannot see why a top striker like Michy Batshuayi would want to come to Tyneside – even if we do survive in May.

Do you?

Comments welcome.

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

62 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sparky55 // Feb 18, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    martoon…do you have the link to said video

  • 2 martoon // Feb 18, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    Sparky55 – It’s on @NUFC twitter page but I can’t work out how to link to it

  • 3 martoon // Feb 18, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    Ibrahimovi? hinted that he is coming to the Premiership next season – I reckon we’ve done a secret deal – whoops is that a pig I saw fly past the window 🙂

  • 4 Jib // Feb 18, 2016 at 1:51 PM

    Try this

  • 5 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 18, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Jay…I don’t think we’ll get the honeymoon effect from appointing Cathro???

  • 6 jayphoto // Feb 18, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    @jesper – me either! I don’t think we should appoint him. It looks like a mistake waiting to happen! Just got a feeling that’s the way they’ll go in McClaren gets the bullet. I mean they appointing Hughton and Carver in similar fashion. Just remember a lot of hearsay that Cathro choice us over a few managers jobs because he would have a chance to take over in future…
    Personally I like the Ghent manager Hein Vanhaezebrouck (read up on him, interesting character) and I like Bielsa a lot.
    In the summer I’d offer up what ever Conte wants. He’s learning English, wants his next job to be premier league and if he misses out on Chelsea who apparently want allegri first theres not many PL jobs available

  • 7 lesh // Feb 18, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Judging by our success using Carr’s choicest players, it’d be appropriate for Ashley to start asking big questions of him. Such questions might include:

    Why are the majority of your players failing to make an impact on the Prem?

    Have we made a loss on them overall and if so, why?

    Why haven’t you worked with the HC to decide on what and particularly who the squad needs?

    What makes you think you know best?

    You’re of an age when you should be retired – is the end of the season convenient? If not, why not.

    In the meantime, his influence needs to be restricted to reporting on scouting activities.

  • 8 lesh // Feb 18, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Jay, Jesper

    Don’t be wary about Cathro succeeding McCl if he goes. The Club’s renowned for it meticulous attention to strategic planning.

    Worry not for we’ve been privileged to see the fruits of our succession planning which is much more sophisticated than the Anfield Boot Room approach. Look what that did for Liverpool FC.

  • 9 bettyswallocks // Feb 18, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    John Mc Cririck has officially applied fot the managers job at NUFC

  • 10 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 18, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    My lord amazing from Gini though it proves Colo is shit

  • 11 Jeffrey // Feb 18, 2016 at 2:26 PM

    John McCririck (born 17 April 1940) is an English television horse racing pundit.

    Born in Surbiton, Surrey, McCririck was educated at Elizabeth College, Guernsey,[1] Victoria College, Jersey,[2] and Harrow School, where his fellow pupils included later fellow racing journalist Julian Wilson.[3] He left with three O-Levels, having also run the book on cross country races.[3]

  • 12 bettyswallocks // Feb 18, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    Well done Jib. Good research. Nice to have some background on our potential next manager.

  • 13 reilly // Feb 18, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    what a class act this young lad is.

    Ayoze PerezVerified account
    Today would have been his 83rd Birthday
    His legacy will be always with us, gone but not forgotten

  • 14 Jib // Feb 18, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    No matter what Mr Tuff and Jail (aka Dumb and Dumber) say – Jane and Jeffrey and I are different folk.
    Jeffrey is a rather lame spoof on me being the googlemeister plus a reincarnation of Jeff from Benwell.

  • 15 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 18, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    Jay…If history has taught us anything it’s that you are probably right in terms of who will be appointed should McC get the sack!

    …it’s a disaster waiting to happen as you say!

    Interesting choices you mentioned there. I don’t know anything about the Gent manager, but I’ll read up on him 🙂

    I always thought we should go German. When ever we are in crisis I think German (Swizz back when KK left).

    But back to your predicament. If we get a new manager now and Ashley for once doesn’t right thing, don’t you think we’ll get an unemployed manager?

  • 16 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 18, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    lesh…I am filled with excitement 😀

  • 17 bettyswallocks // Feb 18, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    Jib…. Ok I’ll take your word for it. It does seem a bit pointless posting all that information when it’s no longer amusing or interesting to anyone.

  • 18 jayphoto // Feb 18, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    @jesper – won the league with Ghent, which is achievement in itself but yeah hes got a really interesting story! worth a read!

  • 19 martoon // Feb 18, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    Jib @4 Thank you 🙂
    Take A Chancel On Me @10 – yeah scary isn’t it!

  • 20 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 18, 2016 at 3:02 PM


    Just a bit mate, if that doesn’t tell Macca to drop Colo nothing will

  • 21 Jeffrey // Feb 18, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    Hein Vanhaezebrouck (born 16 February 1964) is a Belgian football coach, currently coaching Gent.

  • 22 Jeffrey // Feb 18, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    Hein Vanhaezebrouck is a former player of, among others KV Kortrijk, KRC Harelbeke en Sporting Lokeren.

    Vanhaezebrouck became the coach of soccer team KV Kortrijk on 1 July 2006. He replaced Manu Ferrera at that time. In the season 2005/06, Hein was still head coach of White Star Lauwe. Before, he also coached Sporting West. Hein Vanhaezebrouck is a coach who always wants to play-offensively. During the World Championship Soccer 2006, he was also an analyst and co-commenter on VT4 and since a few years, he is also an analyst on Sporting Telenet. In the season [Second Division 2007–08 (soccer Belgium)|2007/08] Vanhaezebrouck won the title with Kortrijk in Second Division. In the Belgian Cup, Kortrijk finished in the quarter finals against AA Gent, despite a 5–1 victory in the home game. This confrontation and the offensive play of Kortrijk, arouse the interest of AA Gent to succeed Trond Sollied as head coach. However, at the end of April 2008, Vanhaezebrouck signed a contract renewal of two years (until 2010) at Kortrijk. Right there, he became well known for the acquisition of Google-striker Istvan Bakx. Vanhaezebrouck discovered Bakx by internet browser Google.

  • 23 Jeffrey // Feb 18, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    At the start of the 2009–10 season, Vanhaezebrouck went to KRC Genk. Right there, he failed at the start, which made the doubts about him rising. He was fired as coach of KRC Genk on 29 November 2009. At that time, Genk was 12th in the ranking after 16 games. His successor was Franky Vercauteren.

  • 24 Jeffrey // Feb 18, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    In June 2010, Vanhaezebrouck decided to return to KV Kortrijk in the season 2010–11. In that season, the team needed to be satisfied with a 10th spot in the rankings.

  • 25 jayphoto // Feb 18, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    @Jeffrey – Wikipedia doesn’t really tell his story…
    was a football journalist/pundit who decided he could do it better himself. Went and got his coaching badges etc and went from there.
    Tactically hes years ahead of his time. Was playing with false 9’s and that years before the Spanish. Also believes that football is about entertaining and sets up to attack no matter who they play. Given a really good account of themselves in the champions league so far!

  • 26 toonking // Feb 18, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    Rotonda heights // Feb 18, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    I just think our club has a very flawed mindset. All the top clubs, even the mid range ones have seen the value and currency to be had in investing in modern progressive foreign coaches.

    We have had the misfortune and lack of foresight and initiative to employ 3 out these 4 below:-

    AP currently 13th
    TP currently 14th
    SM currently18th
    SA currently 19th.

    some passionate newcastle fan you are.

    Today is the birthday of one of the great footballing managers and that manager is non other than british and passionate local manager sir bobby robson.

    saying we don’t appoint appoint decent managers is fine but can’t you just use the words decent and crap without including british and foreign given that today is the birthday of great out and out geodie manager.

  • 27 toonking // Feb 18, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    Happy birthday the great sir bobby robson you’ll always be remembered at this club.

  • 28 jayphoto // Feb 18, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    on actual thread topic it wouldn’t surprise me if Michy signs for us. He’s with Mondial sports afterall. Hes atrocious mind… nowhere near worth what they’ll want for him. Telling that most Marseille fans wouldn’t be that sad to see him leave. Raw attributes are there in abundance but he’s far from finished article and his attitude is slightly questionable…
    Anything over 15m and whoever buys him has been robbed

  • 29 Rotonda heights // Feb 18, 2016 at 4:21 PM


    SBR was a total one off and obviously can’t be classed alongside those 4 mentioned. Get a grip man.

    SBR and KK were great for us and I loved both dearly, but they were a while ago now. I’m talking about the present and recent past. Do keep up.

  • 30 Rotonda heights // Feb 18, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    SBR became an even better coach by going overseas to Holland, Spain and Portugal and studying their methods.

  • 31 jayphoto // Feb 18, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    don’t really class Sir Bob as a british manager. He went abroad, Holland, Portugal, Spain etc so not your typical allardyce or pulis.
    Also, Geordie is pretty much its own nationality separate from british! World apart!

  • 32 sparky55 // Feb 18, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    Cheers Jib…sold a proper one there wasn’t he!

  • 33 Rotonda heights // Feb 18, 2016 at 4:24 PM


    we’re nailed on to get him then after 14M for Thauvin. carr seriously needs to go asap now

  • 34 Mister Tuff // Feb 18, 2016 at 4:27 PM

    Jib Jibberish I mentioned that I would provide you with some notes in respect of your erroneous post yesterday with the hope of explaining the correct position about the word marquee. You posted :-

    “Jib // Feb 17, 2016 at 5:49 PM
    Thanks Mr Tuff.

    It is actually – marqué – from the French
    i.e. – a signing of a person of mark.

    It is only certain stupid sports journalists and thick bloggers that spell it like the tent.”

    This is clearly not correct the English word marquee has absoluteley nothing to do with the French word ” marqué ” – (ending in a single e with an acute accent).
    Marqué could be the past participle of the verb “marquer” (to mark, to note, to write down) in which the various past tenses could be formed by use of the auxilliary verb “avoir” -with the past participle.
    Absolutely nothing to do with large tents.

    Marqué could also be the masculine version of the adjective which means marked/labeled – again absolutely nothing to do with large tents.

    Now then – let me introduce the correct etymology for the English noun “marquee” – a large tent.

    The word originates from the French word “marquise” -a feminine version of the noun “marquis”. English translations being :-
    Marquis – marquess – nobleman above the rank of a count
    Marquise – marchioness – wife of a marquess.

    It is thought that a marquee was a suitable place for a marquis or that it was a linen canopy placed over an officers tent.
    And there we have it.

    Interestingly the land a marquess had to defend was called a march and was normally frontier land -the marquess was therefore more important than a count -who’s land was called a county – a word still in use today.

    So there we go Jib – a correct explanation. Please no more forays into foreign languages stick to things you know about – granted this will drastically reduce the number of your posts but my arm is getting very tired with having to thrash your jacksie/cane your buttocks as a
    result of your gaffes.

  • 35 jayphoto // Feb 18, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    @Rotonda – wouldn’t shock me. Don’t get me wrong, hes pretty sharp on the dribble and a nice finisher so he creates a good highlight reel which is all most fans will judge him on. Hes very similar in that respect to Berahino, personally reckon Berahino would be the better bet.
    Always got to question when a big money player leaves a club and the fans aren’t bothered.
    Personally think we shouldn’t sign from Ligue 1 for at least a couple of windows. In general, 5 or 6 teams apart its a worse standard than the championship from midtable down

  • 36 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 18, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    Just hope we can stay up then attract the kind of players we need, not cheap French imports but decent defensive options

  • 37 Jeffrey // Feb 18, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    Michy Batshuayi Tunga (born 2 October 1993) is a Belgian footballer who plays for French club Olympique de Marseille and the Belgian national team as a striker.
    Batshuayi has a younger brother, Aaron Leya Iseka, 17, who currently plays for the Anderlecht youth team.

  • 38 sparky55 // Feb 18, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    Jesus Christ it’s like being back at school

    Where’s Hibbit and Jail when you need them?

  • 39 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 18, 2016 at 4:47 PM

    Chancel…what about cheap English domestic players? 😉

  • 40 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 18, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    Sparky…and you think it won’t be school-like mentality when Jail is here?

    …are you having a laugh!

  • 41 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 18, 2016 at 4:49 PM


    There are no cheap English players mate, they all have inflated prices

  • 42 Jib // Feb 18, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    Mr Tuff

    So run that past me again.

    The expression “marqué signing” with regard to football players has nothing to do with the past participle of the verb “marquer” (to mark, to note, to write down)

    But according to you —-
    It is thought that a marquee was a suitable place for a marquis or that it was a linen canopy placed over an officers tent.
    And there we have it.

    Really ?

    Oh dear !

    Thanks for that 😎

  • 43 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 18, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Chancel…sorry mate 😉 I mean inflated English domestic players!

  • 44 Mister Tuff // Feb 18, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    now now Sparky don’t be like that -we should all take an interest in educating the dopes.

  • 45 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 18, 2016 at 4:55 PM


    Mr Tuff is correct if you look in the oxford dictionary it is Marquee from the French Marquise

  • 46 Mister Tuff // Feb 18, 2016 at 4:56 PM

    Jib – I’ve explained the correct position – if you disagree please explain fully your argument/evidence.

  • 47 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 18, 2016 at 4:56 PM


    I think we need a new head scout that knows how to get the best players and not rubbish

  • 48 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 18, 2016 at 4:59 PM


    Here look for yourself

  • 49 MadisonToon // Feb 18, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    Cisse off to China?

    Tbh 5 million is a good sum for a 30-year old who I think is very unlikely to regain his form after a long recovery. Although it would seem like we are taking away an option for survival, I don’t see Cisse keeping us up and if we got 5 million for him, I think we should take it.

  • 50 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 18, 2016 at 5:10 PM


    Let him go £5 mil decent dough

  • 51 Jib // Feb 18, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    Thanks for that Leeds you’ve just verified what I thought .

    Tuff and I are talking at total cross purposes.

    A marquee player is not a marqué signing.

  • 52 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 18, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    Chancel…Arsenal just poached the chief scout from Leicester

  • 53 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 18, 2016 at 5:15 PM


    A marquee player and a marquee signing are exactly the same thing!!!

    Fair play Arsenal

  • 54 MadisonToon // Feb 18, 2016 at 5:16 PM


    I agree. I think our remaining time should be given to Mitro/SDJ/Perez/Doumbia up front and if we want a different look put Rivi in. Cisse is on his way out and if we are building a team of youth for the future with our recent recruitment drive, we need to commit to playing them (Perez/Mitro) and trust that this is the right move for the club. If it doesn’t end up that way, there’s nobody to blame but themselves, but trying to alter the playing squad and the overall structure of the team to scrape out of relegation means that we’ll be back in the same quagmire next season and hoping to get a lucky Cisse few goals to get out of it.

    The team needs to build to be better and I just don’t see a good place for Cisse in it. He doesn’t play football (although he does score goals), he’s not the kind of player that will help this team play together with an identity – he picks up scraps and having that type of player in the squad will stagnate the rest of the players.

  • 55 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 18, 2016 at 5:18 PM


    Well said, I just hope we stay up and then we can build from the back (Hopefully)

  • 56 beermonkey // Feb 18, 2016 at 5:23 PM


    I gave it some thought and forgot to reply
    No clue as to who we can bring in

    But in all honesty I don’t think we will sack him
    Charnley won’t do it as you would think it would cost him his job 80mill spent and failed manager

    It all hinges on Ashley and if he believes what charnley and McLaren tell him
    But if he sacks one the really he has to sack em all and it would look like he was wrong
    So were back to the big tv cash gamble and place ur bets

  • 57 Essex Geordie Bill // Feb 18, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    Just to explain my Hissy fit yesterday, I mentioned earlier in the day the possibility of picking obvious poor choices to try out at Left Back.

    My point was that we have young defenders on the fringes of the first team, ie Sterrie and Barlaser.
    It seems to me to be over-caution or more bluntly cowardice not to put some faith in them when the need (now) arises.

    Other teams will play youngsters and it.s not as though they are teenagers anymore, with no compunction. Southampton springs to mind.

    Whats the point in not given them the chance to play in their proper positions and instead putting an equally young untried player in his wrong position.

    It seemed like a reasonable point a view I was making but instead the talk continued on the totally boring finances of NUFC.

    Anyway rant over feel free to ignore or pick holes as the choice takes anyone. Can’t be bothered trying to put it into proper English.

  • 58 Jib // Feb 18, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    They would appear to be , but it is actually the journalists of the Yellow press , more commonly known as the red tops who have chopped up and spoiled the English language.
    The Times , Telegraph etc. still use the phrase “marqué signing” the others somewhere have mixed up the US expression “marquee player” (a performer of note ) from baseball I believe with “marqué signing” and come up with the mongrel “marquee signing”

  • 59 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 18, 2016 at 5:32 PM


    So you are both making a pointless argument? both spellings are apparently acceptable however the Oxford English Dictionary definitions are what is taught in English education. There are a lot of Americanisms in the English dictionary now.

  • 60 MadisonToon // Feb 18, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Essex Geordie Bill

    I think that’s a good point and something that needs to be tried. Remember when Mbabu came in – many were saying he was untested and sure to be a liability and his performances certainly made us re-think how useful he might be. Youngsters need to be given a chance to prove people wrong or make a claim for the first team. Shifting around the only outfield players SM is willing to play depending on what formation he wants to use is not solid tactical planning or team management.

  • 61 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 18, 2016 at 5:33 PM


    I agree with you

  • 62 WWSBRD // Feb 18, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    It probably because our kids are utter crap in all fairness

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