Newcastle Scouting Top Midfielder In Europe

Newcastle United have been scouting Anderlecht’s Dennis Praet, who is an attacking midfielder for the Belgium club and he could be one of Newcastle´s targets in the summer.

And if we do go after him it should be an advantage that two of his former team-mates at the Belgium club – Chancel Mbemba and Aleksandar Mitrovic – are already on Tyneside.

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Dennis Praet – hot property in Europe

67 year-old Johan Boskamp is a former Netherlands International who went onto manage 16 clubs including Anderlecht and Stoke City and he has warned the 21 year-old off joining Newcastle.

This is what Boskamp told Belgian web-site HBVL:

“Praet is that consistent now, although I think he will want to get away from Anderlecht,” “It’s important for him to now find the right club to join.”

“If he chooses the Premier League, he must sign for a team with great footballing ability, and not for teams like Sunderland or Newcastle – because he goes down with that.”

“The best example is Charly Musonda.” “He is involved in some nice football at Real Betis.”

19 year-old Anderlecht midfielder and Zambian international, Musonda joined Chelsea from Anderlecht in the summer of 2012 along with his older brothers Tika and Lamisha and he has been playing on loan recently.

But he doesn’t seem to be a similar case as Praet – since the lad turns 22 in May and presumably would be immediately fighting for a first team place at Newcastle,  if we did sign him.

Dennis Praet is said to be one of the best young players in Europe with Liverpool and AC Milan interested in him.

But if Newcastle are ever going to challenge for a top six position in the Premier League anytime soon then it’s these types of top young players we have to go after.

Dennis has played for all the Belgium Youth sides through U21 and has two full capos.

He made his debut for Anderlecht in September 2011 in the Belgian Cup he started in the game against Lommel United and since then he has played 161 games for the Belgium club with 23 goals.

Praet made his senior international debut coming on as a substitute for Christian Benteke in the 3-1 friendly win over Iceland in Brussels last November.

He would be a good target for us in the summer, always assuming we can get out of the mess we are in right now and still a Premier League club.

And at some point in the summer we need to concentrate on signing some top defenders and a proven Premier League striker.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 25, 2016 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #1

    From previous that didn’t post.
    When I saw the headline I was expecting to hear from Shelvey, this clown above doesn’t give a fcuk, if we stay up he gets another 3M if we don’t he goes to play for San Lorenzo on a modest if not spectacular salary already a very, very wealthy man. What a to$$er who just about sums up Ashleys reign here.

  • firebug666

    Feb 25, 2016 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #2

    Don’t you just love it when people speak so highly of our club.

    If you go to the premier league don’t go to Newcastle or Sunderland, as you will only go backwards.

    Damn but the truth hurts!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 25, 2016 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #3

    Ron Knee,
    I think jesper is in the huff.
    I apologise for greeting you in different languages in the morning and won’t do it again.

  • toontaff2

    Feb 25, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #4

    3 things never change :
    Captain Collo seems to be like a bad smell.
    We are going to chase more midfielders in the next window.
    Backbiting and bitching here is in full swing.

  • firebug666

    Feb 25, 2016 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #5


    It’s not all bad though mate.

    If we do go down we will need some new midfielder’s to replace the mass exodus from the club.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 25, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #6

    Not nice to hear but hard to argue with. Thank you Mike!

  • Tsunki

    Feb 25, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #7

    Jesper is definitely in an egg. He’s a right off me know knew that shouldn’t have gone on about the rotating thing but tbf h was in the huff with me before that and I have no idea why. 🙁

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 25, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #8

    Cheers Mr Boskamp, via Ed. Nowt like a good shot of reality to start the day!

  • firebug666

    Feb 25, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #10


    If we stay up it is going to be difficult to attract the players needed for the club to press on, that little snippet above is not going to help, and it’s not nice to have the club slagged of in public that way.

  • posada

    Feb 25, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #11

    Not interested in who GC is scouting. It’ll be another disaster as he clearly knows nowt.

  • widowmagandapoke

    Feb 25, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Knock knock
    Who’s there
    Yeti who?
    Yeti nother midfielder?

  • 9gauche9

    Feb 25, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #13

    Yes, that’s it, go for another young talent. We have such a good record of developing young players


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