Newcastle Reported After Chelsea Defender

There were various reports yesterday that Newcastle are interested in Chelsea defender Nathan Ake, who turned 21 last month and is on a season long loan at Watford and playing very well in the Premier League.

The Dutch U21 defender can play at left back or center-back and can also play in defensive midfield, so he is a versatile player who joined the Chelsea Youth Academy from Feyenoord in late 2010 at the age of just 15.

Newcastle are weak in defense and we have been since 2012 and it´s a certainty that Rafa Benitez will be bringing in some defenders in the summer.

Benitez will know all about Ake after managing Chelsea as interim manager for part of the 2012-2013 season and giving him his Chelsea debut in December, 2012.


Nathan Ake – 21 year-old Chelsea defender

Ake signed a five year deal at Chelsea in the summer of 2013 and the fee being mentioned for him is only £3M, which would seem like a bargain for a player who has played for all the Dutch Youth sides including 18 appearances for the Dutch U21 side.

The news is that Benitez is an admirer of the youngster and wants him at Newcastle in the summer, although the player himself could see a future for himself at Stamford Bridge.

He made his Premier League debut in late December 2012 against Norwich City as a 17-year-old, replacing Juan Mata in added time at the end of a 1–0 win at Carrow Road while Rafa was the Chelsea manager.

This is what the youngster has said about his future:

“Of course, I would like to return to Chelsea,” “But it is important for a player of my age to get regular playing time.”

“Things have been going pretty well this season. I am getting plenty of game time and I really feel like I am improving as a player.”

“Let’s see how the season ends with Watford and then we can start thinking about the future.”

It would also seem like a season long loan deal would be possible –  and if Rafa is our manager in the summer and we are still in the Premier League –  would expect him to bring in a few top young players on loan to the club.

Nathan has played 5 times for Reading on loan, 23 times for Watford on loan and 12 times for the Chelsea first team and looks a very good player in the making.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 24, 2016 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #1

    Reports today (according to BBC Gossip) have the value closer to £10million for him…. Also that both Liverpool and West Ham want him.

  • cyprus

    Mar 24, 2016 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Taking off now for a while. Come on Ed, leave the thread on man….

    Obertan to save NUFC? Don’t think so, he’s about Championship level, if that.

    The ‘dark horse’ could be somewhere in our stable, in the face of Doumbia. I also don’t understand how Armstrong was allowed to stay away, in these moments of desperation. I didn’t like his cameos last year, but tbh, he wasn’t given enough time and opportunities and he has shown he can score.

    A draw or loss at Norwich and I think we’re finished. As I said, I think we’ll be in the low 30’s. Our only hope is a massive collapse by Norwich and/or Palace.

    37cyprus // Mar 24, 2016 at 7:05 AM

    Forgot to mention Elliott. Player of the season for us, by a mile. Congratulations mate, if you are reading.

    39cyprus // Mar 24, 2016 at 7:08 AM

    If I’m going to pick a player to bench for an emerging or re-emerging star: Shelvey. Man he’s been crap. Sorry Shelvey, if you’re reading ?

    41cyprus // Mar 24, 2016 at 7:09 AM

    no idea mate

    42Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 24, 2016 at 7:16 AM

    Shelvey hasn’t been great, I agree, but he also has 3 assists so far for us, more than any other player since he signed. He is far more likely to create opportunities then many of the others.

    43Veltman // Mar 24, 2016 at 7:16 AM

    Lilongwe – You said Sissoko should be dropped.
    This is not the first time you been saying this.
    On what basis?
    If he is so poor as you thought,why hasn’t he got dropped by managers or coaches that have been here since he signed for Newcastle?
    Why haven’t Benitez,who is considered as world class manager by many,determined to drop him? Isn’t that telling you something ?
    without me going through details to explain?
    Will reply later if necessary..

    44Lilongwe Geordie // Mar 24, 2016 at 7:21 AM

    On the basis that he doesn’t supply service to the forward. Benitez hasn’t dropped him so far, correct. But he also made a point after the game that they have to improve the quality of service and amount of service going into the box from wide areas. This would hint he hasn’t been happy with this aspect of our play. Given Sissoko has been out wide in both games, I hope that suggests something to you.

    45cyprus // Mar 24, 2016 at 7:22 AM

    I never liked him as a player, hope he proves me wrong. I’m probably biased, looking for faults rather than the opposite. Much like you and your mate Sissoko ? And HBA, in the past.

    Kidding really. You’re probably right. Just so disappointed with the lot of them. I thought we’d be in the top 6!! We’s no good mate and I’m not sure why.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 24, 2016 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Doumbia is an odd one. Dropped from the match day squad completely in favour of Riviere and Cisse last match. Something is amiss there.

  • G

    Mar 24, 2016 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #4

    @3, there are rumours doing the rounds that he (Doumbia) is partial to South American nose powder. I haven’t seen any evidence anywhere, so they are only rumours, so hopefully not true. I just think he isn’t getting game time or match squads because he has looked like a decrotive ornament in the reserve matches he’s played in. No motivation, no movement.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 24, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Interesting. He wouldn’t be the first centre forward at Newcastle to be partial to a Bolivian nosebag, although so far he could well be the least effective of them…

    Lots of rumours as well that he is far older then he claims, which may explain his rapid drop off in form when moving to a more challenging Italian league. Remember how quickly Geremi declined despite claiming he was still 31/32.

    Age cheating happens from a very early age, and is difficult to spot as many don’t have birth certs or official ID’s with date of birth until they are required, so for player’s like Doumbia, if he pretends to be 15 when he is 18 so he gets picked up by an academy, it is likely his first official ID or passport will come through that academy meaning he is registered as 3 years younger, with nothing to say otherwise.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 24, 2016 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #6

    Lilo, he looks about mid forties, but something is amiss. I wonder if he’s just far too casual? Maybe he fitness is still lacking?

    On the Full-Time Phone In a couple of home games ago someone phoned in to say they saw the subs warming up and Doumbia was doing so, then he started to sit on an advertising hording or something and just chill out and watch the game.

    John Anderson was flabbergasted.

    I don’t think it’s that bad as players will sit back on the bench, and he had been warming up apparently, but still, is he too laid back and not focused possibly?

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 24, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #7

    It was an away game I think they said they saw him sitting on the hording btw.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 24, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Just had a look at the form table over the last 10 matches. Incredibly, out of the bottom 5 we have the second best form. Sunderland have picked up 11 points, we have 8, Norwich 5, Villa 5 and Palace 2. We also have the all bar Sunderland left to play. It just takes a slight upturn in performances and form and we can survive fairly comfortably.

    Sunderland also play Norwich. If both ourselves and Sunderland beat Norwich, then I think it is bye bye Norwich. Maybe a draw between them is best for us. We then just have to beat Palace and Villa, whilst picking up a few more points along the way against Swans, Saints, City, Pool and Spuds. As ever, I remain optimistic we will stay up.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 24, 2016 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #9

    Sitting on a hoarding is pretty bad, it doesn’t exactly give off a good impression to fans or even the coaches. However, when they are warming up you often see them half heartedly doing stretches whilst laughing and joking with the other subs.

    To be left off the bench and Riviere included though must mean something is seriously amiss. The age thing to me seems likely, he looks older than he claims, and after not having played for a while, the older you get the harder it is to regain that level of fitness required.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 24, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #10


    i believe we will stay up
    i have to or i get a little grumpy

    plus i want to see what rafa can do and what he can get

  • Jib

    Mar 24, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #11

    We seem to offer a refugee service to strikers from behind the old iron curtain every season.
    Last season it was Shaktar’s Facundo Ferreyra this one it’s Doumbia.
    Seydou’s agents are Universal Management SA who seem to specialise in Francophone Africans , so it looks tme like another Graham Carr back scratching scenario – or am I being too cynical ?

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 24, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #12

    Yeah, it’s not great to see although like you say, loads of them do half hearted stretches and basically stand and watch, so it’s not that outrageous of the physical action of sitting instead of standing, but the signal given off isn’t great.

    If he hadn’t warmed up at all it would be disgraceful, but if he’d warmed up for 15 mins and was genuinely interested in the game, quickly sat down with a view to going back to the bench to do that anyway, it’s not as quite to the extremes of doing nothing and taking a seat.

    Still, he may just be far too casual and that being additional evidence to compound it. I trust in Rafa, so if he doesn’t think someone of Doumbia’s pace should be involved or even on the bench, as strange as it is, I’m willing to go with it.


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