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Newcastle Linked With Two Center-Backs For Summer Move

8:16 am, Thursday, April 28th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

Newcastle would usually be linked with a lot more players at this time of year, but since we are second bottom of the Premier League and two of three teams to be relegated next month – the news has generally been muted.

However, there are reports in Portugal that we have been watching 21 year-old Benfica center-back Victor Lindelof, who has broken into the Benfica first team this year and has looked impressive.

Newcastle´s defense has been hopeless for four years and there is now some hope that it will finally be strengthened in the summer, but by then we could well be a second division side in England.

Victor Lindelof

Victor Lindelof – 21 year-old Benfica center-back

We have conceded 254 goals in the last four seasons in the Premier League, but those leading the club haven´t strengthened the defense sufficiently enough – and we are paying heavily for that this season.

The Swedish international made his first team debut back in October 2013, but this year he has played a number of games for Benfica and is attracting interest several clubs.

The 6ft 2ins tall player has played 22 times for the Benfica first team and he can also play in defensive midfield.

This week we were also linked with long term target Lewis Dunk of Brighton, and we were first linked with the center-back over four years ago and he seems one of Graham Carr´s favorites, but whether he would be a good buy for Newcastle is debatable.

lewis dunk

Lewis Dunk – Brighton center-back

The 6ft 4ins 24 year-old center-back has been in good form for Chris Hughton´s team this season.

Brighton are now joint top of the Championship with 87 points along with Burnley and Middlesbrough, with just two games to play and their goal difference is within 3 goals of each other.

It couldn´t be much closer than that.

But we would be surprised if Dunk joins the Magpies this summer and Graham Carr´s star has fallen on Tyneside.

The current Chief Scout will have a lot less say on who comes in at the club this summer, whether we stay up or go down.

One reason we could be relegated this season is that the transfers into the club over the last two or three years have been very poor and have not always strengthened the Newcastle side.

That´s one area of the club that will be overhauled in the summer whatever happens in the last three games, and it´s hoped the manager, whoever he is, will have a lot more say on which players are brought in.

Comments welcome.

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

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 magscar // Apr 28, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Not sure Dunk might have been more of P pick ( he that is coming back Sat that is to avoid attracting fire ).

    Different agent no French passport and can dish it out so unlikely to be in Carr’s little black book.

    There is no doubt our back 4 will have different options ( but with Lascelles and Memba still there) but whether these 2 will figure is moot.

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Apr 28, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    Read your posts and mostly agree with it, it does seem like any protests are spontaneous. The abuse Pardew got at the Cardiff game was a good example.

  • 3 magscar // Apr 28, 2016 at 8:29 AM


    Exactly and I wouldn’t carp about it – he had it coming and time was right!

  • 4 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Apr 28, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    I was hoping we would be in for Lewis Dunk last summer quality defender and still quite young as well get him as Taylor’s replacement and upgrade and then get another senior defender in as well in this window regardless of what division we are in we should be looking at getting Dunk in!

  • 5 Slank // Apr 28, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    If Brighton get promoted and we get relegated I very much doubt Dunk will be coming our way.

    If Brighton don’t get promoted and irrespective of whether we remain in the Premiership or get relegated he could be coming our way. But possibly as a backup to Lascelles and Mbemba or replacement to Colo and/or Saylor.

    Lascelles has shown that good Championship players can make it in the Premiership.

  • 6 SBergenwall // Apr 28, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    Lindelöf is very highly rated here in Sweden. He was a regular starter in the team that won the U21 european championships. Hopefully we’ll be able to get him.

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