During the Spain vs Czech Republic game televised today, commentator Ian Wright mentioned that Newcastle were interested in 23 year-old Sparta Prague left winger Ladislav Krejci, who has 19 caps and four goals for his country.
Not sure if this is true but we were certainly interested in the player a year ago, but we didn’t sign him.
23 year-old Ladislav Krejci of Sparta Prague
Last year at this time he was playing for the Czech Republic U21 side in the U21 European Championships – and he’s made the step up to the first team, although he made his full debut for his country as long as four years ago, when he was just 19.
Last year at this time before his untimely death last December, former Newcastle goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek was a coach at Sparta Prague and maybe he recommended the player to Newcastle.
The lad turns 24 early next month and he has played 168 games for Sparta Prague with 35 goals and 35 assists – so that’s not a bad record for the skilful and creative winger, who can both score and create goals.
Last June the player would have cost around £4M, but we’re not sure what the price would be now.
The left footed player made his debut for Prague way back in 2010, and he has a contract that still has a year to run in the Czech Republic.
Newcastle have still to make their first signing of the summer – maybe it’s Ladislav.
By the way Spain won the game 1-0 with a late goal from Gerard Pique after 87 minutes.
What do you think?