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Newcastle Linked With Belgium U21 Goalkeeper

10:24 am, Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 51 Comments

Newcastle have been linked with Belgium U21 goalkeeper Matz Sels in the Belgium press today and he plays for Gent in the Belgian Pro League.

Just why Newcastle would be interested in another goalkeeper at the moment is a good question, but a report on today’s HLN.BE web-site says he’s on his way to the north-east to join either to Newcastle United or Middlesbrough.

Matz Sels

Matz Sels – Gent’s 24 year-old goalkeeper

The 6ft 2ins tall goalkeeper has played for all the Belgium youth sides including four appearances at the U21 level and he has played 108 times for Gent over the last three seasons since joining them from Lierse.

The only way this would make any sense is if Newcastle are gong to sell Tim Krul this summer – and they would want to bring in a third experienced goalkeeper – with young Freddie Woodman very likely to be sent out on loan to get first team games next season.

The report in Belgium says Sels is missing from training because he is sick, but the word is a transfer is close to being competed and he is on his way to the northeast to join either Newcastle or Middlesbrough.

Sels was Belgium’s Goalkeeper of the Year last season and helped Gent into second place in the Belgium Pro League just 4 points behind Champions Club Brugge – and 5 points above 3rd placed Anderlecht.

Gent are therefore in the Champions League for this coming season.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

51 responses so far ↓

  • 1 WWSBRD // Jun 28, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    Likely spell the end for Krul and hopefully Elliot if he’s en route to us

  • 2 nut meg // Jun 28, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    That’s my guess as well. A link to some of his saves.

  • 3 Veltmann // Jun 28, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    G – cheers for the Craic earlier.I haven’t missed your post 🙂

  • 4 jayphoto // Jun 28, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    If he signs for Newcastle it’ll be because he’s been told he’ll be first choice! Never seen the guy play but he’s really highly rated.
    Personally i’ll be surprised and glad Benitex has addressed the goalkeeping position. I think Krul has gone stagnate at Newcastle, Darlow is a solid back up. I know alot of people rated Elliot last year but he’s not a top keeper for me. A very brave keeper, but his injury record is abysmal, also find his shot stopping from distance is pretty poor. Woodman just flatout isn’t ready.

  • 5 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 28, 2016 at 10:45 AM


    From previous… this is not a dig, but how could we ever have ‘arry as England boss? Given that Venables was ‘removed’ because of financial questions outside of football, but the fa did not want thier precious name sullied….how can ‘arry, a man with permanent financial question marks over him, be allowed to manage the national team. That would be double standards from the FA and we…….hang on…..never mind 😀

  • 6 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 28, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Buy this guy for 5 million and then sell Krul for 10 million leaving us 5 million to spend on a player such as Hanley or Cook would be decent business !

    Benitez always likes to sign his own keeper so it wouldn’t surprise me if this is true ! Position is not a priority but if the opportunity is there to upgrade and also put money towards other players then why not!?

  • 7 Jack Root // Jun 28, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Looking to the future and the World Cup I am with Harry, it’s Glenn Hoddle for me . With that in mind we can only pray that the master tapes to Bulldog Bobby by Mike Reid and the Minipops have long been lost or destroyed, while the fate that befell Hazel O’Connor’s saxophonist Wesley Magoogan for recording Can’t Get A Ticket For The World Cup – he cut off his own fingers in a chainsaw accident – could conceivably have been described by the aforementioned Hoddle as a karmic reward.

    Sneak in the 1970 team’s Back Home, then the squad trawling out God Save The Queen and Land of Hope and Glory, slap in the Leyland Vehicles Brass Band playing every conceivable TV sports theme, and you’ve got yourself, the liner notes say, “a lasting souvenir of England’s 1982 World Cup bid”.
    Dull, slapdash and laughably incoherent, no for once not the old codger Tuff – Dick Dastardly – who must be the most deluded blogger in thinking that anything he has to say represents comedy. He should be pensioned off along with Hodgson.

  • 8 headtheball // Jun 28, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    I would try for Guus Hiddink to replace Woy. Puts prima donnas in there place and the national team is full of them.Failing him, anybody except whatsisname with the silver hair and glasses.

  • 9 WWSBRD // Jun 28, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    nut meg
    Yeah no way we will have 5 keeper on the books

    I agree completely though I still adore Krul a move is probably needed for him to hit top form again I’d say since Harps left he has struggled with no competition and if guess below par coaching

  • 10 WWSBRD // Jun 28, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    Elliot just isn’t good enough and Woodman is earmarked for a big future but that’s not right now. Darlow I think will be pushing for starts though

  • 11 Jack Root // Jun 28, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    Hiddink has declared an interest in the Russia job.

  • 12 Jack Root // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Woodman at Palace wants Elliot to join him. They go well back.

  • 13 martoon // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    YCMIU – I would guess that National managers of other countries probably get as much stick from the fans & the media – it goes with the territory. The German manager got a lot of criticism for being caught on camera with his hand down his trousers – at least Roy hasn’t done that (yet) 🙂

  • 14 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    @Jack Root

    Of course he has !! Hiddink is a slag for cash ha ha

  • 15 Jack Root // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    Dead right. Thought well thought of at Chelsea.

  • 16 Mister Tuff // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    See Ian Toon was playing substitute carl (little c) yesterday and today he is playing Substitute Jack Root.
    The post @7 – what a load of gobbledygook waffle – straight out of the Ian Toon handbook – not forgetting the obligatory Ian Toon style attack – always the same – I’ve read so many of his crap submissions there is no doubt it is him.
    Idiot – give it a rest – just post under one name -you are not going to garner any more support to reach your ambition of blog Top Dog – what a sad person.
    Give it a rest.

  • 17 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    The next England boss has to :-

    Be strong enough to pick the best available players on form and fitness regardless of where they play.

    Resist the pokings of the FA to choose only from the premiership just because of the money involved, and the profile of any English players in it. (Dont pick a misfiring stirling just because man city bought him).

    Most importantly, resit the prods, pokes and jibes from social media fans (who are a terrible and negative bunch generally), further amplified by the national media (who are the same as those described above with added drama).

  • 18 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:12 AM


    I have to disagree to an extent, mate. Yes there will be stick, but our media is notorious for destroying anybody who shows the slightest contempt for them. They are terrible people. We have to limit thier influence on the national team of we are ever going to succede imo.

  • 19 Veltmann // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    And no to Shearer for ENG.Not only he gives bizarre opinions at times,he’s not good enough.

    YouCoudn’t – I used to like the England team in the hands of Sven and Venables.Not only their team had desire & spirit,they were entertaining.
    Don’t think the FA is stupid enough to listen to what medias are going to say though.

  • 20 richyg01 // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Sels is going to BORO not Toon.

    He will be flying into Newcastle coz Teesside airport is crap!

  • 21 jayphoto // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Hiddink is a decent shout.
    I’d add another shout in there – Van Gaal! I think premier league football is beyond him, but his style is very well suited to International football, did well in the world cup with a less than great side and is on the back of 2 years in the premier league. Could handle the pressure too, which is where I think a southgate might struggle!
    My absolute number 1 choice would be Joachim Loew. Throw money at him, the England job is huge, a huge draw, with huge financial backing.

  • 22 Jack Root // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Roy is old school in every respect. He’s not into tactical innovation and recognising that teams are most vulnerable to losing possession when they have just won it. England’s laboured play and contrast it with Klopp’s Dortmund/ Liverpool swarming all over opposition sides. Hodgson thinks gegen press is something his dry cleaner does with his trousers. I am looking forward to seeing Conte’s Chelsea and some modern thinking. Rafa also has a tendency to be too defensive and arguably a more positive approach earlier at Villa Park could have secured us two additional points. Before potential brickbats I am a big Benitez fan.

  • 23 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:19 AM


    Thats the main trouble, though. The FA DO worry too much about the media profiles of the players. The media has too much say in things. It manufactures situations to create stories to sell. I know this happens everwhere, but it is so extreme in this country that it drastically affects the team itself, and always negatively.

  • 24 jayphoto // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    similar too with van gaal that the dutch side he did well with is very similar in attributes and style to what he’d have available in the premier league!

  • 25 Jack Root // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    What have you got against free speech. Name call all you like.
    You’ll not drive me off the blog like you have so many. Maybe it’s time for tequilamag to post to illustrate the point.

  • 26 Veltmann // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    I also under impression that someone’s posts are similar to one or two other posts.I don’t want to drag in to who is who though.But I have to agree with Mr Tuff on this one.Someone is clearly stirring things and playing the white ball.

  • 27 Ron Knee // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    According to Mark Douglas:

    “Sels will cost around £4.5million and is seen as a potential No 1, with doubts over the future of Tim Krul and Rob Elliot still recovering from a serious injury. Newcastle already have Karl Darlow who will battle with Sels for the No 1 slot while Freddie Woodman looks likely to go out on loan.”

  • 28 Jack Root // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    I haven’t posted for a while but read the blog. You constantly mention a host of bloggers including me in an insulting way. Just stop and I will stop mentioning you at all.

    Bye eye !

  • 29 jayphoto // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    @jack root – at Napoli Benitez was regarded as too cavalier and was ridiculed being able to get the defence right and being too attacking. They called his defence a circus full of clowns and it was widely thought that had he got the defence right that they would have won a serie A. Hes actually an anomaly because who knows how he’ll set up with us? At Valencia he was all focused on defence but Napoli and Real Madrid attacked a lot under him so perhaps he has adapted with experience?

  • 30 Rotonda heights // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:32 AM


    it’s always clamed rafa is defensive. but I’m not really sure why. the football he played at chelsea was a joy to watch

  • 31 Rotonda heights // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:35 AM


    I know shearer only had 8 games as manager with nufc, but he failed to motivate his best pals Given, butt, duff, owen etc in any way at all.

  • 32 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    It seems to me that Raffa likes to base his teams round a solid defense. Probably believing it’s easier to score if you are not worried about conceeding

  • 33 carl // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    I hope you weren’t thinking of me as I assure you i am a long term poster and have posted some of my historic posts. Tuff has a problem attracting any interest himself and appears tome a lonely person and so he gossips about others including me. Spoof has suggested just ignoring . I also try to avoid being on when he is.

  • 34 Wandering Geordie // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    Watch clip of McLaren making another dick of himself last night

  • 35 jayphoto // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    @Rotonda – I think its because of that Valencia team! They were like George grahams arsenal! His Extremadura team were similar but since he left spain, I’m pretty sure Liverpool were amongst the highest scorers in his time, Napoli scored over 100 each season, Madrid were set up to attack and dominate. I guess Inter were defensive but that was mourinhos team and set up with Zero pace, milito up front and were used to park the bus tactics whereas Benitez has tended to base his team around a very mobile style striker.
    Thought his Chelsea side were set up to play much more expansive than the previous manager di matteo too!
    Think people get confused with being organised and being defensive.

  • 36 Rotonda heights // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    woy was never the right man, always far too over cautious, has never won anything of note and was sacked from several high profile clubs.
    got the job by default.

    with woy, like so many brit old school managers there is never a plan b. should have played the team that beat germany 3-2 away, rather than bringing rooney etc back. no cojones have cost woy and us again.

  • 37 Rotonda heights // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:41 AM


    spot on.

  • 38 Jib // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:48 AM

    Mr Tuff
    He only attacks you .

    You are after all the officially appointed blog pr!ck.

    Every grouping of human beings has a Mr Tuff , put there by God , so the rest of us can feel better about ourselves .

  • 39 Jail for Ashley // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:50 AM

    carl/jack root,
    Who are you trying to convince, give it up man.

  • 40 Veltmann // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:50 AM

    carl – I have no problem with anyone posting.
    But to be honest, I found your post similar to one or two other posters.

  • 41 jayphoto // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    Mark Douglas just tweeted Sels is at NUFC now having a medical, should be confirmed later if no complications!
    Fair play to rafa, spotted a weakness that some managers would have thought we could get by with the solid options we have. For me Darlow and Elliot are solid 6/10 keepers, never seen sels but from all reports i’ve read he’s apparently a talent. Just won best Keeper in the Belgian league too!

  • 42 Rotonda heights // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:53 AM


    the old pot- kettle- black rearing it’s head again.

  • 43 Mister Tuff // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    Ian Toon/carl/Jack Root

    You mention attracting interest – strange you should reveal that – but it is telling. I think revealing your own ambitions going back several years from you bragging about your university education and high intellect you strove even then to be top dog.
    Personally I could not care less about garnering any blog support – an ambition you yourself are fixated upon.

    Today we have an impartial observer suggesting similarity of posts following Jack Roots earlier submission and hey presto carl (the little c) appears in protest.
    Using an accurate quote from the bard “The lady doth protest too much, methinks”

    Give it a rest you saddo.

  • 44 Mister Tuff // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    Jib Jibberish ———- hahahaha – got the lip on because you wrongly quoted Shakespeare.
    You need to revise your English literature.
    Marks out of ten ————–zero.

  • 45 Jib // Jun 28, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    God bless Mr Tuff – you post and my spirits lift

  • 46 giimps // Jun 28, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    I think Rafa can adapt his teams to who they are playing, and who he has avIlable to play.
    With us, he realised the defence was the issue, spent the first 2-3 games developing and testing players in various formations and positions and eventually got it right, at home he pretty much had it sussed straight away ,away from home he had the incompetence of previous managers to overcome before he could settle and trust the defence enough to go and attack.
    The villa game was an anomaly as they were set up to not lose under any circumstances, we were pretty much doing the same thing, the correct decision in my view and was only made to fail because Chelski, Everton and Watford were on the beach, how the hell Chelski contrived to lose that game is beyond me and why Everton didn’t get rid of Martinez the week before is another mystery.
    If it wasn’t for these two games going totally against the grain, the 12 points from the last 6 games would have been enough…..anyhow, no good whinging about it, we are where we are and luckily the owner has eventually rEalised you need footbAll people in a football club and the better they are ,eventually, the more success you will have and the higher your assets stock rises….Rafa has the chance of a clean slate, keep the players he wants ,play the best formation and give us the best chance to win every game, hopefully he will have a broad choice of players available to change tactics and formations vs whichever team we are up against.
    If things are going well, he will have the chance to prove our stature in cup games vs so called better opposition as the rounds progress…..IRWT

  • 47 Jail for Ashley // Jun 28, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    It’s news on .coming, I’d say that’s Krul on his way and hopefully Woodman on loan somewhere again, another Championship club would be good for his progress.

  • 48 Jail for Ashley // Jun 28, 2016 at 12:05 PM


  • 49 cyprus // Jun 28, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    Alrighty. A… goalie. Exactly what we need.

  • 50 Mister Tuff // Jun 28, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    Remind me again Jib – the subjects you stated you teach as a lecturer – one was Modern European History and was the other psychology.

    Yer right – Mr Toad.

  • 51 carl // Jun 28, 2016 at 12:15 PM

    You do need to ask yourself why you’re behaving like you are .
    Please stop being insulting for your own peace of mind.

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