Newcastle Have A New Giant Center-Back Target

With 31 year-old Atletico Madrid full-back Jesus Gamez expected to sign soon for Newcastle, Rafa Benitez would also like to get a center-back in before the club leaves for their week-long Ireland training and fitness camp on Saturday.

And there’s news in the local papers today that a new defender target has emerged – and he’s Bristol City’s giant 6ft 6ins center-back Aden Flint, who turns 27 on Monday.

This is the first time Newcastle have been linked with Flint and the big lad is said to be interesting a number of clubs.


Aden Flint – 26 year-old Bristol City center-back

Since he is one of Bristol City’s best players they are understandably not too willing to sell,  but only last week Newcastle were able to pries Matt Ritchie away from Bournemouth by paying out a decent fee to the club and giving Matt top wages to join Newcastle.

There is a big attraction at the moment for players to join Newcastle with the Rafa Benitez revolution – the Rafalution – just starting on Tyneside.

By joining now players can get in on the ground floor with what could be a new great side Rafa will build at Newcastle, while he also gets the club ship-shape and more like other big and successful clubs in England.

Flint has been at Bristol City for three years now since signing on from Swindon Town in 2013 – and he also has a contract that runs until 2019 at the Ashton Gate club.

Since joining Bristol City Aden has played 139 games for the club with 24 goals and last season he played 39 games with six goals.

Flint began his career in 2007 with Central Midlands Football League club Pinxton before moving to the Conference North in the summer of 2008 when he joined Alfreton Town.

Aden moved to Swindon Town in January of 2011 and played 79 times for them with 8 goals before moving to Bristol City for a meager £300K in June, 2013.

And this lad can score goals too and in May of last year, in the final game of the 2014–15 Championship season, he scored his first ever hat-trick in the 8–2 demolition of Walsall.

That season he scored 15 goals in 57 appearances for Bristol City.

The news is that Rafa is hoping there will be further progress on this potential deal in the coming days.

Benitez takes his Newcastle squad to Ireland on Saturday for a full week in County Kildare, so if players are signed after Saturday they can always join the squad there to train and start meeting and bonding with their new team-mates.

Comments welcome.

72 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 7, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #1


    should be interesting ????!!!!!

  • Veltmann

    Jul 7, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #2

    Caulker or Kolo Toure will do for me.Don’t feel like either will happen though.

  • martoon

    Jul 7, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #4

    Cyprus from last topic – that is a little unfair. Armstrong was on loan last season and then away on International duty and then injured so Rafa has not been able to assess him yet!

  • emperor

    Jul 7, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #5

    gamez mbemba lascelles dummet
    ritchie colback shelvey aarons
    mitro gayle

    Not bad so far assuming gini sissoko janmaat leave we will still be strong

  • Howay50

    Jul 7, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Here’s a defender who scored more goals than most of our strikers last season. 6 goals in 39 games.

  • nut meg

    Jul 7, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #7

    Here’s a link to some of his goals & he’s a big lad as well.

  • Spoof

    Jul 7, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Can’t say I’m enthusiastic about this one !

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 7, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #9

    15 goals in 57 is very productive for a centre half. Sounds promising.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 7, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #10

    As much as i would like this player in because of his height, i get the feeling there will be no more news today on this one, seems to be linked with different defenders every day, hope this is more genuine, his height playing alongside lascelles would stop goals going in from set pieces, especially free kicks just outside our box and also those two would be leathal at the other end, bit like Leicester’s Morgan and Huth.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 7, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #11

    According to Wikipedia he’s 6 ft 5ins and lascelles is 6 ft 2ins.

  • Wayayman

    Jul 7, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #12

    Distraction from the main targets I hope. Not over-enamoured by this possibility.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 7, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #13 saying that Gámez paves the way for Jaanmat to leave and they know their stuff. Three defenders out and one in, we need at least three more in for every out.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 7, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Even Mclaren knew we needed more. I just can’t see Rafa allowing for a defence that has no competition for places and is relying on having a totatally injury and suspension free season.

  • kakaobi

    Jul 7, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #15

    Basically we’ve got to look at teams who have a realistic chance of being promoted and weaken them buy buying their better players that was the Liverpool way of 80’s

  • hibbitt

    Jul 7, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #16

    if the signings Rafa has made so far are anything to go by the defenders Rafa has in mind wont be on any of the press radars we need a cb and a lb ASP
    be prepared for more surprises
    in Rafa we trust

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 7, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #17


    a CB who can score with a left foot screamer and a rabona as well!!

  • geordie157

    Jul 7, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #18

    Living in swindon, I’ve seen Flint quite a lot….he is great in the air and scored some great bullet headers.

    The only problem is that he’s not very mobile and gets done for pace, ie he’s probably worse than Williamson was on the ball but he will get you at least ten goals a season.

    Decent signing just not sure he’d cope at the top level.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 7, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #19

    Not many comments by posters about Armstrongs prospects this season. Quite surprised. I posted a couple of weeks ago that I was excited about which club he would be loaned out to this season.
    Will have to wait a bit longer to find out.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 7, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #20

    Did Benitez not say he was only going to buy PL standard players. This might rule out this lad.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 7, 2016 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #21

    What a strange blog, that people get more excited that I might be angry over half a post, than be concerned about our best young player being injured. Sorry to disappoint but if you read the full story, Rafa says ‘it’s a problem, but a good problem.’ How many times has Rafa seen Arma in the flesh playing? None. The problem is he’s currently injured and unable to show what he can do. Naturally this makes it difficult for Rafa to assess him and there lies the problem. Rafa is being honest and only a half wit would consider that as saying Arma ain’t good enough. Rafa has said however, he’s aware of what a great season he had at Coventry. I support NUFC and whatever Rafa does, as manager, I’ll accept it, but if anybody thinks this is Arma being written off because he’s injured, then they either don’t understand English, or don’t get how football works. He’s been asked about Arma and his answer is as honest as it gets. And jail, seriously, your family photos? Not right for the blog mate. 😉

  • lochinvar

    Jul 7, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #22

    Isn’t he a film star

    ” Our Man Flint”

  • Veltmann

    Jul 7, 2016 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #23

    I only saw Armstrong once.Whether he is part of Rafa’s plan will be decided by his displays on the preseason.Would like him to be a back up if he impresses but wouldn’t give a flyers if he loaned out as well.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 7, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #24

    Yes, there is an awful lot riding on the season, that can only make it tougher for him, but really, if he’s good enough, he’ll be in. If he isn’t quite there, he’s got time on his side.

    6 foot 6, in terms of pure physics, is surely too tall for a centre back. How would he handle an Aguerro type for instance?

    Mmmmm…….time to practice my mantra-“must keep an open mind, must keep an open mind, must keep an open mind.”

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 7, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #25

    Veltman, that’s where the problem is. He’s currently injured and has had to pull out of the England U19’s for their championship. This makes it difficult for Rafa to make a proper assessment until he’s fit again. Let’s just hope he gets fit in time to prove himself, because imo, having watched the kid too many times to count, he’s a better finisher bar none to what we currently have. I’ll trust Rafa’s judgement all day long.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 7, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #26

    Jimmy, the voice of reason. 😉

  • FollowFollow

    Jul 7, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #27

    Goals from all over the pitch and options to help break teams down are important for us this season. He looks like he can help with that.

    Would be glad to get good money in for Janmaat. Of all of our players who lack heart, he’s top bottler.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 7, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #28

    I believe that every player should contribute goals throughout the season no matter what position they play in. Not just the odd one or two, but 4-5 minimum. Those players will have flaws, like all players, but at least they have the contribution of goals, so it’s nice if we are linked with productive players.

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 7, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #29

    Headline in the Chronic:
    “Still no bods for Wijnaldum”
    Make of that what you will!

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 7, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #30

    Not really sure if this is a Rafa type signing. Geordie157 has seen the lad play, unlike the majority of us and his opinion is based on eyewiness accounts – always worth listening to in these situations. Rafa likes CB’s who are comfortable on the ball and geordie157’s description doesn’t really fit the Rafa model. Not convinced, but wait and see.


    Jul 7, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #32

    Howay mate we are just having a laugh, Uve banged the Arma drum to HBA level

  • Veltmann

    Jul 7, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #33

    Bobbybee – I was written him off first time I saw him because of his height.I am guessing he has same height as Messi.And that is too short for a center forward and vulnerable to get marked,esp by defenders.But seeing scored creditable goals out and you praising him a lot,he has future.Said that because can’t remember a striker with too short a height and progresses a lot or become a natural scorer in football..

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 7, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #34

    LR32, I agree that everybody should contribute goals in an ideal world. That’s basically how we came back up last time, after all. The tricky bit is getting the balance right. A player might score ten goals a season from corners, but what if he’s responsible for letting in double that because he’s too slow? Where do you draw the line? I think defending comes first for a CB, but ten goals would come in handy! 😉

  • Veltmann

    Jul 7, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #35

    It’s not an Arma drum. It’s pure football discussion.If you don’t like it,refrain from it.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 7, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #36

    Aguerro, Maradona, Pele. Hughie Gallagher…….ah ok, I also wonder if he lacks the athleticism. Aguerro and Messi so strong, so quick. To be honest Arma reminds me of Paul Dickov, no mug, but no Gazza either. WTF would I know of course, time will tell.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 7, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #37

    Is Jesus Gamez in Newcastle yet.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 7, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #38


    Sorry that seems short sighted and limited view to have. the list of successful small strikers is endless and they all possess a far better turning circle than say a Crouch for example. Maradona, our own Beardo etc etc.

    Many teams no longer play with a big target man, a Carroll for example is the exception to the rule these days where teams tend to play much more with quick mobile skilful strikers who can get in behind or even a false number 9.


    Jul 7, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #39


  • Veltmann

    Jul 7, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #40

    You perfectly heard what I said!!


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