Newcastle Again Linked With The Next Thierry Henry


According to the Chronicle, Newcastle may be after 23 year-old Dutch striker Luc Castaignos, who Newcastle have been linked with since the summer of 2012, when he was just 19 years old and at Inter-Milan; it was  just before his move to FC Twente.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is looking to bring in a striker before the end of the month who can get some goals for us,  since we seem to be short on goalscorers once again.

It’s much like the situation was last year at this time, when Luc’s name was in the headlines as somebody Newcastle were after.

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23 year-old Dutch striker Luc Castaignos

Luc stayed at FC Twente from 2012 for three years and he scored 42 goals and 11 assists in 114 games for the Dutch side, before he moved last summer to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.

The 23 year-old 6ft 2ins striker who turns 24 next month was linked with Swansea last summer, but he didn’t make the move to the Premier League and he is again open for a move from Germany.

He didn’t have a particularly good season last term and in 21 games for Eintracht Frankfurt he scored 5 goals and had 3 assists.

Luc has played 15 times with 6 goals for the Dutch U-21 side and he made a total of 50 appearances for Dutch youth sides with 27 goals, which is a decent record.

He started his career at Feyenoord at the age of 14 when he joined the Feyenoord Youth Academy in the summer of 2007.

Four years later at age 18 he was transferred to Inter Milan where he stayed for one year before coming back to Holland four years ago and signing for FC Twente.

He moved to Germany last summer.

Luc is the all-time top scorer of the Holland U-17 national team with 13 goals in 17 appearances, and in the 2009 UEFA European U-17 Football Championship he was the top scorer in that tournament.

When he was younger, Luc’s style of play drew comparisons with the great French striker Thierry Henry, but over the last few years he doesn’t seem to have grown into the top striker that many expected him to become and he has still not been capped by the full Dutch side.

It’s not too surprising that his name is in the news again, but we wonder if he would be a good buy for Newcastle and certainly he would seem to be a risky signing for the Magpies this summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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96 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Aug 8, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Floaters Out!

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  • ZIPPIE57

    Aug 8, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #2

    would sooner have Danny Ings

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 8, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #3

    So exact WHEN is he planning on being the next Thierry Henry? And is it in a lookalike compo?

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 8, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #4

    Would sooner have tonsillitis

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 8, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #5

    The Chronic (yesterday was it?) said Newcastle were looking for an experienced striker. This Luc Castaignos seems an unlikely choice.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 8, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #6

    midgets at the TOON
    I think the TOON will struggle against a lot of teams because of their size/physicality

    just had a look on the TOON website for stats.
    players under 6ft = 182.9 cm and 13 stone = 82 kg

    Colback 177cm 75 kg
    Anita 166cm 66kg
    Perez 178 cm 68kg
    Aarons 175 cm 67kg
    Tiote 180cm 85kg

    Mbabu,
    Ritchie,
    Armstrong,
    Gayle no stats on TOON website but I think they are all under 6ft and 13 stone

    add Sterry and DiJong who are around 6ft and 3 stone

    we have a lot of lightweight short ars**s in our squad

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Aug 8, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Didn’t they say Riviere was the next henry?! I’d prefer Danny ings as well but doubt we’ll get him. I think we need to find an experienced target man quick though.

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  • Sazzer

    Aug 8, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #8

    Like for like Obertan’s replacement this one.

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  • mactoon

    Aug 8, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #9

    No!

    Two words..

    Prolific goalscorer

    Get one!

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  • Belfast

    Aug 8, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #10

    He looks really like him if you close one eye and blink really fast with the open eye.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 8, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #11

    sorry 6ft and 13 stone

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  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 8, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Tsunki…… How tall are you actually if you don’t mind me asking.

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  • Toonmania

    Aug 8, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #13

    I hate players being labelled as the next, Messi, Ronaldo, etc… Everyone always feels let down when they only turn out to be as good a player and not the world class exception to the rule we have all been lead to believe he is.

    Yes I would rather have Ing’s he’s proven in the Championship

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  • Belfast

    Aug 8, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #14

    Should really be looking at a striker who has already done the business in the division. Forresteri would be my pick, but it would be really difficult convincing Sheffield Wednesday to sell.

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  • Belfats

    Aug 8, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #15

    He looks really like him if you close one eye and blink really fast with the open eye

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  • Belfats

    Aug 8, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #16

    Should really be looking at a striker who has already done the business in the division. Forresteri would be my pick, but it would be really difficult convincing Sheffield Wednesday to sell.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 8, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #17

    Das Bost at Wolfsberg scored 10 in 31 matches last season, when will we be linked with him…..again?!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 8, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #18

    we are desperately short of creativity. forestieri would have been great. news of knockaert has petered out, so just who’ll pull the strings for us is a major worry.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 8, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #19

    Newcastle are close to completing the capture of Danish youngster Elias Fritjof Sorensen, according to bold.dk.

    The report claims that the youngster spent the early parts of the summer training with the Magpies and has sufficiently impressed enough to earn a permanent switch, citing these quotes from HB Køge sporting director Per Rud:

    “It is true that we are still talking to Newcastle, and we have had several great conversations with them, and it is likely to end up with a transfer.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 8, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #20

    What about a cheeky bid for Benteke? He seems to have lost his place.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 8, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #21

    And what about Danny Osvaldo as a senior striker? Out of contract.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 8, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #22

    How about Benteke for Sissoko plus some cash? Just to let them know we’re serious…..

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  • dazza

    Aug 8, 2016 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #23

    Nice intel Charlie, those are some worrying statistics. Just looking at the team we had out last weekend had sirens going off in me head, Surely Rafa can see it. We need size, speed, and power in this league. One or two shorties fine, but not the entire attacking half of our team.

    Long balls over the top towards Gayle and Perez against a deep lying defense not working? No worries, bring on boy wonder Armstrong 😐

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 8, 2016 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #24

    Charlie – we certainly looked small and lightweight against Fulham in midfield and upfront. Without Sissoko and Mitrovic to choose from admittedly, but the performance (and result) should be a wake-up call for Benitez. That team selection was flawed and should be consigned to the bin forever more.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 8, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #25

    I think some of our players will get better as we go on. Certainly Perez will improve. We can’t carry too many sad sacks though. I still like Aarons to get better as well. We have a good sized set of CB’s now if they’re mobile enough. We’ll need solid games from Shelvey and Diame.

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  • Wandering Geordie

    Aug 8, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #26

    Luc Castaignos compilation . Looks very good

    https://youtu.be/XqCYClylXRk

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 8, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #27

    Belfats certainly sounds like jib. Except possibly with a slightly larger water pistol……

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 8, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #28

    I’m not keen on going for another youngish forward like Castaignos who hasn’t played in England. We need somebody older and with experience.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 8, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #29

    I don’t think we should be sniffing around anybody. We should be forking out and buying a proper striker like Benteke. Why this lack of motivation from the club to get a proper goal scorer in? It reminds me of the years and years we spent not bringing in a proper CB.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 8, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #30

    Unbelievable. Desperately need goals yet muck about not buying…. Fiddle on underbidding for decent players and letting all of them go elsewhere. Then we can’t score because Mitro is a hot head….. Harrumph!!!

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  • Sav

    Aug 8, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #31

    I thought last year was a ‘wake-up call’.
    I thought relegation was a ‘wake-up call’.
    Did our players hit the snooze button again last week?

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 8, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #32

    Daze/overrated

    worries me to that we have to many small/underweight players.
    that’s 11 in my list who are going to be playing/on the bench
    out of the 30 listed on the back of the Vitesse programme
    33% that’s a large proportion of the squad

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  • Belfats

    Aug 8, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #33

    Who ordered the Swedish p*nis enlarger?

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 8, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #34

    Benteke would be great. Wishful thinking I suppose, but a perfect fit for our situation. If we get the cash windfall from Sissoko a bid for him would be worth a shot.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 8, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #35

    Sav@31 – the players are what they are. I’m pointing the finger at Charnley, Carr (and even Benitez) and suggesting they are the ones who have been asleep at the wheel.

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  • Belfats

    Aug 8, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #36

    Forestieri and che Adams woukd be good

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 8, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #37

    “Liverpool want £32.5m for Christian Benteke.”

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 8, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #38

    That would be my thinking as well overrated mate. Or just get in there with a bid and the offer of SissyBoy to complete the deal.

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  • Belfats

    Aug 8, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #39

    Or Crouch

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 8, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #40

    Charlie – maybe we could bring back those imposing physical specimens, Cabella and Thauvin back from loan if it’s not too late?

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