Newcastle After One Of Europe’s Top Young Center-Backs

It’s no secret that Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley have been planning for the upcoming January transfer window and also for the summer transfer market when we are hoping Newcastle have been promoted  back to the Premier League.

News today that Newcastle are targeting 19 year-old 6ft 5ins Partizan Belgrade center-back Nikola Milenkovic, but as might be expected there are other clubs also scouting the top young defender.


Nikola Milenkovic – 19 year-old Partizan Belgrade center-back
He looks good in black and white

Newcastle scouts have already watched the youngster a number of times this season and he has come through the youth ranks at Partizan and was out on loan to Teleoptik for a while last season in the second division in Serbia, where he played 13 times.

Newcastle could well be thinking of making a move for the player, who only turned 19 last Wednesday.

Nikola made his debut for Partizan in the SuperLiga match against Mladost Lucani last April and clubs like Ajax and Anderlecht have also shown an interest in the defender.

Nikola already has one cap for Serbia playing in the 3-0 loss to Qatar in a friendly on 29th September, when he was still only 18,  during the last International break, so he is very highly regarded in Serbia.

If Newcastle are serious about signing this player in January we’re sure Rafa will have Aleksandar Mitrovic have a word with his fellow countryman – we think Mitro will give both Newcastle and Rafa Benitez a good reference.


If we do manage to sign the player then his fellow countryman Mitro would also be able to help the youngster quickly settle on Tyneside.

These are the type of top young players we should be signing, as we try to build up a top squad which can eventually start winning trophies for Newcastle.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • Mag52

    Oct 15, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #1

    That’s if Mitro doesn’t get too frustrated at warming the bench for 90 minutes.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 15, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #2

    If the hype is to be believed then Mitro is trying even harder, I think this experience will make him think more than twice about getting banned for four games in the future.

  • ToonHeart

    Oct 15, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Shelvey has been an assist to almost every goal this season! Every time I watch the highlights it’s Shelvey kicking the ball in 😀

  • Jib

    Oct 15, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #4

    We are at it again this Tuesday evening away to Barnsley – I’m sure Mitro will feature at some stage

  • martoon

    Oct 15, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #5

    ToonHeart – when you are at the match you can see that everything comes through Shelvey. He is the outlet ball from defence and when attacking the ball comes through him frequently not to mention some of his long raking passes to the wing. I’m actually surprised that no opposition teams has tried putting a man marker on him – stop Shelvey and we lose half of our prowess.

  • Bambams

    Oct 15, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Mitro has so much to learn about becoming a professional footballer but I think we will have a much better player when he does get a run in the team.

    By his celebration after Norwich match it shows he obviously respects and likes Rafa.


  • lochinvar

    Oct 15, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #7

    “Mitro and Milenko” what a great double act.
    imagine a wound up Mitro and a 6’5″ defender coming after you.
    Most teams will stay in the dressing room rather than face those two with 52,000 fans behind them.
    Bring it on !

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 15, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #8

    On CB’s, we’re all expecting a quality PL CB to be bought when we get back up there, I think people will be surprised and it will be Mbemba that is sold and upgraded, Clarke and Hanley are perfect as two uncomplaining back up’s and Mbemba could still be sold for a decent fee, I don’t think he’d be happy playing second fiddle and therefore will be gone imo.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 15, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #9

    I was surprised to that know one stood on Shelvey’s toes.

    he was given far, far too much room today and teams in the Championship cannot afford to do that as he will punish you.

    With no Diame and Ritchie – I think if he was taken out of the team that played today we would of struggled – he was head and shoulders above the rest

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 15, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #10

    @Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Holloway mentioned this after the Villa game saying he is shocked that no team is man marking Shelvey! Although its difficult for teams in that he can create a chance almost from his own teams 18 yard box with 1 pass! He will need to adapt and up his game even more if teams do decide to man mark him more also the players around him will need to up their games !


    Mbemba plays defensive midfield for his country a lot would love Rafa to convert him for us as he has a lot of tools to be good in that position takes a lot of risks at the back which Rafa will not be a fan of!

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 15, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #11

    On this defender the club has scouted players for years before making a move and its meant they have missed out on some great players! I think under Rafa we will look to sign these players a lot earlier and then either loan them back out or have Rafa’s coaching team work on them!

  • martoon

    Oct 15, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #12

    Charlie do you agree with my previous comment that it was not as comfortable as Ed makes out – you were always worried Brentford we going to pull a goal back and make us very nervous.

  • martoon

    Oct 15, 2016 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #13


  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 15, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #14

    No wait was comfortable…
    This is what I posted then I got back from game…

    Charlie calling’
    Just got in

    Comfortable win – mm maybe – but when we went 3-0 nil up we lost the plot again and got sloppy with to many backpasses, hoofs and misplaced passes which a better team than Brentford would of capitalised on.

    My Player markings

    Darlow 7- had a decent game did nowt wrong and came and caught the ball – didn’t see what happened for the goal. Distribution good first half defence came short for roll outs – second when TOON let Brentford come onto us hoofed it long
    Anita 6 – Another who had a decent game but his passing let him down
    Lascalles 7 – another good game until went off with a niggle.
    Clark 8 – Had a good game scored a good goal and some good blocks second half
    Dummett 7 – defended well got up the line well but too many times wants to turn inside and pass back.
    Colback 8 – the ginger Pirlo had a good game always available for a pass from Shelvey and today actually passed forward
    Goufran 8 – good game linked up the defence and midfield – covered every blade of grass tackle passed – excellent
    Shelvey 9 – MY MAN OF THE MATCH showed all his passing skills short long involved all game laid on two goals and involved for the other. Only thing lacking – seems to struggle in passing it long to his left – few times today Dummett had acres of space for the long ball but wanted to turn inside and pass to the right.
    Perez 7 – Did ok – tried all game but drifted in and out of the game to much.
    Missed two opportunities second half to make it four
    Gayle 8 – excedllent today scored a good first goal and on the spot for Shelvey’s cut back – got to calm down when wound up.
    Atsu 6 – FRUSTRATING – BLOODY FRUSTRATING took up some great positions had plenty of the ball but seem not sure whether to cross shoot or pass thus the end product was poor.

    Hanley 4 – Don’t now if tired but looked like carthorse today
    Yedlin 5 – Did well when he came on
    Lazaar 5 – Defending looked week but created himself a great chance from nothing

    Redf 2 – And that’s for turning – Don’t know how many bookings but only one worthy and that’s for their player bouncing the ball.
    AND should of played advantage twice when we had a great opening but blew the whistle to bring the ball back for a free kick

    Crowd 7 – great first half atmosphere but noise level dropped second half became anxious as we let Brentford come at us

    Me – might of brought Mitrovich on for the last twenty minutes for Perez or Gayle as a outlet for the high hoofs upfield

    Looking forward to the team selection for Tuesday at Barnsley

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 15, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #15

    Not a bad shout, Tiote is history and Colback, I don’t think is good enough, so Hayden and Mbemba fighting it out or being rotated could be ideal with that hard as nails quality CB coming in. What if we get a quality CB and Clarke proves better than Lascelles, can a non regular starters still be captain?

  • beermonkey

    Oct 15, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #16


    could we not rotate captains

    oh hang on do i wanna start this again

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 15, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #17


    That is an interesting one potentially Clark and Lascalles could be our first choice pairing for years to come if they keep developing the way they are at the moment !

    Although Rafa is ruthless so would not surprise me if he is already looking to upgrade the spine of the team once we are back in the big league! Which includes upgrading captains!

  • beermonkey

    Oct 15, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #18


    we have always moved to laate for players
    mind you were not the only club

    i thought when we bought laschelles and darlow in and loaned them back out it might have a change in direction for the
    i think the plan for perez as well was to loan him out

    we havent bought any1 in like that since but rafa has had more to worry about i think we will a few more bought in like those in the coming 18mnths

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Oct 15, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #19

    Can anybody tell me why we don’t seem to have any defenders on either posts when defending corner kicks?? & not anita, he couldn’t goal clear a ball for shit.

    But I’ve seen a few times this season were I think we could have stopped that goal with a man on the post. Today was one of them examples.

  • Bobbybee

    Oct 15, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #20

    Well that was a canny game all in all. At no time did I feel they threatened us and although we slacked off after going three up, we always had enough and some spare. What more can be said about Shelvey? Sublime range of passing that shines very bright in this league. Stood out a country mile today, so much better than anybody else on the pitch. Doesn’t matter what league he’s in, a 60 yard pass right onto the toe is as good in the PL as it is in the Championship. England call up must be on the cards. Darlow very comfortable again and likely to retain his place. Clark must have Villa fans pulling their hair out with yet another very good game. All in all – a great win.
    Sutty, fyi, Arma picked up a knock playing for England, which is why he sat out the last game. Nothing to do with not being able to get in Barnsley’s team. 🙂 A lad with a massive future.

  • beermonkey

    Oct 15, 2016 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #21


    zonal marking

    just seen our highlights poor i wanna see more

    good goal though

  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Oct 15, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #22

    Mitrovic gifted Gayle the shirt by being unavailable for the first three league games through suspension and now he’s missing out badly. The team will continue to carve out chances and Gayle will continue to run around and score the goals to keep his place and Mitrovic will probably quite rightly think it should have been him.

    442 to accommodate both of them seems a forlorn hope for him too, because opposition teams will continue to sit back and counter, leaving us little option but to set up 4231 and move the ball around, be patient and probe, with Mitro looking in real danger of becoming a clear plan b.

    Interesting that Benitez praised Perez for his movement, in what was viewed by many as a modest performance from him. I didn’t think we’d see Perez and Gayle again because of their lack of physical presence, but we did, and what we got was a lot of intelligent movement and 3 goals. That as well weakens Mitro’s position, unfortunately for him, and possibly us, because frankly had he started the season with the shirt, things would probably have been very different, and possibly even better than they are now for the side.

  • Budge123

    Oct 15, 2016 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #23

    One thing we should do when defending a corner is leave someone up the pitch . we always seem to have everyone back and have no one to clear to and nothing to keep opposition players back. Don’t understand why we do it.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Oct 15, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #24

    Correct me if I’m wrong, I’m more of a man marking type. But doesn’t zonal marking mean covering a certain area? Like covering the goal posts?

  • beermonkey

    Oct 15, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #25


    rafa has never or very few times set us up with people on the posts
    he favours zonal marking as a coach

    Zonal marking is a defensive strategy where defenders cover an area of the pitch rather than marking a specific opponent. It’s trasformed from catenaccio. If an opponent moves into the area a defender is covering, the defender marks the opponent.

    but i would at times more so seeing out matches see people on the posts

  • swemag

    Oct 15, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #26

    Villa still struggling, Sunderland surely going down, we keep on winning. Not bad for a Saturday.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 16, 2016 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #27

    Man mark Shelvey, I’d hate to be the player nominated for that job, he’s so fit and mobile that they’d have to use all 3 subs to keep up with him. He’s like the Duracell bunny. 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 16, 2016 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #28

    And seeing that’s there’s over two between my post and the previous one, I’m not expecting a response any time soon so after my celebration drink I’ll toddle off to bed.

    Good night to any one around.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 16, 2016 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #29

    ‘two hours’ too much celebration drink I think. Hey that’s poetry wonder if I’ll get the Nobel prize.

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 16, 2016 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #30


    Like me, I think people are waiting for new posters and those who’ve left to come back….

    Looking forward to it.

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 16, 2016 at 3:13 AM

    Comment #31

    Just realised it’s 3:10am so that’d explain it. If there’s any reason too of course.

    P.s I’ve been on a night shift. 11-3 and got 12’s for it.
    Like rockin horse sh1t that nowadays lads n lasses 🙂

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 16, 2016 at 5:44 AM

    Comment #32

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