Newcastle After Two Players In January From Belgium League


There’s news in Chronicle Live that Newcastle are again scouting in Belgium today as they look at some young stars to bring into the club in the January transfer window.

If Newcastle can keep winning games after the shock home defeat yesterday against Blackburn, we should be in a good position to attract some good young talent in January and sign a few players then and more will arrive in the summer.

But some players will also be surplus to requirements in the summer, which is why some players in the squad are now playing for their Newcastle futures.

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Leon Bailey – 19 year-old Genk left winger

Newcastle are again reported to be watching two Genk players we have been interested in all season long and they are 19 year-old  Jamaican left winger Leon Bailey and Wilfred Ndidi, the 19 year-old Nigerian International defender/midfielder.

Leon Bailey is a top young player who is interesting a number of big clubs in Europe and he’s played 68 times for Genk with 15 goals and 19 assists.

Bailey joined Genk in 2015 from Trencin and made his debut for the club in August of last year in the 3–1 away defeat at Sint-Truiden.

At then end of the 2015–2016 season he was named the Belgian Young Footballer of the Year.

Ndidi signed for Genk a year last January from Nathaniel Boys of Lagos in his native Nigeria and he made his debut for Genk on 31st January last year at Charleroi.

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Wilfried Ndidi – 19 year-old defender/midfielder

This season he has played 27 games with two goals in all competitions for his Belgium club and he has made a total of 76 appearances with  6 goals and 3 assists.

Ndidi has already made 2 appearances for the full Nigerian National side.

Premier League clubs like Chelsea, Tottenham, West Ham and Middlesbrough were all reported to be interested in the player last summer and this season Newcastle are interested in signing him.

Both players fit the profile of players Rafa would like to sign at Newcastle – top young players who have shown potential and can improve under the coaching of the world-class manager.

There will be activity in the January transfer market and hopefully by then Newcastle will have won a lot more games in the Championship and be really well positioned for promotion.

That’s the hope anyway.

Comments welcome.



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67 comments so far

  • sparky55

    Nov 27, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #1

    All will be forgotten when we beat Hull on Tuesday and most on here in the cold light of day would take a semi-final slot in the cup over a win against Blackburn which in the scheme of things is a defeat that won’t matter in the long term.

    semi finals here we come! ? ?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 27, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #2

    with respect i think jib pointed out these 2 are nailed on for manu and one other top 4 team can’t remember who.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 27, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #3

    sparky

    don’t tempt fate!!!

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  • sparky55

    Nov 27, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #4

    too late…bet’s already on!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 27, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #5

    D’oh !!!

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 27, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #6

    Ndidi is a 15mill target for Lecister and Bailey is talking up turning down Man Utd both unlikely to come to us if we are honest

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  • sparky55

    Nov 27, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #7

    must admit the result was pretty poor…i must have spent about 40 quid following the match on mobile data over here and it was poor like…but both the manager and the players without admitting it were thinking about tuesday for sure…you could even see that in the team selection and we do of course have to be careful and take the friday night game into consideration as well…because whats most important….promotion or a good cup run? 🙂

    answers on a postcard!

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  • JamesToon

    Nov 27, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Stupid how everyones suddenly turned on mitro.

    1 bad game

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 27, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #9

    James
    How many people have suddenly changed opinion? I’d argue people have the same opinion on him as before yesterday, a lot of people didnt rate him

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  • sparky55

    Nov 27, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Mitro won’t be going anywhere anytime soon and he’ll score some very crucial goals for us this year…consistency is never easy but with his determination, ability and his heart the size of a lion he’ll be crucial this year just you watch

    One bad game and all that that…Pah! he’ll be fine

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 27, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #11

    sparky
    Summer isn’t that far away mate

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  • sparky55

    Nov 27, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #12

    WWSBRD

    Aye…six month’s a long time in football and all that and to be fair he’s not quite premiership class (along with most of the squad) so when we go up Rafa will have to make some harsh but pretty simple decisions and we’ll need at least 8 new players to make our mark in the Premiership

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 27, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #13

    sparky
    Aye I don’t see him leaving in Jan unless he kicks off for a move but come summer I don’t think there’s much of a future for him here…could be wrong tbf but I’ve not seen anything from him to suggest otherwise

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  • Ron Knee

    Nov 27, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #14

    Debuchy starting for Arsenal.

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  • sparky55

    Nov 27, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #15

    WWSBRD

    agreed…along with quite a few others unfortunately but the next step up is a massive step up that will prove to be too big a step for most of our squad.

    the current squad will defo do it’s job to get us up but beyond that it’s a bit of a stretch to think they’ll do well without a major overhaul

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  • Jib

    Nov 27, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #16

    Rotonda heights
    Da Foxes

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  • Jib

    Nov 27, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #17

    Although
    Leicesters current league position may give pause for thought.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 27, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #18

    James

    I don’t think it’s a case of one bad game, it’s more what works well for the team. Gayle is a far more mobile and intelligent player who loses markers with his pace and reading situations.

    I see Mitro as the battering ram to come on if you need a plan B. If Mitro starts a game, there’s not the movement or 3rd man running that Gayle offers and we start hoofing it. Looking at the table I think that’s possibly what Rafa thinks too.

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  • AncientC

    Nov 27, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #19

    Eddie Howe will be taking Wenger’s job if Bournemouth outplay Arsenal today.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 27, 2016 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #20

    cheers Jib

    sparky

    not too much sign of heart of a lion from him yesterday. Looked distinctly disinterested which he has done before on occasions

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  • Mag52

    Nov 27, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #21

    Never thought I’d hear Rotonda excusing a defeat on the poor refereeing.
    Sounds a bit like the sort of thing AP was accused of doing. Ah but being a manager he wasn’t allowed to say those sort of things was he ?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 27, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #22

    Mag 52

    Sorry you’ve lost me what are you babbling on about now?

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  • sparky55

    Nov 27, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #23

    Rotonda

    aye…by all accounts he had a bad game yesterday…wasn’t there so can’t argue either way but how many times can you say that (no heart) about him this year??

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  • JamesToon

    Nov 27, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #24

    Rotonda,

    If we get promoted, rafa will make some changes and will make sacrifices (i mean in terms of ruthlessly selling players that wont be good enough) who do you think they’ll be? Could Mitro and Perez be a few?

    Thing is, our backbone of the players that have the bottle are, darlow, lascelles, clark, shelvey, colback, ritchie, gouffran and gayle. I’d only say Lascelles, shelvey, ritchie and gayle are premier league class at this moment in time, maybe the rest could develop like mitro perez diame clark, but we cant carry players who arent good enough?

    Getting fed up with perez now for sure, hes too inconsistent we need week in week out performers, and soon we’re gonna need someone like that for number 10 role, especially if we get promoted

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 27, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #25

    Yesterday, despite much antcipation was a bad day, from the manager, players and as someone said the fans. A couple too many changes, a complacency or lack of urgency who knows. My thouhts are that as Rafa keeps on talking about everyone being part of a squad that can play well he had to, at some stage play non regular starters in a league game to show that his rotation policy isn’t just for cups. Unfortunately it didn’t work and if lessons are learned it shows that the squad isn’t quite good enough for wholesale changes. Really not sure why Gayle and the Gouff weren’t brought on as soon as they scored but it’s done now, we’re still top and have a quarter final on Tuesday night.

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  • JamesToon

    Nov 27, 2016 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #26

    Players we have who i think are already prem quality:
    Darlow
    Lascelles
    Shelvey
    Ritchie
    Gayle

    Players who could possibly be prem quality come the end of may:
    Yedlin
    Mbemba
    Clark
    Lazaar
    Hayden
    Atsu
    Perez
    Mitro

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 27, 2016 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #27

    Mag 52

    Your obsession with defending AP is both very sad, yet quite endearing really. You truly must have very low expectations.

    To manage record losing streaks in the history of 4 different clubs is some achievement.

    AP is by and large a serial failure. Good start, inevitably always found out, sacked, new club, press and repeat play.

    No we’re not deluded cockney hating geordies, we just know a sh–e manager and fraud when we see it. God knows we’ve had enough practice. But then I guess it’s never AP’s fault. After all science was against him.

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  • JamesToon

    Nov 27, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #28

    JFA

    As you say, lessons are to be learned, from now on i think the very maximum amount of rotations that can be made are 3, not 6. Rafa dismantled the backbone that has bottle and leadership in Lascelles, gouffran, Dummett, Colback and gayle who were all dropped.

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  • sparky55

    Nov 27, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #29

    Perez will do well on the continent where the players are better protected by the refs…he’s not suited to the Prem but will go on to do very well probably back in his homeland where a slight brushing is a red

    good finisher, intelligent, still learning, but lots of negatives too.

    Think he’ll be gone come the summer

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  • swemag

    Nov 27, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #30

    So the time has come to tell Mr Levy that Perez is an amazing prospect and that for 25 million we would regretfully have to part with him. Good luck in the Champions League Ayoze.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 27, 2016 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #31

    Mag52,
    You keep talking about the wrong person being targeted, what bit don’t you get, while your hero was scraping together 40 points with the some of the worst football ever seen at SJP Mike Ashley was going to keep him there with the same policies that were sucking the life out of us while literally giving tickets away to keep the ground full. I honestly don’t know how you could be pro Pardew and anti Ashley at the same time as the rubber lipped puppet praised his boss and told us we couldn’t compete with Swansea and Southampton.
    You say you are a sucker for the underdog are you sure your not a sucker for those micro shorts, silly glasses and silver hair?

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  • JamesToon

    Nov 27, 2016 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #32

    sparky

    i just dont get it with him. When hes on his game he can be a really good number 10, he’ll get in between the lines, dribble, make key passes, good clinical finisher and also works hard off the ball, but on a bad day which is most of the time, hes a passenger and is anonymous, doesnt possess much pace gets pushed off the ball too easily

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  • JamesToon

    Nov 27, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #33

    really do love perez as a guy as well, he seems to love the club and the fans but just doesnt seem to be going right with him

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  • sparky55

    Nov 27, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #34

    Jamestoon

    pretty much agree with your pre class four and would add mbemba…but only agree with clark and hayden from your hopefuls

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  • sparky55

    Nov 27, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #35

    “prem class” sorry

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  • JamesToon

    Nov 27, 2016 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #36

    sparky

    Mbemba seems to have taken a turn for the worst as well. He has good pace, but lacked strength and isnt that tall. Got turned way too easily by blackburns strikers all game.

    Almost all of our players yesterday weren’t getting to the second balls, wasnt enough battle. Perhaps maybe if we just had Lascelles on the pitch wonder how much of a difference he would have made…

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  • JamesToon

    Nov 27, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #37

    either way, i think we’ll see rafa be very ruthless in the summer, im already attached to 90% of our squad at the moment really, so im sure theyll be departures that people wont necessarily agree with, but i’ll back him whatever decisions he makes, he knows best..

    How nice is it to have a manager you can trust lol

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  • Mag52

    Nov 27, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #38

    Rotonda.

    What am I babbling about ?
    How about in the previous post ” Some shocking refs. in this league, denying us stonewall penalties etc. we’d be the only big club that doesn’t get decisions ”
    Your very words I believe.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 27, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #39

    It’s a lazy assumption that the six changes were lousy players and suddenly are not good enough any more. It’s entirely to do with the gamble of putting over half you team out with little first team practice under their belts and who have not been playing regularly together. It was a failed tactic and we just have to accept it will be altered accordingly.

    Knee hero reactions like stating Mbemba is as flawed as Bramble and not tall enough etc are a bit laughable tbh.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 27, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #40

    Knee hero = knee jerk. Autocorrect evidently prefers heroes to jerks. 🙂

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