Newcastle Linked With German Left-Back For The Summer


We’ve looked through our records and as far as we can tell Newcastle have never been linked with German left-back Diego Contento,until  L’Equipe reported in early January that both Newcastle and Sunderland were interested in the player, who is of Italian descent.

The player was born in Munich and  joined his home town club back in 1995 and eventually left in the summer of 2014 when he joined French club Bordeaux on a four year deal.

The contract has just less then 18 months to run and the German U20 International shows no sign that he wants to sign a new deal at the French club.

26 year-old left-back Diego Contento training at Bordeaux

Diego played 69 times for the Bayern Munich first team and has played 76 times for Bordeaux.

We are interested in this story because Rafa Benitez is almost certain to bring in a left-back this summer to challenge local lad Paul Dummett for the first team position with Massadio Haidara almost certain to move on.

Perhaps Haidara could be used in a part exchange deal for Contento, but we don’t know if this link with Newcastle has any truth to it.

With less than 18 months to go on his contract he could be a reasonable buy for Newcastle, but until now Rafa has shown more confidence in British players, since they are used to the English game and are much less of a risk.

That has been proved this season with players like Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie, Isaac Hayden, Ciaran Clark and Daryl Murphy, who were all signed by Newcastle last summer and Jonjo Shelvey was signed 14 months ago.

We have some doubts about Rafa’s interest in Contento, but it will be interesting to see the players Rafa does go after this summer, always assuming we are promoted back to the Premier League.

It’s been good for Rafa so far to sign British players and mainly English players who can produce immediately for us – like Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie, Ciaran Clark and Isaac Hayden have done this season.

Certainly when signing English players the club has  a better idea of what’s it’s getting and more chance the players can produce quicker than the foreign players brought in, who need to adjust to the English game.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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16 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Mar 11, 2017 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Dummet was not my favourite and I know he is no ‘Beardsley’ on the ball but the lad has done well and rarely gets skinned.

    He will only get better under Rafa but we do need a challenge for him.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 11, 2017 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #2

    My Rafa Bingo shout.

    Rafa Bingo
    Darlow
    Gamez Lascelles Clark Dummet
    Shelvey Colback
    Ritchie Diame Perez
    Murphy

    4 – 1 to the Toon

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  • Mag52

    Mar 11, 2017 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Dummett showed what a valuable player he is for us the way he played against Knockeart a couple of games ago.
    He will still be an important member of our squad next season, but a good cover for the LB position makes perfect sense.

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  • lesh

    Mar 11, 2017 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Hibbit, Ron

    You lads are showing your age!

    Jeez, was it 50 years since Chas Chandler rocked into the A Gogo with a precocious young blues man?

    I too was there that night when Hendrix blew everyone away in the club, in both the young set and the jazz lounge as well as managing to push the neck of his guitar through the ceiling tiles! What an incredible night. What a place and what a time for music when we were able to see the last of the big big blues men play. Oh and let’s not forget young bands such as Them, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, The Who, Spencer Davis Group, Gas Board and of course the Alan Price Combo – each with players who became big names in their own right.

    Heady days.

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  • lesh

    Mar 11, 2017 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #5

    We’re seeing some ambitious scoreline predictions – let’s hope they’re right!! My fancy’s for a nail-biting 2-1 but would be delighted with a tedious 1-0, the goal fluked in extra time.

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 11, 2017 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #6

    lesh

    Yes, it was great to be able to enjoy the music close-up!

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  • Bobbybee

    Mar 11, 2017 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #7

    Right, away to the game. Just called by to say enjoy the game wherever you’re watching/listening from, anywhere in the world. Good win today to put the heeby-jeebies up those thinking of catching us. Howay the lads!!!!!! 🙂

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  • cyprus

    Mar 11, 2017 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #8

    If when we go up we’ll need some genuine class added if we are to survive.

    Looking at the battering borough are taking from city. Reminds me of us last year.

    I’ll take borough’s no. 37. Genuine class, like I said.

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  • cyprus

    Mar 11, 2017 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #9

    Traore

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 11, 2017 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #10

    not sure murphy would like being referred to as british

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 11, 2017 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #11

    “If Colback and Ritchie avoid yellow cards today they will be safe from the threat of a ban as disciplinary period will be over. #nufc”

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  • AncientC

    Mar 11, 2017 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #12

    No team sheet yet? Odd.

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  • firebug666

    Mar 11, 2017 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Team sheet just out, atsu instead of Gouffran killed my bing chance lol

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  • firebug666

    Mar 11, 2017 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #14

    Chris Waugh?Verified account @ChrisDHWaugh 1m1 minute ago
    More
    #nufc XI vs #ffc: Darlow; Anita, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Shelvey, Colback; Ritchie, Diame, Atsu; Gayle

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  • catchy in norway

    Mar 11, 2017 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #15
  • Ron Knee

    Mar 11, 2017 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #16

    Wrong again!

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