Good News About January Left-Back Transfer Target

Newcastle have been linked with a move for Roma left-back Emerson Palmieri and there is news coming from Italy via Tutto Mercato that his club have already started to look for a replacement.

Rafa has said he will try to bring in up to four players next month as the manager must strengthen the Newcastle side for the second half of the season.

It was only within the last week that Newcastle were first linked with Emerson, who is 23, born in Santos, Brazil,  and this year has gained Italian citizenship.

He is of Italian descent on his mother’s side and only recently said he would prefer to play for Italy rather than Brazil – the country of his birth.

Emerson Palmieri – 23-year-old Roma left-back

The left-back was a regular last season at Roma but this season he has played only 3 games for Roma.

The Tutto Mercato report is that it seems Roma would be willing to let their left back leave and have already started looking for replacements they could bring in next month.

However, both Juventus and Liverpool have also been reported to be interested in the talented left-back.

Newcastle need to bring in a left-back next month, and one possibility is to bring Palmieri in on loan for the rest of the season with an option to buy in the summer.

However, if Newcastle can get Kenedy in on loan from Chelsea the move for Palmieri will have to wait for the summer – always assuming Rafa is still interested by then.

Newcastle can only bring in two English based players on loan next month but any number of foreign-based players.

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13 comments so far

  • Wayayman

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Frank from previous, it seems that you (like a lot of other people) missed the subtle tactical nuances last night. Usually, we press every team high up the pitch, putting pressure on their defenders to hit it long or go back to their keeper. That doesnt work with this Man City team. Look at the next team who press them high and see what happens to them. The the defenders are great on the ball and can ping passes long or short to feet so don’t feel pressured on the ball. The midfielders are so bloody good at drifting into spaces which moves the oppo midfield up the pitch with them, what does that do? It creates the space for whichever little, fast, skillful, multi-million pound player they have on the pitch to move into and then their attack is on the move. They pass with such precision and intent and each players first touch is dynamite. That’s how they destroy teams.
    Rafa set up to keep them very, very compact and the genius decision almost paid off. The defenders couldnt play into and space as our lads were grafting their balls off keeping to the plan, their midfielders dropped in to get the ball to try to create and yet our boys kept their discipline despite some chances going citys way. Any other Newcastle team down the last ten years would have crumbled once that first goal went in, hell we’ve done it against poor teams in recent history!

    If anyone still doubt’s Rafa’s ability, how did Pep do early on at City before he could buy pretty much any player he wanted?

  • Geordie-john

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #2

    That sounds like half decent news transfer talk already. However, I would like to see Rafa stop the dodgy dealing ex England/ makem/ manager yes you’ve guessed right Big knobhead Sam All-in-dice from scuppering the Cenk Tosun deal that I thought we had almost done.

  • Klatoon

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #3

    That was the 1st of 3 games in 6 days, makes sense to rest our attacking players who will surely have more work to do in the next 2. And at the end of the day you formulate a strategy that can get the best out of your available players. The biggest disappointment for me was our failure to really capitalise on the dead balls, Shelveys setpieces were awful all night. A real shame as we had Lascelles, Dummet, Mbemba, Dummet, Joselu and Diame all towering over their markers.

  • Jib

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #4

    At Roma he and Lucas Digne were
    in competition.
    Digne went to Barcelona and his career
    has stuttered to a halt.
    The 32 year old Aleksandar Kolarov has
    kept Palmieri out of the Roma side this

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #5


    point taken but we arguably tried to buy success with the signing of shearer back in the day. to put it in context leicester were 5000 to 1 when they won the league. tbh if we were one of the top teams and able to compete with the city’s, chelsea’s, Man uniteds etc, I think most people would be highly delighted.

    Poor old rafa can’t win with some people no matter what he does. aarons was nothing short of a disgrace with his attitude last night and it’s true some players almost get more built up when they aren’t playing, but I’d be happy to see aarons, colback and mitro exit stage left. I think people may be surprised to see how many people do or more imortantly don’t come in for mitro.

    It is frustratign that we

  • jonnyshaw85

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #6


    Morning all.

    Despite the setup, I actually enjoyed watching the game last night and the plan almost came off. As mentioned, there are a lot more important games coming up; yeah tonight was a free roll of the dice but we couldn’t afford to just go going-ho and risk conceding a load of goals to only score one as goal difference may prove vital.

    What annnoys me is that there is such a big team bias on tv/radio. I’ve ust watched the sky sports interviews and highlights. Guardiola saying “I want teams to play for the spectators” (yeah of course you do so you can score more goals!). Interviewer asking questions that insinuate that Newcastle were wrong to just try n defend. The sky hghlights didn’t even show Newcastles closest chance! (Aaron’s off the line).

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #7

    can’t remember what the frustrating thing was! maybe waiting for T.O news

  • toontaff2

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Back in my heydays as a bench warmer for the local village/pub side, before I realised I was wasting my talent for other sports, along with risking injury, there were fatties, oldies, a man with 1 arm, village idiots and drunks who used to get picked because they were one another’s mates, many thinking they were brilliant players, great football knowledge, had bigger dads than each other etc – now I think some are here, on the blog! The half-time smoke, livener, dump or whatever some did – also a thing of…………. 😮
    I’d love to sit down with a world class manager, some top coaches and back up staff and hear their take on certain players, team picks and the recovery period needed after a match.

  • toontaff2

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #9

    Wayaman, I think Frank’s taking it oot on his sock 😉

  • toontaff2

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #10

    And, JIB, my sport was not Rugby – I was even worse at Rugby than football! 😆

  • beefman13

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #11

    30 mins of total silence from our fans last night at home, now, everyone praising Rafa, why were the fans not singing and shouting if they all knew that was the way to do it against Man City, we went mad when we actually went forward for the first time didn’t we were craving it, no one craves that rubbish in that first 30, Benitez was just trying to save his own face, Man City beat teams what ever way the other team sets up, so have a go at home give the fans something to shout and cheer about, at least you had a go, last words on it, everyone from outside the club were disgusted by the tactics, the rose tinters on here are praising him for it.

  • toontaff2

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #12

    Getting wooped 10-0, sitting on the bench watching the huffing, puffing walking footballers, before walking football had been invented or getting battered by 20 stone forwards, playing for the local thirds at full back, tripping over molehills on the hillside pitch/field at Maenchlochog – those were the days 😆

  • Novocastrian66

    Dec 28, 2017 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #13

    Beefman you’re full of bull. The pundits are too. They wanted to see Newcastle United roll up and let Man City pound us into the ground. What a shame we didn’t allow them to score a boat load.
    Mourinho did something similar v Liverpool and came away with a spawny draw and the same pundits were saying it was a tactical success and that point would be an important point in the title race. How wrong they are. Unfortunately we did not get our point however yesterday’s approach to the game was a damage limitation exercise and isn’t just a shame we didn’t allow Man City to run riot for all the Sky Sports pundits and customers to swoon over.


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