Newcastle Tracking 19-Year-Old Italian Wonder Kid

Newcastle United are reported to be interested in signing 19-year-old Italy U21 midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo who has played at Roma since last summer.

Reports coming out of Italy say that Newcastle United scouts have been watching the left-footed attacking midfielder who is one of the top young talents in Italian football.

Zaniolo joined Roma from Inter last summer in a swap deal involving former Newcastle left-back and the 19-year-old – for Radja Nainggolan.

However, with his excellent form this season for Roma, there have been questions about how the Milan club only valued Zaniolo at €4.5M in that deal that saw him leave Milan.

19-year-old Roma 6ft 3ins attacking midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo

But it’s too late now with the teenager looking like an excellent prospect at Roma.

The 6ft 3ins tall (it’s those hamburgers I tell you) midfield player has played 27 games in total for Roma this season and has scored 5 goals and has 2 assists.

He’s a top teenager, and the type of younger Newcastle should be trying to sign this summer – if we can get him.

But why would Roma sell him this summer – well – except for a very high transfer fee?

Nicolo Zaniolo never played for the Inter-Milan first team, and he has played for the Italy U18, U19, and 4 times for the U21 side.

He made his debut for the Italy U21 team only last October, in a friendly match against Belgium.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

149 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 12, 2019 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #121

    lesh, absolutely agree. The problem with Carr and his French Foreign Legion plans was that, well, there simply was no plan.

    In order to have a conveyor belt of talent you need to have a template of how the club plays from junior level to senior, so that players are either developed and promoted or bought to order to fit a specific role in a squad, ideally replacing another similar player who is moving on for profit. That way, the manager can maintain or improve the squad over time while managing to make a profit.

    If you buy random players who look promising, you end up with a head coach with no idea of how to knit a team together, players who look worse than they are as they are shoe-horned into roles for which they are not suited and teams which generally struggle.

    Rafa could be Ashley’s ideal manager for this role, but he needs to get NUFC to a position of strength first and build the template throughout the squad. That requires an initial investment, which is a step that Ashley has avoided thus far.

    It also requires a stable first team platform, an integral element of which is players with experience and leadership ability such as Salomon Rondon.

    Sadly, like Teresa May, Ashley just does not have a clue

  • lesh

    Mar 12, 2019 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #122


    the archers kipper over = the Marchers kippeD over

    Ffs the Archers????


  • toon22

    Mar 12, 2019 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #123

    All MA has proven over the years is that’s he has no clue how to run s football club
    He usually takes a promising situation and totally bolix it up

    It’s how he operates

    Imho he really thinks it’s never his fault

  • lesh

    Mar 12, 2019 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #124


    And the Maybot’s gonna try again? Ffs

    Howay the lads

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 12, 2019 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #125

    It looks like she could be facing a revolting cabinet

    Just like when Mike Ashley vomits in his wardrobe after a night out

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 12, 2019 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #126

    toon22 “he really thinks it’s never his fault”

    I think you’re right, he still sees himself as the white knight of NUFC, quite bizarrely really.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 12, 2019 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #127

    Jane. The ENIAC of nufcblog.

  • jane

    Mar 12, 2019 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #128

    funny if the EU say no to an extension and we have to leave with no deal.

  • lesh

    Mar 12, 2019 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #129

    Jane @128

    It wouldn’t be funny it’d be a disaster!

    Recent surveys have shown that many Nissan employees would be happy to crash out as it would (at this point recite the,UKIP mantras) stop immigration, take back control etc. Nissan employees who, like their colleagues at Honda, will be losing their jobs!

    The old saying – ‘Education? It’s wasted on the working class’ springs to mind.

    Meanwhile, Real Smog says you don’t make the poorer richer by making the richer poorer.

    When will they ever learn.

  • Genjikai

    Mar 13, 2019 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #130

    Im a young one and i think brexit is right for our country.
    If we dont leave the EU we will just become a state of the EU.
    Soon we will have to be conscripted to fight in the EU army, you olders ones wont but us young ones will.
    I keep hearing we should stay for the youth.
    Im more scared of staying in the EU then coming out.
    Tbh i wish we walked away from negotiations with them a long time ago and just no deal it. Its been a complete and utter waste of time.
    Think about it if you had 2 years to do your job and failed you wud sacked.
    The EU negotiators are bellends and are only out to try hurt the uk.
    Its sickening.
    They need us more than we need them.

  • Genjikai

    Mar 13, 2019 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #131

    They are only playing hard ball as its going to cost germany and france more than they could imagine to make up for britains contribution to the eu coffers.
    Thats why there is bad blood.
    Muppets walk away and be done with them.

  • Online Guy

    Mar 13, 2019 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #132

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  • Online Guy

    Mar 13, 2019 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #133

    Half a point more than 6-1 I think with protected odds.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 13, 2019 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #134

    Question: “Jane – what is your position on the viability of variable quotas on cereal production and selective subsidisation within the European Economic Model?”

    Jane – “sherbet”

  • Tsunki

    Mar 13, 2019 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #135

    Deal Schmeal let’s just cut the rope Britannia and forge our own path damn Johnny Foreigners making butter mountains and straightening our bananas! 😀

    What was the question again? 😐

  • Tsunki

    Mar 13, 2019 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #136

    I don’t gamble. Seriously I don’t.

  • NY Mag

    Mar 13, 2019 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #137

    Lots of serious political musings on here tonight…….thank you Tsunki, ‘sherbet’…..absolute quality 😀

  • lesh

    Mar 13, 2019 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #138


    If as you say you’re young, you’re out of step with the vast majority of young people. You sound as though you read the Weatherspoon Times, reciting the mantras uttered by Farage, Johnson, Real Smog and the rest!

    Check your tea or whatever you drink – somebody’s putting some mind numbing substance in it. Or, be careful what links you’re opening on the likes of Facebook and Twatter.


  • lesh

    Mar 13, 2019 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #139

    Tsunki @134 and 135

    🙂 🙂

  • lesh

    Mar 13, 2019 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #140



    ‘In order to have a conveyor belt of talent you need to have a template of how the club plays from junior level to senior, so that players ,,…’

    Was what used to called manpower planning – a long-term strategy that’s probably out of Ashley’s mental reach. When it comes to NUFC, he’s a short-term thinker, has a barrow-boy quick profit mentality. He regards the club as nowt more than a problem he’s stuck with and’ll give it 3% of his attention – if that.

    Why doesn’t be just sell up and fkoff!

  • NY Mag

    Mar 13, 2019 at 1:52 AM

    Comment #141


    I agree, I think that Ashley just considers the club as a nuisance at this point (albeit a nuisance that doesn’t cost him anything and is beneficial from an advertising point of view)
    But, don’t make the mistake of thinking he’s stupid or incompetent…..everything that he does is planned.

  • Genjikai

    Mar 13, 2019 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #142

    Na lesh i make my own mind up, why i voted to leave was for the reason stated i dont want an EU wide army. The likes of which macron stated just a few month back. I think everyones making a big song and dance out of nowt.
    So what if it cost u 8 quid to go to europe.
    Fcuking hell proper braking the bank that like.
    My point of view is they say are well we arnt going to get people from europe working the fields.
    Well we got millions on the dole, id make them work the fields me. If you dont work you dont get paid simple.(unless you actually cant work)
    At the end of the day they have ballsed it all up playing silly buggars our politicans instead of joining together in this time of need the parties are just out scoring points against each other.
    Its just like ashleys running of the toon , we need new leaders.
    The immigration side of things will never change. Immigration is healthy we need it to sustain our population or else our country will die.
    I loved it when the young ones came out in numbers to make sure we didnt bomb syria. Yeah some good that did millions displaced and the raise of ISIS class call that from corbyn and the youth of today.
    Simply put i know my age group better than most. Your daughters and sons will still have the same prospects. Why would it change. Doesnt stop people moving to countrys and getting jobs outside the eu now.
    Face the facts the EU is a broken mechanism that will fall.
    Youve got poor countrys taken big bites out of the cake and not offering anything back in return.
    Good riddance glad we will be gone. Oh wait this rant is pointless cause its not going to happen any way.

  • lesh

    Mar 13, 2019 at 2:16 AM

    Comment #143

    NY Mag

    Absolutely and I don’t think for one minute that Ashley’s incompetent or stupid. He’s very astute and the point I was making is that he’ll give NUFC the attention he thinks appropriate to its contribution to his ventures. Ashley’s NUFC related decision making’s probably more intuitively impulsive than strategically considered cos he hasn’t got a strategy, long-term ambition for the club.

  • lesh

    Mar 13, 2019 at 2:26 AM

    Comment #144

    Genjikai @142

    There’s a few mixed messages in your post young fella. You’re reciting the Real-Smog mantra one minute and showing signs of positivity and good sense the next.

    Take a little advice, a word from a boring owld fart that’s fought the idealogical fights, find a quiet place to relax, close your eyes and think your visions through. But, do it without distraction, it’s important, it’s important for you, it’s your future.

    On that note I’m off. G’night all.

  • NY Mag

    Mar 13, 2019 at 2:55 AM

    Comment #145


    I agree….he has a strategy, it just doesn’t include any success for NUFC

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 13, 2019 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #146

    “”Benitez, unhappy with the size of spending in all four transfer windows since promotion, will be told there is a need for further compromise as the club looks to increase the potential profitability of its playing staff.””

    I am sure this is an opinion piece rather than as a result of direct information, but it probably highlights the main issue stopping Rafa from continuing. IMO the previous policy benefitted from tranfering in established players who were at the end of their contracts, who proved their abilities and were sold for profit. The result of which was a transient team of players that lacked cohesion and were relegated.

    Benetez certainly has the ability to improve players through coaching and at the same time produce a coordinated team that should be able to challenge in the latter stages of Cups and be at least safely in mid table. Once established, a PL team under Rafa should again be able to attract the younger profitable players that the owner desires.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 13, 2019 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #147

    Mbwia was the perfect example of that, the purple policy dictated that there was no way a “purple” could be allowed to sit on the bench so he was shoehorned in as a LB or was it RB, What was supposed to be a promising player turned out to be a flop. Was he not doing well at CB with Willo until Collo came back in. They steadfastly refused to buy a full back because a bargain never turned up. That Erik Pieters fiasco that saw us buy an injured Santon was another example of where perceived profit was put before the team.
    If Rafa goes I go.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 13, 2019 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #148

    I’m not sure if that story has deliberately been drip fed or it’s just guess work but Hardy has been pretty reliable before. It can’t have come from Ashleys camp as that is no way to start a PR campaign to get fans onside. If there is any truth in this it is from Rafa’s side and is telling us how it is. If he doesn’t stay it’s because he’s not agreeing to that ridiculous policy that has seen us relegated twice.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 13, 2019 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #149

    Does making 28M on a Sissoko etc really compensate for that massive loss of revenue a relegation causes?


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