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Cacapa Injured – Who Are Our Best Central Defenders?

It turns out that Claudio Cacapa injured his groin again on Friday, and that’s why David Edgar was on the substitutes bench on Saturday.


Claudio Cacapa – trying to get hold of Andrew Carroll in training

Keegan told the Evening Chronicle today:

“We have lost Claudio Cacapa for about five weeks,”

“He pulled his groin in training on Friday and that’s why Lamine Diatta was in the squad against Fulham on Saturday.”

One of the negatives about Claudio before he was signed from Lyon last summer, is that he’s injury prone, and this season is no exception. While he can play very well at times, such as at the Emirates against Arsenal, he’s had a couple of really poor games. Those were against Portsmouth and Aston Villa, when he looked anything but a Premiership player.

We’re not even sure that he will be at the club in August and that may well depend on how Lamine Diatta does. Newcastle will bring in at least one additional center-back in the summer, and it looks like Newcastle may go after Tottenham’s 24 year-old Michael Dawson, who can be a very good Premiership player, but had a poor game against us last year at St. James’ Park.

Assuming we need 4 top-class center-backs next season, we could end up with Taylor, Faye, Diatta and Dawson fighting it out for the two central positions.

That would leave no room for Peter Ramage and we feel he may be sold in the summer. His contract at Newcastle runs out then too, so he would become a free agent, and we’re sure Norwich would be one team in for him.

We also have 20 year-old Canadian David Edgar and 18 year-old Hungarian Tamas Kadar is also a bright prospect and both may be pushing for a first team slot sooner rather than later.

What do you think?

Who should be our four center-backs for next season?

Let us know – comments welcome.

29 comments so far

  • steve

    Mar 25, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #1

    Dawson is terrible – we should be improving the quality of the squad rather than buying second rate players – thats how we’re stuck with half the players we currently; no one will take them off our hands even on a free due to thier inflated wages

  • Jamie

    Mar 25, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #2

    sorry off point lads but check this lad out King kev needs this lad in his team makes goals scores goals and is 21 and eager, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luis_Su%C3%A1rez_%28Uruguayan_footballer%29 hope you read this kev

  • Chris F

    Mar 25, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #3

    dawson isn’t terrible at all.

    he’s had a bad season, but then the whole of the spurs team was pretty awful for the first half of this season.

    however, i do think we still need a leader at the back, and i don’t think dawson’s that man.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 25, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Faye and Edgar.

    Lusi Suarez is an immense player, id love it if he came, love it.

  • Leo

    Mar 25, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #5

    yeah i would say faye and edgar too, unless taylor can get out of this small blip in form.


  • ToonUSA

    Mar 25, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Dawson ED are you serious Dawson….he is shit beyond shit

  • Ashton

    Mar 25, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Dawson is crap we need a top class CB not a shiti rejected player from a shiti team like tottenham

  • Paul

    Mar 25, 2008 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #8

    Whats with all the support for Edgar, how often have you seen him play at centre half? or are you blinded by the fact he scored against man united. The premership is no place for 18 year old centre halfs.

  • simen

    Mar 25, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #9

    Four CB’s for next year: Faye, Taylor, Kompany and Edgar! Remember Edgar and Huntington played in the hart of the defence for Roeder, and to be honest, I think they did well.

    Know it probably aint gonna happen, but if Kompany was to be signed by NUFC i would be thrilled! Could be the next Albert! For all we know he may have followed The Entertainers 😛

  • ende

    Mar 25, 2008 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #10

    Picture caption: “I got yo nipple boy!”

  • Obafan

    Mar 25, 2008 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #11

    Kompany I have my doubts about him. He plays very well for HSV, but every time he has to play foir the Belgian team he makes really silly mistakes. He doesn’t reach his normal level. I have to admit that in the Belgian squad lots of players don’t get their normal level (like another name I’ve already seen here on this site is Van Buyten). To compare him with Albert that is a bit to soon he has to proove so much more to be compared to Albert.

  • Terry Mac's Crossword

    Mar 25, 2008 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #12

    I’ve seen Edgar, Kadar and Tozer play for the reserves a few time this season. Edgar has always been outstanding and I really think he could handle first team CB duty. Hopefully he’ll get the chance before the end of the season. Kadar, Tozer also look very promising. Dawson? I’d rather have Les Dawson!

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 25, 2008 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Trivial fact…Whilst chatting to brazilian friends about Cacapa, they told me Cacapa means ‘snooker pocket’…Work that one out!..

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 25, 2008 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #14

    So he should be a goalkeeper?

    Is he gay? He likes balls?

    Does he wear fish nets?


  • CJ

    Mar 25, 2008 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #15

    Dawson is a big clumsy defender who always makes mistakes i wouldprefer us sign Wes Brown on a free transfer but not if he wants 70+ grand.

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 25, 2008 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #16

    Hey TT, you’ve a parent from Portugal, is that true about Cacapas name?..

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 25, 2008 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #17

    They said it meant ‘Shit’.

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 25, 2008 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #18

    Literally, or d’y’mean ‘nothin’?..

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 25, 2008 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #19

    Yea, i know y’havin’ a laugh mate…
    coco means shit!..

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 25, 2008 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #20


  • richie

    Mar 25, 2008 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #21

    dawson is not terrible,,,do u watch football???

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 25, 2008 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #22


    You’ll have to find out brazilian have different dialect i think, not that i can speak portuguese myself.

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 25, 2008 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #23

    Of course!..Anyway, i wish it meant totally excellent
    & fast defender!..

  • daniel

    Mar 26, 2008 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #24

    Taylor, Faye, Diatta and Dawson 4 class center backs? I dont think so. Taylor is still learning and shouldn’t be our number one choice, plus he makes too many mistakes. Faye looks solid at times but is not a class act, Diatta was free and hasn’t played premiership football and Dawson is shit!

  • m.

    Mar 26, 2008 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #25

    i’m from brazil, and that’s true about claudio’s name – means snooker pocket

  • m.

    Mar 26, 2008 at 2:20 AM

    Comment #26

    hey punk skunk, how are the subcultures in Newcastle?

    i’ve been over there 2 years ago, for a small english course, and knew nothing about this

  • Knightbobmoncur

    Mar 26, 2008 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #27

    Well Cacapa certainly isnt one of them!!
    In fact, I would go as far as say Cacapa is low on the list of decent defenders at NUFC and that is saying something. Before him i would put in order best first Faye / Beye / Taylor / Edgar / Ramage / Cacapa.

    Reasoning, none of his predecessors would get shrugged off the ball half as easy as him, and for a centre half, that has to be the cardinal sin………….

    Managers watched the Portsmouth game and said, target Cacapa, he folds like a dec of cards!!!!

    Tis true!!!!

  • Johann

    Mar 26, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #28

    Taylor, Edgar, Faye, ?

  • Scott Hodge

    Mar 26, 2008 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #29

    Just to let you know Paul, Edgar is 21 in a couple of months time not 18. I think a few of us like Nick Dryden who give positive comments about the lad watch the reserve home games where he has done an outstanding job marking the likes of Mpenza, Mendietta, Gong Dook Lee to name a few but I agree he is still inexperienced but he deserves a chance !


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