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One Glaring Obstacle In Link To La Liga Winger – Though Newcastle Have Tried This Before

Late in the summer window, L’Equipe linked several clubs including Newcastle to then-Monaco winger Rony Lopes. The report stated that Everton, West Ham, Roma, Valencia, and Sevilla were all tracking the Brazilian-born Portuguese international.

The summer window closed for Newcastle without any further links to the former Manchester City youth prospect. However, Sevilla followed up their interest in Lopes and signed him for €24m on August 14th.

There is an interesting exclusive in the Chronicle that states Newcastle are still tracking the 23-year-old. The Chronicle says that Newcastle have scouted Lopes at least 10 times and maintain an interest in him.

Rony Lopes– signing for Sevilla last month

It is not unheard of for Newcastle to sign a player who has just joined a new club. We only have to look at Emil Krafth for evidence of this. A move for Rony Lopes in January seems unlikely to us. The scouting missions on Lopes were most likely done before his move to Sevilla. If not then the scouts would have come away very disappointed as Lopes has only played 11 minutes so far for Sevilla.

He is definitely one to watch to see if he settles and gets some games as the new year approaches. Newcastle have been known to track players who have not settled at clubs after big moves. Last January, they tracked both Ibrahim Amadou and Diego Laxalt even though they had just joined their clubs in the summer.

Defensive midfielder Ibrahim Amadou moved from Lille to Sevilla in the summer of 2018. Amadou, who now plays for Norwich City, had only 2 starts in La Liga before January when Newcastle were trying to bring him in on loan.

A similar situation happened with then AC Milan left-back Diego Laxalt who had just swapped Genoa for AC Milan last summer. The Uruguayan had just four starts for his new club before Newcastle tried to bring him on loan in January as well. Laxalt is now on loan at Torino.

While there is a precedent for Newcastle to track players at new clubs, Lopes would likely not come cheap. The only way we would see this happening is if Lopes can’t force his way into the Sevilla team by January, and Newcastle offer him an opportunity on loan.

43 comments so far

  • toonbrother

    Sep 15, 2019 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #1

    jethro has already done in 1.5 games more than Ritchie did all of last season
    I think this marks the end of Ritchie

  • TheJimBelow

    Sep 15, 2019 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #2

    Forget it, Neil. It’s Chinatown.

  • Reilly

    Sep 15, 2019 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Ritchie scored twice and got 8 assists last season TB.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Sep 15, 2019 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Can see Almiron falling down the pecking order if Carroll can get fit and stay fit. A front 3 of Joelinton, Carroll and St Max appears to have greater goal threat and then there’s Atsu, who is creating more than Almiron. Almiron is good, he is contributing but he must respond to added competition and find an end product.

    Think Bruce has had the players long enough to also have been able to judge between Krafth and Manquillo. Krafth is a Swedish International, decent in defense, and can get forward, so you can understand why he’s been played since we’ve brought him in, but Manquillo is the better footballer, and should come back into the side, now that Bruce has had some time to judge. Yedlin will also figure, but it is quite a long way back for him, unless we go on a bad run, or either of the other two suffer an injury.

    The other side is equally interesting. Ritchie is a 6 out out of 10 winger and a 7 out of 10 wing back, and an 8 out of 10 leader, who should come back in, but Willems is doing well. Also think Dummett will lose his place to Lejeune once the big man is fit, he has a size advantage which is important, but also of course plays it out so well.

    Quite like the look of this 11when possible.

    ……..Joelinton……..Carroll…….St Max.

    ….and it does give us a powerful bench.

    We obviously need more goals, and we need to keep our players fitter than we have managed so far, they’re the two uppermost priorities right now.

  • Genjikai

    Sep 16, 2019 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #5

    Nicky i think it would be harsh on dummett to lose his place. Up to now hes been player of season.
    I want yedders back, i think almiron and yedlin would work down the right.

  • NY Mag

    Sep 16, 2019 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #6

    I have to agree with genji, I can’t see dummett loosing his place…the guy is a rock

  • Scythe For Bruce

    Sep 16, 2019 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #7

    In terms of just out and out pure defending, I think Dummett might be our best player. Sure, the likes of Schar and Lejeune can spray passes out from the back and chip in with goals, but Dummett seems to be improving with age like a fine wine. He’s always my first choice at the back when I’m thinking about what team we should pick each game.

  • Scythe For Bruce

    Sep 16, 2019 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #8

    Someone at NBC must like us because our game this weekend against Liverpool was on yesterday (obviously), but we’re also on next Saturday against Brighton on NBC and then the following weekend on Sunday against Leicester on NBC Sports. We’re pretty spoiled over here in the States when it comes to being able to watch Toon games 😀

  • boss hoggs atm

    Sep 16, 2019 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #9

    Lol, like we’d ever sign a player fit for purpose, cheap square pegs in round holes comes to mind

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2019 at 6:08 AM

    Comment #10

    Therein lies the glaring flaws in our recruitment policy when we are discussing who is the better footballer Manquillo or Krafth. I think it is widely accepted on here that Manquillo was brought in as a take it or leave it and if passed on then we’d have had no cover at all when the idea was to upgrade Yedlin and have him as cover rather than cover brought in. The same with Krafth, surely the idea, with Manquillo being in the last year of his deal would have been to bring in a quality RWB early pre season who would have been an automatic starter in that role and told Manquillo to find a new club, now we have three RB’s who are about the same level as each other and one doesn’t even have the attributes to play in the system that has been instilled in the team over the last two years.
    Take the coming January window, there’s money there IF needed, so if we’re in the clarts we’ll go out and buy Jared Bowen because he’s possibly going to be cheaper than the previous 20M quoted, we need to break the bank and get an out and out goal scorer Steve Bruce thinks will fit in to the system not Lee Churnley. This horse trading policy has seen us relegated before and will again if not this season but definitely next.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 16, 2019 at 6:15 AM

    Comment #11

    All our full backs or wing backs are the same, they cam either get foward but cant defend or can defend but get foward.

    Willems made chance going foward but also gave loads of chances away, poor defender.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 16, 2019 at 6:18 AM

    Comment #12

    Cant get foward

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 16, 2019 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #13

    If they’re at the end of their contract or have a cheap release clause those squares are rounder than you’d imagine.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2019 at 6:40 AM

    Comment #14

    If you are going to insist on a policy where a scout and a scycophantic yes man are choosing the players at least get s top manager in to oversee these players. But again therein lies another huge stumbling block, any decent manager not desperate to manage in the PL under any conditions will look at the way we’re run and tell them to sling there hooks. Like it or lump it, if we’re in the clarts in February there’s only going to be one msn to turn to and it’s going to be FSA but he’ll charge 10M quid if he keeps us up.

  • martoon

    Sep 16, 2019 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #15

    Scythe For Bruce @ 8 All those games are televised here also either on BT or Sky Sports which is probably why you’re getting them there! Incidentally the Man U game after Leicester is also live on Sky so you might get that one as well 🙂

  • Nufc-83

    Sep 16, 2019 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #16

    Yedlin is perfect for the Rwb role and is a lot better defensively than he gets credit for (often left completely exposed by Richie). I believe Krafth was brought to improve squad depth not take Yedlin place. Issue is Krafth is worse than manquillo.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2019 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #17

    Sometime today or tomorrow there’s going to be an interview in the Chronicle with Andy Carroll talking about his readiness for the Brighton game and how much he’s looking forward to it. In Fridays presser it will be announced how gutted Andy is that a minor setback has delayed his return leaving around 2K people who had bought tickets on the strength of seeing him very disappointed.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 16, 2019 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #18

    Hows Maximim?

  • Nufc-83

    Sep 16, 2019 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #19

    Don’t think maxim will be risked as I think they will take a very cautious approach after last time.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 16, 2019 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #20


    Best way

  • DubaiMicky

    Sep 16, 2019 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #21

    Morning folks.

    Slightly off topic, but I’ve just downloaded the ToonArmy.com app on GooglePlay (also available for Apple), seems decent, updated regularly on all snippets of info re The Toon.

    (I’m nothing to do with it btw, just sharing the love).

  • Mindshaft

    Sep 16, 2019 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #22

    Krafth was by far our worst player on Saturday, I can’t really see anywhere where he’s good – doesn’t get forward enough , too slow to play wing back, not a great tackler ( at least on performances so far ), think he’s a bit overwhelmed by pace of EPL and should probably be on bench for Brighton game .
    Dummett should definitely not be dropped, easily up their as player of season so far

    Jetro was poor 2nd half and needs to get fitter – should have been subbed after an hour

    At least Bruce saw krafth wasnt having a great game and subbed him

  • DubaiMicky

    Sep 16, 2019 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #23

    Rip Ric Ocasec (front man of The Cars – “Who’s going to drive you home…. tonight”.)

  • martoon

    Sep 16, 2019 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #24

    Jail @17 – I understand your cynicism towards nufc but I actually think Carroll will turn out to be a good signing if we’re careful the way we use him. To be fair to Bruce when he’s mentioned Carroll he’s always given an honest update on his progress without committing to a return date – it’s the reporters and us fan who assume a return date!

  • martoon

    Sep 16, 2019 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #25

    Mindshaft @22 – I agree with you about Krafth but I actually thought Bruce was a bit slow to sub him as he was getting murdered by Robertson.
    Also when Lejeune is fit is going to be a tricky one as he naturally slots into Dummett’s position but Dummy has probably been our best defender if not player this season so far!

  • Jib

    Sep 16, 2019 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #26

    It was the same side that won at Tottenham except
    Willems for Ritchie and Shelvey for Longstaff.

    The former game we hung on tenaciously to preserve
    the early opening goal advantage , Shelvey just doesn’t
    work hard enough and Ritchie’s tenacity is a real miss.

  • hibbit

    Sep 16, 2019 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #27

    after such a long layoff is Andy Carroll going to be able to hit the ground running and score the goals we so desperately require,
    no pre season, no match fitness,big ask with his injury record????

  • Nufc-83

    Sep 16, 2019 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #28

    I agree Jib. Martoon you nearing on the edge of being hounded as pro Ashley with sensible posts like that.

  • martoon

    Sep 16, 2019 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #29

    Nufc-83 – I say things as I see them – if people construe this as pro-Ashley then so be it but most people on this blog know I’m definitely anti-Ashley I just try to be fair.

  • Jib

    Sep 16, 2019 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #30

    I think Bruce is being quite wise in not dramatically changing
    from Rafa’s more cautious approach to his favoured 4 – 4 – 2.
    Once he has the squad attuned to his more usual formation
    you will see some players blossom.
    He gave Fernando Forestieri his mojo back at Sheff Wed and
    will likely do the same with Miggy in time.

  • hibbit

    Sep 16, 2019 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #31

    4 – 4 – 2 in the Premiership these days is a huge step backwards,

  • toon kk

    Sep 16, 2019 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #32

    We haven’t the players to play attacking football. Even if had our players are so well drilled by Rafa’s style Bruce does well to stick with it.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2019 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #33

    In your on going quest to try and convince us you know what you’re talking about with your formations and theories, do you just randomly make things up or do you actually believe the twaddle you write. Once Bruce has imposed his style on the team we’ll see players blossom, for the love of gawd. A bit like your theory that likened Perez and Sterling upping their games when surrounded by better players despite having no factual evidence or anything to compare Perez’s said upping of game with, in fact, placed in a midfield with Tielmans and Madison he’s actually found himself dropped to the bench. If you’re going to constantly going to expose yourself to this nonsense at least have the temerity not to accuse others of being “footy know nowts”.

  • stan anderson

    Sep 16, 2019 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #34

    I dont think we should build our hopes up regarding big Andy,s input to the team. He,s been crocked a long time now.
    He was signed to pacify the fans unrest and try to flog more tickets,imo.
    Would love to be proved wrong mind.
    Another case of the Slug taking the piss out of the fans.?

  • Jib

    Sep 16, 2019 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #35

    hibbit fair point
    should have just said 4 across the back

  • Jib

    Sep 16, 2019 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #36

    Jail for Ashley
    In your on going quest to try and convince us you know what you’re talking about with your formations and theories, do you just randomly make things up or do you actually believe the twaddle you write. Once Bruce has imposed his style on the team we’ll see players blossom, for the love of gawd. A bit like your theory that likened Perez upping their games when surrounded by better players despite having no factual evidence or anything to compare Perez’s said upping of game with.

    I do believe most thought his game improved with the introduction of Rondon and Miggy.

    Clearly your mate on the rig that tells you what to write doesn’t know too much about the Toon
    Is he a LPool supporter

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 16, 2019 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #37

    Shelvey did really well in first half but died of in the second.

    Dummet would be my captain

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2019 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #38

    He was surrounded by players like Wijnaldum and Sissoko previously, Perez has blown hot and cold since he got here. If your theory regarding Perez held any weight we would have seen a huge improvement playing with Tielmans and Madison.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Sep 16, 2019 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #39

    Maybe Perez isn’t feeling the love or is he missing the inspirational booing at SJP?

  • posada

    Sep 16, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #40

    All of these systems are variations of 4/4/2.
    When Liverpool play I doubt they will have less than 4 in midfield.
    Only thing is the person who makes up the 4th midfielder will change.
    Sometimes they will have 5 in midfield.
    Shape and phases of play seem to be key.

    I’m one of the worst for not appreciating formations during a game. I get focused on the ball and the player in possession I suppose.

    Often recall a game when Man U beat us at home. 6-2 I think it was.
    They played 4/2/4. Today folks would call it 4/2/3/1.
    Keane and Butt sat in front of their centre backs. About ten yards in front of them and never more than 10 yards apart. Rarely would one of them go beyond the ball and only when the timing was right.
    However, the front 4 had great movement. Inter changing. Also getting back when required.


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