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Newcastle’s Scouting Of Serie A Defender Could Be A Cause For Concern

Inside Futbol have a report that Newcastle sent scouts to watch Hellas Verona defender Koray Gunter on Monday night. Verona drew 0-0 at home against Udinese in the game. The report cites Italian outlets and also states that a bid could be made in January.

Gunter is a 6’1″ center-back who can also play defensive midfield and right-back. He is on loan with an option to buy at Verona. Should Verona take up the option to purchase the 25-year-old, Genoa will have a buy-back clause activated for the player.

The former U20 German international came through the Dortmund Academy where he made only one appearance for the first-team. He joined Galatasaray in 2014 but struggled to get into the side. He missed the entire 2016-17 season with a cruciate ligament injury in his knee. The following season he played sparingly before joining Genoa on a free transfer in the summer of 2018.

Gunter also found it hard to break into the Genoa side despite them using a back three similar to Newcastle. He started only 8 games last season before joining the recently promoted Hellas Verona this summer. He has featured regularly for Verona thus far in Serie A.

We are not sold on Gunter being an improvement on Newcastle’s current crop of defenders. The big scare is that he is being scouted as a replacement for Fabian Schar this January.

Verona also line-up in a back three this season. Gunter is naturally right-footed, so we are concerned he is being scouted as cover should Schar be lured away. Fabian, whose contract is due to run out in two years, would likely fetch a very high fee if Newcastle decided to cash in on him this winter.

We hope it does not come to that and the club can get the 27-year-old to sign a new contract. He has been our best player this season and is fast becoming a Newcastle legend despite only being here for a little over a year.

48 comments so far

  • carltoon

    Sep 25, 2019 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #41

    I’m sure the article about Andy Carroll said he won’t START a match. He will still be used as sub.

  • carltoon

    Sep 25, 2019 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #42

    Ladies first!

  • Jib

    Sep 25, 2019 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #43

    “So that will change now that you and your wife are there”

    Our Toon
    Jib spouting his vile rubbish!!

    Mister Tuff
    Totally out of order including Leshs’ missus in your reply.
    Give Lesh both barrels if you need to ( let’s face it he deserves it at times) but bringing his missus into it – totally out of order.

    Oh really
    Do behave

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 25, 2019 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #44

    As for ”pressing” or closing down, what’s the difference, they’re both basically not giving your opponent any time on the ball and trying to win it back, it’s just a term, I was wondering when the more often used press became more fashionable.

  • hibbit

    Sep 25, 2019 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #45
  • Jib

    Sep 25, 2019 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #46

    It’s the difference between Strategy and Tactics

    Let me explain
    Hitler’s Strategy to knock France out was defeat their huge army
    His tactics was the Blitzkrieg
    Rapid moving units of armour supported by motorised infantry and Stuka divebombers as flying artillery

    Strategy is The Press


    closing down opposition players trying to intercept their passes
    double teaming them to force errors or the ball out of play
    being consantly in their faces

    At times I’m too good for the fools on this blog


  • DubaiMicky

    Sep 25, 2019 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #47

    hibbit, out of the whole of that piece, the following is the most telling:-
    “I think it is also fair to ask where have the other “interested parties’ gone? Especially one group who were upset enough to pass comment to journalists from the safety of the shadows that they had invested a lot of time and money in due diligence, believed they were ‘at the front of the race’ to buy and seem to have simply disappeared.
    Were they really ever a serious bidder? What scared them off? Why didn’t they see fit to come back in once it was clear BZG were unable to complete? Or were they just another Ashley stalking horse bid to try and pressurise other bidders?”
    Fat man has no desire to sell, we’re too much of a cash cow for him, the only way to make him leave is by making SD a toxic brand and him losing more and more of his cash

    Hopefully it’ll happen sooner rather than later.

  • boltonmagpie

    Sep 26, 2019 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #48

    Another defender? We need 2 proven goal scorers- one from a top league (£50-£100m?) and take a risk on a youngster with a proven record. I was excited for about 5 mins over possible new owners. Felt all along it was a sham.
    Ashley was mad to let Benitez go.
    Feel sorry for Bruce. He’s not up to the job, but could not pass it up as a lifelong fan.
    Underwhelmed by his appointment. Proved by his comment that “Brighton are an established team – we knew it would be tough!” What!
    Hate to say it but agree with Adrian Durham; Bruce must unleash his inner Kevin Keegan. BUT I doubt he’s got 1.
    Can’t see how £40m for an 8 goal a season striker is good value. Hopefully he will prove me wrong.
    Would rather have spent £15m on Rondon – his best ever return in PL was last year with the “c””p” that was us.
    Ashleys retail empire is crumbling because he does not understand that just to stand still you have to invest. JD Sports have overtaken him having been miles behind a few years ago.
    In football it is more so. He will point at Fulham as to why £100m + guarantees nowt, but with £30-£40m positive net spend for 2 or 3 years we could have at least challenged for a cup. When I was a kid we would beat the likes of ManU and Liverpool at home; sometimes even thump them – away we were rubbish, but home form meant a top 12 minimum finish each season with no looking over the shoulder for relegation. I’m nearly 60 now and think our best years are behind us. Rafa could have done something. Heyho. Lets hope Santa brings some good news.


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