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Newcastle Looking To Beat Everton And Juventus To Portuguese Youth Prospect


Newcastle are reportedly tracking another teenager for a possible January move. Over the past few months, there have been links with Rochdale’s Luke Matheson, Queens Park’s Reagan Thomson, and Carlisle’s Jarrad Branthwaite among others.

Football Insider are claiming that Newcastle have had scouts watching 16-year-old Matchoi Djalo who plays in Portugal for Pacos de Ferreira.

The right winger has made his debut in Portugal’s Liga NOS against Benfica in August making him the youngest player ever in Portugal’s top flight. He went on to make a further two appearances but has since rejoined Portugal’s youth set-up.

Matchoi Djalo– impressive young talent scouted by Newcastle

Djalo recently was capped at the under-17 level for Portugal. The 5’9″ youngster was born in Guinea-Bissau but is also Portuguese citizen.

His father Bobo Djalo was a defensive midfielder who came through the Porto ranks before spending 17 years in Portugal’s top flight for various teams. He was also a scout at Chelsea from 2008-2011.

There will be competition for the teenager as Italian champions Juventus and Everton are said to be highly interested in the youngster.

The report claims that Newcastle want to bring Djalo to Newcastle in January. There is no mention of a fee but the player does have a contract with Pacos de Ferreira until 2022.

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15 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 4, 2019 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #2

    ‘Tis the Takeover Season.

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  • RobLeenio

    Dec 4, 2019 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #3

    OP from previous – those organisational skills are important, though – look at the Villa match where we really missed Lascelles and conceded two set piece goals.

    All teams’ midfields sit deep when the opposition are in possession, it’s not just us. If Shelvey stands off the defence and slightly upfield, he gets pelters on here and in the press. It’s a modern CM’s lot to drop back and fill in gaps.

    What we do differently is we ask two of our front three to drop deep also, which means our half becomes very congested and our midfield struggle to find space when we win back possession so more often than not we hoof the ball away towards Joelinton, which means that one opposition attack is often followed immediately by another.

    I’m not sure how to change this and keep us as resilient, but this is the reason we struggle when it comes to possession stats and also the reason why Bruce was changing the formation earlier in the season.

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  • geordietom

    Dec 4, 2019 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Ron …

    would be nice though mate , only problem Ashley will want top dollar…

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  • geordietom

    Dec 4, 2019 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #5

    we need a player in midfield who can take layers on carry the ball . make passes to open teams up bit like Jorginho …

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  • geordietom

    Dec 4, 2019 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #6

    layers – players

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  • martoon

    Dec 4, 2019 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #7

    If we really are interested in Rochdale’s Luke Matheson then if we play them in the FA Cup it will be a good opportunity to have a look at him.
    Interestingly, apparently we’ve never ever played Rochdale before as we’ve always been in different leagues and never been drawn in the cup before.

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  • RobLeenio

    Dec 4, 2019 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #8

    geordietom, yes mate – this is what Sean Longstaff was doing well for us at the end of last season, receiving a pass but changing the angle with his first touch, so that players trying to press him found themselves nowhere near him or fouling him. He’d then lay the ball off and move into space again, rinse and repeat.

    It’s the kind of fluidity which comes with regular playing and confidence and it’s something he’s struggled to get back to since his return from injury but which he will find again.

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  • geordietom

    Dec 4, 2019 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #9

    robleenio …

    yep mate agree with on that , when i played football i was taught the easiest way to beat a player lay the ball off , pass and move . thats what we need in midfield . tis ok Shelvey spraying the ball around but we need someone like jorgino or mata . Longstsaff’s time will come sooner rather than later …

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  • geordietom

    Dec 4, 2019 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #10

    robleenio …

    yep mate agree with on that , when i played football i was taught the easiest way to beat a player lay the ball off , pass and move . thats what we need in midfield . tis ok Shelvey spraying the ball around but we need someone like jorgino or mata . Longstsaff’s time will come sooner rather than later …

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  • geordietom

    Dec 4, 2019 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #11

    two post’s how the hell did that happen …

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  • Unused Substitute

    Dec 4, 2019 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #12

    Goal stats. Last year (after 14): 11-19. This year: 13-22. If we are defending set pieces better this time, the defence is also leaking more goals.

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  • RobLeenio

    Dec 4, 2019 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #13

    two posts better than one.

    Martoon, we’ve never played Boston United either, though I guess that’s less surprising. New ground to be broken anyway. Niall and Biffa always seem to like those stats.

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  • Unused Substitute

    Dec 4, 2019 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #14

    The GF-GA stats also support the suggestion that we are playing a slightly more attractive football. Thanks are therefore due to our head coach, I needed to add.

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  • IrishRob

    Dec 4, 2019 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #15

    US you just gave a classic example of how our defence is leaking way more goals than last year. We suffered the worst pl start in our history and we still are conceding 16% more goals this season than last.

    Now compare our record now to the second half of the season when we started to concede way less and get clean sheet after clean sheet it foednt even compare.

    And the times we play well, were not even defending that well, we look very very shaky and have scraped results in most cases. It’s pure grit determination and work rate, last year under Rafa we had structure and organisation. And at times we looked impossible to break down. I’ve never got that feeling ONCE under Bruce. However Rafa was allowed to go untill the second half ofvthe season so it’s only fair Bruce should get the full season also. But I’m not holding my breath things will improve that much defensively like they did last year under Rafa.

    Like I said the ONLY thing that’s actually improved under Bruce us defending of set pieces and corners. I’m not putting Bruce down that’s just the truth and I’m happy enough to see how it goes and give him the benefit of the doubt.

    Bruce was a great defender so you’d imagine he should be able to improve them.

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