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Newcastle Reportedly Rate Fleet-Footed Ecuador International Very Highly

Newcastle are reportedly keen on Real Valladolid winger Gonzalo Plata. The 22-year-old is in Ecuador’s starting eleven against Qatar today to kick off the 2022 World Cup. Despite only turning 22 earlier this month, Plata already has 30 caps for Ecuador.

Journalist Dean Jones, in Give Me Sport, touts Plata to star on the world stage while claiming Newcastle rate him highly. Brighton, who have three of Plata’s international teammates on board, are also tracking the winger.

Plata joined Valladolid this past summer moving from Portuguese giants Sporting CP for around £2.5m. He spent two seasons in Lisbon with 38 appearances and 8 goal contributions. He is an academy product of Ecuador’s Independiente, which is where Brighton star Moises Caicedo got his start.

Plata has continued his upward trajectory this season with 2 assists in his 10 appearances in Spain. While two injuries have limited him, there is little the 5’10” speedster can’t do on the flanks.

The left footer is primarily deployed on the right where he can cut inside. While his pace and dribbling skill often catch the eye, he can pick out a pass and also is very tenacious off the ball.

Plata is one of a number of up-and-coming stars that Newcastle should have their eye on in this World Cup. He certainly fits the bill for what Newcastle are looking for in a wide attacker. Though he only just joined Valladolid in the summer with a contract to 2027.

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343 comments so far

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 20, 2022 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #281

    Yes let’s not because he does. Luckily because of certain events the PL have to accept he doesn’t own us. Good.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 20, 2022 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #282

    Unfortunately you have become the object of Mort’s obsession, Unfortunately, posters like The Last Jedi, Zorro, blade user etc etc, become more persistent the more they are ignored. This is the way.

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 20, 2022 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #283

    Good, all that matters is NUFC keep going the way they are as it’s ground breaking stuff.

    Yasir is the man, the guy that’s pulling the proper strings 🙂

  • The Taco Taker

    Nov 20, 2022 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #284

    Raj, they have been pictured together a few times before – at the 2018 WC and at the Joshua vs Usyk fight earlier this year. Is the picture you are referring to from today or in the past?

    I personally have no issue with Saudi bidding for the WC, anyone should be allowed to bid, they would not be my choice of host and I suspect lessons will be learned about hosting a WC in the desert by the time this WC ends. Personally I think 2030 will be too soon for another WC in the middle east.

    To be fair though it is not even the weirdest bid. South Korea proposed a bid in association with North Korea!! Don’t really fancy staying in a hotel Pyongyang. N Korea is home to the second largest stadium in the world though, holds about 114,000 people.

  • lochinvar

    Nov 20, 2022 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #285

    And the FA bkeat on about supporting grass roots football.
    The jobs not worth that sort of money

    England players could receive £500,000 in bonuses from the FA if they lift the World Cup trophy next month, while Southgate would also receive a bonus of about £3m on top of his £6m-a-year contract

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 20, 2022 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #286


    #284 them bonuses should go to charity or grass roots football if they were to pay them sums quoted out. Money in football is ruining the game IMO.

  • The Taco Taker

    Nov 20, 2022 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #287

    Loch, we were discussing that the other day, the England team always gives the money they get from international football to charity. Not sure if that applies to Southgate as well though.

  • check the toastie

    Nov 20, 2022 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #288

    Right riveting read this blog like.

    Singapore is a decent spot for a dust up.
    Love a bit of MMA over there.

    Watch out for those far eastern fighters mind Fenham, generally on the Roids.

    Easy to throw threats about when yer Juiced up. Beware pal.

  • check the toastie

    Nov 20, 2022 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #289

    Respect to kevin Sinfield. A true sporting gent and genuine fella.

    Just got back from Twickenham, has nowt on St James’s, what a place it is, our spiritual home.

  • The Taco Taker

    Nov 20, 2022 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #290

    Just imagining the rule of attending a WC in North Korea…

    1. You are not allowed to bring any of the following into the country – brooks, films, music, cameras, any device that connects to the internet etc.
    2. You are not allowed to contact anyone from outside N. Korea for the duration of your stay.
    3. Upon arrival if you not already be sporting one of the 28 government-approved haircuts then a haircut will be provided immediately. This is not optional.
    4. To assist with a stress-free trip all tourists will be assigned a “companion” who will be present with you night and day.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Nov 20, 2022 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #291

    Mrs Pug went to US International school in Singapore.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Nov 20, 2022 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #292

    Mort , come after me please.

    Problem will be sorted in 10 minutes.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Nov 20, 2022 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #293

    i cannot spell school, embarrassing

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 20, 2022 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #294


    #287 I know I’m on red alert pal 😉

  • jane

    Nov 20, 2022 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #295

    “England: Gareth Southgate says players will take the knee before Iran World Cup 2022 match”

    they should be protesting against Iran or Qatar or Russia or just focussing on football.


  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Nov 20, 2022 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #296

    Czech.. a phenomenal effort by all of them. I have followed them on 40km a day run and running repairs.
    I have donated

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 20, 2022 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #297


    #294 100% agreed!

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Nov 20, 2022 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #298
  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Nov 20, 2022 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #300

    well, that cost me 80 points on the blog bad board. so will match it with £100 as this will cost me another 20 points.

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Nov 20, 2022 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #301

    killed the blog. goodnight

  • lochinvar

    Nov 20, 2022 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #302

    5 places not to hold the World Cup

    North Korea
    The Kremlin

    Press your buttons now to put them in the order of most unsuitable

    Fastest time wins.

  • JohnJ

    Nov 20, 2022 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #303

    A’h well I’ve caught up again but quite painful in places.

    Let’s hope for better things tomorrow – how about our three lads getting a game and Pope having a blinder, Trips proving one of his magic crosses for Wilson to smack into the net.

    Ah well one can dream eh?


    Good night all – have a good rest eh?

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Nov 21, 2022 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #304



    I have a great respect for you as a poster so I can only apologise for a major part in this evening’s painful reading for you and many others…

    An NUFC blog should not be like what has happened this evening. But I’ve managed to get myself embroiled in an anti-English, anti-British debates and I know I should have ignored it all as it’s mainly baiting of good folk. But if it goes unchecked it’s going to carry on. We should never have such sort of resentment against our history and heritage on an NUFC blog. However, in the scheme of things I whole heartedly apologise to posters such as yourself that come on here to post football chat and have had to wade through all the disgusting and unnecessary posts tonight.

    After the last month, I’ve stood by my heritage, my patriotic stance against a certain poster that comes on here to upset the apple cart. I’m going to do my best to stay out of it all moving forward and hopefully others can stand strong and call those that are against our establishment, monarchy and history. Keep the hatred off here and all will be be OK. An NUFC blog is not a platform to spew absolute hatred against England and the UK?

    Again apologies JohnJ and all the others that come on here to talk all things NUFC and other footballing matters.

    Good night

    Onwards and upwards


  • Mort

    Nov 21, 2022 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #305

    I see No.1 is looking out for his No.2

  • AnyToon in Indiana

    Nov 21, 2022 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #306

    Just watched the replay in the US here tonight….well that was pretty lackluster and anticlimactic. Off this week so will be up at 8am here to root on our Magpies. HWTL! Night all…

  • NY Mag

    Nov 21, 2022 at 3:09 AM

    Comment #307


    You got me thinking…..I just watched ‘a captains tale’ on YouTube….I was never in it, we were told we were gonna be at the time – seems we never made the cut 🙁

    Them’s the Hollywood breaks 🙂

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 21, 2022 at 5:45 AM

    Comment #308

    And FFF still hasn’t updated, what s load of croc.

  • Wor B

    Nov 21, 2022 at 6:17 AM

    Comment #309


    The WC FF is bound to take a while to update, it’s not a computer system! They’ve got 100,000 migrant workers manually calculating and entering the scores.

    Unfortunately there will be delays and errors, many of these workers lost a finger or two on the stadium build.

    You should know your score before the next WC starts in 4 years time.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 21, 2022 at 6:19 AM

    Comment #310

    At least I’ve got my excuse ready made if I don’t add a winners medal alongside my Euro’s champion one I still have as reigning champ 😀

  • Wor B

    Nov 21, 2022 at 6:47 AM

    Comment #311

    Gareth’s faves…






  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 21, 2022 at 6:51 AM

    Comment #312

    “Please note: Due to data feed issues, some players from the QAT v ECU fixture have incorrect scores. We are working to resolve this as soon as possible”

  • Wor B

    Nov 21, 2022 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #313

    Data feed issues…

    They had the migrant workers with missing digits doing the Equador scores.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 21, 2022 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #314

    Apparently Mount and Sterling are starting, two massively in form players.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 21, 2022 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #315

    We should be able to beat Iran regardless of which of the 26 are chosen to play this afternoon.

  • Wor B

    Nov 21, 2022 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #316

    Throw caution to the wind?





  • Raj of Hailsley

    Nov 21, 2022 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #317

    Wor B,
    I haven’t seen the leaked line up but apparently there is one and it doesn’t feature Foden, it has Maguire, Saka, Mount and Sterling.

  • Wor B

    Nov 21, 2022 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #318

    Chelsea probably would have given us a game if they’d had Mount playing.

  • Wor B

    Nov 21, 2022 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #319

    Jail #314

    Agreed, you’d think even FF auto pick should get us to the last 16.

  • Wor B

    Nov 21, 2022 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #320

    Might be on to something there.

    It would be a lot cheaper to use FF auto pick instead of paying Gareth all that money. Half time team talk could be an algorithm delivered Stephen Hawkings style.


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