Newcastle are very interested in Strasbourg defender Ismael Doukoure according to a report from 90min. The 19-year-old has emerged as one of France’s brightest defensive prospects after a breakthrough season.
Doukoure has made 19 appearances this term for Strasbourg. His performances have caught the attention of a number of top clubs including Newcastle, Arsenal, and PSG. The youngster is currently with the French U20 squad.
Doukoure can play center-back or right-back and has split his time between both positions this season. Newcastle are reportedly in the market for a young right-footed defender with Benfica’s Antonio Silva also recently linked.
Newcastle could afford to bring Doukoure along slowly with Fabian Schar still showing outstanding form. Jamaal Lascelles has also played well when given the opportunity though his future beyond this season is uncertain.
Doukoure joined Strasbourg in January 2022 from Valenciennes FC on a four-year contract to 2026. His sudden rise could see Strasbourg make a massive profit on the £1.2m they shelled out for him.
The competition appears to be fierce with PSG and Arsenal also linked. Being linked with rising talents like Doucoure and Silva is very exciting. They are both just 19 and look like future stars.
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329 comments so far
Fenham to Chalfont
Mar 28, 2023 at 2:18 PMComment #1
Howay get your money into St Oswalds for a great cause
Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog
Mar 28, 2023 at 2:19 PMComment #2
FtC and I agree. Who knew? 🙂
Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog
Mar 28, 2023 at 2:21 PMComment #3
Fenham to Chalfont
Mar 28, 2023 at 2:22 PMComment #4
Doukoure would be a great understudy to Schar. We’ve been tracking this lad most of this season and is exactly what we need. Young, fast, bags of potential and hungry. I love to see us at the table for such players, but young and develop them to how we are and play.
Mar 28, 2023 at 2:24 PMComment #5
Raj – I don’t get that attitude. If we get down to a point that we need to use Dummett, then it’s better we have Dummett than have to select someone worse.
Hopefully there are youth players and/or new signings to make renewing Dummett’s contract unnecessary though.
Raj of Hailsley
Mar 28, 2023 at 2:27 PMComment #6
He’s never fit. He’s not worth a new deal, we’d be hamstrings ourselves in the January.
Mar 28, 2023 at 2:35 PMComment #7
Is it really that much of a problem, Dummett?
He’ll move on soon enough, as will others that have outgrown their usefulness.
Mar 28, 2023 at 2:37 PMComment #8
I refuse to believe we don’t have a young CB/LB we can call upon in an absolute emergency.
Dummett is probably staying to become the U21 mentor type player (a lot of the big teams do it), where they play with the youngins and give them their perspective on how to step up to the seniors and build a bit of mental resolve. It’s usually a stopgap into coaching, which I can definitely see Dummett doing with us when the boots are hung up..
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A Geordie Mongrel
Mar 28, 2023 at 2:39 PMComment #10
Afternoon all, all caught up after a day off the blog. I’m not familiar with Doukoure but he seems to fit the mold of being young, emerging and can play multiple positions. With Lascelles, Schar, Botman and Trippier to bring him on plus Eddie’s coaching what’s not to like?
On Maxi he was a rose in an overgrown garden. Now the weeds are being removed and new planting being established he no longer dominates the view. Doesn’t alter the fact that he is a beautiful rose. He he, my inner gardener is coming out. 🙂
Oh and Sir Pug, I spotted your Pugwash reference.
Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog
Mar 28, 2023 at 2:40 PMComment #11
Mar 28, 2023 at 2:41 PMComment #12
Whor b should donate all them tenners he gets off his punters 😀
Mar 28, 2023 at 2:45 PMComment #13
Raj – but if he’s our best option for the first half of the season why would we choose to be worse off? Can always loan him out in January if we sign someone better.
Mar 28, 2023 at 2:46 PMComment #14
Personally id get osimhen as he is the missing piece in our attack the forward we need for 150 mill. Use remaining 50 mill on a defensive midfielder like Alvarez or kone or kante. They’re the 2 critical positions for me. We can get by regarding other positions until Summer 2024 or January if we get desperate
Mar 28, 2023 at 2:47 PMComment #15
Get both osimhen and hojlund we are in dreamland
Mar 28, 2023 at 2:48 PMComment #16
Cover shortage of midfield by playing 4231 if need be
Mar 28, 2023 at 2:49 PMComment #17
Dazzler – if he stays as a player then he’ll be in the 25 man squad and therefore will be training to be available to play for the first team. You’re highlighting the value of experience but seemingly ignoring it in the same comment.
Dummett has PL experience, something that most of our youngsters will never have. Notwithstanding his fitness issues, Dummett could still currently do a job in the PL if called upon but most of our youngsters couldn’t.
I hope we don’t have to give him a new deal but I really don’t understand why some fans are so keen to get rid of players before there’s a replacement for them. I’d sell nobody if we were given special dispensation to have 35 in the squad next season…
Mar 28, 2023 at 2:50 PMComment #18
Osimhen is cloud cuckoo land unless we qualify for the CL and still very unlikely if we do.
Mar 28, 2023 at 2:53 PMComment #19
No way this is a woman. Its nose reminds me of wor b
Mar 28, 2023 at 2:59 PMComment #20
Masters getting grilled
Mar 28, 2023 at 3:03 PMComment #21
Not going away
Mar 28, 2023 at 3:04 PMComment #22
Osimhen would be amazing. I think if we qualify for Europe though, we need to spread whatever budget we have to bring a number of players in. Quality players. If we only brought in 3 players, with the players leaving or have contract expiring, our squad would be weaker in terms of numbers. We would be thread bare for next season and playing more games. We need to spend smartly again to make sure we give ourselves enough quality for each position + a backup.
Mar 28, 2023 at 3:04 PMComment #23
Raj of Hailsley
Mar 28, 2023 at 3:06 PMComment #24
What do you mean does it matter?
Of course it matters, giving injury prone over the hill players new contracts to loan out 6 months later, that worked great with Dwight Gayle. Dummet is out of contract and let him move on.
Mar 28, 2023 at 3:07 PMComment #25
Adamn we could get in loans or ashby type signings to replaces likes of ritchie dummett but id spend majority on osimhen. We can keep most of the players i.e lascelles manquillo krafth as cover
Mar 28, 2023 at 3:09 PMComment #26
Yeah I guess it depends on how Howe and the team see the rebuild going and timescales etc. They may want a big clear out this summer which would mean needing multiple signings to replace them. Or they may be prepared to do it more gradually, so sign 1 or 2 big names and keep a few players around for another season. I think that’s unlikely though judging by how we’ve done business so far.
Who knows though, will be an interesting summer that’s for sure!
Bills Son Is Back
Mar 28, 2023 at 3:09 PMComment #27
This is concerning…
On the face of it PIF are offering two entirely different versions of their status and that of our chairman in relation to control and sovereign ownership.
This isn’t going to go away.
How it ends is the biggest concern.
Toon fans bad
Mar 28, 2023 at 3:10 PMComment #28
Don’t know anything about this Doukoure player, but the Williams lad looked good at the WC for Spain.
Get them both in, no messing about 😆
Mar 28, 2023 at 3:11 PMComment #29
Who said he’d be registered in the senior squad? If (and I appreciate it’s purely speculation) he’s being retained to sit within the U21s and act as a mentor then he wouldn’t be. He’d effectively become a youth coach, with a focus on the mental aspect of stepping up as a pro. I read this a while ago about Tom Huddleston playing for Man Utd’s U21s:
This could be the idea behind retaining Dummett and is something being adopted by a lot of clubs – If that’s the case then Dummett wouldn’t have a place in the senior squad – but he could be perfect for the role, having made the step up from our own youth set up.
It wouldn’t weaken us if he were to leave though, he’s literally played one game all season and it was a game he struggled in vs league two opposition. He was a useful squad player at one point, but his injuries have caught up to him.
Mar 28, 2023 at 3:13 PMComment #30
Dummett extension only makes sense if he’s tutoring and looking to move in to a coaching role here, as Dazzler says. It might even be the case that we keep him but don’t register him in the 25 man squad if we get a better replacement/upgrade in. Then he can play in under 21 games and tutor there.
He’s played 1 game this season, 90 minutes. That’s it.
Last season he played 3 times for a total of 198 minutes.
2 seasons and a grand total of 288 minutes, just slightly over 3 full matches worth of game time in 2 seasons. He is a waste of a squad place i’m afraid, but happy for him to stay around to tutor and coach if he takes up no squad position.
Whatever happens i’d be surprised if he isn’t some form of coach here in the next few years.
Mar 28, 2023 at 3:13 PMComment #31
Adamn this is about our opinion. No one knows what eddie will do this Summer obviously he could do anything. He might even fall out with owners and get sacked. We just dont know
Mar 28, 2023 at 3:15 PMComment #32
We dont really know how much money we will have to spend so depends if all our financials line up
Mar 28, 2023 at 3:16 PMComment #33
At this point in time, when absolutely nothing can or will change as we’re 2/3rds thru a season. The club isn’t in financial straights, is going totally on the correct trajectory.
In the grand, or even immediate, scheme of things…it doesn’t matter!
…unless you know better… regale us.
Mar 28, 2023 at 3:19 PMComment #34
Masters is only saying no comment as he knows if he said anything other than that, someone could use it against him on either side of the argument later. It’s just a safe answer. I’d be very surprised if the Premier League wanted to open that can of worms again. Not to mention PIF would have the best legal team available to make it an absolute nightmare.
I might be being stupid, but what would the actual ramifications be if it turned out PIF were ” a sovereign instrumentality of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ” ?
Wasn’t the main issue that they were concerned the Saudi government would have a say in the running of the club? That still wouldn’t prove they have any say in the running of the club, just provide investment backing and PCP actually do the running of the club.
Mar 28, 2023 at 3:20 PMComment #35
Eddie’s doing what feels is best.
I’m not gonna question that.
He’s got shit loads right, virtually nothing wrong!
Why invent problems when we can just tune into the process with patience and faith in the club?
Lee Charnley Bunga Party
Mar 28, 2023 at 3:22 PMComment #36
I always assumed it was because it would have meant MBS would have to take the owners test would he not?
Which for KSA would be a no no but also they could potentially say he wasn’t fit enough to be an owner……
To be fair what really could happen the premier league make the Saudi’s sell their share of the club? Is that going to happen I doubt very much
Oh also an “independent” regulator with Tory fingers involved in it haha don’t make me laugh
Mar 28, 2023 at 3:22 PMComment #37
Dummett just doesn’t have it in the tank to play competitively at a high level anymore. His hammies are completely cabbaged at this point, so even as an emergency he’s too risky.
A good player once upon a time, and seemingly a model pro who made the step up to the seniors. He could be ideal to guide the next batch of younger players looking at making the leap.
Raj of Hailsley
Mar 28, 2023 at 3:23 PMComment #38
It was being discussed about giving him a new deal, you said it didn’t matter.
Fenham to Chalfont
Mar 28, 2023 at 3:23 PMComment #39
If the worst happened (I’m convinced it won’t) re our owners owning NUFC and the new evidence came about because of LIV Golf. Then they will just change out our chairman (Rumayyan) to someone else. Simple as that really. But it won’t come to that, no chance on earth.
Mar 28, 2023 at 3:23 PMComment #40
The Premier League don’t give a rats ass who owns what club. The issue with our takeover was other clubs didn’t like it and Bein sports didn’t like it due to piracy.
The takeover miraculously went through when the piracy stuff got sorted.
Look at other owners in the league, they don’t care and won’t care about our ownership. They just have to pretend to now and again when the question is asked to which they’ll no doubt reply with ‘no comment’ each time.