Newcastle United are one of three Premiership football clubs currently linked to FC Twente’s Brazilian-Dutch centre-half, Douglas Franco Teixeira.  Playing with the name ‘Douglas’ on his shirt, FC Twente have already signed his intended replacement, Andreas Bjelland, leaving his departure this summer almost a certainty.

At 6’4”, Douglas is a tall and aggressive defender who was recently sponsored through his naturalisation by the Dutch Football Association, the KNVB.  Although becoming a Dutch citizen in November 2011, FIFA rules prevent him from making his Netherlands debut before September 2012.

Douglas currently tops unofficial fan-site FC Twente Online’s player rankings for the season, averaging 8.0/ 10 having played 41 games in all competitions.

Douglas has been part of a squad that won all the available silverware in the Dutch competition, including the 2010 Championship, the KNVB Cup in 2011, and the Johan Cruyff Shield (Charity Shield Equivalent) in both years.  After the success of NUFC’s previous FC Twente recruit, Cheick Tioté, Douglas could be just what we need to strengthen our back line.

However, having followed Douglas from the terraces at FC Twente’s Grolsch Veste this season, I seriously doubt that Douglas would prove a good buy for NUFC.

Part of it is simply why is he moving on now and particularly why has he not moved sooner.  The honest truth is that few players of any quality spend more than a couple of years developing in Holland.

The Dutch competition is weak, equivalent to a combined Scottish Premiership and First Division, with six teams of European quality alongside a long tail of teams mixing young tyros and mediocre journeymen.

But that’s not the most important issue: there is a more fundamental question of how he would he settle into the Premiership’s notoriously exacting demands.

Douglas is renowned for his impetuosity. When Steve McClaren swapped FC Twente for Wolfsburg in the summer of 2010, he turned down the chance to sign the youngster precisely because of doubts over his disciplinary record.

Douglas’s latest indiscretion was lashing out at PSV’s Ola Toivonen in response to a minor foul, leading to his latest three match suspension.  But the image that is burned into my memory is his red card in a cup game against one-time NUFC opponent AZ Alkmaar.

His disbelief at the punishment led him to attempt to head-butt the referee and to having to be manhandled, fists flying, by his teammates from the field.  Good for a five match ban in the Netherlands but potentially much more serious in England.

There’s also the question of his physical match, with the relentless demands of a competition without a mid-season break.  In Holland, Douglas has averaged (including suspensions) around 45 competitive games per season.

A good cup run and the demands of European football might see Newcastle face 55 games in 2012: a Premiership side might find Douglas starting to lose his freshness, and potentially, his head, in early 2013.

On his day Douglas is a fearless sliding tackler but his wholehearted style will place him at elevated risk of injury in the Premiership’s far more physical style.

Former teammate Bryan Ruiz has been confirmed as missing the rest of Fulham’s season, after the latest of a series of injuries that have confined the big money signing from FC Twente to the fringes of the Craven Cottage squad.

Douglas is clearly a talented young player with the skills and dedication to step up to a higher level of European football.  But signing him may prove to be too risky for an NUFC side looking to step up a gear and stabilise themselves for a testing season ahead.

  • toonsy90

    got to say think this is a poor assessment you start by saying he is to physical and then move onto saying he may not have the physical attribute to handle the league ….and for the lashing out at players on the pitch this is the sign of weak leadership and management in fc twente would you really condemn him on this people in france condemned ben arfa before he came to us and under pardew he has been patient and waited for his chance with no sign of the impetuousness that he had in france. You move onto say that he is only use to playing 45 games in the season I cant recall the last time steven taylor played that many games in a season and as for the 55 games we might have to play its a squad game he wouldnt play every game of the season

  • Sdas

    advanatage: cheap rate, peek of his career, well build, Previous player
    from FCTwente was Tiote
    Negative: Temperment, lacks in pace.
    Verdict : good buy 

  • Paul Soulsby

    Talking of Ruiz, we dodged a £10 million+ bullet when that beaut swerved the chance of joining the Toon in favour of more wedge and the glamour of Fulham, two goals all season, pish !

  • Guest

     i am sure your speculation means well RE- douglas and all the other
    POT SIGNINGS
    BUT!
    I PREFER TO LEAVE THIS KIND OF THING TO A PROVEN EXPERT
    NAMELY   MR. CARR  THE NUFC SCOUT
    THE REST IS JUST PURE NEWSPAPER AND MEDIA  SPECULATION TO FILL IN A FEW COLUMNS OF  [NEWS]  BE PATIENT &
    LEAVE HIM TO DO HIS JOB 
    IF MR. CARR SLIPS YOU A BIT OF NEWS  GREAT OTHERWISE A
    WASTE BREATH  SON

  • Brontosaurus

    Sounds like Ben Arfa all over again, except that Ben Arfa wasn’t as well known as Douglas is.

    • Leethomp

      Ben Arfa wasnt as well known? Are you kidding??????

  • Alex

    Disagree entirely.
    Everything you read read (apart from your article) about Douglas is positive. He’ll be coming to a strong and committed dressing room, who won’t take ‘nutters’, like you suggest he may be. He’ll be made aware of what’s required, and I’m confident that both players and management will ensure he behaves.
    He seems to want to better himself on the football front – hence the Dutch nationaility adoption. Don’t think this guy is another Balotelli at all.

  • tattyheed

    i think that this is a well considered piece.
    if he was as good as most think – he would have been scooped up by now. we’re not the only team in the world with scouts.
    personally – i’d rather have the guy from montpellier – yanga-mbiwa. he is top class – a cross between Saylor and Colo. reads the game well, has strength, pace and uses the ball brilliantly

  • toonsy1990

    tattyheed….may i point out players such as cabaye tiote and even sessgnon from the cum all not picked up at begining of their career this guy is younger than cabaye so your point is moot as cabaye was picked up later in his career…this guy is not the worlds greatest cb but we already hav our starting pairing of colo and taylor he will be there to compliment tht he will be good against teams such as stoke who just launch the ball into the box mbiwa is not as amazing as everyone makes him out to be 

  • toonpete

    having seen douglas play brilliantly while working in holland and having a few friends who support FC Twente, i can tell you that they are gutted he is leaving,this article seems way off the mark,did you actually do any home work on this player before you wrote it.