Newcastle United – The Argentinian Question
So while the remainder of United’s squad began their return to pre-season training on Monday morning with fitness testing, Newcastle’s players who have been on international duty this summer have been given extra time to recuperate.
After a few days of fitness assessment, the training proper begins this Thursday (5th July) but for Papiss Cisse, Cheick Tiote, Tim Krul, Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa, it will be a while before they report back for training.
Cisse and Tiote will return on Monday (9th July) having been involved in World Cup qualifiers last month.
Tim Krul will arrive back a week later on Monday16th July who was an unused squad member for Holland at the Euros, while our two players who did see action, Cabaye and Ben Arfa, will be heading home to Tyneside yet another week later – Monday 23rd July.
A real silver lining is that Argentina thankfully continue to ignore Coloccini’s impressive form at St.James’ Park and Jonas Guiterrez didn’t feature in his national team’s recent matches against Equador and Brazil. Great to have players who are good enough to feature for some cracking national teams but the travel and extra commitments are bound to impact in some way.
You only have to look at Alan Shearer sacrificing England so he could give Newcastle United that little bit extra and extend his career at St.James’ Park.
Interesting to read the Telegraph reporting that Derek Llambias had travelled over to Argentina recently to try and tie up the signing of a couple of younger players.
It would be great to think Newcastle could maybe use the likes of Jonas and Colo to smooth the way for tapping into a country that continually produces quality players who also tend to be suited to the English game.
The usual route is for Argentinian and other South American players to head to the likes of Spain, Portugal and Italy where naturally the climate, language and culture is more compatible.
However, there is no reason why Newcastle can’t buck that trend and maybe even find the next Messi for nothing….speaking of the great man, if you haven’t seen his recent hat-trick against Brazil just watch these highlights.
His third and winning goal is like something from a different planet, putting up these highlights might be a bit gratuitous but we felt it our duty to put such beautiful football in front of you.
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