With the club having progressed admirably over the past year, it is no surprise that Newcastle United are being linked with some of Europe’s brightest talents. It therefore seems a formality that, according to various sources, Alan Pardew is set to snap up central defender Douglas from Dutch giants FC Twente.
Standing at a staggering 6 ft 4 in, Douglas is strong and powerful in the air, an asset which makes him deadly from set pieces shown by his headed goal against Roda JC last weekend. He is also a major contributor to the second best defence in the Eredivise, with Twente having only conceded 32 goals in 28 games in a league renowned for its attacking formations and flair. But perhaps his most important attribute for Newcastle United is his European pedigree. Douglas has represented Twente 19 times in Europe since September 2010, including impressive performances against fellow Premier League sides Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham. It is this vast experience in European competitions which could hold the key to United fulfilling their aspirations of reaching the latter stages of the Europa League, or perhaps even having a stint at the Champions League.
It is very possible that Douglas could put pen to paper at St James’ Park in the summer, with the player stating that it is his dream to play in the Premier League and manager Steve McClaren having apparently already found a replacement. However, Alan Pardew might have to act quickly to seal the move, as the 24 year old’s price could inflate rapidly. After receiving a Dutch passport in November 2011, Netherlands team manager Bert van Marwijk has welcomed Douglas’ decision to represent the Netherlands in the near future. If Douglas were to play at the Euro’s, his price could soar due to international recognition. Pardew could therefore look for a pre-contract to sign the Brazilian-born defender.
Another problem is Douglas’ lack of discipline. He’s been red carded 4 times in the last 2 seasons, and was fined and suspended by Twente for pushing a referee and opposing player after being sent off against AZ. This occasional burst of anger must be tamed if we are to sign an otherwise brilliant player.
Likelihood of signing: 3.5/5
Transfer value: £8 million