News today that Newcastle may be after Phil Jagielka of Sheffield United. He certainly played well last season in the Premiership – but just how many center backs are we really after ?
In case it’s Jagielka – let’s take a look at him.
Phil Jagielka – already in B/W Stripes !
We’ve been linked with Campbell, Distin, Ben Haim, Davis, Hyypia and Rozehnal to name just a few over the past few weeks. Of course that was our main weakness over the last few seasons and it looks certain Sam will bring in at least two new center backs – we just don’t know which two.
Phil Jagielka was born in Manchester in August 1982 and joined the Everton Academy before moving to Bramall Lane where he has established himself as an integral first team player. He has now played 254 games for Sheffield United and has scored 18 goals. He is a former member of the England Under-21 team and scored in a 2-0 victory over Slovakia at the Stadium of Light. His first senior representative honor was playing for the England B team last Monday against Albania.
Nicknamed Jags he is 5′ 11″ tall and made his debut for Sheffield United on May 5, 2000 against Swindon Town in the final League match of the 1999-2000 season.
Phil played in all of the league matches in both 2004-05 and 2005-06 and has made 128 consecutive league appearances for the Blades, last missing a league game in April 2004. That’s good because it says he is not injury prone and if we signed him he would be able play quite a number of games for us – unlike some other players.
Phil was named the Sheffield United Supporters Club Player of the Year for the third successive time in April 2007 and won the Capital One Player of the Year in May 2006.
He is one of only two players who have appeared for every minute of the 2006-07 Premier season – the other being Joseph Yobo of Everton. Yobo – who it turns out is also one heck of a center back – also plays for Nigeria with Oba Martins. As far as we know Yobo is not available – although he did interest Bobby Robson at one time.
Everton’s Joseph Yobo – available ?
It remains to be seen just who Big Sam will bring in – but there seems no shortage of choices. Of course one player we would love to have at Newcastle – because of his vast experience – is Sol Campbell. Sol and Steven Taylor would form some partnership at the back – and Steven would benefit greatly. But Harry Redknapp is not that stupid to let Sol go.
We should know hopefully within the next week or so who’s coming – comments always appreciated.