One of the best English center-backs in the country is Jonathan Woodgate, who was at Newcastle United when Bobby Robson was manager, so why isn’t he a player we are after in the January transfer window?
Jonathan Woodgate – nothing happening at Middlesbrough
Well, we may be after him after the Evening Chronicle revealed today that Middlesbrough are half expecting a bid coming from Newcastle, for their England center-half.
They do not come much better than Woodgate, who has had fitness problems in the past, but has played 46 times for the Tees-side club since joining them in the summer of 2006, initially on loan from Real Madrid.
It was Kevin Keegan who first capped Woodgate for England against Bulgaria in 1999, and Kevin still rates the Middlesbrough-born defender highly. Jonathan just turned 28 years old yesterday.
Middlesbrough have not done very well since Johnathan joined them, and he doesn’t seem to get too much publicity these days and is rarely in the England squad. Middlesbrough are hardly well supported with poor gates at the Riverside, and maybe Jonathan would entertain the idea of joining the new Keegan revolution on Tyneside.
The word from Middlesbrough is that Woodgate is somewhat disenchanted with life at the Riverside Stadium, and that doesn’t surprise us much. Since he joined them he’s gone nowhere in his career, for one so good. While he only turned out for Newcastle 28 times he was one of the best center-backs to pull on the famous black and white striped strip.
If we cannot get Jonathan in January watch out for him in the summer, where he can link up with Viduka and Smith, his former tea mates in their younger days at Leeds United.
Jonathan has 6 England caps, and played for Leeds United 104 times scoring 6 goals from 1998-2003, before he joined Newcastle exactly 5 years ago this month.
What do you think?