Newcastle To Pursue Sidwell in the Summer?

It’s looking like Steve Sidwell will seek a move away from Chelsea in the summer.


Steve Sidwell – needs more first team football

Steve has not surprisingly struggled to break through at Stamford Bridge, behind the wealth of central midfielders the London club has in Claude Makelele, John Obi Mikel, Michael Ballack, Michael Essien and Frank Lampard.

But that shouldn’t be a surprise to him, as that was pointed out to the former Reading midfield star before he decided to sign for Chelsea, rather than Newcastle United, after his contract ran out on June 30th last year, and he became a free agent.

It looks like West Ham and Newcastle will again be at the top of the queue in the summer.

Newcastle could well use Steve Sidwell, who is a good box to box player, and would fit in well with Keegan’s new attacking style that was evident last Saturday against Blackburn Rovers. We don’t know how Keegan rates Sidwell, but we think he would be a good acquisition for our squad. No fee has yet been mentioned.

Sidwell started his professional career at Arsenal in 1999 and he was part of the successful Arsenal youth team that won the FA Youth Cup in 2000 and 2001.

He was sent out on loan to Brentford ( 30 appearances 4 goals) and Brighton (12 appearances 5 goals), before he signed for Reading in 2003. In four seasons there he made 169 appearances and scored 29 goals.

But since he’s been at Chelsea, he’s made only 13 appearances, and he is obviously keen to get his career back on track. Steve played 5 times for the England Under-21 side.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

84 comments so far


    Mar 5, 2008 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #1


  • Micky Toon

    Mar 5, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Decent signing to get us back on track. Only downside is that he is a ginger.

  • Hadji

    Mar 5, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #3

    He’s Pattison’s brother from another mother

  • Callum

    Mar 5, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Another top 4 reject -_-

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 5, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Hope not, he isnt good enough.

  • scott9

    Mar 5, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #6

    hes definatley good enough sidwell would be an exellent signing i hope the happens he would sort our midfiled out hes a great passer of the ball and defensively he is good aswell just what we need if barton can sort him self out them him and barton would be a great pairing in midfiled

  • geordie_jordan

    Mar 5, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #7

    good enough!!!!!!!!!!! get him

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 5, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #8

    Just lazy assed ‘so called’ journos stickin’ old stories together, isn’t it?..

  • daiv

    Mar 5, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #9

    But would he come to the Championship?

  • thelongshanks

    Mar 5, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #10

    hes 10 times better then butt,he was class for reading and very consistant.If he signs then butt can go.good news all round.

  • lee

    Mar 5, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #11

    hes an ok squaie

    though i do agree its unfortunate hes ginger

  • broon ale

    Mar 5, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #12

    where does this crap come from!!!! why are we talking potential targets and speculating whether newcastle “could use” a certain players attributes! we are in the middle of a relegation battle. There is no constructive conversation or debate involving relevant topics! its all speculative pipe dreams which remind me of children swapping football stickers in the play ground. i guess that most of us are adults, Its getting to the point where i will go on for a “proper” read and come on here for some light relief! But i am finding it a bit hard to stomach all this constant speculation linking us with one player after another. All transfer activity is on hold untill we know what league we are in.. As for sidwell! No chance! he found his level at reading in last seasons surprise package but now he has been found wanting! Now on with our lives.

  • Graham

    Mar 5, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #13

    Dont want the ginger toss pot. He preffered a move to Chelsea last year for more cash and now he’s realised he’s not good enough for their reserves we’re good enough for him? Bollocks to him

    I hope he’s blessed with many children who all walk backwards and have just as stupid hair as he!!!

  • Eric

    Mar 5, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Oh no, not another player who had a chance to join us but chose the lights of London. Why do we have to compete with the likes of West Ham for players? Agree – Sidwell is better than ‘big butt’ and Barton (fink) put together and he may well do better with us. At the moment he seems to like playing in shite holes – west London, Reading. Could be either a good buy or another good bye!

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 5, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Here, here broonale!..

  • ScottyT

    Mar 5, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #16

    agree with callum another top 4 reject if we do stay up which looks difficult then surely we should be targeting top class players from everywhere in europe and england not going for rejects from the top four again.

    weve done that for the last few years (parker, butt, smith, babayaro, duff, geremi) and look where its put us .. relegation threat would rather have som1 like arshavin for definite

  • nightfall

    Mar 5, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #17

    well..if we look at our midfield..butt, barton, etc..he’d be an improvement…but i still think we could do better…


    Mar 5, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #18

    is that the best story they could come up with

  • Steve_48

    Mar 5, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #19

    I’m with you Graham

    What a load of bollocks – he made the wrong decision last Summer and went where the money was and he should have thought a little more about the consequences of trying to break into a team with that of Chel$ki’s midfield calibre.

    Now that he can’t get a game he’s looking around for some other schmuck to pay his wages – sod off Sidwell not interested.

    That said, we’ll probably buy him and pay top whack on his weekly salary.

    Disgruntled. Not Happy.

  • Hadji

    Mar 5, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #20
    Tom Toon…this guy just can’t stop scoring.

  • Graham

    Mar 5, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #21

    Hadji – if we bought him he wouldn’t be able to score in For Your Eyes only armed with £500 in used 20’s!

  • rem

    Mar 5, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #22

    I hate when people complain about “top 4 reject”, we are not top 4, no were near, so ill take any good player, no matter where he is from.
    If we got him from Reading he some how would have been better???
    Same as the youngster from man utd, if they say enough in him to train with them i think he is good, considering the class players they have there.

  • ScottyT

    Mar 5, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #23

    yes but sidwell rejected us first time so do you really want somone to come to us who doesnt want to be here and doesnt give a shit again

  • Hadji

    Mar 5, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #24
    Wow…too bad we didn’t get this guy before.

  • rem

    Mar 5, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #25

    not really. but he is good enough, and if he was commited i would want him. to be honest any one would be attracted by the champions, im sure we would have offered the same amount of money so it probly had less to do with the money

  • Obafan

    Mar 5, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #26

    If he comes it will be for the money. He alreay had choosen Chelski above us, and why? Not because he would play lots of games (Ballack, Cole; Lampard; Essien; Makelele all are lots better than this guy); no just because his pay check would be larger than in Newcastle. So for me he does not have to come to us. If he comes it will be his 2nd choice club and that is not good as a motivator to play for such a team.

  • bennit3b

    Mar 5, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #27

    totally agree with obafan. He can suck it!

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 5, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #28

    Another own goal by Nicolita, whatever next!

    Andres Vazquez, nice goal but he isnt that great, he just moved to zurich.

    Chermiti please.

  • ScottyT

    Mar 5, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #29

    yh agree with obafan hes had his chance to come here and play first team football and he blew it for sitting on the bench at chelsea.

  • M. Stockley

    Mar 5, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #30

    sidwell is a good player. there is certainly better players out there, but atm id take sidwell if we could have him today….in the summer he is certainly an option! but like you guys have rightly said the priority is ensuring we stay up… my team against liverpool…….




  • Nick

    Mar 5, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #31

    What has the colour of his hair got to do with it?
    So we wouldn’t want Scholes cos he’s ginger?
    Or Tevez/Ribery cos there both really ugly?
    Grow up lads

  • Leo

    Mar 5, 2008 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #32

    daiv your negativity is really getting to me, you obviously arnt a geordie if you speak like this at every opertunity.

  • iain

    Mar 5, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #33

    if we stay up im not keen on the idea of signing big club rejects.

    so watch us go for crouch/brown/bridge/sidwell in the summer.

    i keep thinking a season out the pl where we dont sign anyones rejects would be very good for the club.

  • Gooderz

    Mar 5, 2008 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #34

    I’d put Sidwell in a group with Darren Fletcher and Jimmy Bullard as players who have experience in the Premiership but still have yet to really prove themselves for whatever reason. They can then either push on and make a definitive claim for a starting berth or they make decent squad players. Either way they’ll bulk up the squad very nicely, but we do need to make sure they won’t start off the way Butt did (and still does sometimes).

  • briss

    Mar 5, 2008 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #35

    he is def. good enough he would have been a good acquisition last summer and still would be this summer too

  • catchy

    Mar 5, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #36

    maybe it would be a good idea if we all just waited till the end of the season and let keegan make his own mind up who he would like…. in the last week he has about 20 players at the top of his list..
    and if he signed them all the team would be no better than the one we have right now


    Mar 5, 2008 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #37

    Look logically, Sidwell is a born and raised londoner with a young wife and i think 2 kids that means he would have to uproot those and move to a totally different part of the country miles from home for a then mid table club or Stay down south near your family and friends, be paid shit loads of money and (Sometimes) play in the champions league and cup finals.
    Now maybe different as he knows he made a daft mistake going to chelsea and in my opinion can play for england if he can ressurect his career and play first team football.

    In no particular order :

    Sidwell (Out of favour)
    Bridge (Out of favour)
    Wright-Phillips (Out of favour)
    Carrick (United signing Veloso and Geordie)
    Ashton (Never plays Curbishley is a twat)
    Perea (Athletico madrid top quality RB or CB)
    McGeady (Class should be in a better league)

    Out in a particular order:

    Smith (Wank)
    Barton (Prison rent boy)
    Carr (No comment needed)
    Ameobi (Championship quality)
    Cacapa (Too Slow and Not good enough in air)
    Viduka ( Why oh why did we let Sibierski go)
    N’Zogbia (Love him but If he wants to go then f***k him)

    Butt and Ramage wont go as Kev will want them both, Butt because of his experience and cover Ramage because he loves his local lads at the core of the club and because he can play anywhere in the back four and not kick up a fuss when he isnt in the side.

    P.S. This is all down to us staying up and is totally irrelevat if we go down.

    Comments Welcome

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Mar 5, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #38

    To hell with Sidwell! We can do better than this tosser who chose Chelsea ahead of us. F..K OFF SIDWELL and dye your awful hair!

  • The black in the blacknwhite

    Mar 5, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #39

    just hope Smith and Butt dont play against Liverpool

    i wont be happy if smith starts- there is no excuse for his inclusion


    Mar 5, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #40

    I dont get this “Top 4 reject” stuff

    They are the only quality players teams like us can get If there are good players out there playing for a mediocre side like when SWP was at City or Rooney was at Everton then the top 4 want them and we dont stand a chance.

    The only players we can get are those that the top 4 dont want but are better than what we have already IE The top 4 teams fringe players or rejects as they are labelled on here.


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