Newcastle Interested In Shaun Wright-Phillips

News in the People today that Newcastle are interested in Chelsea’s Shaun Wright-Phillips.


Shawn Wright-Phillips – available at Chelsea

The England midfielder has never really been a first team choice since he moved to Chelsea from Man City in the summer of 2005, and it’s being reported that Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan wants to bring Wright-Phillips from his Chelsea obscurity to Newcastle.

Of course Kevin knows all about the player, since he manged him at Man City, during Shaun’s formative years, and we think he could get the best out of the player, who is probably a little disillusioned right now.

Once Chelsea appoint their new manager, to replace the sacked Avram Grant, we expect there to be a clear out of some of the players at the London club. Perhaps Newcastle could also pick up Wayne Bridge, who must be sick of playing second fiddle to Ashley Cole.

Wright-Phillips didn’t even make it on the bench for the Champions League Final in Moscow last Wednesday and Keegan has Wright-Phillips at the top of his summer shopping list, according to the People.

It’s said that an £8M bid from Newcastle would be enough to have Chelsea let their player go to Tyneside, and be re-united with Keegan, but we would expect competition from other clubs.

£8M  sounds a good price to us, and of course Shaun is full of Premier league experience.

He played 153 times for Man City from 1999-2005, scoring 26 goals, and has played 81 times for Chelsea scoring just 4 goals.

Shaun, who is 26, has represented England 19 times with 4 goals.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

41 comments so far

  • najikhin

    May 25, 2008 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #1

    at ambitious target..

  • Ian

    May 25, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #2

    The trouble is his attitude went all wrong when he first went to Chelsea, could he remain the player we liked pre-Chelsea and after he came to earth with a bump at Chelsea or not?

    His scoring record isnt good either.

    Great player to watch though!!! A bit like Martins for excitement, but without the goals, we really need goalscorers from midfield, that is where Duff, Emre, Milner and Zog havent really produced the goals they should have per minutes on the pitch. I cant see SWP improving this much unless he arrives with a new determined attitude.
    I would rather have a player a little less exciting but who scores.

  • obafemimartins

    May 25, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #3

    as long as we make a bid and dont tell alan oliver or any other stupid journalist then we have a good chance of signing him

  • natedawg

    May 25, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #4

    would absloutly love it if we got him

  • Toonboy

    May 25, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #5

    No chance,his wages are far to high.I would like to see s.w.p in a toon shirt but i just canny see it.

  • Bandwarmy

    May 25, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #6

    SWP is the sort of player we should be looking to get. Reminds me of the likes of Ruel fox. Fast, tricky winger who is a handful for defenders. If we could get him for 8 mill king kev should jump at the chance. Very experienced proven player of the epl.

  • toonoholic

    May 25, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #7

    pay 4 mn extra and get bentley

  • The Entertainers

    May 25, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #8

    The trouble with the Chelski stars is that they are all on mega bucks. This has to be the reason why SWP, Bridges, Shev, Ferreria all internationals sit on the bench week in week out and never complain or ask for transfers. Even Essein a super star midfielder is happy to play right back. I believe only one man could talk SWP into coming to St James and that KK, then again he’s only a coach these days, over to you Wise and co.

  • D B F

    May 25, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #9

    ian- his scorin record weret tht bad at city, and for england though, and you hav to think tht the majority of his 81 apps for chelsea are the last 20mins off the bench, i think hed score a decent amount of goals if he started week in week out for us, and he certainly scores more goals than any of our current midfielders, if we do get him we will still need an AM to who can chip in with 10-15 goals

  • Nathan

    May 25, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #10

    He said he wants to stay at Chelsea, more bullshit.

  • D B F

    May 25, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #11

    the entertainers- i think ian wright will also hav a part in where swp ends up as he was saying in his collum last week tht he has been talkin to him about it a lot hes told him tht if he was in swps position he wud definitly leave

  • paulthepom

    May 25, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #12

    i rteckon theres moreto come from milner.he’s 21 and had about 4 managers which iosnt good for him.his mentality and attitude are spot on compared to swp.i reckon if we stick with him he will be twice the player next year.

  • Leo

    May 25, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #13

    would be a snip at 8mil i just cant see it happening

  • robertsa

    May 25, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #14

    he has been linked with us loads of times over the years and has never came. why would he come to tynside when other clubs like pompey and everton who want him have european foootball


    May 25, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #15

    Paulthepom how is milner going to be twice the player he is?
    He isn’t going to start next season with the pace of any good winger and his delivery is crap. This is why he has stayed in the under 21’s to become the most capped player there has ever been.

    The reason being he is too rubbish to ever make the step up to the full squad.
    Unlike Bentley who went in there, and made the step very quickly, as did Lennon.

    He is a decent squad player at best and a great player to use as an exchange for another player

    With toonaholic on this would rather have Bentley. Could even give them duff and milner for him

    As for swp, not good enough with the final ball, which is key. And after being at Chelsea will end up being the new kieron Dyer. Attitude, image, too much money- no thanks. Want players who are hungry to play, and as nathan said he doesn’t want to leave- he would rather sit on the bench making silly money.

    Next rumour please!

  • Eric

    May 25, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #16

    NUFCFAN has some good points to make. SWP might be a reasonable addition. Think Kazenga will be our own best to come. I hope KK not just a coach though – after all I do not trust Wise (aka joey Barton gone straight!). I note that John Terry not sleeping at nights according to the Mail. Which of their reporters has been going to bed with him then?

  • sirjasontoon

    May 25, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #17

    I love that word “interested”.
    Interested…in other words he won’t be signed..Bridge has been linked with us for years and never signed.

    SWP is another Dyer/Jenas in the making..wannabe west coast (c)rap stars YO YO YO..Can’t touch this !


  • craig chisholm

    May 25, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #18

    i think stick with milner, he is only 21 and a cracking pro too. stuff SWP, he swapped regular first team action and the adulation of man city fans for a palce warming the bench at chelski and a pair of massive diamond earings……dont want the fella, sorry. besides, i hate to say thins, but i think that we have turned from a buying club to a selling club… expect nowt lads. i will be pleased if we sort our shit out with zogs, owen and martins and taylor, theres 4 world class signings there!!

  • daiv

    May 25, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #19

    We need some height in the team. SWP wages would be astronomical and he is tiny.

  • Eric

    May 25, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #20

    We must sort our own house first. Get Oba, Owen, Taylor and Zog tied down first. Dump the deadwood and no hopers (Smith, Barton etc) and
    then see what is what. Prove to us all that it is KK the man who is in charge and not some London based short suit! We need football clubbers not Quayside or Kings Road clubbers decked out in Mayfair jewellery.

  • seetow

    May 25, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #21

    what about the rumours of joaquin coming over a couple of weeks back? how about darijo srna?

  • toon4lyf

    May 25, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #22

    swp is a good player hes not my first choice though much better than milner. worth a bid
    ad rather get d’allessandro,aimar

  • scott9

    May 25, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #23

    wud be a great signing n i think he wud defo want to come hes never going to get into that team especailly if they bring in robinho


    May 25, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #24

    I read a good article the other day talking about how teams like newcastle need to spend the same as the top four to stay at the same level of difference plus so the 40 million to reach where they are so for us we are talking a spend of at least 80 to 100 mill to get to the same level

    Which I believe sounds about right.

    Especially when you consider that we need;

    1, Left back, up and coming
    2, quality center back
    3, center back, up and coming
    4, right wing
    5, holding mid
    6, playmaker
    7, left wing
    8, prolific striker

    So sell the rubbish

    Carr, Roz, cacapa, smith, duff, viduka, amoebi

    Would hope to get at least 15-20 mill out of that

    So that would be 60 mill out of Ashely

    Then the maybes, if we got the right bid

    Barton, milner, Owen- if there was a big bid worth it as don’t see how he fits into a 442. And believe its Better to keep martins than Owen as he is younger.

    So I think there is every reason to be optimistic about this summer as the board will be aware of this

  • Bill F

    May 25, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #25

    KK ought to go for Bakary Kone who is a similar type of player and would possibly be cheaper and possibly be available.

    If SWP is happy to sit on the bench as people are suggesting and coin in the bucks then he aint gonna want to come to us away from the bright lights even if we were to match his wages.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 25, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #26

    seetow – Definitely Srna over SWP i’ve mentioned him loads.

  • JC

    May 25, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #27

    I’ve been reading in a few articles that we are the front runners to get Saviola from Madrid, they are saying that KK is looking at him as a replacement for Oba by replacing like for like. What does anyone make of this?

  • JC

    May 25, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #28

    He hasn’t got a bad strike rate 115 goals in 278 games

  • Oga

    May 25, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #29

    sirjasontoon is a certified idiot. Dont think your racial undertones didn’t go unnoticed!

    Kone wouldn’t cut it in the premiership. Poor mans Kalou, who I don’t rate either.

  • Bill F

    May 25, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #30

    Oga are you Tom-Toon thats what I was expecting him to say.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 25, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #31

    Nah Bill F, im not PC.

    But the Kone bit, ye you are probably right 🙂

  • Ian

    May 25, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #32

    You have to be careful with statistics, SWP played in 31 games last season, 10 off the bench, but played 62 minutes more than Owen (to give you an idea of how much he played) and scored 4 goals.

    Nzogbia and Milner scored 3 each and havent played anywhere as near as many games and both have been played out of position, ie Milner on the left and Zog at the back.

    SWP is a lot of money just to bring the same amount of goals as those two- in my opinion.
    I thought he was brilliant at City for Keegan, but his personality altered after then, and only came back when everything was going wrong for him, when he was brought on by Chelsea, kept trying to do fancy stuff and looked terrible, then fell apart and couldnt do the basic stuff; he then rebuilt himself and his play to bring him back to a decent player, but how much is a player with four goals per season worth??
    If he gets a rush of blood to the head and starts that stupid stuff again, I am not sure, if he knuckles down and is serious about getting his name in the history books, maybe, but it is a gamble in my opinion.

    You take the striker I rave about-Djibril Cisse, he always scores, every single year he plays, pay your money and get goals-also get a player who can act a bit crazy, have funny hairstyles etc, but always goals, what can SWP guarantee us for his big wages??

  • Ville

    May 25, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #33

    Hmm… This would be the same mistake we have done so many times before. The fact that a player had few good seasons a couple of years ago doesn´t mean that he is a good player anymore. I hate to see Newcastle buying old stars for a ridiculous price tag. £8M For Wright-Phillips was his price when he moved to Chelsea. Chelsea just paid way too much as we can all see.. Waste of money!

    Another thing that bothers me is the fact that we are interested of top 4 team leftovers.. If we want to be a top 4 team we need to buy top 4 quality players. One or two players a year and that´s it!

    Some of our fans says that Manu, Chelsea and Liverpool buys their place in top 4 but at least they spend wisely.

  • Ross

    May 25, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #34

    Bill F, great to hear you mention Kone, i remember seeing him quite a while back and for one reason or another, he’s ended up as one of my favourite players,haha.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 25, 2008 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #35

    Well it all depends on which Kone you are talking about.


    May 25, 2008 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #36

    He would be a snip at £8 million and at a good age! but it sounds like the same as seasons past!

    who would be your choice – wright-phillips or bentley?

    bentley from blackburn for £7 million + Duff

  • Marty

    May 25, 2008 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #37

    never gonna happen,we can`t afford his wages……..just forget this guy!Gr8 player though

  • cathal

    May 25, 2008 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #38

    dunne bridge and swp! classic! all we need then is central mids. given beye taylor dunne bridge swp AN other AN other nzogbia martins owen! that is one sensational team. bring in moutinho and veloso if we could get them.

  • cathal

    May 25, 2008 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #39

    if not moutinho then deco or aimar (will be sold on cheap as zaragoza were relegated)


    May 26, 2008 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #40

    NUFCFAN – I agree!! we need all these positions covered!! and at the same time get rid of the c**p!!
    I also can see were you are coming from CATHAL with your choice of targets!!

    If the club wants to get back into Europe, Mike Ashley needs to spend bigger than we hear and read in the tabloids!!

    but i just can’t see it happening!!

    here’s my WISH LIST! TARGETS!!

    RB – Micah Richards 15m Man City
    LB/CB/DM – Miguel Veloso 13m S.Lisbon
    RW – Shaun Wright-phillips 8 – 10m Chelsea
    or – Bentley 12 -14m Blackburn
    MID – Joao Moutinho 8 – 10m
    LW – Arda Turan 11 – 13m Gall
    FWD – Bafetimbi Gomis 12m St. Elienne
    FWD – Mario Gomez 16 – 20m Stugard

    rough price 85million

    Players I would keep out of first team:
    Given – Harper – Beye – Taylor? – Faye – Enrique – Milner? – Butt – Barton?- Emre – N’zogbia – Owen – Martins.

    Up and coming players, send on loan such as Carroll – Edgar – Lua lua etc

    Clear out the C**p:
    Rozehnal – Cacapa – Geremi – Duff – Smith – Ameobi – Viduka once fit (never)
    rough price 15 – 20million
    Ashley needs to spend =65million +

    this list isn’t reality but I wish!!


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