Magpies Want To Keep Milner On Tyneside

News today in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle that Newcastle United are determined to keep their England Under-21 winger James Milner.


James Milner – Newcastle want to keep him – good

We think this is good news because the very last thing we want to do in the summer is lose our best young players.

And since we hear that Steven Taylor is getting near to signing a new 3 year deal at the club, all we need now is for young Frenchman Charles N’Zogbia to say he wants to stay on Tyneside, and we’ll retain our best 3 young players of last season.

The criticism some of our fans have with Milner, is that he’s not quick enough, but we think James has enough natural skill to easily overcome that.

He can also crack in the goals when he has a mind to, and there are various ways in which he can improve his game under the watchful eye of top coach Kevin Keegan next season.

And of course James is the perfect professional, always ready to play, and he never complains, and has such a mature attitude for a 22 year-old.

If we are to sell Milner, then let’s make him into a much better player first, and then sell him  for say £12M in a few years. But once we improve him why sell him?

But every player has their price and it looks like Newcastle think that is £9M, so if any club came in for James, we’d probably sell him at £9M, but we hope we don’t.

Milner has been very consistent for Newcastle over the last two seasons, in which he’s appeared 85 times and scored 7 goals.

Before that he had a good season in 2005-2006 on loan at Aston Villa, when he played 33 times for the Midlands side and scored 3 goals.

The fact that Liverpool and Aston Villa are interested in him now, only proves he is a very good player in the making.

We’re looking forward to James doing a job for Newcastle next season, and we’re sure he can do just that.

Comments welcome.

79 comments so far

  • jordi

    Jun 24, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #1

    He’s not the finished article yet but hopefully KK will help him along.
    Shouldn’t be selling him until we get someone better in though…


    Jun 24, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Thank God

    Taxi for Geremi

  • geordiegraham

    Jun 24, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #3

    gdgd i now hope geremi sods off

  • HeronMag

    Jun 24, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #4

    Milner is a strange player. I could only clarify his position as an attacker. He doesn’t look like a natural winger or forward, but I’d be happy in him starting anywhere in an attacking position.

    I’d like to see his being tried in a more central role, with a new RW and Zog on the left.

    But I’m delighted it looks like he will be staying.

  • catawbamag

    Jun 24, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #5

    I hope we hang on to him. The 9 mil price tag will scare most off of him. Given our situation the past 2 seasons, it wasnt a good environment for anyone to shine.

  • ToonKing

    Jun 24, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m not a Milner fan, but i rather we keep him, then bring in Lennon.

  • ted walliams

    Jun 24, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #7

    stats actually show we are a lot more successful last season with geremi in the side

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 24, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #8

    This report comes from our local rag and it also states the KK is no longer interested in Lennon.

    Thats 24 hours after it printed we were.

    Do they know there arse from their elbow down in the Cloth Market?

    Keegan has been back in the hot seat since Monday by all accounts and still it has’nt managed to get a quote from Kev. I think that just about sums up the frosty relationship Kev has with the paper.

  • 51times

    Jun 24, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #9

    He did his best at a club that was in turmoil.

  • iain

    Jun 24, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #10

    if we kept him and signed lennon as a replacement for duff, that would be a much better deal than selling milner to buy lennon.

  • Hadji

    Jun 24, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #11

    We need Milner whether we like it or not,to be succesfull in our ambitions we need 2 players on same position in case of injuries ans suspensions and most of all…..COMPETITION.

  • Jeff D

    Jun 24, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #12

    I think Newcastle should try milner as a playmaking midfielder, rather than just a winger.
    maybe try it in some pre season friendlies. Anyone else think it might work?

  • ToonPhill

    Jun 24, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #13

    im glad to see milner stay, even if we do get lennon. both have huge potential. i know this is off subject but i hear schweinsteiger is leavin bayern, i think we should but a bid in, podolski too. 🙂 what do u guys think?

  • valle

    Jun 24, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #14

    I dont care whether he stays or not, but i wouldnt like him to be a starter next season. I cannot stand it when he dribles around on the wing without ever getting anywhere and always get tackled in the end, when he once in a while gets ball into the box, the crossing sucks big time.

  • Leo

    Jun 24, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #15

    suppose he wud be good to keep him and lennon for the right wing birth left wing would be nzogbia and… possibly duff possibly someone else.

  • valle

    Jun 24, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #16

    ToonPhil… That would be great business, but i hear klinsmann wants to keep him.

  • staffsmag

    Jun 24, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Jeff D – its got two chances mate but what have we to loose? Hope he stays I think the lad has potential

  • Ross

    Jun 24, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #18

    if this is an anal oliver story, milner will probably be gone tomorrow for a fiver and 10 lambert.
    thats how off the ball that fool of a reporter is.

  • Jeff D

    Jun 24, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #19

    staffsmag, its always an option if we dont get turan,or any playmakers through the door. My only worry is his final ball. a bit hitty missy.

  • alan

    Jun 24, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #20

    milner reminds me a bit of rob lee who keegan turned from a winger into one of the best central midfield players. I agree with those who think he might be better in the middle – might get more goals

  • staffsmag

    Jun 24, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #21

    Jeff D – I agree perhaps we should get solano back and get him to teach crossing and ball distribution – what do you think ?

  • Chennai Toon

    Jun 24, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Juventus seek swap talks over Galatasaray’s Turan

  • Jeff D

    Jun 24, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #23

    staffsmag, Maybe mate, but i remember keegan dropping deep and doing all those things very well in his hayday.

  • ToonPhill

    Jun 24, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #24

    i wouldnt believe a word that tribal football says, unless its been everywhere else first.

  • Jeff D

    Jun 24, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Chennai Toon, Galatasaray are skint. they probably wont consider a swap deal….. I hope lol

  • ToonPhill

    Jun 24, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #26

    i suppose theres one advantage to the awesomeness of arshavin in the euros. he took the spotlight off arda 🙂

  • James

    Jun 24, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #27


    CONS :

    – Can’t cross

    – Runs around in circles

    – Doesn’t score enough goals for a midfielder


    – Still very young

    – Loves playing for the Toon

    – KK has yet to work with him and would make him a much better player

  • Tez131

    Jun 24, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #28

    @Chennai Toon

    This story is from Tribal Football, do not believe one word they say. It must be the worse sorce of news I have ever seen.
    They just throw statements out there and hope to get 1 or 2 out of them right. (1 or 2 out of 500).

    I have also thought about playing milner in Att Mid, not sure on his range of passing though??
    He does work hard track back and has a pretty good long shot though.

  • Toontime

    Jun 24, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #29

    It still concerns me that we are talking about players leaving St James’ when surely the management should be concentrating on bringing new players in. How many times have the Toon sold players and not been able to replace them with anyone as they leave it too late.
    Common sense to me would be to bring in the targets we are after, whoever that may be (I really don’t think anyone knows for sure) and then take stock of what we have. If we got 3 great midfielders in then getting rid of Milner might not seem to be such a major thing. But don’t do it yet.
    We need to hold the key in all transfer dealings. We need to show buying clubs that we don’t need to sell and that’s how we would get the most money out of them. Just my point of view! Does anyone agree???

  • Davies

    Jun 24, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #30

    Love Milner. Hope he stays. I’d like Lennon as well. I think they’d do well on the pitch togather, with Milner on the right side of central midfield. Arda on the left and Zog just inside him. What a midfield…..

  • staffsmag

    Jun 24, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #31

    Jeff D – yeah very good point mate. Fingers crossed he stays and KK can do his magic again !!

  • harrier

    Jun 24, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #32

    Where is DMAG or Knypols? I need someone to tell me we are going to sign somebody soon…

  • dan

    Jun 24, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #33

    strange this story arrives nearly 2 weeks or so after he was first linked with a move. I still think he’ll move this summer. shame as i rate him…

  • steve

    Jun 24, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #34

    Hope we keep him, some of the replacements mentioned for him are worse than useless
    I’m more worried that we haven’t put Smith up for sale and he’ll be playing for us next season – Ed, can you start a poll to get Smith out?

  • Santiago Munez

    Jun 24, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #35

    Oliver speaks so much sh*t. yesterday he says keegan wants Lennon, today he says he doesn’t. today he says we have had no bids for milner, then in the same article he claims how disgraceful Liverpools offer of 3 youth players as a swap deal for Milner was.

    He blatantly has no contact within the club now Shepherd and his goons have left and is frustrated at the lack of stories he can write, so he inevitably ends up contradicting himself in an effort to sell papers. I for one would rather eat my 42p than pay his wages. Thats why i read his imaginative story’s online for free.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love a little chuckle now and then. reading what he has to say, but I think the time has come for the Chronicle to get an ACTUAL sports writer that writes fact, not fallacy…

  • Nick Dryden

    Jun 24, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #36

    I’d like to see him played ” in the hole”.
    Totally wasted as a winger.

  • Taiwantoon

    Jun 24, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #38

    Milner needs to make his tricks and passes more meaningful to become an asset to the team. Don’t understand why he should move into a more central role just because he couldn’t cross. Does he pass and read the game better than his cross ATM? No, IMHO.

  • Ashton

    Jun 24, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #39

    He said that he want to join liverpool
    there is no point in keeping unhappy players imo

  • mozza

    Jun 24, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #40

    the lad has a great attitude, which is rare with the new breed of young arseholes in the prem now, he still gave 100% for us even after the shamefull way we treat him with the aston villa debacle iff his game improves under keegan he could be a very important squad member


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