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 himÂ for say Â£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 Â£9M, so if any club came in for James, we’d probably sell him at Â£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.