It seems almost certain now that James Milner will become an Aston Villa player today.
James Milner – 2005-2006 while on loan at Villa
We have been absolutely shocked that we have allowed a very good young player leave the club, but that’s going to happen, so we’ll have to accept it.
What we don’t know is who Newcastle may be bringing in to at least try to keep Keegan pleased, given he’s lost what he called a little gem of a player.
We are very disappointed not that James is leaving, but the way in which it all happened and took Newcastle fans completely by shock, Wednesday morning.
But we have a good squad and as dome of our readers have pointed out we are well off for wingers at the club, and maybe can bring in a defender, midfield player and striker before next Monday night at midnight.
But the coming Milner departure leaves us with one less player, and we have to think Newcastle are lining up a number of new players so we can at least increase the size of the squad.
Newcastle will not get the full amount since we understand Leeds United negotiated a 20% agreement should James be moved on from Newcastle. So that gives Newcastle £7.2M and Leeds £1.8M when the £9M is divided up.
And we have little choice but to get fully behind Kevin Keegan, because if James didn’t want to play for Newcastle anymore, for whatever reason – so be it.
It’s time to move on when he signs today for Aston Villa, which now looks almost certain.
Nothing that a win tomorrow at Arsenal will not put right.