We had quietly hoped that Alan Shearer would have signed David Edgar in the summer, because he would have been a decent defender in the Championship, especially in the center of defense.
David Edgar – solid player – great attitude
But once he was linked with Birmingham, the reports said he was looking for first team football, which is much the reason why Peter Ramage left last summer for QPR, and got his wish.
But now we are hearing a Newcastle deal was put to David after the season ended, but it was said to be disappointing to the Canadian lad, and he began looking elsewhere. That may be signs of things to come at Newcastle, because we will not be able to offer the lucrative contracts of old, which is just one reason the club is in such trouble right now.
And it’s to Burnley’s advantage they seem to be all set to sign Edgar, as he can be a good defender, if played in his natural position of center-back.
The 22-year-old defender is out of contract next Tuesday, and presumably will sign with the Turf Moor club to keep the old wages coming in.
The Daily Mail is today saying that Edgar has almost finalized his free transfer to Turf Moor and could arrive in a double defensive move along with Bobo Balde, from Celtic.
Edgar, can play anywhere across the back four, and while playing at left back on January 1st, 2007, against Manchester United came racing through on the left and hit the ball low into the corner of the net, from 30 yards out, giving Manchester goalkeeper Edwin van der Saar no chance at all, and leveled the score at 2-2.
He then went around the field with a smile on his face for the rest of the game, and it became world-wide news the next day, and particularly big back in his home country of Canada. 😀
David’s attitude is also first-class and when he did play at cente-back last season in the Stoke City game at the Hawthorns, he was outstanding, and we’re sorry to lose him quite honestly.
If Newcastle lose Bassong and hopefully Coloccini, who we just cannot afford, then Shearer will need to bring in two center-backs in the summer. Edgar will no doubt turn out to be a good “buy” for Burnley – he’s a free transfer – and we hope the lad will do well at Burnley.
And it’s great to see Burnley back where they belong, as we remember very well their team of the 1960s with Ray Pointer, Jimmy McIlroy and Jimmy Adamson all playing for them at that time.
Ray was born in near-by Cramlington and Jimmy Adamson came from that famous football town made so famous by the great Jackie Milburn and the Charlton brothers – Ashington.
Let’s hope we can join Burnley in the Premier League next summer!