One thing that has been surprising with this transfer window is that Newcastle really seem to have done their homework, as the club have been linked with a number of decent players, and have already achieved three solid signings this month.
Patrick van Aanholt – solid loan signing
The news this morning is that Newcastle have now gone after young Chelsea defender Patrick van Aanholt, on loan for just one month.
The 19-year-old left-back began his career at PSV Eindhoven before moving to Stamford Bridge, and he joins Newcastle as cover for the injured Jose Enrique.
Left back Jose Enrique faces a few weeks out with his hamstring problem, and Van Aanholt is bring brought in to fill in for the Spaniard.
The Dutch Under-21 international will know our own Tim Krul, and was at Coventry for the first half of the season, and will presumably be available for Newcastle’s game against Leicester tomorrow.
Chris Hughton was very pleased with his short term acquisition:
“I certainly liked what I saw that night,”
“I’ve also heard a lot of good things about him and he is a player who is very highly thought of at Chelsea.”
“The move was, of course, a reaction to Jose Enrique’s injury but we’re very excited about having Patrick with us.”
“He will give us energy and it’s a good chance to have a look at him over the next month.”
Hey, it looks like we can now move quickly in this transfer market, and credit to the club for that.
The 5’9″ Dutchman played 20 games for Coventry this season, so he has some experience in the Championship
But of course this is only possible if the homework has been done in advance, so it looks like our scouting team has been ready for the window – we’re quite pleased at what the club has managed so far this month.