There is news in the papers this morning that one of Newcastle’s top targets in the summer will be Jimmy Bullard of Hull City.
Jimmy Bullard – is he really a Newcastle target?
If Hull City do get relegated then it’s unlikely they will be able to keep Jimmy, who was at Fulham from 2006 until 2009.
And Bullard scored a penalty against his former club on Saturday to get a vital 2-0 win in new manager Iain Dowie’s second game in charge.
In Dowie’s first game in charge they were 2-1 up at Portsmouth after 88 minutes only to lose that game 3-2. Iian was Alan Shearer’s assistant when he managed the Newcastle club for 8 games last year.
But Jimmy has had two very serious knee injuries in the last few years and seems somewhat injury prone, although his spirit and creative play would certainly add to Newcastle’s squad.
Bullard cost Hull City £5M nearly two years ago, and he would now be available for less than that, yet he has only managed eight starts in that time at Hull, due to a succession of long-term injuries.
The other thing that makes this signing unlikely would be Jimmy’s age which is 31 and Mike Ashley, the Newcastle owner has said he wants to sign players 26 or younger – so they have a longer future at Newcastle.
Jimmy has played at Gravesend & Northfleet, West Ham United, Peterborough United, Wigan Athletic, Fulham and Hull City during his career.
He played 145 time at Wigan with 10 goals, and 39 times at Fulham with 6 goals.
But we think the 5’11” tall London-born player is now too old for Newcastle.
What do you think – comments welcome.