As the summer approaches we will start looking at some younger players who may be Newcastle targets.
Here are three young full backs who could be interesting Newcastle.
Daniel Fox – Burnley – 23
Daniel Fox is a 6’1″ left back who is currently at Burnley, having moved there in January from Celtic, whom he joined last summer from Coventry City.
Fox began his career at the Everton Youth Academy in 2004, and was on on loan at Stranrear in Scotland, playing 11 games and scoring for them once in 2004, while still only 18.
He then moved to Walsall in 2005, where he played under Richard Money, who was then Walsall manager, and was Newcastle’s Youth Academy Director, until last year
He played 99 times for Walsall with 6 goals.
Daniel then moved to Coventry City in 2008, and appeared 57 times with 6 goals before Coventry accepted a bid from Celtic only last summer, thought to be around £1.5M.
Newcastle were said to have bid for this player 15 months ago, just before the end of that January transfer window in 2009, but the bid was very low according to Coventry officials, and was rejected out of hand.
It was at the same time that we brought Kevin Nolan and Ryan Taylor to the club.
Fox made his competitive debut for Celtic in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers against FC Dynamo Moscow last year.
After a six month spell in Glasgow, where he appeared 15 times for Celtic, Fox joined Burnley on a three-and-and-a-half year contract on 29 January 2010, for an undisclosed fee, but believed to be £1.8M.
Fox was called up to the England under-21 squad for the match against Poland under-21s on 25 March 2008 and made his one appearaqnce in that game.
He also qualifies for Scotland through his grandfather and Fox made his senior debut for Scotland in a 3–0 defeat to Wales on 14th November 2009.
We could probably get Fox for £2M and maybe less if Burnley, as expected, get relegated.
Kyle Naughton – Tottenham – 21
Naughton is a product of the Sheffield United Center of Excellence and Academy, and joined his home town club at age 7 years old and captained the academy side to the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup in the 2006–07 season.
Kyle was born in Sheffield, and he is a quick, attacking wing-back who can apparently also operate on either flank.
During the 2007/08 season he went away on loan and was impressive during his 18 games at Gretna, despite their relegation from the Scottish Premier League that season.
After just eleven league appearances for the Blades, Naughton was called up for the England Under-21 side, and has since played 6 times for the England side.
The 21year old right full back played for Sheffield United about 40 times.
Despite major interest from Everton, Naughton signed for Tottenham Hotspur in July 2009, but there is no information on how much Spurs paid for the player.
And on 1st February, Naughton signed a 6-month loan deal with Middlesbrough and made his debut in the 1-1 draw against Ipswich Town and has impressed Middlesbrough fans with his pace and skills this year.
He currently has appeared 14 times for the Boro.
We don’t know if Spurs would be interested in selling Kyle in the summer, but a season long loan deal may be possible.
Patrick van Aanholt – Chelsea – 19
Patrick started his career at PSV Eindhoven but signed for Chelsea in 2006, when he was just 16.
He was on loan at Coventry in the early part of the season, and at Newcastle in February, filling in for the injured Jose Enrique, when he played 7 games.
Patrick looked a great young player, and waxed lyrical about the Newcastle club, both when he was playing on Tyneside, and then when he left to return to Chelsea.
Patrick has 4 Dutch U-21 caps and played in the same side as our own Tim Krul.
Since returning to Chelsea, after getting rave reviews at Newcastle, he has made his debut for the London club, with two appearances so far, as a sub.
But the lad is still behind a number of top full backs at Chelsea, including of course Ashely Cole, who is now fit following his ankle injury.
Patrick was very good at Coventry when on loan and just as good at Newcastle, where he was Man of the Match in his first game against Leicester City.
We have no idea if Chelsea would be daft enough to sell this player now.
Patrick turns 20 in August.
We have not listed Tottenham right back Alan Hutton because Chris Hughton has said he is not interested in the player, after recent reports surfaced that Newcastle were after the former Rangers full back.
And Steve Bruce has said he wants to sign the player permanently in the summer. Alan is on loan at Sunderland for the rest of the season, and according to reports last weekend he is said to want to sign for the Wearsiders.
But having watched Alan a few times playing for Sunderland, he’s looking as good as when he was at Rangers – unfortunately.
What do you think of these youngsters, and are there any other good young full backs out there?