Newcastle have been linked a number of times during last season in bringing former Newcastle center-back Andy O’Brien, back to Tyneside.
Andy O’Brien – Newcastle player for 4 seasons from 2001
The great Bobby Robson signed Andy from Bradford City back in 2001, and Andy played over 120 times for Robson, before moving on to Portsmouth in 2005, when Graeme Souness had come in to manage the club.
Chris Hughton will increase the strength of his side in certain positions over the summer, and reports suggest that O’Brien is an option he is considering.
Vut Andy doesn’t fit the profile of players seemingly arriving in the summer, players under 26 years-old or younger who can still improve – in fact Andy is past his best and turns 31 in June.
The Harrogate-born defender has just one year left on his contract and it seems if Owen Coyle wants to sell him, Newcastle could pick him up fairly cheaply, but he will only arrive if Hughton feels more experience is needed in the Newcastle defense for next season.
There’s no doubt that Andy is a good lad, and certainly gives 100% in every game, just like Peter Ramage did when he was on Tyenside.
But we’re not sure if he would be any better than the center-backs we already have. But the news is that he’d walk to Newcastle to play for the Tyneside club again.
What do you think?