Chris Hughton will be trolling through the more than 150 names whose contracts expire on June 30th, as he tries to see which free agents would be suitable for Newcastle United.
Chris Hughton – looking at the lists of free agents
Among the free agents available who may fit the bill at Newcastle is Cardiff City’s highly-rated 23 year-old midfielder Joe Ledley who has played over 30 times for Wales, and was a Newcastle target a year or two ago.
Joe has already played an amazing 246 times for Cardiff with 28 goals, and of course has been out since January with a hip injury, and only recently returned to the Cardiff side.
Chris spoke to the Newcastle Journal this morning about the many good players in the Championship :
“They are players in this division who have had very good seasons,” “There are players in the Championship that I am sure can do a job at a higher level.”
“They are definitely capable of stepping up given the opportunity.”
David Moyes was Preston’s manager from 1998 for four years, and he has made a habit of signing Championship players and then grooming them into Premier League players.
Sometimes David will even sell them for enormous profits to fund other buys – especially when he gets ridiculously high offers from the likes of Manchester City, who don’t seem to understand the value of money.
Moyes did that with Joleon Lescott, whom he sold a year ago for some ridiculous transfer fee of around £22M to – who else – Manchester City.
Moyes signed Julian from Wolves in 2006, for an initial £2M, which went up to £5M based on his appearances for the Goodison club, since he played 143 times for Everton in the three seasons he was at the club.
That’s still a £17M profit in just three years and Moyes also signed Phil Jagielka from Sheffield United, and he has become a very good player in the Premiership too.
The key is knowing which ones will be good enough, and that’s never easy.
Chris talked about what David Moyes has achieved by bringing in Championship players at Everton:
“David Moyes has done it in the past, signing players from this level and taking them successfully into the Premier League,”
“It shows that the players are there, it’s just a case of identifying them and giving them an opportunity.”
“You look at what David Moyes has done at Everton and for any manager he’s a great example of how to build a team and be successful by improving the players he has.”
Certainly both Mike Williamson and Wayne Routledge appear to have the talent to hack it in the Premiership, and we wouldn’t mind seeing some other young Championship players join the Newcastle ranks this summer.