One of the free agents this summer who could be a tremendous acquisition for Newcastle United is Cariff City’s Joe Ledley.
Joe Ledley – Cardiff City mdfielder
Joe has been out most of this year with a hip injury since late January, and has only recently returned to playing.
And Joe will start in their Championship play-off final at Wembley next Saturday against Blackpool, and they have to be favorites to go up with WBA and runaway Champions Newcastle.
Joe is a good player who can play in a variety of positions including central midfield and left-back, and it could well be that Joe decides to stay at Cardiff, if the Welsh side indeed gets promoted, so he gets a chance to play in the Premier League.
Joe has played 246 times with 28 goals for his home-town team, the only club he has ever been at, and has played 32 times for Wales with 2 goals.
Ledley told BBC Sport last week:
“I’ll wait for the end of the season before deciding my future.””Especially now as I want to concentrate on football and don’t want to think about my contract. I just want to get Cardiff out of the Championship.”
“But to help Cardiff into the Premier League would be the greatest achievement of my life.” “To play in Premier League as it is the greatest standard anyone can achieve and the fans couldn’t ask for anymore.”
“We have a great stadium, great training facilities and to get Premier League status, the fans would be buzzing to see the likes of Steven Gerrard, Cesc Fabregas and Wayne Rooney at Cardiff week in week out.”
“Hopefully our players can achieve that.” “And I will hopefully stay if Cardiff win promotion, but it is obviously not down to me but down to the chairman.”
“If promotion happens then I’ll be happy enough to see the chairman and sort something out.”
That doesn’t sound too encouraging, and it looks almost certain that if Cardiff do beat Blackpool next Saturday afternoon, Newcastle will be unable to entice Joe to Newcastle.
But Blackpool could still win that game, given that they played so well twice against Nottingham Forest to make the Wembley final – you just never know what will happen.