Well would you believe it – we thought we were sure that 18 year-old Jack Wilshere, Arsenal’s terrific young star, would not be arriving on Tyneside on loan this summer.
Jack Wilshere – Hughton now interested in youngster?
Why is that?
Because back on 12th May, Chris Hughton was quoted by the Newcastle Journal (Luke Edwards) as saying the following:
“Jack is a very good young player at Arsenal and we are aware of that, but no he is not somebody I am looking at.”
And would you believe it – Chris said yesterday he is interested in bringing Jack Wilshere to Newcastle.
So we don’t know if Jack is coming or going, but that’s what you get for trying to be logical.
This is what Chris is quoted as saying in the Daily Star Sunday, which we ignored when we saw the quote late last night:
“Wilshere is a very good young player and I think young players should get the chance to mature.”
“They are the type of players I am looking at.”
“We want new players – but what we have said is that I don’t expect to be making wholesale changes.”
So there you have it. Chris doesn’t say directly he’s after Jack – but says he’s the type of player he is after. Same thing?
Of course Jack was on loan at Bolton from January and played very well indeed, and it’s not surprising that Bolton manager Owen Coyle is trying to tie him up for a season-long loan deal in Lancashire.
But it now looks like Bolton will have competition from at least Newcastle – which of course would be a much better destination for Jack. We wonder if Jack has played in front of 50,000 crowds before?
We may be just a shade biased in our opinion of course.
Don’t get us wrong though – we would be delighted if Chris can get young Jack on Tyneside, because he’s a great player in the making, and Chris is the kind of man that Arsene Wenger can trust to give the budding star lots of playing time on Tyneside.
But it does kind of blow our belief that once Chris says he’s not interested in a player we can can assume that is the case.
Oh well – we have to remember this is Newcastle United after all. 😀