Blackpool To Challenge Newcastle For Tom Cleverley

News today that Blackpool, the third team to be promoted from the Championship to the Premiership last season, will join the battle to sign Manchester United winger Tom Cleverley on loan.

Tom Cleverley – two Premier clubs after him – at least

Newcastle have been interested in Cleverley for a while now, but usually no decisions will be made on loan signings until early August, so Blackpool will presumably be joining the queue of clubs lining up for the  20 year-old Basingstoke-born winger.

Tom spent last season at Watford where he played 35 times and scored 11 goals, and generally looked very impressive.

Cleverley has already indicated he wants to play Premiership football next season, and since that’s unlikely to be at his parent club, Manchester United, he certainly seems to have a couple of other choices now.

The People reported yesterday that Blackpool boss Ian Holloway is seeking talks with the Old Trafford club over the signing of loan players, and of course one thing in Blackpool’s advantage is that any loan players will likely  play a lot of games for the Seasiders next season.

A big advantage Newcastle have over Blackpool, at least with the players however, is that they will be playing in front of 52,000 home crowds, whereas Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road has a capacity of  only 12,555.

One of the quirks of both Newcastle United and Blackpool being promoted last season was that Newcastle topped the Championship home attendances with 43,383 average home league crowds, and Blackpool were second bottom with 8,611 just beating out bottom placed Scunthorpe United, who had 6,463.

We would expect Blackpool to attempt in some way to increase the capacity of  Bloomfield Road for next season, to take advantage of the higher gate revenues with teams like Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool (and Newcastle) visiting them.

But it would appear that Blackpool will need to make do with loan signings next season, to improve their squad and increase their chances of staying in the Premiership – which is exactly what Newcastle seem to be doing too – come to think of  it.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • jimiley

    Jun 7, 2010 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #1

    Cleverly would cost more than two million so we cannot afford him. Lets move on to some old men, some really young teenagers, or some loan signings and lets stop dreaming.

  • jimiley

    Jun 7, 2010 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #2

    We are the twentieth richest club in Europe (even in the Championship) so why should anyone expect the fat man to be able to afford to buy Cleverley? Where’s the cash going? Its in his pocket innit!!!! We are Man U and Scousers Utd as far as owners are concerned, except we are much worse. Our tight git cannot afford to buy a peanut!!!!!!

  • jimiley

    Jun 7, 2010 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #3

    He cannot afford to buy a peanut but he is repute to be worth one and half thousand million pounds!!!! can he afford 10 million this summer? You know the answer. Tight git.

  • eltoro

    Jun 7, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #4

    No one is talking about buying Cleverley.

    Are you drunk?

  • SupaMag

    Jun 7, 2010 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #5

    I dont think hes drunk. He just gets all wound up when he puts on his beret and Che Guevarra tee shirt.

    Cleverly would be a nice loan signing. I’d like to get him with an option to buy if he pans out for us.

  • jimiley

    Jun 7, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Knobhead. Ashley’s dad.

  • G

    Jun 7, 2010 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #7

    jimiley, he eltoro has you bang to rights here. Back to the thread, Ed, where did you actually get the information that we have been in for Cleverley for a while? The only place I have seen any reference is on the blog. Agreed, he wouldn’t be a bad loan signing, but to be fair, he wouldn’t exactly be first choice name on the team sheet either would he? He is a prospect, but no more so than many others we have at the club already. I am all for improvement, and even investment, but I wouldn’t see this kind of loan signing as progress, I would see this as more amunition to throw to the ‘why train other kids’ brigade that seem to bombard the blog.

  • Geordie_Pants

    Jun 7, 2010 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Its hard to accept the fact that we are now no longer linked with some of the best players available in the transfer market

  • boater

    Jun 8, 2010 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #9

    jimiley, you sound like the nutter shouting at himself on the street. Calm doon lad.

  • Sav

    Jun 8, 2010 at 2:21 AM

    Comment #10

    This is just a sideshow. He may be a talented youngster who has had a pretty good season playing for Watford but we need better than Cleverley to have a decent chance of survival.

  • Thump

    Jun 8, 2010 at 3:10 AM

    Comment #11

    Who’s the ginger picking his nose?

  • JSYproject

    Jun 8, 2010 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #12

    id take him on loan with a view to signing.. i didnt see jonas or routledge getting 11 goals last season from the wing. wonder what his assist ratio is like…

    and jimiley how do you know nothing will be spent? and what if he did spend 10 million.. and what if thats the 10 million that pushes us into administration? you would be quick to blame ashley for it im sure.

    As for calling someone ‘ashleys dad’ as an insult? you got big mike on the brain mate you need to calm down befor this unhealthy obsession turns into something more 🙁

  • nuttyward

    Jun 8, 2010 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #13

    pederson, cleverly, boyd and ledly, with a striker to go with it. that would do me nicely,
    well we all live in hope dont we. KEEP THE FAITH

  • nuttyward

    Jun 8, 2010 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #14

    AMMENDMENT a right back to go with it not a strker soz

  • Ericles

    Jun 8, 2010 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #15

    Well said Jimiley. I wonder if many on this blog recently even saw Gentleman Jim Iley play for us.
    Still, I suppose we must suffer these utterances from these “suit-lings”.

  • jimiley

    Jun 8, 2010 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #16

    Gentleman Jim was a really good player but the one who gave me a great laugh was Alert Bennett, he of the dodgy ankles.

  • Jonas Guti

    Jun 8, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #17

    @ 13

    Would do me nicely as well, except Boyd. He will be asking for a huge salary and we can’t afford that ATM.


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