News today in the local Sunday Sun that former Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder will have a big role in bringing Manchester United youngster Tom Cleverley to Newcastle on a season-long loan deal next season .
Tom Cleverley – while on loan at Leicester City last year
Newcaste have been reported to have a big interest in bringing the 20 year-old winger to Newcastle on a loan deal from his parent club Manchester United, and it’s expected the Red Devils will be willing to loan the player out again.
And it turns out that Newcastle’s former manager has connections with Cleverley – and that will help Newcastle secure the loan deal.
Roeder now acts as a senior football consultant for Cleverley’s agents, with a significant role in managing the players’ careers, and Glenn is understood to be giving the Newcastle United club, its fans and the area – a tip top evaluation.
The other advantange that Newcastle seem to have is that Tom is good friends with our own young striker Andy Carroll, after both of them have been in the same England U21 squad. We would expect Andy to give the player a call if and when asked to do so by Newcastle manager Chris Hughton.
Premiership new boys Blackpool are also looking for loan players and manager Ian Holloway is also reported to be after this particular player.
You would think that Newcastle would be a bigger draw to a young player than Blackpool, but one possible advantage Blackpool could have is he would start every game for them potentially.
While that may not be true at Newcastle, Chris Hughton is good enough and smart enough to ensure any loan players get plenty of playing time on the field at Newcastle next season. After all, it’s likely in the future we will be bringing in two players each summer on loan for the foreseeable future.
The Basingstoke-born youngster turns 21 in August and stands 5’9″ tall has had two loan spells at Leicester City and Watford and has made 50 total appearances and scored 13 goals, and looks like a very good player in the making.
Tom suffered a knee injury at Watford late in the season, but news is that he should be fit before the new pre-season starts in around a couple of weeks time, and let’s hope Tom may even arrive on Tyneside before then.
That would be great.