Newcastle manager Chris Hughton wants to bring in Arsenal’s 19-year old midfielder Henri Lansbury, for a season-long loan deal and the signs are that the Arsenal manager will be willing to let the youngster leave on loan.
Henri Lansbury – coming to Newcastle?
The feeling at Arsenal is that Henri could benefit by joining a huge club like Newcastle, with its legendary fan support, and that the potential future star could learn a lot by playing alongside the likes of Alan Smith, Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton in the center of the pitch, and could improve the lad’s play immensely.
We’ve watched video of this 19 year-old, who made his debut for Arsenal at just 17, and he’s simply a beautiful footballer, and we think he would be one terrific addition to Newcastle’s squad this summer, so fo course we are hoping the deal comes through.
Of course if he is anything like the other 19 year-old we had on loan from a big club – Patrick van Aanholt of Chelsea – he’ll do just fine.
The other advantage Newcastle have by taking these young stars to Tyneside, is that if ever Arsenal decide to let them move in – as so many good players do at a huge club like Arsenal – then Newcastle could well be in the driving seat.
And that’s another reason the policy of bringing in young loan players from some of the top clubs, is an excellent move by Newcastle. What youngster wouldn’t want to play in front of 52,000 home crowds at the start of his career?
Newcastle fans just adored Patrick van Aanholt when he came to play very well at left back in Jose Enrique’s absence through injury last January, and there’s little doubt that if Patrick got the chance, the Dutch U21 left-back would jump at the chance to join Newcastle, either on loan again or full time.
We reported this news on Henri Lansbury yesterday, and today it’s on the London blogs, and most reports seem to think it would be a good idea for both clubs, and also for Lansbury himself, to spend a full season on Tyneside.
And when we used the description of Newcastle as a huge club, those are the words being used in London to describe Newcastle.
We have to think Newcastle have a good chance of landing this central misfiled player for next season.
Here’s a bit on him from the Arsenal official site:
Gifted teenager Henri was another member of Arsenal’s Academy to gain valuable first-team experience on loan last season.
After impressing in the Under-18s and Reserves at the start of 2008/09, the tenacious midfielder moved north to Scunthorpe for three months. In total, Henri scored five goals in 17 appearances for ‘the Iron’, including a start in their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final defeat at Wembley.
However, silverware did not elude him last season; upon his return he started for Steve Bould’s Under-18s in their victorious Youth Cup and Academy League Finals. Henri was also a force for the England Under-19s and was handed the captain’s armband by manager Brian Eastick for their clash with Germany in which the starlet capped a fine performance with the winning goal.
In August, Henri joined Championship side Watford until December 1 .
In July he signed for Newcastle United on a season long loan deal.
No – don’t get too excited I put that last line in myself. 😀