There is news today that Manchester United right winger midfielder Tom Cleverley is to decide this coming week, whether to join Blackpool or Newcastle on a season-long loan deal.
Tom Cleverley – Newcastle or Blackpool?
That must be a tough decision for Cleverley to make – but let’s face it, there’s a huge difference in the draw between Newcastle and Blackpool, and that’s not meant in any way to criticize the Blackpool club.
It’s just that Newcastle have been in the PL 16 of the last 17 seasons and this is the first season in the top flight for Blackpool – and in addition Newcastle can also draw a massive 52,000 in their home games at the famous St. James’ Park.
The capacity at the Bloomfield Road facility is 12,555.
But both clubs are after Tom, who is a highly rated player, and who was included on the recent tour of the USA by the Red Devils, and is not a guaranteed starter at Newcastle, and that could well put a damper on the deal, as far as Alex Ferguson is concerned.
Wayne Routledge is the starting right winger at Newcastle, and Chris Hughton may not be willing to sacrifice Routledge, for a player who will be on loan at Newcastle for just one season.
Alex Ferguson is keen for the 20-year old to gain some additional experience and the Basingstoke-born player himself wants Premier League action next season, after spending last season in the Championship with Watford.
Cleverley will meet with officials from both the Newcastle and Blackpool clubs this week before deciding which club to to sign for.
All things being equal it has to be Newcastle.
There was news last week that Chris Hughton was unwilling to guarantee that Tom will start at Newcastle, and we think that could well scupper the deal for Newcastle, however.
What do you think?