Adam Johnson On Loan Would Be Great – But There’s A Problem

There was some good news for Newcastle fans on Sunday from both the News Of The World and the local Sunday Sun, that Newcastle would attempt to bring Adam Johnson to Tyneside on loan in January.

Adam Johnson – on loan to Newcastle in January?

That’s good news for a number of reasons, and one of them is that Adam is an excellent player with tremendous skill and creativity, which is something missing from the current Magpies’ squad – especially since Ben Arfa broke his leg in early October.

The other good reason is that Adam is a local lad, who in fact was on Newcastle’s books until he was around 9 years old.

Adam was born in Easington, County Durham (same place as Steve Harper), and grew up in Sunderland, and as a child supported Newcastle United, and idolized David Ginola, Newcastle’s left winger at the time, when Kevin Keegan was managing the Entertainers.

It is thought that Adam would jump at the chance to join his local club, and Man City have indicated they are willing to let four players move out on loan in January.

Johnson has often said he only wants to play regularly, which he isn’t at Man City under Roberto Mancini, who seems to criticize the lad quite often.

This is what Johnson, who has only 5 starts for Man City this season, told The Sun on November 15th:

“Every footballer has to think about it when the time comes,” “It is still early but I definitely would consider it.”

If Newcastle can get Adam in January that would be a great coup, but then we read his transfer value is £15M, and there’s just no way Newcastle could make the deal permanent at that price.

Adam signed for Man City in late January, and although the fee was undisclosed at the time, it was estimated to be around £6M, so exactly why he’s now worth £15M is a good question – maybe he isn’t.

The hope is that Newcastle can indeed bring Johnson in on loan in January, and he will definitely get lots of games for the Magpies, and then it would be great to make the deal permanent in the summer.

And Newcastle could possibly sign both Adam Johnson and Hatem Ben Arfa this summer – two wonderfully gifted wingers.

Another possibility is that Newcastle could get the lad on loan for next season too, and then see how he does – because after all he may play so well that he’s worth a big fee, but we’re sure Newcastle will not be paying anywhere near £15M for the player.

The 23 year-old Johnson played 118 times with 16 goals for Middlesbrough and so far has 31 appearances for Man City with three goals.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • alex84

    Nov 30, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #1

    that would be great. but i really cant see it happening as much as i would love it, i cant see man city letting go on loan when he comes on most games, swp would be more realistic, but i wouldnt fancy swp to come here.
    more interested in HBA to sign a 3-4 year contract!

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Nov 30, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #2

    This WILL NOT happen. Not even a loan.
    The kid is top class, he is now an England Squad regular (Hence the rise in Value) and there will be more than 1 club interested in him if he is made available for transfer or loan……..and I predict 50% of those interested in him will end up in the top 8 teams at the end of the season!!!!

    Dont like beingt negative, but lazy Journalism is very irritating.

  • Sav

    Nov 30, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Agree with the above posts but a kickupthearse for Jonas would do a world of good.

  • toonfan09

    Nov 30, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #4

    Angry man bet u said the same when we were linked with Ben arfa this is loan is just as unlikely but it could happen i agree we wont buy him but there is no reason we cant loan him what better way could johnson show cappelo what he can do buy supplying the crosses for carrol to score

  • bentoon

    Nov 30, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #5

    Cant see it happening but i would love to see him on the right, with tiote and barton in the middle, and H-Bomb in the free role behind big andy.

  • BWarmy

    Nov 30, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #6

    Tbh I thought it was unlikely at first but think about it:

    Man City won’t sell to rivals. This means he won’t go to anyone like Villa, Everton, Tottenham, etc as they are fighting for a position near or above City.
    The teams in the PL that they would loan to would likely be a bottom half team, just because of the rivals thing. Now, if Johnson gets the choice between say us (the team he supports) or Wolves, who’s he gonna pick?

    I can’t see him going to a foreign league or dropping down to the championship, so IF he goes out on loan, I would see it in the prem.

    The main problem is that I don’t think he would go out on loan, cause he is a good impact sub for them, it might come down to him pushing for the loan.

  • NOVA2967

    Nov 30, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #7

    I think he would come to Newcastle but Man City wont let him go unless he puts in a transfer request and I dont think he will.

  • heavenfire

    Nov 30, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #8

    Let’s hope that this talk of AJ coming to Newcastle doesn’t dishearten Hatem Ben Arfa during his recovery. He’s here (for now) and has his ‘foot in the door’. Adam Johnson is just press talk.

  • atom

    Nov 30, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #9

    Sav- I totally agree. Some of Jonas’ best performances this season were on the back of the competition for his starting spot from Ben Arfa and I don’t think that is a coincidence.

  • bentoon

    Nov 30, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #10

    Speaking of which i havnt heard much about Ben Arfas recovery. Will we be seeing one tomorrow as its the start of a new month, as Ed said he would.

  • RossGellar

    Nov 30, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #11

    I’d like to know how HBA’s doing, too.

    This would be a good loan and I’m sure we could convince several rich Geordies to donate for a big transfer purse. We need more a more creative midfield, but we also need a second striker who is consistent and a proven goal threat. We’ll continue to win matches so long as we can continue to cross the ball to Carroll, but Ameobi is only good every third game. Watching him on Sunday was like watching a Carry On film.

  • chuck

    Nov 30, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #12

    Got no problem with him coming on loan, would give us an idea how he could fit into the side.
    With Ben Arfa returning next season and Johnson signed permanently, we certainly would`nt lack flair and a versitile BA could play in either Joey`s spot, in place of Johnson on the wing, or behind Carroll in the present Nolan spot.
    We got Gosling coming back to fill in for Tiote following each five yellow`s he accrues.
    The side is becoming more competitive, with each new addition, thank you CH !

  • balubas1

    Nov 30, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #13

    wud love it !

  • will

    Nov 30, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Hey Angryman, from the looks of things, we might be one of the top 8 team! if they team stop dropping points to the lesser team ofcourse.

  • Brutooon

    Nov 30, 2010 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #15

    Get Adam Johnson – he is that GOOD

    if NOT

    Shaun RIGHT Philips would be right choice also (loan)


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