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.