Newcastle Reported Interest In Stoke’s David Whelan


News from Sky Sports this evening that Newcastle may be interested in Stoke City play-maker Glenn Whelan.

Glenn Whelan – while playing for Ireland

Other clubs said to be interested in the player are Wigan and West Bromwich Albion, but this is a surprising player for Newcastle to be linked with.

Newcastle do need more creativity in midfield, especially in central midfield, but we wonder if Glenn is good enough to be a first-teamer  at  Newcastle – we doubt it.

The 26 year-old Dublin-born midfielder started his career at Manchester City in 2001, but moved on to play for Sheffield Wednesday in 2004 after playing just once for City and 15 times on loan at Bury.

Glenn was in the side that won promotion to the Championship in May of 2005, and then in January of 2008 he joined Stoke City for a low £500K.

The 5’10” tall player played 159 times with 17 goals for Sheffield Wednesday, and has so far played 100 times with 6 goals for Stoke City.

We’d be very surprised if Glenn Whelan ended up at Newcastle United, but if he does he would simply be a squad player in the attacking central midfield positions.

Newcastle have little cover for Nolan and Barton in that area of the field, with Danny Guthrie not seemingly coming through much on Tyneside this season.

In total Glenn Whelan  has 275 first class appearances in his career with 23 goals.

And in addition he has played 26 times for Ireland with a couple of goals.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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189 comments so far

  • gorskino10

    Jan 7, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #1

    Nothing special and for a playmaker he hardly has any assists or goals. hope we aint interesed in him.

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  • Irish_Geordie

    Jan 7, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #2

    Not good enough, he rarely gets into the stoke team.

    He is not really that creative, more of a holding midfield player, which is where Trapatonni has been playing him for Ireland.

    Average player, not what we are looking for, or what we need right now.

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  • IrishMagpie

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Hope not. Never been overly impressed with him when he plays for Ireland and definately isn’t good enough for our first team. Would only be cover for an area thats already pretty well covered.

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  • archaeomag

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #4

    BBC says Bentley going to Birmingham . .
    . . Seb Larsson to us . . ?

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  • arcarius

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #5

    rubbish, full stop.

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #6

    No thanks. He would be wasting his time as well as the supporters and the clubs time coming here. He would not get a game and he would spend 99% of his time on the bench. He is best off where he is. Come on Pardew you can do better then this. You are managing NUFC not some second rate 1st division club.

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  • G

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #7

    “Newcastle have little cover for Nolan and Barton in that area of the field, with Danny Guthrie not seemingly coming through much on Tyneside this season.”

    Ever heard of a bloke called Gosling Ed?

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  • G

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #8

    I don’t think Whelan is a bad little player, but I don’t see where he could fit into our plans. Seems a strange choice of rumour to start at best. I think we already have better back up on the books, and he certainly wouldn’t make Barton & Nolan frightened for their squad numbers.

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  • colwell

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #9

    If we sign Whelan how will HBA ever get in the team lmao!

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  • chanty

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #10

    bentley just gone 2 birmingham, larsson on way?

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  • Vinicinhos

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #11

    If Whelan go to West Browmich, we can buy Dorrans…

    Whelan = bad player, I prefer Guthrie.

    Please sign Baird, great right back, center midfielder and right midfielder.

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  • Mr Books

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #12

    He might get a game if Barton, Nolan, Ben Arfa, Vukic, Gosling and Guthrie were unavailable. With everyone fit he’d be struggling to make the bench for the stiffs

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  • colwell

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Anyone think Gio dos santos would be a good shout never gets a look in for some strange reason! was awsum at the WC

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  • Toonboy_84

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #14

    Dirty ‘Arry says Spuds never made an approach for Carroll

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #15

    Cover for Tiote? Smith is off to leeds on loan i hear.

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  • free giveaways

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Glen Whelan is not a creative midfielder, he is a defensive midfielder like Tiote. It would be a poor signing in my opinion.

    Brum are now going to sign Bentley on loan, presumably because Ashley won’t pay the percentage of his wages that Spurs want.

    Larsson is a decent player, no where near as good as Bentley though.

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  • alex84

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #17

    a little disapointed we havent got bentley, hope we get larsson now

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  • carrollsinger

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Crap paper talk

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  • ToonAndy

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #19

    David Whelan = No thanks
    Seb Larrson = Yes please for 1.5m

    Now all we need is either;

    Matias Fernandez (Sorry lads I just can’t stop thinking about him lol)
    or
    Adam Johnson
    or
    Stephane sessegnon
    and
    Emmanuel Adebayor (On a clause that if his behaviour is any less than exemplary, they send newcastles hardest fan to kick shit outa him)
    or
    Carlos Vela
    or
    Seydou Dombia!

    😀

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  • mikcol73

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #20

    David Bentley joins Birmingham on loan looks like we will get the larsson,fingers crossed.

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #21

    fook david whelan and seb larsson and bentley..Dont think any of those players could do anytin for us..Think pardrew has got this transfer market all wrong…..Well thats what i think…if i had to pick a team i would pick 11 tiote’s

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #22

    don’t think david whelan seb larrson or bentley could do anytin for us..

    I think pardrew has got this transfer window all wrong…

    Ah well that’s what i think..if i had to pick a team i would pick 11 tiote’s

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  • ginkoh

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #23

    I don’t think we want him. Honestly I don’t even know his name.

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #24

    we need to stop panic buying dirt player’s and go for some1 deesent

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  • ToonAndy

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #25

    KevyMartins – If we had 11 Tiotes… We would never score because he can’t shoot for shit lol!! I’d probs have 2 Andy Carrols… 4 Benny Arfas…. 4 Tiotes and Yeah so on then Harper you can keep your spot in goal 😀

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  • colwell

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #26

    Thank Fudge we signed Ben Arfa!

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #27

    Playmaker & Stoke City don’t go together. Don’t want him not good enough. I’m pleased Bentley’s gone to Birmingham maybe now we’ll get Larsson

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #28

    BTW where’s Craigcozy?????????????????

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  • atom

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #29

    If we are going for anyone at Stoke I pray it would be Ethrington.

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  • The Doctor

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #30

    No Idea where the Whelan story has come from, as there is no information about this anywhere else. As for Larsson, would I take him over Bentley? Better temperament but not sure about other positives after that. It does look like we will get him with SSN saysing Bentley is due to have his medical over the weekend. If I could pick one signing it would have to be Keane. With a best starting eleven of:

    ————-Harper————–

    Simpson Colo Taylor Enrique

    Barton Tiote Nolan Ben Arfa

    ————–Keane————–

    ————-Carroll————–

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #31

    scotty parker is playing some footy if we were going for seb larrson why not scotty??

    i think there all flops…Mikey boy get he check book out an go for somebody like bastian schweinsteiger

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  • Flop

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #32

    Hahahahahahahahahahaha I don’t think so. I think the one position we are well stocked is CM.

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #33

    ano flop but what im pointing out is we dont need to sign any crap players…..i think saviola would be a great signing

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #34

    kevy….judging by some of the players you chose yesterday to come in, you are in la la land.

    seb larrson would DEFINITELY improve our squad. no one can make an assessment on Bentley as no one’s seen him play lately. Whelan? Of course not, but c’mon. We are not going to get any of the players you mentioned. Even if Seb is used as a sub, he’d be replacing a mediocre player on the bench. Subtle, realistic improvement, mate. We are in EIGHTH for f***sake! How can you be anything other than ecstatic with that?!?!?!

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  • Ni-NeiL

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #35

    NOOOO!

    Larssen would b good but

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  • G

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #36

    kevymartins @ 29. Scott Parker wanted to leave as he was homesick for the big smoke. Unlikely he would want to come back here. Not a bad player, but I think we have established that we are covered in the centre of midfield.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #37

    ….and there you go again….Saviola??? c’mon. he hardly scores in the Portuguese league!

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  • kevymartins

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #38

    sure we have barton routledge ben arfa soon jonas fergy thats 5 wingers lol an seb larrson would improve our squad??

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  • G

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #39

    mattyNUFC @ 34, apparently Saviola has hardly scored 7 times this season! I did hear that AP does indeed fancy his chances of signing Saviola, very much in the same way as I fancy my chances of getting stuck up Beyonce tonight!

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 7, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #40

    yeah, so tell me, right now Fergy is better than Seb…are you mad? jonas needs to play on the left, Routledge, as someone mentioned yesterday, should have a shot at the free-role behind the striker and/or used as an impact sub as his shot/speed/skill is wasted with his lack of crossing ability out wide. Ben arfa, as told by Pardew, will have that free role when he gets back, and can of course play on the left. Jonas and Seb battling it out for the right. tell me what exactly is wrong with that??

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