There is a report in the Sunday Times today, that Newcastle United may be interested in Scottish winger Robert Snodgrass.
Robert Snodgrass – can play on either wing
Let’s say it right up front, that that’s an unfortunate name to be blessed with, but Snodgrass has been very decent for Leeds United since 2008, when he joined them from Scottish club Livingston.
We think Pardew may surprise Newcastle fans this summer by bringing in at least 6 new players, but one or two could be from the lower leagues in England, and at Leeds United they also have a very decent young left winger in Max Gradel, who is 23 years old, like Snodgrass.
And if Leeds don’t make the Premier League next season, they could well see some of their better players leaving the club.
Leeds United are currently 7th top on 66 points, level on points with 6th placed Nottingham Forest, so they could still make the playoffs this season.
And other clubs that have been reported to be interested in Snodgrass are Stoke City, Birmingham and Wolves.
Snodgrass can play on either wing, and he can also play in the middle as a withdrawn striker, so the lad is quite versatile and it seems Alan Pardew will go after a number of versatile players this summer.
Robert has played for all the Scottish Youth teams, and so far has two full Scottish caps, and made his debut as a substitute against Northern Ireland in the 2011 Nations Cup match in February.
In his three seasons at Leeds United, which have been in the lower leagues of course, he has played 128 times and scored 28 goals, and has never received a yellow card in his total career, and never had a yellow or red card at Livingston in Scotland, where he played 92 times and scored 17 goals.
In fact he has one red card in total and no yellow cards, which is an interestingly stat to have these days.
If Alan Pardew does bring in a couple of cheaper players from the lower leagues in England, it will be a huge judgment call as to whether the players can perform in England’s top league.
Certainly Mike Williamson has shown there are good players in the lower leagues, who can indeed make the step up to the English Premier League, and Mike has been a success for Newcastle since signing a short 15 months ago.
We expect Newcastle to bring in two or three fairly expensive signings this summer, at least two free agents, and a couple of lower league players in England.
And if Jose Enrique does leave he will need to be replaced also.
What do you think of Robert Snodgrass – could he make it in the English Premier League with Newcastle?