It’s very likely that Newcastle will sign a couple of players from the lower leagues in England this summer.
Danny Graham – 25 year-old Gateshead born striker
And there is a report from Sky Sports this afternoon that Newcastle are interested in Watford striker Danny Graham, who is 25 years old and was born where?
In Gateshead of course, the same place as a certain Andrew Carroll, which is just across the River Tyne from Newcastle.
Graham was brought up in Leam Lane in Gateshead and went to Heworth Grange Comprehensive School, and he played once for the England U20 side back in 2005.
The 6’1″ Geordie has finished the season as the top scorer in the Championship with 24 goals, and of course last season Andy scored a good 19 goals while playing in the Championship last season, and proceeded to notch 11 goals in the Premier League before the end of last year.
Graham was also chosen in the PFA Championship Team of the Year, for his exploits this seaosn.
Graham started his career with Middlesbrough back in 2003, and was sent out on loan to Darlington, Derby County, Leeds United Blackpool and Carlisle before signing permanently for Carlisle in 2007. He played 20 times for Middlesbrough with two goals between 2004 an 2006.
In July of 2009 he finally joined Walford, and in 98 games in the last couple of seasons he has scored a decent 41 goals, albeit in England’s second division, and in his career so far, Danny has played 286 club games and scored 86 goals.
Sky Sports is reporting that the Magpies have been keeping close tabs on him and scouting reports on him have apparently been positive.
It will be a huge risk if Newcastle sign the Geordie 25 year-old – turns 26 in August – since he is completely untested at the highest levels, and seems to have been a bit of a journeyman player until he joined Watford.
And Newcastle have to be very careful that they don’t just go for cheaper players who may not have the necessary class or skill to make it on Tyneside.
We can just see the headlines that Newcastle replace Andy Carroll with £3.5M signing – that’s a guess at the fee – but he was born in the same place as Andy Carroll.
It would be ironic if Danny was indeed signed to replace another Gateshead born striker – the £35M Andrew Carroll – who is now plying his trade at Liverpool – when he’s fit and is already a full England International.
We have not seen this player play, so it’s hard to offer any real view on how good he is, or could become, so if any readers have seen him, they may like to comment on what he’s like.