Surprise news today in the Evening Chronicle, that Newcastle fancy young David Hoilett of Blackburn Rovers.
David Hoilett - impressive young forward
The 20 year-old Canadian played 28 times for Blackburn this season with 6 goals, and has 55 total appearances for the club with 9 goals over the last couple of seasons.
The Brampton, Ontario born player can play on the wing or as a striker and he’s looked very good for Blackburn this season when w;eve watched them.
From 2007 until 2009 the lad was loaned out to two German clubs, SC Pauli and SC Paderborn 07 for some first team experience.
It’s interesting that Blackburn manager Steve Kean has claimed the Canadian starlet is desperate to stay at Ewood Park, but the Indian owners are undecided about their new manager.
Kean, with no previous experience in management, had a terrible run this year, and only just saved the Lancashire club from relegation.
That was after he had surprisingly replaced former manager Sam Allardyce in December, when Blackburn were in no danger of relegation, and it turned out to be a disastrous move by the new owners, who seemed to know very little about running a football club.
Hoilett joined Blackburn back in 2003 when he was just 12 years old, and of course he fits the profile of good young players who can still improve on Tyneside.
Blackburn will obviously want to tie him down to a long-term deal, and we’d be just a little surprised if they are not able to do that.
Kean will try to cement the deal in two weeks time, when he flies over to Ontario to visit the player and his family.
Kean said today:
“I have spoken with Junior and he is now on a family holiday. I will probably go out to Canada in the next couple of weeks to speak to his dad.”“We are hopeful. He is desperate to get something sorted out, he wants to stay, he is playing well and has enjoyed a good run in the team.”
“He is enjoying his football and has been a bit of a match-winner for us. I think he has enjoyed the freedom he has had in the final third. He has been allowed to take people on and has caused top players all sorts of problems.”
“He can be top, top notch. He can go all the way to being a very, very special player in this league.”
“I think he can play anywhere. He can play, left, right, in the hole, out and out as a striker. He can adapt and play anywhere, he is that good.”
OK – well that sounds good Steve – he would be great at Newcastle!
Expect Newcastle to go all out to sign the youngster, and of course Newcastle are a much bigger club than Blackburn, in that they have 52,000 home gates and a mad keen football public on Tyneside, although we have never won the Premier League like Blackburn have.
One of only four clubs to ever win the English Premier league title.
But it will still be difficult to pull this one off, since the lad has been at Blackburn for so long.
Hoilett is eligible to play for either Canada or Jamaica, and he is yet to make any International appearances, but the word is he will elect to play for Canada.
It will be interesting to see how Newcastle fare in their attempt to sign this good looking 20 year-old player.