It’s hardly a surpise that Newcastle will now move quickly now for Swiss midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta to replace Joey Barton.
Tranquillo Barnetta – Swiss International midfielder
My son Neil called last night and we talked about the Newcastle mess, and we both agreed that this player would be great at Newcastle, and a good replacement for Barton.
Newcastle have been following the Beyer Leverkusen player for about a year now, and he was the one who scored those two good first half goals for Switzerland against England a few months back, in the Euro 2012 qualifier, and he looked a very good player in that game.
Newcastle could have moved for Tranquillo in January, but he picked up a serious injury at that time, and that stopped any move from Newcastle.
And even before the Joey Barton affair blew up yesterday, there was news percolating through that Newcastle may go after this midfielder.
We think he would be a good buy for Newcastle, and hopefully he can be brought to Tyneside quickly.
The 26 year-old has played 59 times for Switzerland with 8 goals, and has been at Beyer Leverkusen since 2004 and ha splayed over 200 times for the german club.