Excuse me for trying to be logical, but was I the only one who thought striker Xisco moving on loan to Deportivo on the very same day that Newcastle sold Andy Carroll to Liverpool in January, was a little silly.
James Tavernier – great young defensive prospect
Well would you believe it could happen again – it seems like deja vu all over again.
The news today is that young James Tavernier has moved on a month long loan to Carlisle United, and that’s the same day that first choice left-back Jose Enrique is expected to sign for Liverpool.
James has played very well in pre-season, and while he may not have filled in this Saturday for Jose against Arsenal, he is nevertheless a top young defender at the club, so why send him out on loan now?
The 19 year-old can play across the back four, and it looks like the youngster will go straight into Carlisle’s squad next Saturday for their trip to Bury.
Is there any real planning going on with Newcastle’s transfer and loan policies – it doesn’t look like it to us.
I stand corrected if Newcastle sign Erik Pieters before the Arsenal game – let’s hope that’s exactly what happens!
Don’t get me wrong, it’s good for young Tavernier to go out on loan to get games, but the timing couldn’t have been worse.
There is also news today that Hibernian are expected to complete the signing of 19 year-old Newcastle United striker Phil Airey, on a season-long loan deal, so Airey joins former Newcastle Assistant manager Colin Calderwood north of the border.
That will give Phil some first team games, where he can show Alan Pardew what he can do with regular playing time, and it looks like a great move for the Amble-born youngster.
Note: Here’s something I did for GOAL a couple of days ago, on the upcoming season for Newcastle.