After the failure to bring in Rob Elliot from Charlton Athletic last week, and also getting reported to the Premier League for their approach for Elliot, it could be that Newcastle have turned their attention elsewhere.
Scott Loach – Watford’s 23 year old England U21 International
We heard this morning that Chief Scout Graham Carr was at the Ricoh Arena to watch the Coventry vs Watford game on Saturday – so there will be guesses as to who he was really watching.
The game ended in a 0-0 and one guess is that Graham was watching England U21 goalkeeper Scott Loach.
Exactly why Alan Pardew is bringing in another goalkeeper with Tim Krul and Steve Harper on board we don’t know, although he may think he needs three top goalkeepers at Newcastle this season, but we certainly didn’t have that luxury last season.
But it is more likely that Newcastle have given up on Fraser Forster, who was given ample opportunities to impress in pre-season, before the loaned him out again to Glasgow Celtic for the season.
And if Newcastle are going to bring in a third goalkeeper, then it makes sense to bring in a young up-and-coming goalkeeper, which Scott Loach certainly is, and he turned 23 in May, so is about a month or so (50 days to be exact), younger than Tim Krul.
Scott stands 6’1″ tall, which is about the same height as Steve Harper and a shade shorter than Tim Krul, and he’s played 14 times for the England U21 side.
He’s played around 131 times for Watford, after beginning his career at Ipswich Town back in 1997, when he was just 9 years old.
Scott has also played an additional 33 games while on loan at Stafford Rangers, Morecambe and Bradford City.
We’re not sure what fee Watford would want for the youngster, who was born in Nottingham, always assuming Watford would be willing to sell.
What do you think about this news, assuming it could even be true.