Newcastle Linked With England U21 International Right-Back

It’s getting near the January window so there will be reports of Newcastle interested in various players, and most of the reports will be inaccurate.

Nathanial Clyne – England U21 International right back

Bear that in mind, as we hear stories of Newcastle after some players, that some stories are obviously in error, like Newcastle want Liverpool’s Joe Cole, but some are harder to work out.

That’s the case with a report today that suggests the Magpies are after highly-rated 20-year-old Crystal Palace right-back Nathaniel Clyne, whom Newcastle were first linked with last summer, so perhaps this does have some truth in it.

Clyne is out of contract with Palace in the summer, and is not likely to sign a new deal, so he wouldn’t cost much – which is right in line with Mike Ashley’s financial strategy at the Tyneside club.

The Stockwell, London born player made his debut for Crystal Palace in a league fixture in October of 2008 against Barnsley, and he also signed a three year contract at that time.

The 5’9″ tall youngster has so far played 115 times with one goal for Crystal Palace, and although we haven’t seen him play,  he is highly rated with his mature performances.

And last season, Clyne became Crystal Palace’s Player of the Year,  and he already has two caps at the England U21 level, so he’s seems to be a good player.

The news is that Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has been linked with a January move for the youngster, although Clyne wants to see out his contract at Palace, and is keen to secure first team football.

Maybe a move to Newcastle would’t be on, because it will be hard for the lad to break straight into Newcastle’s first team, but of course it will be completely up to him, because manager Alan Pardew gives youngsters their chance at the club.

While Clyne will become a free agent in the summer, his club are due some compensation due to his age, and it could be that Palace try to secure a deal for him in the January window.

In addition to Newcastle, Everton, Fulham, Wolves and Blackburn have are interested, and those are less successful and smaller clubs than Newcastle, so Newcastle could be successful,  if there is a genuine interest in Nathan.

We really don’t know if this story is true or not, but Clyne  is just the type of young player Newcastle are after these days.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 22, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #1

    Dont know too much, but have read good things abt him.


    Nov 22, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Would like him but would he get startin 11 straight away? Don’t know about that. Maybe if Simmo leaves

    Also Everton a smaller and less successful club than NUFC? Wouldn’t be so sure of that

  • Shorzy

    Nov 22, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #3

    This lad is potentially a lot lot better than Simpson, seen quite a bit of him and if we get the chance we should jump on it as he could easily be a regular in the England side.

  • LGFUAD21

    Nov 22, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #4

    Have read good things about him but i think we need someone top quality.

    If we had say pieters lb and taylor right back we would have a very solid defense.

    Defense can win games, strikers decide by how much.

    It sounds like simmo is gone which is a bit of a worry.

    ON the subject of the city game.

    Just think if we hadnt given away 2 penalties that game could have been an entirely different story.

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 22, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #5

    WWJBD, you beat me to it about the sizes of NUFC and EFC.

  • Jamie McKellar

    Nov 22, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #6

    I’ve seen him play twice for Palace, both against Southampton. Decent player who I would personally love to see in our club. left back or right back, easy competition for raylor, simmo and santon

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 22, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #7

    This is a white lad doing a Nile Ranger:

    OK it’s got nowt to do with NUFC not even football. But it kills me.

  • geordiesteve520

    Nov 22, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #8


    My biggest problem with what you have said is that you have missed out Santon! The kid is potentially world class and will oust Raylor or Simmo sooner rather than later.

  • Ollieh51

    Nov 22, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #9

    I work with a guy that used to play for Palace that was pushed out of the club following injuries and the emergence of Clyne.

    Apparently he’s mustard.

    Thing is, if Simo doesn’t sign and decides to leave, where does he go for game time and upwards movement?

    We would need someone really good in to take his place as he currently is one of the first and most assured name on the team sheet for now?

  • saxby 146

    Nov 22, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #10

    sign him up then loan him back with the loan club paying wages. win win. loans of clubs do this!

  • planb

    Nov 22, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #11

    I hope the speculation is true about simpson going hes useless he cant defend his crossing is awful im glad pardew has sussed him out and a few others as well ie perch,smith,lovenkrands and harper.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Nov 22, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #12

    Simpson has improved his game recently and has provided our strikers some tasty crosses lately. I would be sad to see him leave but we do deserve better. He still backs off attackers way too much for my liking and keeps inviting pressure when he does so. We could and should do better but until we have a better RB we shouldn’t sell. Buy first for a change FFS!

  • Robby Bobson

    Nov 22, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #13

    This lads a top prospect.

    Even better as he and Sammy were terrific linking up together down the right for U21s.


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