Newcastle may be interested in acquiring Blackburn Rover’s youngster Raheem Hanley on a free transfer this summer for the Development squad.
Raheem Hanley – 18 year-old Blackburn defender
The 18-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, and he is yet to agree to a new contract with the relegated club.
There could be a number of Blackburn Rover players leaving this summer, as the club has been relegated and the manager who has taken them down – Steve Kean – has assured the supporters he is there for the long term – as have the Indian owners Venky’s.
That must please the Blackburn fans, who have seen nothing but a downward spiral since the Indian family took over the club in late 2010, and sacked Sam Allardyce to bring in the unproven Scot, who had never managed at first team level before.
Blackburn went tumbling down the league last season, and they survived relegation on the last day of last season, but have been no better this season, and will play in England’s second division next season.
Keans’ record is in 65 total games he has won only 17 games, drawn, 14 and lost 34 in all games.
That record would get 65 points in 65 games, so would fetch 38 points in a Premier League season, and Blackburn have been relegated with just 31 points with one game to play.
It’s simply been a total disaster for Blackburn, and we feel great sympathy for the Blackburn fan base – a club that were Premier League Champions in 1995, when Alan Shearer played for the side.
We well remember the terrible pain when Newcastle were relegated a short three years ago.
Hanley joined Blackburn from Manchester United in the summer of 2010, and is not to be confused with Grant Hanley, who played 24 times for the Blackburn first team this season and looked quite good.
But Raheem Hanley is highly regarded at Ewood Park, and he plays at left-back, and fits the profile of somebody Newcastle may be interested in bringing to Tyneside, although some compensation will have to be paid to Blackburn, as he is under 24.
Blackburn have an excellent Youth side, and they reached the finals of the FA Youth Cup this season, but Chelsea won on aggregate 4-1, after winning the home leg 4-0.
Hanley was a top player in the Blackburn youth team, and could be bought to fill out Newcastle’s Development squad this summer, but there are reported to be several Premier League clubs interested in the defender.
Here is piece on Hanley on the Blackburn Rovers web-site:
A marauding left-back who likes to use his pace to get forward to support attacks – he was signed from Manchester United after a successful trial, but injury prevented Raheem from making an impression in the first part of the 2010-2011 season.
Thankfully the second half proved to be a successful one for the defender, as he not only cemented his place in the under 18 side, but also went on to appear twice for the Reserves.
A back injury sustained at the beginning of last August meant Raheem didn’t make his first appearance of the season until January, but has since gone on to make Reserve team appearances.
And a vital contribution in the FA Youth Cup run culminating in him being given a first team squad number towards the end of the campaign.
Here is very young still of course, and only turned 18 in February.
What do you think?