We reported late yesterday that Newcastle had put in a bid for Hartlepool United 17 year-old sensation – Luke James.
Luke James – undecided about joining Newcastle
We have heard from an acquaintance of Luke’s, that the 17 year-old is undecided as to what he should now do, because the last thing he wants is to move to Newcastle, and then be stuck in the Reserve side for the next few seasons.
While that’s a chance footballers sometimes have to take when an opportunity arises, we understand the position the youngster finds himself in.
It seems that Luke wants to play first team football, and surely it would be possible for Newcastle to sign the lad, and then send him out on loan immediately, so he can continue playing first team games, and getting that vital experience.
Maybe even back to Hartlepool United, and it wouldn’t be the first time a club had signed a player and allowed him to continue to play for the club he had just been signed from.
And Newcastle have become experts in recent seasons at putting things in place, so that youngsters can be effectively brought through the ranks – and since Alan Pardew came in – have them get first team experience out on loan.
But the news is that Luke is agonizing just a little a bit on the decision – but we’d still be delighted if Luke takes the plunge and signs on at Newcastle United.