There are rumors going around (what’s new) that Alan Pardew will want to bring in players this summer who have some Premier League experience, and he also may want to bring in some British players.
James McCarthy – Newcastle interested?
If we assume Wigan will go down – they have to win tonight’s game at Arsenal and then at home to Aston Villa on Sunday, and while we can see them getting 3 points against Villa – it could be difficult for them to get a win tonight at the Emirates.
The teams in jeopardy if Wigan do win their last two games are Sunderland, Aston Villa, Fulham and Southampton – although if Wigan lose tonight at Arsenal they will be relegated.
But they won there last season, and everybody thought they would get trounced by Manchester City at Wembley, but they were the better side and won with a 90th minute goal by substitute Ben Watson.
It was a great win for Wigan and great for football, that a small club which has little money to spend on players, could beat Manchester City – who have spent £850M on players since August of 2008. Well maybe City didn’t spend enough.
It’s an assumption that Wigan will go down this season, although they’ve survived for the last three seasons under manager Roberto Martinez.
But if they do drop down to the Championship, the Lancashire club may be willing to let some of their players go – and a good signing for Newcastle could be 22 year-old central midfielder James McCarthy, who was born in Glasgow in 1990, but has preferred to play for Ireland, where he has 12 full caps.
James is already a good player and can only get better – and he signed for Wigan from Hamilton Academical in 2009, on a five-year deal, and the lad signed a new five-year deal in 2011.
He made his Hamilton Academicals debut a couple of days before he turned 16 in 2006, and ended up playing 110 times with 15 goals for the Scottish club, before joining Wigan when he was 19 in 2009.
James has played 125 times with 8 goals for Wigan, and he could be an excellent acquisition for Newcastle – if he’s available.
What do you think?
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