News in the Newcastle Journal today that Newcastle are interested in Derby County’s top youngster Will Hughes, who stands 6’1″ tall and shows lots of flair for one so young.
Will Hughes – Derby County midfielder
Will was born in Weybridge, Surrey but was brought up in Derby, and he finally joined the local club Derby County two years ago.
Since then he’s played 41 times for Derby with two goals, and was a first team regular last season(38 appearances) , and the lad only turned 18 in April.
As well as bringing in two or three top first team players this summer, Newcastle will continue to bring in top youngsters, and it would be good if we had more English players in the squad, so Will fits both those requirements.
And he’s already played twice for the England U21 side, making his debut last November against Northern Ireland, and is very sound technically, so this lad has the potential to become a great player in the future.
And Will says he bases his play on Barcelona’s two top Spanish midfielders Xavi and Andrés Iniesta – so that cannot be bad.
Fulham manager Martin Jol had this to say about Will last November:
“Believe me, there are probably 10 clubs in the Premier League having a look at him. He is one of these wonderful talents, so he is always on lists. If you have a good scouting system, he will always be on the list, but we will see.”
But he would cost a big fee, and when young English players of this caliber become available, they usually move to one of the top English clubs, although an advantage Newcastle have is that we could offer him first team football almost immediately.
That’s what we have done with Gael Bigirimana, who played 25 times for the Newcastle first team last season, and is still only 19 years old, and Gael is part of the England U20 squad to play in the World Cup next month in Turkey.
We expect other clubs to be interested in the 18 year-old, and if they include the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United, it will be very difficult for Newcastle to get him to Tyneside.
But we suppose there’s always hope, and we do have the example of how we have groomed Gael Bigirimana into a much better young player, in his first year on Tyneside – and Gael loves it at Newcastle.
What do you think?
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