Newcastle After 18 Year-Old English Wonder Kid

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.

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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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18 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    May 31, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #1

    Hope we buy him, but not under pardew

  • Indian Magpie

    May 31, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #2

    It is being Sold Cheaper

  • Markaccus

    May 31, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Indian. Selling it cheaper makes no difference. Tha same amount per shirt still goes to the club. It is the shop profit that is less. SD staff will probably be paid less as a result.

  • lewisnufc

    May 31, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #4

    sign him up and let him stay at derby for another season on loan.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 31, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Great player but not under Pardew’s tactics. If only the lad had said he admires Haydyn Mullins and Jay Spearing he’d be nailed on !!!

  • lesh

    May 31, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #6

    Indian, sold cheaper, so what – the club benefits too. Think about it. SD sells shirts which in turn sell the club’s image which makes more money than the profits on shirts!

  • Magpie Myles

    May 31, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #7


    What you will find is that Mike Ashley won’t hold any of that money to hand, most of it is a percentage of shars in Sports Direct, which is untouchable money until he sells some or all of his shares.

    Which, if i remember correctly, he did sell some shares recently for £100million? I think this will have been used for January transfers and the club running on a 3 million loss this year. I would imagine the rest is for his personal use.

    Also, regardless of how cheap a kit is sold in SD, You have to remember that SD will be taking a share of the sale price, so selling it slightly sheaper wont really make too much difference, there is probably the boundaries of tax for the sale price as well. So don’t read to much in to it.

  • numba9

    May 31, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #8

    We need experience not kids all the time he wants to buy cheap n sell on later for treble yes I see the sense in it but you don’t build a team doing this sell five buy one policy he has. Really do not see us scaling the heights with this owner

  • TorqToon

    May 31, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #9

    Numba9 – Will Hughes is a classy player. Mature beyond his years and will bring so much to this team! If he helps us up the table and win games then that brings success to the club.

    Yes he may well be sold a few years later for a profit, but unfortunately, we arent citeh or the like…! We survive on selling and buying.

  • winnynufc

    May 31, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #10

    Another linked player & thats all it is. Sick of the speculation already because thats all it is, time of year etc!! Action speak louder than words HWTL!

  • jayphoto

    May 31, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #11

    Hes big mates with our own Adam Campbell! My nephew (on the gfs side) played with him in the Derby youth team and reckons hes not even the best young player at Derby but said he lives for football and works hard on his game! Rumour down here (i live in rangemore in derbyshire, bout 1/2 mile from the FA centre) is that Derby want 12m for him and are basing his fee on the Zaha fee man utd paid! No way we’ll bite at that

  • pigeon

    May 31, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #12

    Worth buying if we will actually utilise him and not let him go to waste in the reserves or just on the bench. Looking forward to hearing some concrete news on a striker tho!!!

  • martoon

    May 31, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #13

    Ok lads – thanks for the explanations even if some of you did call me Mactoon 😉
    Markaccus – I’m fine, off on holiday next week. Were you at the rugby on Wednesday night? – I ended up watching it as the football was so boring – it was quite tense until the end.
    On the subject of SD selling toon shirts I’ve noticed that they used to undercut the offical shop a by a lot more before MA bought the club

  • Ian Toon

    May 31, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #14

    Built pureblacknwhite- part repost
    Ashley’s early tenure was an unmitigated disaster when Fat Sam was the manager. We saw the very worst excesses in terms of last pay day signings and huge wages which we’ve only just got off the books. The Xisco, Smith , Wise and Gonzales era along with the whole sorry saga of hiring and firing of managers. A bitter lesson but he did learn and he became suspicious of the transfer market and the damage it could cause. The appointment of Carr was inspired to manage the purloining of players. Any serious plan takes time to come together. For me I see Llambias as being an absolute clown who couldn’t negotiate his way out of a wet paper bag. What a gulf in class, integrity and competence he is from Chris Mort. Just compare him with the chief executives / Managing Directors of the rest of PL clubs. So not everything is as we would like! Clearly success in all aspects would be CL football and were some way from achieving that.
    A massive opportunity was spurned last summer towards that goal but
    are we really in a worse position given the subsequent signings in January. My experience of players is that they can put this season behind them and kick on after a great pre season Getting the signings of an attacking midfielder and ST plus a pacy wideman/ winger in early for a pre season as a squad is the best course going forward.

  • numba9

    May 31, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #15

    This club should stop lookin too feed the big fish let them do their own scouting and build our own TEAM

  • ginola_tonic

    May 31, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #16

    This striker looks awesome. Same style as Suarez. But cheaper. Fredy montero. Any one got Carr’s number 😉

  • VanCanToonFan

    May 31, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #17

    As a Vancouver Whitecaps supporter, I’ve seen Fredy Montero play. He’s MLS good, but he’s not Premier League good.

  • Sav

    Jun 1, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #18

    9 mil for Cisse and 10 mil for a skinny untried kid with 2 Championship goals who we are going to loan back for another year? Are we gone mad??? There is NO chance of this happening.


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