If the news reports are to be believed then Newcastle would like to bring in a number of English players this summer, and based on our performances this year, Newcastle will need to bring in quite a number of very good players in the summer, otherwise we could be fighting against relegation for the second time in three seasons.
Carl Jenkinson – on Newcastle’s wanted list
One player we have been linked with is Carl Jenkinson, who was on the bench for Arsenal last night, but didn’t get a game.
The 22 year-old has represented the full England side once, and he is a good attacking winger, who has some pace down the wing.
But if Carl comes in we assume it will be because French International Mathieu Debuchy would be moving out, since Carl and Mathieu are both specialist right backs.
Carl joined Arsenal from Charlton in the summer of 2011, and he’s played 55 times for Arsenal and five times for the England U21 side – and he looks a very decent right back and probably valued at around £4M.
Tom Ince – Blackpool winger on loan at Crustal Palace
Tom Ince is now 22, and he has been linked with Newcastle for a couple of years now, and he becomes a free agent in the summer, but because he is a home-grown player some compensation will have to be paid to Blackpool, and it could be as much as £5M.
There’s likely to be a scramble for his services in the summer, and he has good experience, having started his career at Liverpool and moved to Blackpool in the summer of 2011, and he played 113 times for the Tangerines with 33 goals.
And while on loan at Palace since January, Tom, who is the son of Paul Ince, has played five times with one goal, and he played 13 times for the England U21 side with 3 goals.
Steven Caulker – Cardiff City center-back
Steven Caulker will be in the Cardiff side for the game on Saturday at St. James’ Park, and if Cardiff are relegated he is almost certain to want to leave, so he can keep playing Premier League football.
Most pundits seem to have written Cardiff off after they were hammered 4-0 by Sunderland on Sunday, but Newcastle aren’t exactly in their best form this year, and it wouldn’t be too surprising if City got 3 points at St. James’ Park on Saturday, after they beat us 2-1 in the FA Cup 3rd round tie in January.
It would be another calamity for Newcastle but not a great shock – let’s face it. 🙁
The 22 year-old 6’3″ player has played 37 times for Cardiff this season and scored 5 goals, and last season he was also in south Wales on loan at Swansea City, and he played 26 times – so he’s had good experience in the Premier League over the last two seasons, and while at Tottenham he played 29 times with a couple of goals.
Steven has played once for the full England side and 10 times for the England U21 side and he also played 5 times for Great Britain in the London Olympics, but he wouldn’t come cheap, since Cardiff City paid £8M for him last summer.
We think these three young Englishmen would be very decent signings for Newcastle in the summer.
What do you think?