Newcastle Linked With Scottish Midfielder


Newcastle United are interested in signing 19 year-old midfielder Ryan Christie from Inverness Caledonian Thistle, if reports coming out of Scotland recently are to be believed.

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Ryan Christie – 19 year-old Inverness midfielder

Ryan is the son of Charlie Christie, who was a top midfielder at the same club for ten years from 1994, and was manager of the club from 2006-2007.

Ryan was born in Inverness, and joined the Inverness Caledonian Thistle youth system as a youngster, and eventually made his debut for the club in the Scottish Premiership match against Celtic in late December of last year.

He has made 17 appearances with 4 goals so far, and he has caught the eye in Scotland, and Newcastle United and Sunderland are two of several Premier League clubs said to be interested in signing the midfielder.

And after his impressive displays this year for the club, Inverness managed to finish in 5th place in the Scottish Premier League with 57 points from their 38 games, bust still 42 points behind Champions Celtic.

Ryan signed a new deal at the Inverness club at the end of last season, that will keep him there for the next couple of years.

It’s important that Newcastle sign these types of  players, who have massive potential when they are young, and we hope the club  can be successful in beating other top clubs to the 19 years-old.

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14 comments so far

  • Beatroll25

    Aug 15, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Sign him up!

    We should have signed Gauld as well but hey ho, he has a better chance at Lisbon.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 15, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #2

    I would have preferred Gauld to this lad, but he went to Sporting in the end for just a few million. I don’t see many good midfielders coming through the youth ranks, other than 15year old Heaney. However we do have Abeid and Bigi still, plus all the current first teamers.

    Not seen anything of this lad, so if he is good enough buy him, loan him back/elsewhere and see where he is in a years time.

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  • Beatroll25

    Aug 15, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Repost RE Pards:

    Sadly Palace won’t go for Pardew as there is a cost involved to free him from NUFC.

    When Ashley awarded Pards with the new 8 year deal it was down to the fact he was doing well and was being tipped for England/Spurs. Ashley did what he does with all talent, sign them up to a long contract so if they do well it will cost a fortune and all the power is with Mike.

    Sadly Mike failed to realise that PArdew isn’t worth anything and nobody will come near him unless he doesn’t have a contract. Who realistically is going to pay like £5 million for Pards? Ha ha

    For every Cabaye there is an Obertan, a NUFC player that nobody will touch and you ask why they got such a long deal. Pardew is in that category.

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  • Beatroll25

    Aug 15, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #4

    Lilongwe

    I don’t want Richards here either. I’d much rather the money be spent on a young RB like Sam Byram who could in time push Janmaat and provide adequate cover.

    However as you say they will only play 10 games a season and if the figure is accurate (£4.2 mill) that isn’t bad for an English player, with caps for his nation and bags of PL experience. He would offer good cover for RB & CB and will come with the belief he can get starts here.

    I’d give him a go and pair him with Steven Taylor in the league cup and see how they get on. It could reignite both their careers or we could see them both flop but then we haven’t spent a fortune and someone would take him next season for a similar price.

    I think it would be a risk, but a calculated one at that. I’d prefer other players but would be fine with getting him as cover.

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  • Beatroll25

    Aug 15, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Lilongwe

    If Bgi doesn’t go on loan he risks ruining his career for me.

    Apparently he was awful against Spennymoor the other night. He should be a cut above all the players in the U21’s but he seems to be struggling.

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  • Beatroll25

    Aug 15, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #6

    Scotland have some real talent coming through at the minute, at least 5 potential stars in the U21’s.

    It isn’t inconceivable to think that in 5 years they could be better than England.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 15, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Beatroll,
    Agreed, a top young right back would be an excellent acquisition. I’d be keeping an eye on Burnley this year though, and if they look like going down I’d begin negotiations with them for Trippier as early as possible. If Richards comes now, it is ideal to bring Trippier in next summer after a years Prem experience.

    I’d be happy seeing them both start in the league cup. If Richards doesn’t do too well here, and we can strengthen that area next summer, I’m sure we could persuade old candle face to part with a sizeable sum of cash for him to replace Ferdinand.

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  • Beatroll25

    Aug 15, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Lilongwe

    Agreed.

    Redknobb would probably take him in January if he was struggling. Just need to make him available on deadline day so Harry can hang out of his car window and say ‘y’knaw we have got our eyes on a few playus’

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 15, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #9

    Beatroll,
    Bigi has to go on loan. He refused last season by all accounts, just as Abeid did the year before. Abeid seems rejuvenated after a loan. Hopefully it will do the same for Bigi. I think part of his problem is that he lacks motivation after playing in a number of games in his first season to not involved last.

    On Scotland, they have some very good players. Watch out for the name Jack Harper in the future. Scottish 15 year old on Real Madrid’s books. Will be tough for him to crack it there given the way they operate, would love us to nick him from them, although he is on a long term deal there, they rate him so highly.

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  • Beatroll25

    Aug 15, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #10

    Lilongwe

    Also on Trippier he is a really good player with a lot of potential but this season will make or break him.

    If he does well he will certainly be at a bigger club next season and will probably get an England call up sooner rather than later.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 15, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #11

    Sorry, 17 years old

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 15, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #12

    Beatroll,
    On Trippier, I agree, that is why I would try and steal a march on others if it looks like they might go down. Start talks in Feb on the deal, or if they are well bottom by Jan, do it then and loan him back.

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  • Beatroll25

    Aug 15, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #13

    Lilongwe

    Real Madrid? Woah, he must have potential then.

    A few Scottish players are looking to go abroad and that will only benefit them.

    There is another kid who has signed for Standard Liege called Tony Watt who looks are really good prospect.

    It could be that in a few years both Wales and Scotland are on par with England.

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  • ToonTiger

    Aug 15, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #14

    I think Richards is better as a cb these days I would still take him and get byram from leeds as rb cover.

    I think cb is his actual preferred position too, england u21s he was paired with Saylor (when fit…lol)

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