Always assuming we are still a Premier League come the summer, this will probably be one of the biggest transfer windows for a long time at Newcastle, because Mike Ashley will be motivated to strengthen the squad.
Kevin Toner – 18 year-old center back
Mike’s not motivated to build a top side, but he knows he has to improve the quality of the squad in the summer if we are not to be in a relegation struggle next season.
It seems the disaster scenario for the Newcastle owner is we are relegated again and miss out on all that PL money – and he cannot be too comfortable at the moment with Newcastle’s situation.
So we will be linked with a lot of players for both the development squad and the senior squad in the summer, and today there is news we are interested in Aston Villa’s 18 year-old center-back Kevin Toner, who captains the U21 side and has played all 16 U21 games this season.
While center-back is his main position he can also play at left back.
Kevin has already played for the Ireland U19 side and Newcastle are interested in the youngster because his contract runs out in the summer, and there could be an opportunity to get him to Tyneside – if we can offer him a good deal.
He is one of Villa’s best up-and-coming players, and new manager Tim Sherwood will not want to lose him in the summer, but unless Villa can sign him up to a new deal, he will be looking at other offers.
And that’s why Newcastle, along with some other clubs like Stoke, Leicester and Norwich, are watching the situation closely.
Newcastle have scouted the player this season, and Kevin’s not only a very skillful central defender, but he has good leadership abilities too.
That’s one reason he has been captain of the Villa U21 side this season, and Newcastle are really short of players with leadership abilities at the moment.
We need some top young players like Kevin brought in over the summer, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
And Newcastle will need to offer good money to entice players for both the development and senior squads – and we have the money – we know that.
But we don’t like paying it out – we just like bringing it in.
Unless Newcastle have a monumental transfer window this summer – Geordie fans are not going to be happy – and they may not be happy even if that happens.
Certainly they are happy with the Mickey Mouse running of the club this year.
Our apologies to Mickey.
Kevin seems a top class youngster and therefore he would be a good acquisition for us this summer.
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