Newcastle were interested in Derby County midfielder Will Hughes two years ago, when Will was deemed to be an 18 year-old England wonder kid, so it’s not surprising with former Derby County manager Steve McClaren at Newcastle now, that there is a report in the Shields Gazette today that we are interested in bringing the 20 year-old to Tyneside.
Will has played 15 times for the England U21 squad and is in the squad in the Czech Republic for the European U21 Championships taking place at the moment.
Will Hughes – 20 year-old Derby midfielder
Two years ago the price on Will was around £10M with some big clubs interested in him, and he made his club debut for Derby back in 2011 and has since played 137 times for Derby with 10 goals.
So while Will has remained a first team starter for Derby, excitement about him over the last couple of years has died down just a little bit, but the lad is still young and only turned 20 in April.
Will has lots of ability and he has flair, and Graham Carr has been keeping tabs on the player, and flair is something that’s been missing from the Newcastle team since Yohan Cabaye left eighteen months ago.
Will would be an exciting signing for Newcastle fans who just love players with the ability that Will has in spades.
Big clubs like Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea are said to be interested in the player, and McClaren had this to say about his midfielder last season at Derby:
“In my experience, players like the Spanish, the Dutch and the Brazilians produce can get out of tight areas very well.”
“You think you have them trapped, you think you can nick the ball and, all of a sudden, they can get out of that situation.”
“It is something I have always talked about in the English game, something we could never quite get to grips with, but I think we are developing players now who are capable of doing that.”
“And Will is one of those players.” “We have a lot of others, when you see the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and Jack Wilshere.”
“They are the modern-type of players. You can give them the ball in any situation and you know they are going to keep it. That is so vital at top-level football.”
“Will is playing well.” “He is only doing what I think he is capable of doing and he needs to do that more consistently.”
“He is developing and he is getting better but there is still a long way to go.” “What pleases me is he’s getting some end product to his play.”
“He can always keep the ball and deal with it but that killer pass to unlock packed defences or scoring a goal, that is what he has added to his game.”
Hughes was said to be worth £10M two year ago and the fee quoted now ia around £15M, so it will be interesting to see if Mike Ashley is willing to pay that amount for a 20 year-old, who has never played in England’s top division.
Newcastle are said to have a kitty of around £60M to spend this summer – so we can certainly afford the youngster – it’s whether Newcastle now have the will to spend big money for some class players.
What do you think?