The Telegraph is reporting that Newcastle are interested in 20 year-old Dutch U21 International Nathan Ake, who joined Chelsea in 2010 at the age of 15, and now it seems that Jose Mourinho would be willing to loan out a player who is very versatile and can play in midfield or in defense.
The left footed player can play defensive midfield, center-back or left back as well as in left midfield, although he seems a bit short at 5ft 11ins to play in central defense these days.
Nathan Ake in action in early June for Chelsea at Sydney FC
Ake made his Premier League debut in December 2012 against Norwich City as a 17-year-old, replacing Juan Mata in stoppage time, and he made his first start for the London club in the FA Cup in February 2013, in a 2–0 win against Championship side Middlesbrough.
He has played 12 times in total for the Chelsea first team, and 40 times for the Chelsea U21 side.
In late March of this year he was loaned out to Championship club Reading for a month, and he made 5 league appearances for them before returning to Chelsea.
Newcastle now have five Dutch Internationals in the team – Daryl Janmaat, Tim Krul, Vurnon Anita, Siem de Jong and new signing Georginio Wijnaldum – so the Chelsea manager may think Newcastle would be a good destination for him next season.
And of course head coach Steve McClaren has plenty of experience managing Dutch players with his toe stints as the FC Twente manager.
But we’re not sure where Newcastle would play Nathan – we suppose maybe at center-back or most likely at left back.
But we have two young lads in Massadio Haidara and Paul Dummett who will need games at left-back to develop on Tyneside next season.
Maybe he could play in defensive midfield if Cheick Tiote leaves – but Moussa Sissoko played there for Toulouse before arriving at Newcastle, so he could fit in there – Jack Colback can also do a good job in that position.
So Nathan Ake could be a good player in the making – but were not sure where Newcastle could use him next season.
We’ll know better once our transfers in are completed this summer, and after Mitrovic hopefully is signed in the next day.
After that we still need three more players brought in and maybe two of those are central defenders.
Nathan has played for all the Dutch Youth sides including 13 appearances with two goals for the Dutch U21 side.
What do you think?