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Ivan Toney Undergoing Medical At Newcastle

4:04 pm, Thursday, July 30th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 95 Comments

ITV News is reporting that highly rated Northampton Town striker Ivan Toney is today undergoing a medical at Newcastle United.

There was news only yesterday that Newcastle were close to signing the 19 year-old striker for around £500K plus add-ons, based on how well he does at Newcastle.

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Ivan Toney having medical at Newcastle

Ivan plays for his home town club and he made his first team debut back in November of 2012, in a 3–3 draw with Bradford City at Valley Parade in the FA Cup.

He was only 16 years old at the time, and he became the youngest first team player in the Cobblers history, and since then he has made 60 appearances with 13 goals and 6 assists.

That’s not  bad record at all for one so young (he turned 19 on July 1st), and Newcastle have been favorites to sign the youngster and he has expressed a wish to sign for the Tyneside club.

It is expected that Steve McClaren will loan him out for the season, maybe back to Northampton, so he can continue getting first team games and develop as a footballer.

That’s what Newcastle did a year ago when we signed Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles, and then loaned them straight back to Nottingham Forest for the season.

Toney will be a good signing for Newcastle and one for the future.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Ivan Toney · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

95 responses so far ↓

  • 1 pawl250 // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Ed is having a mare…..

    Aarons already confirmed on his on twitter that it was cramp.

    See this is the thing with this site. Half the articles are just guesswork by Ed.

    I mean, yes its a blog. BUT you get half the fans on here believe the total guess Ed writes and then they start thinking its gospel and its going to happen.

    I mean he owes the people who come on this site alot more than that. He should be issuing us true decent news. Not a fancy article to get clicks!

  • 2 Liverpool Mag // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    If true, he needs to go straight back out on loan to a Championship club. There’s no point having him rot on the bench behind Cisse and Mitrovic.

  • 3 Jamseyd24 // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Dont count this as one of the 6 signing we need.

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Ed is hardly doing guesswork. His articles are an aggregation of most other NUFC related news online.

    Ben Dinnery ?@BenDinnery 2h2 hours ago
    Rolando Aarons will be assessed after the #NUFC winger limped off during last nights’ defeat at the hands of League Two side York City
    1 retweet 1 favorite
    Reply Retweet1 Favorite1

    He calls himself a Freelance Injury Data Analyst and is based in Newcastle. Another site has him down as a Premier League Injury Expert.

    Still, having checked his website it says…

    Rolando Aarons Thigh Injury Cramp 01/08/2015 Currently Being Assessed 75%

  • 5 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Straight out on loan please.

  • 6 pawl250 // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Assuming this is true, it would surely mean Austin is not coming. I know its development squad, but unless he loaned we will now have Mitrovic, Cisse, Perez, Riviere, Gouffran (if he is played in his natural position) and Toney this season.

    Unless we sell Cisse, Austin is not coming.

  • 7 JackButler // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Know nothing about this lad………………………………but what I do know is that we still need defenders and more than just Mbemba!!!!!!

  • 8 Liverpool Mag // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:15 PM


    Would hope that the plan is to have this lad for next season after Cisse leaves.

  • 9 pawl250 // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:15 PM


    Rolando Aarons ?@R_Aarons16 18h18 hours ago
    Happy birthday to mi amigo @AyozePG on his birthday and congrats on the goal. Ps i had cramp nothing serious

    From the horses mouth. Why even bother about some twitter or the other sites wanting to increase clicks.

    Same with the Carroll and Cabaye articles until recently were once a week. Its all guesswork and that statement is not a guess, its a FACT!

  • 10 JackButler // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:16 PM


    I hardly think the arrival of a kid from Northampton Town will effect any possibly deal for the likes of Austin, I’d be amazed if this kid come within a million miles of the first team squad this season

  • 11 Jamseyd24 // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Is anyone else seriously worried at our lack of urgency with regards to a top CB????

  • 12 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Glad we buying players, but yet another attacker?!?! Wish we would have the same emphasis on buyin a new defence

  • 13 croftus5678 // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    tooney is one of those lads who has all the attributes to be a great striker ! its not too likely its going to happen though as he just doesnt have the desire and talent imo but with the new coaching set up esp its worth the risk for the price !

  • 14 pawl250 // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:23 PM


    If he is not sent on loan, then he simply replaces Armstrong.

    We have far too many strikers given we look to be playing a lone strike. Austin will not come unless Cisse goes out.


    Mitrovic, Austin, Cisse, Perez, Riviere

    Not inlcuding further youth or Gouffran but for a lone striker its overkill.

    Cannot see Cisse, Mitrovic and Perez happy sitting on the bench, or any of them replaced with Austin.

    I mean some of our fans live in LALA land. Its not FM, this is real life, its Newcastle not Manchester United or Chelsea, these players will not sit on our bench.

  • 15 Jack // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    I would be quite suprised if we don’t finish in the top 10.

  • 16 Liono // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Re: non-news being posted for clicks,

    On one hand it would be good if there were more truthful proper journalism going on.

    On the other hand, without blogs like Ed’s there’d be about 10% of NUFC ‘news’ to read if it wasnt for them.

    We’d all get very bored…

  • 17 OneAlanShearer // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    We need another striker after toney. We have:
    Mitrovic unproven in this league
    Cisse …is his knee sorted and 30 now.
    Riviere is never a striker
    Arma out on loan
    Perez shouldn’t bear the responsibility and is more likely to play as a wide attacking player.

    Austin needed immediately.

    But yes we need defenders then get rid of the dross.

  • 18 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Still doesn’t make what Ed does guesswork though does it? If he was only putting out official and factual articles this blog would be awful. We would have had less than 20 since the start of preseason.

    People always complain about the number of articles, but last time Ed didn’t post anything for a while everyone was complaining about the lack of articles. He can’t win!

  • 19 JackButler // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    I hope that behind the scenes we are ripping up trees to try and rectify the obvious defensive issues we have, as if I knew we were going to go into the new season with only Mbemba coming in, I would be seriously worried as all the other work could count for nothing.

    Yes it would be nice to score three or four goals every game but not when we can concede five or six ( exaggeration I know, but you get the point)

  • 20 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Perez should be playing wide of Mitrovic this season. Mitrovic with Aarons and Perez either side gives pace, skill, work rate, goals and a bit of physicality.

    I only really see Cisse and Mitrovic as the 2 proper central strikers in the squad.

  • 21 jayphoto // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Think Toney would be best suited to 3 months with the development squad before a loan out in January? Surely the coaches need to assess him and what level hes actual at and where he needs to improve before sending him to the best place for that?
    Great loan for Armstrong under a manager who’s teams attack. Should get some chances

  • 22 croftus5678 // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    @11 jamsey

    i would be scared if we was playing a cb pairing close to our first choice and it was failing as much as we are in the friendly’s tbh.

    fact is i cant see us playing satka/williamson which are both huge contributions to the goals we conceeded but i do worry about saylor/lescalles who i do think will be used but really aint done very well ! yes they have great moments but not nearly enough for the prem imo.

    once we play colo/mbemba or one of those with lecalles or saylor then it will start to look like a proper team imo then i’ll start to worry if we leak like we are doing.

  • 23 pawl250 // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Again with the CB

    We have

    Mbemba, Coloccini, Taylor, Lascelles, Williamson, Dummett and Good

    Can anyone honestly see a CB coming in to add another body to that list.

    You can moan all you want about how this person or that person is not good enough. The fact is these guys are under contract and no one else wants them. SO that said unless one leaves we simply have to accept it would be good enough for 1 season, or push comes to shove and we have an injury crisis 5 month until January window to buy.

    People lets be realistic, Colo is good enough. Taylor when fit is good enough. Dummett and Lascelles are potentially good enough. Williamson is awful but really he can do a job, hes not amazing but he can do it and fill the hole.

    People need to accept until next season when Colo, Williamson and Taylors contracts end we simply will not add more to that list. ACCEPT IT! Otherwise you face disappointment!

  • 24 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Not defending so deep and retaining possession should improve the goals conceded. Add in Mbemba and hopefully a leader of the line and we should be far better. A leader alone would improve our defence just by organising it better.

  • 25 the broons // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    no jamesy mate, am also sick to death of hearing no defenders mentioned.

  • 26 JackButler // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:31 PM


    I think this kid will either player reserve/youth football for us or be sent out on loan.

    If, we move for Austin, then we will see either Cisse or Rivière being shipped out.

    Don’t forget that Mitrovic is going to take a season to settle to life over here and he’s still a kid, Perez can be played as a withdrawn striker or wide of a three so I don’t think it’s to much and we are not overloaded yet, but if one comes in one will have to go out

  • 27 JackButler // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Lilongwe Geordie

    We are desperately short of a leader and we have suffered for not having one for a long time, but, the likes of Willo, Colo and Saylor are simply not good enough anymore and the addition of one player won’t change things that much, nor will the coaching imo as the players we have are inherently bad.

    What’s that old saying, you can polish a turd buts it’s always gonna be a turd

  • 28 Rotonda heights // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:37 PM


    why wouldn’t Toney have the desire? what has indicated that in any way?

    As for talent for a big lad he has some sublime skills.

  • 29 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    The three centre halves were made to look far worse because we had to defend far more and we constantly retreated to our own box. Saylor and Colo would hold there own at a number of Prem teams when fit.

    Make any defender spend 70% of the game defending the edge of his own box and they will ship goals. By pressing higher and retaining possession it is a safe bet the defence will improve.

  • 30 Rotonda heights // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:38 PM


    A front 3 of perez, mitro and aarons is potentially very exciting.

    I don’t know whether a 433 or 343 would be best

  • 31 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    I’d go 433 at the moment personally. I think we need Janmaat and Haidara to provide width for the side as fullbacks. With one of the midfield providing cover depending upon which flank we are attacking down.

    If we are really up against it both are capable of dropping deeper to help the midfield as well.

    Who would your 3 at the back be?

  • 32 JackButler // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Lilongwe Geordie

    Playing a higher line and possession football will help, but we all know that when our back are against the wall, what we have is simply not good enough, not to mention the attitude of our captain has been disgusting to say the least.

    It seems to me that while Mikey has opened the purse strings we need to address the major issue that everyone can still see, that’s why I hope we are going to address it sooner rather than later

  • 33 croftus5678 // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    @28 rotonda

    a fair few games i have seen him in he looks like he’s not interested and as for talent he reminds me of sammy !

    he does have talent maybe that was a bad choice of words he just seems a step short of the talent it needs to get a second ahead of others.

  • 34 JackButler // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Rotonda heights

    That front three could inspire dread in opponents

  • 35 Jack // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Ed we need a poll on where we think Newcastle will finish.

    Bet it’s very negative.

  • 36 hibbit // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    pawl your quick tell others they know nowt about football modern or not but if you think that list of defenders is good enough for a prem team you should shut up because you know NOWT about football modern or not

  • 37 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    I think we need a leader, but I doubt we will get it. So I think we will have to satisfy ourselves with improvements through the tactics and style of play, unless someone does come in and buy Colo or Willo.

  • 38 hibbit // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    clubs are in for willo but we wont sell…..leeds boro and others

  • 39 JackButler // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Lilongwe Geordie

    I live in hope that SM will deal with it as we will struggle otherwise. SM is a good coach, but you’d need to be a miracle worker to pull that lot into something possible of building around and for the sake of two additions, one centre half and one understudy to Jannmat isn’t to much to expect, especially when we are being linked to so many players we don’t need

  • 40 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Being linked with so many we don’t need, but no guarantee we are actually interested!

  • 41 JackButler // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Lilongwe Geordie

    We all know we only have the press to go off, if reports are true that we have offered 12 million for the likes of Thauvin it’s madness

  • 42 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    supposedly toney is being sent to City on loan to replace jovetic as cover for aguero.

  • 43 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Ivan T! Now our forward line is secured 😉

  • 44 firebug666 // Jul 30, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    I know nothing of this Ivan Toney, but I guess he is coming in to the development squad now that Ameobi and Armstrong are out on loan.

    I hope he does well, we need players from the development squad pushing the first team for a place.

  • 45 Mister Tuff // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Jack – why did you respond to my -get back under the bridge post -it wasn’t addressed to anyone.
    Usually it is only one particular person who responds.
    Deary me!!!

  • 46 hibbit // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    i think agents have a lot to do with these stories trying to drum up business

  • 47 nut meg // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    On Toney,I hope he goes on loan to a championship side where he’ll get plenty game time and well away from Beardsley.

  • 48 hibbit // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    nut meg spot on mate beardsley was a great player but is a very poor coach

  • 49 Belfast // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Buy and loan back to Northampton.

  • 50 nut meg // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    The expected announcement about Mbemba’s visa is taking a long time.

  • 51 hibbit // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    belfast he could do with going up a league

  • 52 Tsunki // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    We could get a poll on who thinks Jack is an old blog WUM in a new guide. Bet it’s very positive.

    Pawl, as ever his approach is flawed but in a slightly aggressive way. First post let’s attack ED for not being a cutting edge journalist and providing the most visited nufc forum in the world. Next into CB disaster denial mode where we should just lump it with the current failure setup gets use nobody else wants them. Sheesh. I’d bin that logic I really would. I think before this window closes we will probably have another one to go along with Mbemba.

  • 53 Tsunki // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 54 firebug666 // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Sp. Anderlecht news ?@Sporting_AND 20s21 seconds ago
    Chancel Mbemba has being granted a work permit by the FA. Announcement imminent. #rsca #nufc [HLN]
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  • 55 hibbit // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    nut meg …he’s at benton know

  • 56 hibbit // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:16 PM


  • 57 firebug666 // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    BBC Newcastle ?@bbcnewcastle 16s16 seconds ago
    Chancel Mbemba signs for #NUFC. 5 year deal for the Congolese defender. Now has work permit but still needs visa so can’t play v Borussia M.

  • 58 Jib // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:18 PM


  • 59 nut meg // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    So it should be 1 in -1 out, followed by another 1 in – 1 out.

  • 60 JackButler // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    One more CH please

  • 61 Belfast // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Hibbit, Yeah probably right, but us loaning him back to Northampton will probably knock a few quid of the price no doubt. That’s why I think he’ll be loaned back.

    Skunki, Was Jack not the one who was deeply unhappy that nobody ever responded to his comments a while ago ? Maybe this is his new tactic, be annoying and disagree with everything. Provoke a response to his comments. 🙂

  • 62 loonie-toon // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Just been looking that Toney on you tube check it (Ivan Toney | English Prodigy | Skills & Goals)

  • 63 Liverpool Mag // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:23 PM


    I don’t know, he’s definitely not old. And I feel like it would be really hard for someone to try and pretend to be like that, rather than that being someone’s actual personality

  • 64 Jack // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    Lol high five gang are out. Yay high fives wooooooo

  • 65 Belfast // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    So his debut will probably be against Southampton ? If McClaren has the swingers to throw him in at the deep end.

  • 66 JackButler // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Has Ian-Toon got himself another voice inside his head that he’s now projecting as yet another mysterious poster???

  • 67 JackButler // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:29 PM


    You’d think the fact he’s been here for a week, training etc etc that he should be involved in some way this weekend and up for a place in the opening game

  • 68 Rotonda heights // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:30 PM


    A back 3 for me based on what we currently have would be Colo as as a sweeper behind M’Bemba and Lascelles

  • 69 Average_Contents // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    It’s official


    Newcastle have completed the signing of defender Chancel Mbemba from Anderlecht. 

    The DR Congo international today received his work permit from the FA, meaning he can now join up with his new team-mates on Tyneside. 

    The 20-year-old agreed personal terms with Steve McClaren’s side last week and Sky sources understand the fee to be in the region of £8.5 million. 

  • 70 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    It’s confimed Mbemba has signed

  • 71 Ron Knee // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    Lee Ryder: “Newcastle United’s summer spending spree continues with the addition of squad player Ivan Toney.”
    Nice one, Lee!

  • 72 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Well that’s one CB in now lets sign another

  • 73 Jack // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Watch someone find a negative about this signing, shouldn’t be long…

  • 74 GeordieTwo // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    I think we should switch to a back 2 of Bigi and Fergie. Try that out for a few Prem matches. Yes a 2-4-4 formation. Completely confuse the opposition. Quick ball movement, that’s the ticket lads.

  • 75 beermonkey // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    will we let willo go now

  • 76 firebug666 // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:38 PM


    Well there is one negative, Fledgling Magpie supporting this team. Been reading all day and you are the only negative on here.

  • 77 Liverpool Mag // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:38 PM


    I’m gonna say that the negative is that he puts on his trousers one leg at a time?

    Although it seems like most people are actually very happy about Mbemba…

  • 78 JackButler // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Beer monkey

    Think that will now happen and let’s hope it isn’t to long before another comes in

  • 79 firebug666 // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Dan O’Sullivan ?@DanOsull27 3m3 minutes ago
    Then I saw his face, Chancel Mbemba
    Didn’t know his date, of birth when he signed.
    I’m in love, I’m a believer.
    Chancel Mbemba’s

  • 80 KevinLee // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:38 PM


  • 81 GeordieTwo // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    After all, none of the other Prem clubs have realized we have a weak back 4 (63 conceded). It’s clear we’re far too focused on defense. All out attack is the answer. Krul can fend for himself. I would love to know what Steve really thinks of the squad. It probably wouldn’t be pretty. Will he pull a Percy on us after this season?

  • 82 Jack // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Firebug that’s very rude.

  • 83 GeordieTwo // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Have to see this Mbemba lad in action for a while. Everybody looks purple on paper as Llambeezee used to say.

  • 84 GeordieTwo // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    An attacking pair of Toney and Rivi then? Terrorize the opposition defenses. Or make them die of laughter. It could work either way. Cisse and Mit come on in the second half and fill the old onion bag.

  • 85 Liverpool Mag // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:42 PM


    Don’t remind me that Llambias existed…

  • 86 firebug666 // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Chancel Mbemba

    “I’m very, very happy to be here,” he told the club’s official website. “This is the biggest league in the world and I’m very proud to wear the shirt for this team and play in this league.

    “I’m going to do everything I can to help make the supporters happy, to help out my teammates and to bring something extra to the team.

    “I know the team very well. I’ve watched the Premier League and I know this is a massive team with big players and with a great coach.

    “I’ve come here to Newcastle United because it’s a very good move in my career to play for such a famous club. I am excited for the season ahead.”

  • 87 scout // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Saw Toney play against Worthing a few weeks back. Didnt look much good to me heading was awful. Did have a nice touch though.

  • 88 GeordieTwo // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    I see Good is injured again. He’s trying to catch and surpass Saylor’s record I see. Very difficult Curtis mate. You’ll have to remain injured for years on end. And Saylor is still at the club so that will be a moving goal post…..Harrumph.

  • 89 beermonkey // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    jack butler

    yes would like to see another cb come in, not sure one will though

    looks like a 4 made up mbema colo lashelles dummet or maybe taylor
    so we can lose willo and maybe taylor

  • 90 GeordieTwo // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Purple Llambeezee is a club legend Liverpool mag mate. He really knew how to run across a pitch naked. He still hasn’t paid for his lease car which was towed. He is a much sought after club executive among other Prem clubs including Liverpool.

  • 91 GeordieTwo // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Then I saw his face, it was Chancel Mbemba!
    Not a trace of doubt in his mind.
    He’s in love, with Steve McLaren!
    He couldn’t leave us if he tried.
    Old Monkey’s tune. Seems appropriate. Huzzah Chancel!!!

  • 92 GeordieTwo // Jul 30, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    I’m getting very excited about the BMG match. Will they let us kick the ball a bit? Can Obertan have a run out so we can see his massive heed? How will wor scrambly bits be? Very exciting times…..

  • 93 Malta Mag // Jul 30, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    Love the Chancel Mbemba songs lads, hate some of the negativity which still exists though………Hail Mike Ashley, the bloke deserves some credit? Now for Charlie Austin!!!!!

  • 94 Ravostag // Jul 30, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    It’s centre backs we need not strikers, why do we not realise that, stop tracking midfielders as well

  • 95 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:07 AM

    I’m not so sure about the wisdom of loaning Toney out this season. I think we’d be better off to bring him up here and see him first hand. Also let him feel like he’s actually part of the club. I think the Darlow/ Lascelles transfer arrangement looks more like a miss than a hit. Neither was assured of first team football last season, and it would seem that neither has really hit the ground running at Newcastle. Lascelles looks a million miles away at the minute from the quality we need in that position. If he’d been here last season we would have known that by now. OK, too early to write him off, but logically it would have been better to get him here straight up, have a look at him, and then maybe loan him this season.

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