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Newcastle Lining Up English Players For January

4:50 pm, Friday, November 6th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 31 Comments

Newcastle were the favorites to sign 18 year-old Dele Alli in January and when it got late in the month we failed to seal the deal and in came Tottenham Hotspur and paid around £5M for Dele and he is now starring for Spurs and showing he is an excellent prospect and certainly can become a top player in the Premier League.

Just think what it would be like if he had Alli available to play in central midfield or out on one of the wing for us this season.

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Lewis Cook – 18 year-old Leeds central midfielder

Why we didn’t sign him we have no idea, but it’s hard to accuse Newcastle of being aggressive and decisive in the transfer market – we tend to be too timid and uncertain.

But it’s also true that didn’t stop us in the summer of signing four very good players but that came after we were almost relegated in May when John Carver found himself completely out of his depth and shouldn’t have been allowed to stay in the job.

But again there was a lack of decisiveness from those at the top of the club – particularly from Lee Charnley –  that almost ended up in another relegation.

We were so lucky to avoid relegation last May.

Those at the top now know we are still in trouble so we will bring in quite a few players during the January transfer window and we think that there could be a few British players coming in – mainly because they are in a better position to immediately have an impact on the team.

The other side of that is they will be more expensive.

In the past we have brought in players from the continent and in particular from France – and it often takes a long time for them to produce – even when they make it.

Newcastle have pinpointed some targets for January according to the Chronicle and one of them is 18 year-old Leeds United central midfielder  Lewis Cook – who we have been linked with for almost eighteen months now and Lewis is a tremendous young talent in the Championship.

Lewis has played for all the England Youth sides through U19 and he is a regular in the Leeds United first team having played for them 51 times over the last couple of seasons.

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Che Adams – Sheffield United striker

Sheffield United attacking midfielder Che Adams is another player Newcastle are keeping tabs on and the 19 year-old striker has scored 7 goals in 12 game so far this season and since joining The Blades last November he has scored 10 goals in 25 appearances.

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Teddy Bishop – Ipswich Town midfielder

19 year-old Ipswich Town midfielder Teddy Bishop is another youngster who Newcastle are keen on and the 19 year-old has 35 appearances for the East Anglia club, but he has been struggling with a serious hamstring injury since August so that may put an end to any proposed deal in January.

So there are three teenagers who play in the Championship and born in England who are all very good youngsters and we think they would be (very) good signings for Newcastle.

However, we also need to bring in more experienced players in January – and two that instantly come to mind and who have their contracts ending next June are striker Charlie Austin of QPR and center-back Joel Matip of Schalke.

Signing those two and maybe two of the above three youngsters would give Newcastle fans a huge lift to Newcastle fans – not to mention the lift they would give to the team.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

31 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lindisfarne // Nov 6, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    Tomorrows formation:

  • 2 GeordieTwo // Nov 6, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Ifs, ands, and buts about Alli are pointless. We didn’t get him. He probably wouldn’t have been given a chance of regular football with us anyway as we take forever to develop players and usually manage to ruin them through injury. The list is almost endless. Aarons, Vuckic, Good and Bigi come to mind right now but there have been many more in the past.

  • 3 Mister Tuff // Nov 6, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Could be a good weekend. I’m going for a 2- 1 win tomorrow and on Sunday Liverpool to beat Palace.

  • 4 GeordieTwo // Nov 6, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Hope you’re right Mr. Tuff mate. We desperately need the points.

  • 5 Blackley and Brownlie // Nov 6, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    “… but that came after we were almost relegated in May when John Carver found himself completely out of his depth and shouldn’t have been allowed to stay in the job.”

    Hahaha. Another article taking a swipe at John Carver before getting anywhere near the point. I hope no calamity befalls John because you’ll be the prime suspect Ed. This has been going on far too long to be healthy.

  • 6 Jib // Nov 6, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Mr Tuff
    You worry about CP’s result ?
    Are you one of these eel pie eaters ?

  • 7 lesh // Nov 6, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Why didn’t we get Alli?

    Probably because Charnley was trying to play clever beggar, make an offer and wait for the response……. And wait and wait and whoops, he signed for Sperz!

  • 8 Blackley and Brownlie // Nov 6, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Unfortunately I’m going to be in West Yorkshire and the only game showing on TV down there will be the West Yorkshire derby. I haven’t even got time to go to the John Smiths. Promises to be a good game.

  • 9 Jib // Nov 6, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Mr Tuff and Blackley

  • 10 lesh // Nov 6, 2015 at 5:11 PM


    If you can’t get to the John Smiths, I’m sure a few pints of said same might just make up for it.


  • 11 BandB // Nov 6, 2015 at 5:12 PM


    Of course, that never, ever, happened before Charnley was “in charge.”

  • 12 lesh // Nov 6, 2015 at 5:13 PM


    Many would think they make a lovely couple!

  • 13 BandB // Nov 6, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    I changed that back to Lesh once.

  • 14 GeordieTwo // Nov 6, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    It’s hard to overstate the importance of this one.

  • 15 ShirebrookToon // Nov 6, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Che Adams = no chance as Spurs are keeping an eye on him

  • 16 BandB // Nov 6, 2015 at 5:18 PM


    I kept my nose out of it.
    So why don’t you?
    What Jib and Tuff write to each other is their own affair, so to speak.
    I pick my own battles, and you and I wouldn’t want one.
    Would we?

  • 17 lesh // Nov 6, 2015 at 5:18 PM


    I’m sure we missed out on players long before Charnley took charge but there can’t have been many who were seemingly nailed-on before they were spirited elsewhere.

    I’d be interested to know why Alli went to Sperz when we were said to be his destination. Any ideas?

  • 18 lesh // Nov 6, 2015 at 5:20 PM


    Me want a battle? Oh no, never, not me.

  • 19 BandB // Nov 6, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Good lad.

  • 20 lesh // Nov 6, 2015 at 5:22 PM


    Owt for a quiet life.


  • 21 BandB // Nov 6, 2015 at 5:28 PM


    A few journalists, including one who was part of a preferred media deal, have mentioned that the club has a habit of telling them players are in the bag when it later transpires the club never made any kind of approach.
    We are not unique in this. We are just recidivists at it.
    The “preferred media partner” at the Mirror felt confident enough to splash the news that Charlie Austin was “a done deal.” during the summer.
    It must serve a purpose.

  • 22 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Nov 6, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Probably season ticket sales were low!!

    Seem to remember we were going to sign Austin and Berahino over the summer according the clubs preferred media partner ……

  • 23 Mister Tuff // Nov 6, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    Jibberish – I certainly do not worry about any results including Palaces’. However it would for me be a good result if Palace lose. It may silence the eel pie platoon and their love in with King Percy. They’ll be off in the huff – into darkened rooms contemplating what went wrong with a rousing accompaniment of a few Chas n’ Dave songs in the background.

  • 24 banjax // Nov 6, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    This is a red herring of a posting about the purchase of English players which are prospects but not ‘shoe in’ straight into the first team. I really do wonder. If it wasn’t already obvious, bearing in mind we are currently anchored at the bottom of the Premier League. Newcastle United need quality footballers to go straight into the team and those need to be proven quality not prospects – whom we have plenty like Armstrong, Toney and a few more. So please lets cut the crap and start by aiming high and keep it there !

  • 25 BandB // Nov 6, 2015 at 5:38 PM


    Are you suggesting that they deliberately mislead for financial gain?
    But that would be a confidence trick!

  • 26 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Nov 6, 2015 at 5:42 PM


    On 2nd thoughts our club cant be that dishonest can they?? Ha ha

  • 27 Tsunki // Nov 6, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    I shall cover my eyes if there’s going to be insinuation that our virtuous owners are less than paragon of honesty and propriety.

  • 28 Ibizatoon // Nov 6, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    “Could the club complement the new players with players who have Premier League experience? They could benefit some of the younger ones, especially in weaker areas of the squad.”

    “The club’s policy on recruitment remains unchanged however, as previously stated, it may consider exceptions in specific circumstances.”

    Banjax…Not sure why, but I’m not expecting PL tested and first team ready players.

    Do you get the feeling that being “anchored at the bottom of the Premier League” doesn’t feature as “specific circumstances”?

  • 29 BandB // Nov 6, 2015 at 5:51 PM


    The reporters may have just misunderstood.

  • 30 Jib // Nov 6, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Garde confirms we contacted him last January .
    He was very interested but felt it was the wrong time for him.

  • 31 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Nov 6, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    Hello Lads, It seems ages since i,ve been on here !

    Any stories or links about prospective signings, links or Players we are interested in? Well i,ve learnt in all my time on here that is not worth winding myself up about !

    I will, however like to comment on a link i read yesterday and today about a certain AJAX winger “Al Ghazi “!

    A lot of my Dutch colleagues have been taking the Pith out of me again, about how much of a Shite player he really is ? Apparantley Ajax can,t wait to get Rid, and would Laugh themselves all the way to the Bank if we signed him from them . My reaction to this is that i just don,t know because he plays for one of their reserve teams and occasionally gets into the first team. Hope we DON,T get him .

    As for the DELE ALI story abov? , well as far as our Transfer Policy goes, Not really surprising is it, we have a bad reputation as far as developing young players goes ! There are exceptions to this but not many !

    The Remi Garde story don,t surprise me either, he wants the final say on who Villa sign and he is perfectly right to expect that, from any Club where he goes?
    Frank de Boer would expect that too, which is precisely why FDB would not come to us and we are stuck now with the Trainer we have now. Maybe Mclaren will get the time to try and fix us but it will not surprise me if he fails in what he tries to do with us !

    Watched PSV the other evening and saw how Luuk de Jong get one assist and lobbed the second goal over their keeper.

    Sat thinking, how Luukie was seen as a bad player when he was with us but then he returns to Holland and becomes Topscorer in Holland and manages to excel for PSV in the Champions League ?
    Speaks Volumes does,nt it !

    Hope we can at least win the Morrow, but i aint holding my breath !

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