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.
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.
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.
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.