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Newcastle Still Interested In Top Championship Youngster

9:01 pm, Thursday, November 26th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 23 Comments

Newcastle were interested in signing 20 year-old Leeds United midfielder Alex Mowatt in late summer, but no deal was done, so with the January transfer window fast approaching Newcastle could try to sign the midfielder from Leeds.

Newcastle have been keeping tabs on Mowatt this season as one of several British youngsters Newcastle are following and some of them could be signed in  the January window.

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Alex Mowatt – Newcastle interested in 20-year-old

However, at that time it is important that Newcastle also sign players who can make an immediate impact at Newcastle to ensure that we remain in the Premier League.

Alex has played for the England U19 and U20 sides and so far has 85 appearances for the Leeds first team over the last few seasons with 12 goals and 11 assists.

The left-footed youngster plays in central midfield and will have 18 months left on his contract in January.

In September,  the Doncaster-born youngster was priced as high as £8M and we wonder if Newcastle would be willing to pay that much?

Mowatt made his debut for Leeds in August of 2013, when he started in the Leeds 3–1 win against his home town club Doncaster Rovers in the League Cup.

He was Leeds United Young Player of the Year for the 2013–2014 season and was the Leeds United Player of the Year for last season.

As well as playing in central midfield, Alex can play on either wing and he has played 16 times with two goals for Leeds so far this season.

Newcastle brought in  19 year-old former Northampton striker Ivan Toney in the summer and he looks like a good acquisition and he is currently out on loan at Barnsley and is an example of a good young player signed from the lower leagues.

Mowatt is one of the most highly regarded youngsters playing in the Championship, and he is a player Leeds were unwilling to sell in the summer and we don´t know if that will change in January.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toon kk // Nov 26, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    We should be looking for championship players come the end of the season, once we’ve been relegated. At least look for top quality player’s to at least try and keep us up in January.

  • 2 lesh // Nov 26, 2015 at 9:35 PM


    It’s not just top players we need in January, we could do with a replacement MD, Chief Scout and a finance director to take that responsibility away from the MD.

    The work-load carried by Charnley must lead to enormous pressure and render him unable to give 100% to his role as MD. I’m not suggesting for a minute that that’s lead to his underperformance – he’s clearly not up to the MD job FD or not.

    And more germain to the point, we need the owner to make clear what his aims are for Newcastle United. We known he said he wants to win things but approving Charnley’s actions both last season and this, indicates his total indifference to anything but money – spending as little as he can in the meantime.

  • 3 lesh // Nov 26, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    There’s an ad popped up promoting ‘5 tools for brain enhancement’.

    Five tools? Ashley, Charnley, Carr, Moncur and McClaren should be enough I think!

  • 4 Tsunki // Nov 26, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Yep lets talk about trawling the lower divisions for a glimmer of talent while the numbnuts we pay for struggle to play for their paltry 40k per week.

  • 5 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Nov 26, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    After watching Leicester’s midfield 2 of Kante and Drinkwater totally dominate us with high energy ,tackling and passing ability we need to be looking to get at least 2 midfielders who can do that job really well in this window

    Kante was available for 6 million as well !! He has made the most tackles in the league this season brilliant little player !!

    This Mowatt could be good worth signing but we do need experienced quality as well

  • 6 Lindisfarne // Nov 26, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    So, Collo, Sissoko and Mitro are being raked over the coals and told to buck up. Last chance saloon for the Captain, I hope no starting place for the French man with the chance of losing his International place and a ‘muscle toning’ diet for the striker. If they need to be hooked at C.Palace who will replace them?
    Collo – I think it would be right to play Mbabu at left back to counter act their winger, as Dummett has been struggling. Then it would be between him and Laschelle as CD replacements.

    Sissoko – I think de Jong should start and try to tie a deeper midfield role down as he does not have enough pace, but there has also been little evidence of his passing ability for some reason. This would suggest Thauvin would be the most logical replacement on the right wing, although Marveaux and Gouffran could also be called upon.

    Mitro – the early indications that a partnership with Perez may pay dividends has not fully form as yet, he is obviously struggling to create goals for himself and hit any really good form which would inspire his confidence. Positive motivation for defenders to keep giving him knocks and in conjunction with his indiscipline, he has really got a lot to struggle with. Cisse is little different in terms of the quality of his quality of play and producing goals, which would indicate that, unless they both started up front, there may be a change in formation if Mitro is sent for an early bath.

  • 7 Lindisfarne // Nov 26, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    That would then indicate the following formation for the C.Palace game:

    ———-de Jong—-Anita

    One, two, three or more reputations on the line.

  • 8 Our Toon // Nov 26, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    If you don’t provide crosses or any service for strikers they won’t score.

  • 9 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 26, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    It would be get if McClaren would do some soul searching and dig out what he learned from his time in Holland!

    …I am still not seeing it!

    All I am seeing is Derby, Nott. For and Middlesborough. It’s very English and very ineffective!

  • 10 toon kk // Nov 26, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    I wonder what our squad does in training? I’ve never seen much evidence of creative play and supplying our strikers to score the goals we need.

  • 11 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 26, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    *get = great

  • 12 martoon // Nov 26, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    Lindi @7 – That team looks decent. However if McClaren used the same personnel I think he would put Gini or Sissoko beside Anita, De Jong as the number 10 and Perez on the left or right depending who he plays in midfield!

  • 13 firebug666 // Nov 26, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Well if McClaren has had a go and some of the players, and they have now spit their dummies, I guess we should not expect any great changes on Saturday.

    The team has been sh1t for years, and now they have had their feeling hurt by that big nasty McClaren, I’ll be surprised if they bother to make it to the bus down never mind get on the pitch.

    Personally I would put most of the development squad in their, at least they actually try to win the game.

  • 14 Our Toon // Nov 26, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Maybe someone needs to give mcclaren some home truths?

  • 15 jimmysmith // Nov 26, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Collo, Sissoko and Mitro are 3 players that McC has really backed. It’s odd that they’ve been singled out for their attitude. Why are they underperforming? It surely can’t simply be that they are prima donnas, they are among our very best players.

  • 16 Tsunki // Nov 26, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Perhaps the stat monkeys can derive some conclusions from the upsurge in pizza and kebab parlour takings in the Newcastle area during the last few seasons? This is a hopelessly unfit squad that can’t keep up with any other side.

  • 17 Tsunki // Nov 26, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    If McLaren gets lip from any players over their shoddy efforts, he should get Charnleys say so to replace them pronto. No matter who they are.

  • 18 Jib // Nov 26, 2015 at 10:36 PM


    Chun ki

    That’s your area of expertise surely ?


  • 19 Our Toon // Nov 26, 2015 at 10:46 PM


    I don’t think many players want to be here so we’ll be doing them a favour!! It’s quite funny though that you want mcclaren to go to the teaboy who has no power and no say so whatsoever to get rid of players that speak up.

    Hypothetical question to everyone, just throwing this out there. What if the players weren’t happy about the tactics and about training methods as they aren’t delivering results?

    We love to jump to conclusions on this blog, mcclaren has been here almost as long as carver had, and the performances under Carver were better!!

  • 20 Tsunki // Nov 26, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Tongue in cheek, Our Toon, McLaren won’t get any help at all.

    Ray, what are you guffing about now?

  • 21 firebug666 // Nov 26, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Our Toon

    You could have a point about the tactics etc, however the team was sh1t under the inept one, and Carver too.

    And have just got progressively worse as time goes on, so that’s three Managers/Head Coaches we have had, yet the football from the players is just not improving.

    Ok the three in charge are not the best, but we should be seeing some changes with the players attitudes and performance.

  • 22 Our Toon // Nov 26, 2015 at 11:01 PM


    These players excelled at previous clubs as well as national teams before they got here, some still do for there countries. Makes me wonder just how good British managers are

  • 23 firebug666 // Nov 26, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    Our Toon

    I would say a lot of British managers are mediocre at best mate, But that does not excuse the players from putting in such lazy poor performances.

    The simple fact that they just do not try, can’t do the simple things like pass the ball to each other, can’t put in a cross, can’t sprint, lack movement of the ball, Oh mate the list is endless.

    I get so frustrated watching them try to play, then watching it all fall apart, and knowing that nobody on that field or on the bench, or standing in the technical area with a quiff blowing in the wind can do a damn thing to change it.

    The attitudes of staff and players needs addressing, unfortunately because of the ineptitude at management level, (the so called Board of Directors) we simply have nobody to do it.

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