McClaren Could Bring In Derby Midfielder In January


Newcastle are being linked today with Derby County defensive midfielder George Thorne, who was signed when Newcastle manager Steve McClaren was at Derby.

The 6’2″ tall midfielder turns 23 next month and has played for England from U16 through U19 level.

Thorne began his career at Cambridge United but when their Youth Academy closed down he joined West Brom and came through their Youth Academy.

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George Thorne – Derby County midfielder

George went on various loan spells to Portsmouth, Peterborough and Watford before joining Derby on loan in January of last year.

Steve McClaren was the boss at the time and he signed him permanently at Derby for about £3M in the summer of last year on a four year deal.

So Steve McClaren will know all about the Chatham born youngster,  but in July of last year during pore-season Thorne suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury during a friendly match against Zenit Saint Petersburg.

That’s the same injury Tim Krul picked up playing for the Netherlands in October – and George was ruled out of football for nine months but he returned to playing again towards the end of last season.

He’s now back playing well for Derby and has played 13 times for them this season.

The Mirror is reporting that Everton boss Roberto Martinez is very keen on Thorne as a potential long-term replacement for Gareth Barry.

Newcastle were linked heavily with this player in the summer, so it’s not too surprising that we are again being linked with the 22 year-old Englishman.

He played 16 times for West Brom and 35 times for Derby County with 4 goals and 5 assists – and he’s made 80 first team appearances with 5 goals and 10 assists so far in his career.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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102 comments so far

  • John Tudor

    Dec 27, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #1

    500,000 price tag lol

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 27, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #2

    “Dogged by injuries”

    Sign him up, sounds a perfect fit.

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  • cyprus

    Dec 27, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #3

    I hope this guy isn’t our top target. He was poor at Liverpool, better at this team he is now, admittedly.

    We need speed in this team. A Bellamy, if you will.

    On another subject: when Wini plays well we win, when not we lose. How to get him to play well more consistently? Has anyone noticed? Is he played in different positions? Does the opposition ‘eliminate’ him?

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  • cyprus

    Dec 27, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #4

    ‘This guy’- Shelvey

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 27, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #5

    best see some action or we are going down and its not very nice
    cant see three worse teams im afraid
    sadly no solution offered and unlikely so see one from the fat conroller

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  • cyprus

    Dec 27, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #6

    JT,
    Happy holidays mate. 3 worse teams: AV, Sunderland, Norwich

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 27, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #7

    Our transfer windows are increasingly reminding me of a old game show catchphrase!

    “Just look at what you could of won”

    Can’t beat a bit of Bull eh mike?

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  • cyprus

    Dec 27, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #8

    And it’s a crazy league this year. Someone will be sucked into the R vortex, someone will do a Leicester… Could be us! (or not)

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 27, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #9

    yeah right and you think we will beat the drop
    all three to play away we wont get nowt from those games

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 27, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #10

    so cyprus what you’ve witnessed says we will get out of it its not spring yet cuckoo cuckoo cuckoo

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  • Nufc-83

    Dec 27, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #11

    Cyprus that’s totally incorrect Shelvey done well at Liverpool I am friends with a lot of Liverpool fans and they wanted to keep him. Rodgers liked him aswell it simply just didn’t work out for him. He has been amazing for Swansea.

    To get the best out of gini play him in middle it’s very simple he is a cm/cam so play him there.

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  • cyprus

    Dec 27, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Think? Hope

    But we ain’t that bad when we do play. Problem is we are as inconsistent as ever. That I don’t get.

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 27, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #13

    fabulous hearst equaliser

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 27, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #14

    and as you say you always get one sucked in maybe it’ll be man u
    happy holidays to you too

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 27, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #15

    Bit of a dilemma for the guy, us or Everton, hmmm!

    Should we try and get Shelvey, that’s a no brainer, Carr should be sitting in his living room pleading with him to sign for us.

    Not to optimistic about it happening though.

    🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁

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  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 27, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #16

    A quick comparison of Georginio Wijnaldum:

    http://www.whoscored.com/Players/33568

    In his best game against Liverpool he defended the left hand side but got touches across the field in attack and pressed the ball high. Against Everton all his touches are on the left hand side and he seems to have had more responsibility to cover the defence.

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  • cyprus

    Dec 27, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #17

    Thanks.

    ManU? Man they were poor yesterday. Who used to say they’d get relegated? That Kets poster? 🙂

    NUFC83,
    we’ll save that discussion for when he gets here. You may be right, in any case, I’m just not a fan although I like his dynamism.

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 27, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #18

    if anyone its
    bargain bin recruits out of contractors and loanees
    clueless running of a once proud club
    shame on all the ashley lovers

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 27, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #19

    JT

    You’re more Optimistic than me!

    I think we’ll get nae one.

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  • Sazzer

    Dec 27, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #20

    We need Thorne more than Shelvey but I wouldn’t mind the pair of them.

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 27, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #21

    nope just a realist
    this man couldn’t give a rats arse about us he has billions
    and he will always get his outlay back plus interest
    he will have many loopholes in place for when he leaves that will leave us hamstrung and he will still be laughing

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 27, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #22

    What’s the crak with our new training faculties?

    Have they been started or are they still postponed whilst the club can’t guarantee which league they’ll be in?

    If that’s the case they’ll never get built.

    Anyone have any idea?

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 27, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #23

    I agree.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 27, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #24

    Matches to the end of January:

    PL 28-12-2015 West Bromwich Albion A
    PL 02-01-2016 Arsenal A
    Cup 09-01-2016 Watford A
    PL 12-01-2016 Manchester Utd H
    PL 16-01-2016 West Ham H
    PL 23-01-2016 Watford A

    After the WBA game the travel time is not that bad, the worst part of the schedule is the three days between the Cup game and ManU but at least that and the following game another four days later, are at home.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 27, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #25

    I would rather have shelvey, apart from this season he’s been class.

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 27, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #26

    its already geared to make him money and to make us a laughing stock our wins coming against out of sorts sides but failure against sides who battle
    we couldn’t battle if we were armed with ak47’s

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 27, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #27

    with the sale money you could get austin and tempt parflop in

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  • Nufc-83

    Dec 27, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #28

    Sazzer we need Thorne more than shelvey looooool!!! Have u even seen much of Thorne??

    Shelvey the exact type of cm we need are you on drugs!!

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 27, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #29

    mucca would have more chance of bringing in jason bourne

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Dec 27, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #30

    We should sign Thorne and Shelvey they would give us hard work and passing ability and then put Wijnaldum or Anita beside them in a midfield 3 and I think we could boss a lot of teams!

    Mclaren is getting it badly wrong at the moment for me against Villa we started conservatively and allowed them to grow into the game and against Everton he starts 2 up front and gets outnumbered in the middle !! Everton play the same way every week they have 3 in the middle and full backs push on but we had no left winger!!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 27, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #31

    Tbh on form…..we fully deserve to get relegated

    4 home wins in 2015 ffs man

    And tbh if our top targets are this lad, and than winger from Bordeaux who makes Obertan look like a top player then the championship is fully where we belong

    How the hell SMC is still in a job is beyond me, his leadership is a mirror of Pardews littered with baffling tactics, poor team selections, bizarre substitutions and constant dampening of expectations….

    Massive investment is needed in Jan, but that investment lies in the hands of an incompetent managing director, a blind head scout, a blithering idiot of a manager and an owner who’s wallet is sealed tighter than a ducks ars3

    Combine that with a squad which consists of poor players in the mould of your Dummett’s Colo’s and Colback’s mixed with part time players like Sissoko and this club is an absolute shambles

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 27, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #32

    Lindisfarne

    Can’t see a single PL fixture there where it looks like we can pick up points tbh

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  • Belfast

    Dec 27, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #33

    But apart from that everything’s rosy Tads

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Dec 27, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #34

    Would also bring back Armstrong he has rapid pace like Bellamy and can finish chances off !!

    So lets get Thorne and Shelvey in for midfield
    Carillo and Townsend in for wingers
    Austin and Armstrong back in for strikers

    Also a left back and a centre back but not really sure of players that I would want !! But we need 6 players in to begin with !!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 27, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #35

    LCBP
    Much like Pardew, SMC has us set up on the back foot
    We don’t get at teams, we give them the ball and let them grow in confidence

    And this bizarre continuation of playing 2 holding midfielders whilst shoving our most creative outlet, the closest thing we’ve had to a Cabaye replacement, out as an old fashioned left midfielder
    It’s truly painful to watch

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 27, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #36

    in a nutshell tads ferkt

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 27, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #37

    Belfast
    Aye it’s all canny mate!

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  • nufc786

    Dec 27, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #38

    toonarmydownsouth

    I still didnt understand why SM put on Thauvin so late… we needed width on the left and he didnt have enough time to make an impact

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 27, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #39

    because muccas a plum

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 27, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #40

    right shhhhs i is watching forest and leeds serve up a game of footy worth watching

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