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Report – Newcastle After The New Dele Alli

7:33 pm, Thursday, January 28th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 35 Comments

The Times are reporting that Newcastle sent a scout to watch the very impressive 19 year-old Coventry City midfielder James Maddison in action over the weekend.

James has been compared to Dele Alli who has made such an impact this season at Tottenham after the London club beat Newcastle to the signing of the teenager almost exactly a year ago.

As might be expected Newcastle again will face competition from Spurs, who are now (unfortunately for us) a much more successful club than Newcastle – and they have also been watching Maddison.

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James Maddison – 19 year-old midfielder Coventry City

Other big clubs said to be interested in the teenager include Liverpool and Arsenal and that’s not surprising given the way Dele Alli has quickly made his impact in the Premier League and for England over these last six months.

But with Maddison being a top young player in the lower leagues it could be difficult for Newcastle to beat out Tottenham and other big clubs to his signature.

And given how well Mauricio Pochettino has expertly handled Dele Alli over the last six months, that will not have gone unnoticed by the Coventry City youngster and his representatives.

The Spurs manager has quickly brought the youngster through to be a top player at Spurs.

However, if would be a great signing if Newcastle can get this player through the door and hopefully we have learned from our hesitation in signing Dele Alli a year ago.

At that time we balked at the £5M price tag – but he’s now worth maybe five times that.

What’s that about “fortune favors the brave”?

Maddison made his debut for his home town club Coventry as a substitute in August 2014 in the League Cup against Cardiff City, but them missed a large portion of last season due to a back injury, when he was out for about four months returning last April.

James has so far played 30 times with four goals for Coventry.

Comments welcome.

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

35 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Can he play as a FW or a CB?

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Jan 28, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Let’s stay linked with him for a couple of years and see how he does at Spurs, if he’s sh!te for them we might get him a bit cheaper.

  • 3 King Colback // Jan 28, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    What do you call a mackem with delusions of grandeur?

    A Swansea fan

  • 4 SUFCsunderland // Jan 28, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Desperate Newcastle sweating like their Geordie women

  • 5 Bambams // Jan 28, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    We will stutter …..Someone else will sign him.
    According to soccer sauce (are they reliable ?) We are in discussions with Chelsea for Remy.

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Jan 28, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    Does he look like he can jesper ?

  • 7 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 28, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    Soccer Sauce ?@soccer_sauce · 3m3 minutes ago
    As reported on Tuesday- #NUFC are in discussions with Chelsea regarding Loic Remy. Pato hitch holding any move up

  • 8 CypriotDelight // Jan 28, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    167CypriotDelight // Jan 28, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Jail, I don’t think it is underhand but rather incompetent workmanship. We seem to ignore certain players and go all out for others – and usually end up with the bum deal.

    I don’t really know but I hope it is not underhand. Strange though that we pay so much for certain players that the parent clubs want shot of….?

    Surprised we paid so much for our New England Mafia but hope they work out. Not sure if anyone else will follow. Fingers crossed

  • 9 jazzyp // Jan 28, 2016 at 7:41 PM


    if Remy is not quite match fit then the 18 day break will get him up to scratch

  • 10 RUNAWAY777 // Jan 28, 2016 at 7:42 PM

    RUNAWAY777 // Jan 28, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    just one ward for u parasite sunderland and your run down life our blog must be better then yours as u spend so much time on this one you sad muppet come on big boy what part of sunderland

  • 11 jazzyp // Jan 28, 2016 at 7:42 PM


    Evening mate. Lacazette in the summer as well lol !

  • 12 CypriotDelight // Jan 28, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Hope we get Remy as it is another bod through the doors and another goal option…..but I feel that this Remy chance will turn out to be the failure at the end of the window that keeps our hopes up. Please let me be wrong…

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // Jan 28, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    We all know Ashley is not interested in footballing success now, but surely he must be able to see that he is not actually getting that best pound for pound value needed to bolt the horse on to the cart, or was it the cart to the horse.

  • 14 Jail for Ashley // Jan 28, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    I’d take the yellow bellied, money grabbing mercenary in a heartbeat right now on the loan deal that I am very much against, we need goals and Mitro needs to be brought out of the spotlight.

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // Jan 28, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    Did you really need to post that twice.

  • 16 Bambams // Jan 28, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    You happy with Remy ?
    At this moment in time I think he would be a good fit. Hopefully scores enough to keep us up then have a look what’s available in the summer.
    I haven’t seen enough of Berahino to really comment.
    What’s the thoughts fellas..
    Remy ?
    Berahino ?
    Other (within reason !)

  • 17 CypriotDelight // Jan 28, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Far from pound 4 pound value isn’t it jail.

    I’m just hoping his fear of falling out of the prem will equate to some quality signings. How sad it has become…

  • 18 CypriotDelight // Jan 28, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    So on the previous story the Mackem Troll / McTroll offered to “iron us out”……

    If u had electricity in ur shite shack u cud not even iron a shirt u nit wit. Man U r one sad little man…..

  • 19 geordie157 // Jan 28, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    Fingers crossed on Remy, if we get him then its been a good window.

    Offloaded Williamson, Fergs and possibly Tiote.

  • 20 SUFCsunderland // Jan 28, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Geordie’s only punch horses and women. Your women have teeth like horses

  • 21 CypriotDelight // Jan 28, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    Don’t stay up too late trolling kid, it is a school night after all.
    You have a whole day of teaching to waste tomorrow and your burner phone only has enough data left to check if Bieber is still keeping it real.

    Bless your smelly socks

  • 22 TroubledToon // Jan 28, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    So this kid is good enough for us, but no-one wants to give Arma even a second thought?

  • 23 SUFCsunderland // Jan 28, 2016 at 8:21 PM

    Revolution Bar in Sunderland at 10pm. I’ll be wearing my Sunderland top

  • 24 Munster Mag // Jan 28, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    Trying to spot one inbred amongst so many fellow inbreds wont be easy mr mackem. Lol

  • 25 SUFCsunderland // Jan 28, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    Black belt in judo

  • 26 CypriotDelight // Jan 28, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    Lol Munster

    A revolution being a struggle that leads to change and triumph….in your case the team will struggle which will lead to a change in league and we will triumph 🙂

    Enjoy ya cheeky vimto u little scamp but remember to study for Friday test day……you don’t want to be bottom of the table on that as well.

  • 27 CypriotDelight // Jan 28, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    Black belt in Rex-Kwo-Do more like ha ha ha ha

  • 28 SUFCsunderland // Jan 28, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    You don’t want to cross me.

  • 29 CypriotDelight // Jan 28, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    Mwah ha ha ha wat r u a Ghostbusters stream ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  • 30 SUFCsunderland // Jan 28, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    How many of you gobshites will turn up

  • 31 CypriotDelight // Jan 28, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    None of us you oxygen thief as we don’t live in Scumderland and neither do you! Stop googling Mackem night spots and brush your teeth

  • 32 SUFCsunderland // Jan 28, 2016 at 9:13 PM


  • 33 scout // Jan 29, 2016 at 12:06 AM

    Ill see you outside ty mcgurks ill be with billy hardy

  • 34 lesh // Jan 29, 2016 at 12:53 AM

    Too late, Spurs’ve signed him!

  • 35 asl123 // Jan 29, 2016 at 1:26 AM

    Its hardly seen Newcastle giving chance to youngsters even though most of the seniors look alike clowns on the field. Idk why are we keeping and signing them for if just to make up the full list of youth development

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