There were various reports yesterday that Newcastle are interested in Chelsea defender Nathan Ake, who turned 21 last month and is on a season long loan at Watford and playing very well in the Premier League.
The Dutch U21 defender can play at left back or center-back and can also play in defensive midfield, so he is a versatile player who joined the Chelsea Youth Academy from Feyenoord in late 2010 at the age of just 15.
Newcastle are weak in defense and we have been since 2012 and it´s a certainty that Rafa Benitez will be bringing in some defenders in the summer.
Benitez will know all about Ake after managing Chelsea as interim manager for part of the 2012-2013 season and giving him his Chelsea debut in December, 2012.
Nathan Ake – 21 year-old Chelsea defender
Ake signed a five year deal at Chelsea in the summer of 2013 and the fee being mentioned for him is only £3M, which would seem like a bargain for a player who has played for all the Dutch Youth sides including 18 appearances for the Dutch U21 side.
The news is that Benitez is an admirer of the youngster and wants him at Newcastle in the summer, although the player himself could see a future for himself at Stamford Bridge.
He made his Premier League debut in late December 2012 against Norwich City as a 17-year-old, replacing Juan Mata in added time at the end of a 1–0 win at Carrow Road while Rafa was the Chelsea manager.
This is what the youngster has said about his future:
“Of course, I would like to return to Chelsea,” “But it is important for a player of my age to get regular playing time.”
“Things have been going pretty well this season. I am getting plenty of game time and I really feel like I am improving as a player.”
“Let’s see how the season ends with Watford and then we can start thinking about the future.”
It would also seem like a season long loan deal would be possible – and if Rafa is our manager in the summer and we are still in the Premier League – would expect him to bring in a few top young players on loan to the club.
Nathan has played 5 times for Reading on loan, 23 times for Watford on loan and 12 times for the Chelsea first team and looks a very good player in the making.
What do you think?