In the last few days we have seen lots of reports that Newcastle are linked with a move for 27 year-old Bournemouth forward Lee Tomlin.
Tomlin played 10 times for Bournemouth last season with a single goal and was sent out on loan in January to Bristol City where he scored 6 goals in 18 appearances.
There are also reports the relationship between Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and Tomlin is not good and that he will be sold for around £3M in the summer.
Lee Tomlin in action for Bristol City
It’s The Sun is reporting that Rafa Benitez is interested in the player, but we’d be very surprised if that has any truth to it.
The truth is we expect Rafa to bring in players a lot better than Tomlin, who has been a journeyman player in his career playing for Rushden & Diamonds, Peterborough and Middlesbrough in the past.
That’s assuming Rafa will be our manager for the next three years and he will come in and build a team not only good enough to win the Championship next season, but is also be the basis for a future top team in the Premier League.
That’s what Rafa is on record as saying he wants to do at Newcastle – to win trophies.
Lee Tomlin would not fit into that manifesto.
However, if Rafa doesn’t come and we continue to run Newcastle as in the past then yes – Lee Tomlin could be a target and yes – the managers Lee Charnley will be going after could well be the likes of Steve Bruce and Neil Warnock.
That’s only one reason we are so desperate to get Rafa Benitez at Newcastle long term.
Lee Charnley’s ambitions for Newcastle are about 10% those of Rafa – at best – and that’s being kind to Lee.