Has Rafa Made An Approach For This England U-21 Midfielder?


With Gini Wijnaldum almost certainly leaving Newcastle and Moussa Sissoko likely to follow in short order, Newcastle will need to bring in a couple of good attacking midfielders to replace them for this season.

A good candidate could be Spurs’ Alex Pritchard and we have already been linked with a move for the midfielder this summer and there’s news today that Alex has not made the Spurs squad for the International Champions Cup.

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Alex Pritchard – England U21 International

Alex could be a useful signing for Newcastle with a fee on his head reported to be around £8M and certainly if Gini and Moussa  both depart – we will not be short of money, but we still shouldn’t overpay  for players.

The difficulty Rafa has of bringing players in this summer is that they should be good enough to play in the Championship but also be able to step up to the  Premier League.

So it’s important that we don’t bring in mediocre players – we have done that far too often in the recent past – especially with players from France.

Pritchard has played in the Championship twice in his career, first of all when he was on loan at Peterborough for half a season in early 2013 – and then when he was on loan at Brentford in the 2014-2015 season when he played 45 league games and scored 12 goals.

Not bad at all.

So maybe the 23 year-old 9 times capped England U-21 International is one Rafa could turn to – or maybe has already turned to – to replace Gini Wijnaldum.

The fact that Alex has been left behind at Spurs could point to an approach having already been made by the Magpies?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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84 comments so far

  • WWSBRD

    Jul 22, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #1

    Repost
    Would rather not loan players in an ideal world but tbf it worked quite well last time we went down so I cant gripe too much

    If we could get an agreed fee that would be perfect

    I actually think Lucas would be a real dominant force in the Championship if we could keep him fit but that seems to be his biggest issue recently at Liverpool

    If the Madrid deal touted for Sissoko is correct Id push for loan moves for both Odengaard and Asensio (if we could wrangle an agreed fee that’d be out standing)

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 22, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #2

    Im not against loans for players from Premier League clubs. Just for this season only though. More money to spend when we go up when we can attract better players. Not against it at all.

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  • JamesToon

    Jul 22, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #3

    Have absolutely no idea who we’re going to replace Wijnaldum and Sissoko with…

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 22, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #4

    JamesToon
    As long as Rafa does we are alright

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 22, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #5

    Weaved

    Good shout on Odengaard. have they not had him only a season tho bud ??

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 22, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Damn phone

    WWSRBD my apologies

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 22, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #7

    Hahahaha I’ll get it right in a minute

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  • nufc786

    Jul 22, 2016 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #8

    JamesToon

    One possibe replacement could be Che adams from Sufc
    There was a couple of posts on this blog about us showing interest in him .. We were also interested in him in 2014
    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/who-newcastle-uniteds-non-league-target-8097594

    http://www.footballleaguescout.com/che-adams-scout-report/

    Although still a teenager, Adams is already physically well built, aiding his pacey and powerful style. Adding to his physical attributes, he is also very skilful and comfortable going round either side of a defender. What seems to be most impressive is his knack of scoring goals at the right time and the ability to step up when required on the big stage.

    Could be Possible replacement for Sissoko

    For Wijnaldum maybe Alex Pritchard

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDdXc0mMs9A

    although just a video he looks quality for the championship

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  • JamesToon

    Jul 22, 2016 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #9

    WWSBRD

    thing is providing Sissoko leaves, hopefully along with Gouffran and Riviere as they’re a waste of space, that could be another £30m to spend, (not including potentially Krul leaving!) and technically we should still be complying with FFP, am I right?

    So we should have around £30-40m to spend on a left back, creative midfielder, winger and striker.

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  • Spoof

    Jul 22, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #10

    fle

    Ashley has been dreadful, he ran the club solely to make a quick buck, he may still be running it to make a profit, but this time the profit will have to be pitch related as he is allowing Rafa to invest in the team, signing a 31 yr old rightback is testament to that, so we as a fan base must move on as we can no longer accuse Ashley of holding us back, Rafa has a free rain so success or failure is solely in his hands, he said it himself that he doesn’t have to sell anyone but he has, his decision and not Ashley’s, it’s now up to Rafa to handle the squad and the transfers to make us succeed, and due to it being in Rafa’s hands and no one else’s has gave us hope and it has made us fall in love with the club again, because I and probably many others hated our club, but not now, the love is back as we are a football club again, lets try to forget the past, I’m not asking you to forgive as even I can’t do that just yet, but embrace what we seem to have isn’t too much to ask.

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  • nufc786

    Jul 22, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #11

    JamesToon

    One possibe replacement could be Che Adams from Sufc
    There was a couple of posts on this blog about us showing interest in him

    http://www.footballleaguescout.com/che-adams-scout-report/

    Although still a teenager, Adams is already physically well built, aiding his pacey and powerful style. Adding to his physical attributes, he is also very skilful and comfortable going round either side of a defender. What seems to be most impressive is his knack of scoring goals at the right time and the ability to step up when required on the big stage.

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  • ToonRich

    Jul 22, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #12

    @ JAMSHA from last thread…

    I’d take a chance on these guys possibly:
    Martín Cáceres CB – Age 29
    Miguel Veloso CDM – Age 30
    Junior Hoilett LW – Age 26

    Could all do a job in championship!

    I’d love to see Rafa try for Ødegaard, even if RM dont go for Sisokko. There was talk last season I think when Zidane took over that MO was just a publicity stunt, and they didnt see him as a galactico? Hasnt Asensio already got a hefty price tag on his head?!

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 22, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Nufc786

    Imagine Aaron’s injury free and that’s basically Che adams

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  • ToonRich

    Jul 22, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #14

    @12, I think Che is of a bigger build than Aaron’s…Rolando needs a CR7/Bale type training program, he’s too light weight at the moment!
    Just seen pictures of RM’s training camp, Ødegaard has developed since I last saw him last year!!
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3697972/Didier-Drogba-pops-chat-Zinedine-Zidane-former-Chelsea-striker-oversees-Real-Madrid-s-pre-season-training.html

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 22, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #15

    No problem at all taking on one of the very rich clubs young LB’s for a season

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 22, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #16

    Funloving

    The stated transfer fee for a player directly coresponds to what the selling club recieves of the buying club. It has been well documented that the buying club ends up paying out a bit more in agent and signing fees. That has nothing to do with the players price. Liverpool pay nufc 25M. So nufc recieve 25M off liverpool. Anything else paid to agents makes no difference to us. The only thing that would is any sell on fee owed to his previous club. NONE of this changes the fact that we recieve 25M from liverpool. The way you’re saying it works is ridiculous!

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 22, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #17

    Toon rich
    They must have bulked him up then pal cos I saw him play quite a few times while at Ilkeston town just down the road from me.
    He use to go by players for fun even at a young age and always had scouts there watching him

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  • nufc786

    Jul 22, 2016 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #18

    jazzyp

    Hopefully we can keep him fit for next season..

    I think Thauvin and Shelvey can also do a job in the Number 10 role… I think SDJ maybe loaned to a club in Holland if he is struggling

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  • Spoof

    Jul 22, 2016 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #19

    jazzyp

    is Adams really that good, because an injury free Aarons could walk into the England team, Chaimberlain would be stiff opposition but hopefully fat Sam would go for two wingers to feed Andy Carroll and with Milner now past it and Sterling clearly not up to it with Walcott still not fulfilling his potential then with Chaimberlain, Aarons and Townsend being possibly the best options then Evans would have to be some player to compete with that little lot, obviously this is based on my view that Aarons if we can get him injury free would be a revelation.

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  • ToonRich

    Jul 22, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #20

    Jazzy, I dont think he’s much bigger than his Ilkeston time! But in comparison to Aaron’s IMO hes the bigger of the two. Useless debate though!
    Aarons was out muscled a few times at Donny, but when he was able to run at players he did breeze past

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  • ToonRich

    Jul 22, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #21

    nufc786, I’d much prefer to see Thauvin in the #10 role, and buy another quick winger so we could have pace on both wings – he looked slow the other night, I would have said perhaps not match fit but he was fresh on!

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  • nufc786

    Jul 22, 2016 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #22

    Spoof
    Here are some highlights
    Good Goal by adams from 0.27 to 0.33
    Shows good strengh on the ball and goes past some players
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NfjvFDa4DM

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 22, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #23

    Spoof
    I don’t know if you can remember a British sprinter… Dwain chambers.
    The locals use to mickey out of him telling him he had chosen the wrong sport because he was that fast.

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  • JamesToon

    Jul 22, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #24

    nufc

    Interesting shout, does Che Adams have that creative though? I hear a lot of spurs fans rate pritchard but he’s up for sale for £8m apparently.

    Another good shout someone made, Shelvey in the number 10 role? Has the passing ability, has a very decent long range shot, could be a gerrard type player for us? I know he played there a lot when laudrup was at Swansea. Maybe Perez or Thauvin could become decent number 10’s

    I can still see up to FOUR players being bought in by Rafa, I don’t think he’s going to take any chances or mess about, if it’s true he wants “2 Elevens that can challenge the league” then I wouldn’t be surprised to see more players coming, especially now since apparently officials don’t expect to see Sissoko again, which could rake us in a massive amount of money.

    I hope we don’t turn Gamez into a left back, if Rafa wants to though and keep Janmaat at RB then fine by me, but if it wa up to me I’d bring in a more balanced left back and start Gamez at RB

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  • JamesToon

    Jul 22, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #25

    Feels so weird saying “leave it to the manager” or “let Rafa sort it out” lol

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 22, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #26

    It would be nice for Aaron’s to kick on because I feel his career has stagnated over the last few seasons due to injury.
    But please don’t play him at left back again

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  • nufc786

    Jul 22, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #27

    ToonRich
    Yeah I think he might be suited to the middle.

    i remember Thauvin playing in the up front when Mitro got sent of arsenal.. I thought he done ok

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CELXJQaT-P8

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 22, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #28

    Jamestoon

    I thought Gamez did well at Doncaster mate to be fair.
    Looked reassured and brought a calmness to the play at left back.
    Young Rico would be another shout but can see him going to the Pl to be honest this summer

    My player pick out of the newbies has got to be Hayden up to yet.
    Definitely looks the future Dm for us

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  • nufc786

    Jul 22, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #29

    If Tiote leaves i wouldnt mind seeing Mehdi Abeid back or Olivier Kemen ..

    I think people were also discussing Saviet as he can also play a role in the No 10 or box to box.

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  • JamesToon

    Jul 22, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #30

    Jazzyp

    Oh no I agree Gamez looked good and so did Hayden against Doncaster, it’s just that we all know how it was with santon, predictable as he’d just cut in and lose it in midfield, whereas a left footed left back can try and get to the byline and either win a throw in or corner keeping us in possession

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 22, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #31

    Tsunki…………….It would appear that Jib won the pronunciation dispute. Beware of Mr. Tuff hovering with his cane to punish any such mistake. He’s a real stickler these days and very intolerant of any such errors.

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  • sing in the corner

    Jul 22, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #32

    Tad slow on here today chaps? Everyone must be watching ENG giving some stick to PAK

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 22, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #33

    Any news on wijnaldum, is he away yet??

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 22, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #34

    Wijnaldum to Liverpool done deal

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  • JamesToon

    Jul 22, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #35

    SS

    He’s gone. 5 year deal.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 22, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #36

    Che Adams to replace him would be amazing

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 22, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #37

    Spooky how a year ago today Gini was talking about how he had just made the right move to #Nufc

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  • NUFCPaul

    Jul 22, 2016 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #38

    I don’t necessarily think that any player we bring in has to be able to step up to Premier League level. I normally like to think long term, but these circumstances I think it’s best to think short term, get lads in who can do a job in this league and sell them on when/if we go back up.

    If we get promoted we’ll be flush with cash and able to reassess our squad at a higher level. Anyone not deemed to be good enough can be sold to lower league clubs for a bit of extra cash. Sure we’ll make a loss on each player but that’ll be offset by the new Premier League money.

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  • Belfast

    Jul 22, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #39

    Well this time in two weeks we’ll be here arguing over team selections again 🙂

    So are we the club that bidded for Che Adams? Read a week or so ago they rejected a bid from unnamed club.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 22, 2016 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #40

    Wijnaldum gone, if it wasn’t for that pesky relegation they’d all be patting themselves on the back and we’d be back talking about a disappointing season and we’d definitely be targeting top eight next season with the hapless tuft in charge.

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