So Who Is Alan Judge – Newcastle’s Next Signing?

There are multiple reports that Brentford midfielder Alan Judge is on his way to Newcastle to take a medical today and sign on for Newcastle, and one of the sources is the Chronicle.

Alan is 27 years old but suffered a double leg fracture in April playing against Ipswich Town and he is not expected to be fit to play until November, so it seems like an odd signing – at least in that way.

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Alan Judge – 27 year-old Brentford midfielder

The once capped Irish International is in the last year of contract at Brentford and it looks like Newcastle will get a very good deal on him.

Alan had a great season last term with 14 goals and 12 assists in 38 total appearances for Brentford – and he was also named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year in April.

So there’s a decent reason to sign him – and the Brentford fans are saying he’s a very creative player, which is what we need.

So he will be a good buy for us financially and has lots of experience in the Championship and Rafa must think he cans take the step up to the Premier League – should we be promoted next May.

He joined Brentford on loan from Blackburn Rovers in January, 2014 and finally signed for them full time that summer.

He started his career at Blackburn and then left for a couple of years to Notts County before returning to the Lancashire club in 2013, where he only stayed for six months before joining Brentford on loan.

Alan stands just short of 5ft 7ins and in his two and a half years at the Bees he’s played 102 games with 24 goals and 31 assists.

While he was at Notts County for two years and got used to playing in black and white stripes, he played 111 games with  17 goals and  27 assists.

So Alan seems to be a productive player.

Judge was born in Dublin and played for all the Ireland Youth sides, but has been capped only once at the full International level.

Judge made his full International debut with a start in a friendly against Switzerland in March of this year and played the full 90 minutes in the 1–0 win.

He was almost a certainty to make the full Ireland squad for the Euro 2106 tournament, before he suffered his terrible double fracture of his right leg at Portman Road.

I was taking my dog Milo for his (very important) early morning hour walk, when my son Neil texted me that we were signing Alan Judge and my first question was – who is he?

Now I know it looks like Alan could turn out to be another good signing for us, but it’s just a pity he’s not available to play until November – and even more reason to keep Yoan Gouffran at the club.

Here’s a tweet he sent out last Tuesday after another operation on that right leg.

Here’s Judge’s goals for Brentford.

What do you think?

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