Newcastle were heavily linked with Alan Judge of Brentford in late August and the local press were saying it was almost a good deal, but it didn’t happen.
It appears like Alan’s broken leg was going to take longer than Newcastle had expected – he was expected back in training which is the reason Newcastle didn’t bring the player in during August.
Now the question is whether Rafa Benitez will want to being the Ireland International in during January with Alan’s contract running out at the end of next year and he could be available at a knock-down price.
Alan Judge – 27 year-old creative Brentford play-maker
It probably depends on whether Rafa sees Alan as player for Newcastle in the Premier League and if that’s the case Rafa will likely sign the Brentford playmaker early next year.
The once capped Irish International was in the Championship PFA Team of the Season for last season and he’s a good player.
Alan had a great season last term with 14 goals and 12 assists in 38 total appearances for Brentford he’s a very creative player, which is what we need.
He was almost certain to make the full Ireland squad for the Euro 2106 tournament last summer, before he suffered his terrible double fracture of his right leg at Portman Road in April.
We have Jonjo Shelvey doing the job for Newcastle so far this season and it would be good to have another creative midfielder in the squad.
Here’s some information on the career of Alan Judge:
Judge joined Brentford on loan from Blackburn in January, 2014 and finally signed for them full time that summer.
He had started his career at Blackburn and then left permanently for a couple of years to play for Notts County before returning to Rovers in 2013, where he only stayed for six months before joining Brentford on loan.
He then signed permanently for Brentford in early June 2014, on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.
Alan stands just short of 5ft 7ins tall 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 he played 111 games with 17 goals and 27 assists, so Alan is quite a productive player.
He was born in Dublin and played for all the Ireland Youth sides, but has been capped only once at 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.
Judge would seem to be an excellent signing for us, especially if we can get a good deal for him with the player having only twelve months of his contract left in January.
What do you think?