In the last couple of days we have seen Jonjo Shelvey lose his personal hearing against his FA misconduct case – and Newcastle have been linked with three players who could come in during the January transfer window and add more creativity to our central midfield.
The players we have been linked with are 28 year-old Alan Judge of Brentford, Chelsea’s 20 year-old young midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek and 27 year-old former Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph who has been at Manchester City for over two years now.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 20 year-old Chelsea midfielder
The Chronicle reported yesterday that since Judge’s contract runs out in June we could get him in on the cheap next month and maybe for as little as £600K.
The local papers seem to differ on whether Alan Judge is still a target for Newcastle with the Northern Echo suggesting hs isn’t.
But for anything around £1M for Judge, who was in the Championship Team of the Season last April, the risk becomes much less.
Alan Judge – good buy for Newcastle
If Newcastle can get him in for that fee next month we should do it and it would be a permanent deal.
That’s even though he is still not fully recovered from the double fracture of the right leg he picked up at Ipswich Town last April.
For Rubin Loftus-Creek and Fabian Delph they would potentially come in on loan moves for the rest of the season.
Both have been injured this term and have had little playing time and want to get first team games out on loan.
For Loftus-Creek it seems that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is keen on the very talented and strong England U21 International and the loan deal would probably not be with an option to buy.
The 6ft 3ins tall Lewisham-born player has only appeared 3 times for the Chelsea first team so far this season and he’s played at all levels for the England Youth sides including 13 times for the England U21 side with 5 goals.
But we’re not sure if Rafa would want to bring the talented youngster in without the opportunity to sign him on permanently.
Fabian Delph when he signed for Manchester City in 2014
With Fabian Delph it would be with an option to buy because the former Aston Villa and Leeds United midfielder doesn’t seem to fit at Manchester City since he signed on for them in the summer of 2014 for £8M.
So of the three we think Rafa would take Alan Judge for a decent low fee and be willing to take Fabian Delph on loan for the rest of the season.
If we can get both creative players in next month that should strengthen the central midfield for our ongoing push to win the Championship.
Then in the summer if we are promoted back to the Premier League, we expect Rafa to have another big clear-out of players as he brings in some talented new players to Newcastle to further improve the quality of the squad.
What do you think?
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