Newcastle Reported Leading The Chase For Creative Midfielder


We didn’t think Newcastle had much chance of signing 20 year-old Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan next month, but there’s an upbeat report in the Sun this morning that Newcastle are in fact leading the chase to sign the highly regarded youngster.

The report is that more than 10 clubs have enquired about the 20 year-old but one strike against Newcastle is that Chelsea’s Italian manager Antonio Conte would like his player to play Premier League football for the rest of the season.

However, on the positive side Rafa does have contacts with Chelsea, having been their interim manager for six months from December, 2012 and he won the Europa League for the London club that season.

The first time ever for the Blues and just one year after they had won the Champions League for the first time with caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo, who Rafa replaced.

20 year-old Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek

The news is that Newcastle have put their loan bid in for the talented Chelsea youngster and are yet to hear back from Antonio Conte, who (unfortunately) is said to be in no hurry to make a decision.

Of course with Jonjo Shelvey out for another four games, if we are to sign  Loftus-Cheek on loan the earlier we can do that the better if would be for us.

Rafa must also have agreed to give Ruben significant playing time at Newcastle, since Conte obviously wants the lad to be playing regular football if he does go out on loam.

Rafa is one of the top coaches in the world and Ruben would no doubt benefit from working for five months with the Spanish manager and maybe Ruben.

Ruben could also be impressed with Newcastle – should he become available for transfer in the future.

At the moment that’s unlikely, but with Chelsea buying so many stars in the transfer market, it’s difficult for any of their youngsters to break through into the first team – very similar to the way things are at Arsenal.

Conte does rate the youngster very highly however.

This could end up the way it ended up for 20 year-old Everton left-back Brendan Galloway in August, when he was all set to join Newcastle on loan for the season, but opted for first team football in the Premier League at West Brom.

But he’s played very few games under Tony Pulis (four appearances in total), who has always prefered experienced and older defenders.

Maybe Rafa will try to bring Brendan to Newcastle next month on loan?

He’ll certainly play a lot more than he’s played at West Brom and under a much better manager too.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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10 comments so far

  • Toonfan8

    Dec 28, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #1

    Buy Berahino and take on loan Loftus-Cheek, HBA and maybee Schneiderlin, all with options to buy them. All of them can be top players in EPL and thats sort of quality we need, Rafa has to secure, they will have right approach.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 28, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #2

    Can’t see that Wilson is going to be any better than Armstrong or Heardman even. Why bring in new players when we have some already dying for a chance.

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Dec 28, 2016 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #3

    HALF SEASON ESTIMATED FINAL POINTS OF CURRENT TOP 13 FACTORING IN FORM OVER LAST 10 GAMES
    (Final Version inc. Derby V Birmingham result)

    (FORM ADJUSTMENT = FAd*)

    TOP 2:
    BHAFC [p23 pts51] p46 (FAd +5pts)= 107pts*
    NUFC [p23 pts49] p46 (FAd -1pt) = 97pts
    ———————————————————————————

    PLAY OFFS:
    RFC [p23 pts43] p46 (FAd +6pts)= 92pts*
    LUFC [p23 pts41] p46 (FAd +8pts)= 90pts*
    DCFC [p23 pts39] p46 (FAd +7pts)= 85pts*
    ——————————————————

    LAST PLAY OFF PLACE:
    SWFC [p23 pts40] p46 (FAd +2pts)= 82pts
    HTFC [p23 pts42] p46 (FAd -2pts)= 82pts
    ———————————————————————————

    TRY AGAIN NEXT SEASON:
    FTFC [p23 pts36] p46(FAd +3pts)= 75pts
    AVFC [p23 pts34] p46(FAd +6pts)= 74pts*
    BFC [p23 pts34] p46(FAd +4pts)= 72pts
    BCFC [p23 pts34] p46(FAd -1pts)= 67pts
    PNEFC [p23 pts32] p46(FAd +2pts)= 66pts

    SACK THE MANAGER:
    NCFC [p23 pts33] p46(FAd -10pts)= 56pts*

    * Particularly good or bad recent form makes the final pts estimate less accurate; ie if the the form deviation from the 1st half of the season is more than 4 pts either way.

    NOTE: NUFC in 09-10 had 50pts at the halfway stage and ended up with 102pts, well in line with the estimated points based on this same method.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Dec 28, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #4

    Cannot see Reading or Leeds getting anywhere near 90 points. Historically any team getting 90 points or more has been promoted. You’re predicting 4 clubs will get more 90 points or more. That will not happen.

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  • Bobbybee

    Dec 28, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Got to agree with Bill. Not just because I rate Arma so highly, but he’s wasting his time at Barnsley. They play the long high ball game and that is no good for a smaller striker. Not knocking it, because so far it’s working for them and keeping them out of trouble. They have full time big strikers and they’re playing to their strengths. They won’t change it to accommodate a loanie and I don’t blame them. If it’s not broken, why fix it? That said, it isn’t doing anything for his progress. He’s wasted there and needs to move. He’s the closest thing we have to Gayle if Gayle gets hurt. We’ve already suffered by having only one like Shelvey, we need cover for Gayle. He might as well sit on our bench as sit on theirs – although he has been out injured for a while. His goalscoring record for England shows he’s still the same as ever, but he won’t get the game time he needs playing for a side that plays the way Barnsley do. Bring him back or find somewhere he can play his natural game. This current arrangement is neglectful to his progress and helping nobody.

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  • Clematis

    Dec 28, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #6

    Here’s hoping that we kick on from last Friday and put in a performance.

    Imagine this team:

    3-4-3

    Darlow

    Lascelles – Mbemba – Clarke

    Yedlin – Diame (or Anita if n/a) – Hayden – Lazaar

    Atsu – Gayle – Ritchie

    * Memba to act as sweeper between defence and midfield

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  • Bobbybee

    Dec 28, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #7

    Spotlight, no offence mate, but you’re basically guessing results. If football teaches us anything, it’s that nothing is predictable,. That’s why I’ve never won the super six or pools. 🙂

    On another note, I honestly think that Brighton have a better balanced team than we do. Their first eleven could win this league, but fortunately I doubt they have the same strength in depth we do. When Injuries and suspensions kick in, that’s when we’ll come to the fore. Plus they’ve kept the same team that came so close last time and know each other really well.
    That said, winning is still entirely in our own hands, but that means beating them on their own ground, which is no gimme by any means. Time to knuckle down and give what we get. We were kicked off the park by Wednesday, but if refs allow it to happen other teams will do the same. How Forresteri stayed on in the first half is beyond me. Dirty little shyte. Virtually every foul they committed deserved a yellow at least. When refs are that lenient, we need to return the favour!

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Dec 28, 2016 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Novo, I’m not ‘predicting’ in a crystal ball manner, the stats are simply extrapolating current form. The Champ table this year is very stretched out, and cat present it’s looking quite likely that 3 or 4 clubs could break 90 points on current form. Of course this could change over the next month – and I’ll drop in another table after 30 games to see how it has altered. Last year – by contrast – the whole promotion race was bunched up as clubs tried to out do each other with bad patches! There was no no clear leader, and Brighton (despite a disastrous Xmas period) missed out on automatic promotion in the end by an inferior goal difference of 2.

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  • Bobbybee

    Dec 28, 2016 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Clem, for me 442 is the way forward whilst Shelvey’s out, but I think we’ll both be disappointed matey. Rafa is pretty stuck on his 4231 and I can’t see him changing his ways, as much as I’d like him to.
    I’ve given up on Perez. He’s simply not cut out for the Championship and like Mbemba is more likely to succeed in the PL, where it’s not so rough. He goes down with the softest of touches and refs don’t give those fouls – if they are even fouls. I’d send him out on loan in January myself.
    We certainly need to change tactics, if not formation. Two wingers cutting in, with Gayle, or two wingers going outside with crosses for Mitro. We need to stop being bullied as well.

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  • dcro1

    Dec 28, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #10

    We really need a player who can break the lines, carry the ball and commit opposition players dragging them out of shape.

    We were incredibly predictable against Sheff Wed. Windscreen wiper football. Going side to side. Slow, predictable, obvious. I think

    Shelvey masks a lot of our weaknesses he’s such a crafty player with aggressively positive pass selection.

    What is Hayden? He seems ineffective to me as an AM or a DM? Colback afflicted in the same way although admittedly a superior spoiler.

    In Shelvey’s absence I was really looking to Ritchie to step up. Don’t know what’s happened to him but at the minute he’s a super tecnical player who’s not being brave enough with the ball. plays safe too often for a player with his gifts.

    Not saying drop Ritchie but Atsu needs to be starting. He goes for the throat and it’s really refreshing. Could Ritchie move inside as a 10? maybe not s it never quite worked out for HBA who was always better coming from outside to in but I’d try it.

    Dummett has to be replaced. He’s an honest lad straining every sinew to be competitive and not make mistakes. He’s incredibly mechanical in his play and it’s holding us back.

    Mitro should be sold. I’m no fan – too slow – but even his admirers must realise Rafa doesn’t fancy him at all. His wages and transfer fee would be better invested in a player Rafa rates.

    This all sounds doom and gloom but we’re a good side with a fantastic manager. Just needs tweaking around the edges.

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