Five Central Midfielders Who Could Arrive At Newcastle

It seems that Rafa Benitez is definitely looking to bring in a creative midfielder in January to help Jonjo Shelvey with the creative duties at Newcastle.

The absence of Jonjo – suspended for the last two games – has seen Newcastle labor at home to both Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest, although after the shock 1-0 defeat to the Owls the lads managed a 3-1 win against Forest, but we were helped with the sending off of Matt Mills after 60 minutes.

20 year-old Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek

We have been linked heavily with 20 year-old Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek to come in on loan, but manager Antonio Conti would prefer that the lad play in the Premier League through the end of the season, so things are waiting on his decision, but Newcastle have their loan offer in.

Today we have been linked with Everton’s Tom Cleverley and again it would be a Premier League player coming in on loan with Tom being down the pecking order at the Toffees since Ronald Koeman arrived at he club.

The news today is Tom is interested in joining Rafa Benitez at Newcastle.

We have also been linked with another player down the pecking order at his club – Fabian Delph of Manchester City and it seems he has no future at the club since manager Pep Guardiola came in.

Delph could join us permanently or on loan this month and he could do a job at Newcatsle, although other Premier League clubs are interested in him.

The fourth player we are reported to have already discussed with Nottingham Forest is a surprise – Henri Lansbury – the former Arsenal player who was involved in those two red cards of our players at the City Ground.

He was also heavily criticized by Rafa Benitez after the game,

But the Mail is reporting Newcastle have already contacted Forest about his availability – with his contract running out in June.

The fifth central midfielder we have been linked with is Brentford’s Alan Judge who we nearly signed last August.

Alan is still recovering from the double break of his right leg last April, and he is only just returning to full training with the Bees.

Like Henri Lansbury, his contract runs out in June, so he could be available for a nominal fee.

Those are five creative players we have been linked with leading up to the January transfer window which opens today.

It looks like Ruben Loftus-Cheek is the number one choice, but the Mail are reporting today that Tom Cleverley has moved to the top of the list.

Rafa could bring a player in on loan and maybe also sign Alan Judge, who would be given time to fully recover from his broken leg this and he would be a bargain buy.

Alan would be playing again by the end of the season, although there’s some risk in signing him this month.

Comments welcome.

50 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jan 1, 2017 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #1

    It’s six actually

    You left out James McCarthy.

    However he seems unlikely – although he wasn’t used much this Autumn by Koeman he has played 2 full games and half a game in December including v Arsenal and the derby with Lpool so seems back in favour.

  • Jib

    Jan 1, 2017 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #2

    The window is now open

    from the Chronic

    “Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock are looking to bring in three NUFC youngsters – England youth international goalkeeper Fred Woodman, promising winger Cal Roberts and Under-23 goal-getter Sean Longstaff until the end of the season.”

    The Rugby Park outfit are managed by Lee Clark – remember him ?

    He’s obviously using his long-standing friendship with Lee Charnley to best effect.

    While not the most skilful of Leagues it is hellish competitive and ideal for blooding young’uns.


    Jan 1, 2017 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #3

    maybee rafa will surprise us all. he has said that some of the players he is interested in are unknown to the press. he has also said he is following someone in eastern europe. hopefully who they sign is strong and not small.

  • Veltman

    Jan 1, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Koeman is struggling at Everton.Saw their pl games couple of times,including their last game at Hull,which were lucky to get away with a point.Don’t think taking any of their players is worthwhile,esp McCarthy who is defensive type and have limited contributions going forward.Anyone one or two of the other mentioned however are fine by me.

  • Jib

    Jan 1, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #5

    If one player needs to go out on loan it’s Ayoze Perez who has descended into extreme languor.

    To halt his stagnation he needs to be in a different environment and league where he is gtting regular game time and can revive himself.

    A half season swap with a PL fringe player or perhaps 6 months back in Spain ?

  • nut meg

    Jan 1, 2017 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Alan Judge is the only one I would call creative out of that list. He has a proven record of assists & goals,the rest are more or less classed as CMFs with no record of creating.

  • Jib

    Jan 1, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #7

    Sporting Gijon are getting really serious about Cheick Tiote

    the thought of Cheick in this strip is very weird

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 1, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #8

    Updated running list of targets mentioned in dispatches by Ed since mid December…

    Rudy Gestede – Villa
    Robert Snodgrass – Norwich
    Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Chelsea
    Fabian Delph – Man City
    Alan Judge – Brerntford
    Saido Berahini – West Brom
    Sebastien Haller – Utrecht
    Callum Wilson – Bournemouth
    Daryl Horgan – Dundalk
    Nicolas Pepe – Angers
    Youri Tielemans – Anderlecht
    Maxime Poundje – Bordeaux
    Charlie Taylor – Leeds Utd
    Scott Hogan – Brentford
    James McCarthy – Everton
    Henri Lansbury – Nottingham Forest,
    Tom Cleveley – Everton

    Me – midfield we need a creative midfield player and a combative midfielder like Tiote in his prime. desperate for some ‘muscle’ in the team

  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 1, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #9

    Happy new year everyone and let us all get along like one big happy family.

  • AncientC

    Jan 1, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #10

    “Newcastle Want England International Midfielder In January”.

    Tom Cleverley passes for an ‘England International’ these days?

    In that case, we have a squad full of internationals already.

  • Tsunki

    Jan 1, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #11

    Sorry Jimmy… Jimmy… etc but you didn’t actually address my question of why we as a club seemingly PL – bound, with a top manager and with a purported new ambition, cannot attract pl quality players right now.

    Surely it would be a statement of intent and a pre-emptive stab at hitting the ground running in the Pre-season preparations. You say things about wage structures and insinuate that fees will not be paid at that level until we are already in the PL. How will it work if we start the season with the transfer window in full swing and a part – squad that is ill prepared? Wouldn’t that be a recipe for spending the art of the campaign in the bottom five?

    I will be disappointed if we hear Rafa trot out the “squad is strong enough” and no meaningful transfers are made this month. It will be worrying. I said ages ago this squad would need bolstering to assault the second half of the season, as injuries, suspensions etc kick in. We already see that players like Perez, Mitrovic , Hanley, Lazaar are not the future, others are squad fillers padding out this campaign who will be insufficient for the PL – the efforts of Colback, Dummett, Anita & Gouffran are creditable but they were unable to save us from relegation last time. This is NOTHING like a PL side. We will need something resembling one if we want to survive the first half of next season, let alone climb the table or win a cup.

  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Jan 1, 2017 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #12

    Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith // Dec 31, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    Because you’d have to throw money at the few who would consider dropping a level. Rafa has been canny in the market. I expect that to continue, particularly seeing as we go into the New Year top.

    We have an EPL wage structure in the Championship as it is. I’m sure Rafa would ideally prefer to do our transfer business the off season, with greater certainty and leverage.


    Jan 1, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #13

    I’ve no doubt we will bring in at least someone but I wouldn’t be overly worried about this season if we didn’t

    I think Rafa built a squad in the summer that’s capable of getting promoted without too much hassle

  • Jib

    Jan 1, 2017 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #14

    Rafa’s ex assistant Fabio Pecchia manages Hellas Verona in Serie B and they have the current top goal scorer in Italy Giampoalo Pazzini on 16 goals (the same as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang )

    Guess who the top scorer in Europe is ?

    One ahead of Edinson Cavani at PSG.

    (Roll of drums and fanfare)



  • Tsunki

    Jan 1, 2017 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #15

    Jimmy – “throw money” ? So we won’t have to @ the PL? We’re talking about 6 months of economising?

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 1, 2017 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #16

    Happy new year to you all. Let us hope that this year will be a very successful one

  • Jib

    Jan 1, 2017 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #17

    I agree with Jimmy.

    Rafa now has all the reins in his hands.

    Before if Carr and Charnley spotted what they thought was a bargain would dive in and buy him with little or no consultation with AP how he could incorporate them into his squad.

    Pardew would then feel obliged to fit the new kid on the block into his sides with not much consideration how or if they would unbalance the team – trying to keep everyone happy and failing.

    We are top of the League we want to exit
    In Rafa we trust


    Jan 1, 2017 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #18

    So we’ve apparently made contact over loan moves for RLC, Delph and Cleverly now

    I’d take Delph ideally

  • Tsunki

    Jan 1, 2017 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #19

    Who said choice had to revert with Charnley and Carr?

  • Jib

    Jan 1, 2017 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #20


    Tomorrow we are away to Blackburn.

    If Rafa so wished he could field a completely different eleven to that which started against Forest and most of them would still walk into any other Championship side.

    Try it as an exercise

  • Tsunki

    Jan 1, 2017 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #21

    The question seems to be whether everyone estimates this core squad will survive th first half of a PL season. I don’t.


    Jan 1, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #22

    I don’t think we will build a PL team until the summer, ground work may be put in place now but until its confirmed the players we need next season won’t come

    Loans with options to buy in summer obviously work but it’ll depend on what’s available

  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Jan 1, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #23

    Once back you have guaranteed money to spend, a guaranteed place in the top flight, a larger pool of potential signings, and more time to do the deals.

    Rafa has spoken at length recently about the problems of attracting epl quality while in the Championship. It’s tough to get really top players to Newcastle at the best of times.

    I agree we need an influx of four to six top epl starters, and I think the off season is by far the most realistic time to get them in, but sure Rafa may surprise us. He’s a big name, and we are a big club heading in the right direction, but it’d take some doing, and of course it’s risky to sign a player for big money, and on big money, before you are up. Getting stuck with a highly paid squad in the Championship for two or three seasons, can condemn a club to prolonged obscurity.

    He’ll be sensible, even cautious I imagine, considering we are top and nine points clear of third. The mooted loan deals also suggest this.

  • Jib

    Jan 1, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #24

    Gamez M’Bemba Hanley Lazaar
    Tiote Diame Gouffran Anita
    Murphy Mitrovic

    There you go – not a bad side as it happens

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 1, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #25


    what’s the problem with small players. another beardo would be great.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 1, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #26

    did pardew not thank himself for incoming deals

  • Jib

    Jan 1, 2017 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #27
  • cyprus

    Jan 1, 2017 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #28

    Delph and Cleverley would both be solid additions to the squad and would walk right in to the team. Also, both have the battling qualities needed.

    Would they be motivated, having stepped down? Now that is the question.

    On other matters, Gini well played, you is good.

    Happy new year all toon followers… OK, you too makems, Swansea and other supporters as well.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 1, 2017 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #29

    Do not particularly like loan players – but it would enable us to strengthen for the run in.
    Cannot see us signing any PL standard players in this window – no guarentee of PL football next season.
    Benitez might have his eyes on some continental player(s) who are just below the radar and destined for greater things.

    The current team is assembled to win promotion – vast difference to a side capable of doing anything in the PL.
    At least half a dozen “better” players needed.

    Interesting insight by Elliot into what was happening at the club.

  • hibbit

    Jan 1, 2017 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #30

    could be wrong but still think Rafa has deals lined up the press don’t have a clue about

    it was funny how people’s opinions varied so much on lansbury at the game on friday night ( rumor had it he was there )
    i still think he could do a job for us at number10 for very little money
    but then again Rafa could have someone much better lined up

  • hibbit

    Jan 1, 2017 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #31

    dont think delph has played a full game for months

  • hibbit

    Jan 1, 2017 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #32

    Mister Tuff /
    dont you think Rafa knows this ?
    first job get out of the championship


  • cyprus

    Jan 1, 2017 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #33

    Think you’re right. Decent player though, if he will be motivated, to rekindle his career like.


    Jan 1, 2017 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #34

    Tbf Shelvey couldn’t get into a poor team before we bought him and now he’s our best player, Delphs competition is a lot stiffer

  • cyprus

    Jan 1, 2017 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #35

    Having looked up their salaries, if true, Cleverley much more likely signing. Of course, don’t know how loanee salaries work.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 1, 2017 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #36

    hibbit – I have little doubt that Benitez has all the bases covered. The window could be quite interesting though – will it just be to strengthen our Championship side or can it possibly also “have half an eye” on the team for next season -PL side.
    We should see soon enough.

  • lochinvar

    Jan 1, 2017 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #37

    Tom Cleverly should be applauded if he joins up with Rafa as that would indicate an intelligent position on his part. Join up with a significant club, one of the top Managers in Europe and have four months playing time then back into the Premiership and see where you career gives from there. Makes sense.

    Add a couple of other influential players to strengthen the squad and put real distance between us , Brighton and the pack behind. Makes sense.

  • hibbit

    Jan 1, 2017 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #38


    i think delpw would be a great signing if his head is right

    i was just meaning i think we might be looking for a player to step straight into shelvey boots not one that not played for such a long time and will need a good few games to get back up to speed

  • cyprus

    Jan 1, 2017 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #39

    Mister tuff
    I really don’t think there’s too much difference there, mate. How can you buy someone good enough to improve a championship topping team, yet not good enough for a mid to lower PL team?

    My only concern is better players, like the ones mentioned, wouldn’t be interested, aside from a loan.

    So, loans seem a good idea. I do think we need to strengthen this window. Teams like Wednesday Reading easily give us a game.


    Jan 1, 2017 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #40

    Aye true but none of the players we’ve been linked with have played much unless am mistaken Cleverly, Delph and RLC are all in the same boat of having not seen much game time

    I’d love Tieleman to be a surprise incoming but I can’t see that happening


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