45 year-old Gateshead-born Don Hutchison played for a host of clubs during his career including Liverpool and West Ham and he is now a TV pundit who writes regularly in the Chronicle.
Don has an article out in which he believes the signing of a couple of central midfielders we have been linked with would set up Newcastle to get to the next level.
He’s talking about Tom Cleverley and Fabian Delph and both are certainly experienced Premier League players with Tom having played 153 Premier League games in total, including 55 for Manchester United, where he came through the Academy and joined them as an 11 year-old in 2000.
Fabian Delph – available from Manchester City
Fabian Delph has played 131 Premier league games and 112 of those have been for Aston Villa, so both players have good experience in England’s top league.
This is what Hutchison has written in the Chronicle:
“Newcastle could do with doing some business in January. I’ve been told they’re in for Fabian Delph at Manchester City and there are reports they’re looking at Tom Cleverley at Everton too.”
“Both of those signings would move Newcastle up a level in my opinion. Delph, in particular, is a Premier League player and if Newcastle signed him in January then they’d be sending out a real statement of intent about where they intend to go next.”
“Cleverley might not be as popular with the Newcastle fans but he’d bring a bit of composure and creativity to the midfield. I think he’s a Premier League performer and again, it would tell you a lot about Newcastle’s ambition.”
Newcastle have already put in a loan offer for Tom Cleverley so he seems to be the priority at Newcastle and there’s no way Rafa would sign both central midfielders in January.
Getting either of them in during the January transfer window would certainly improve the team and provide good cover for Jonjo Shelvey, which we don’t seem to have at the moment.
We prefer Tom between the two of them, but while Cleverley would improve our squad he’s not world-class.
So we would be expecting Rafa to bring in some really top-notch players during the summer months, always assuming we are promoted to the Premier League.
Is that asking too much?
What do you think?