At Some Point Newcastle Need Better Players Than These Two

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?

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • Mitro's on Fire

    Jan 5, 2017 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #1

    Delph is injury prone
    Not sold on Cleverly

    Jack Rodwell would do a job for us

  • Mitro's on Fire

    Jan 5, 2017 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Hope Brady comes

  • Belfast

    Jan 5, 2017 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #3

    Aye a hatchet job so we don’t come back up.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 5, 2017 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #4

    Bobbybee – I wonder if the near proximity of young Armstrongs girlfriend has anything to do with his decision making. You never know.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 5, 2017 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Not world class?
    We’re in the championship Ed…

    And yeah either player would be a huge huge upgrade on Colback who’s been left in the dust by young Hayden

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jan 5, 2017 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Mister tuff

    If hes been told that he will not get a game for us this and not even on the bench think he have a better chance at Barnsley even from the bench what would you do bro

  • reilly

    Jan 5, 2017 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Gary LinekerVerified account
    Last season Leicester made fewer changes than any side: won league. This season Chelsea have made fewest: top of league. Rotation sucks.

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 5, 2017 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Rodwell is no better than Gouf, Colback or Perez! Never done a thing and never will. We need players that make things happen! Delph is my hope !

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 5, 2017 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #9

    *Mitro on fire

    Predictive text !

  • Bobbybee

    Jan 5, 2017 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Unless you’ve followed him closely, you might not be aware that he’s far more prolific than Mitro and Perez put together. Just check out his goals for our Academy, Coventry and England youth. Not just the amount, the quality speaks volumes. They’re available on YouTube. Sometimes even the best get it wrong.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 5, 2017 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Rafa might disagree there

    Yup, at the start of the season Sunderland had never won a single game Rodwell had played in

    Awful player imagine a CM of him and Colback

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 5, 2017 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Brady makes things happen! Are we definitely in for him and would they sell? Is he near to end of his contract?

  • acuna

    Jan 5, 2017 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #13

    If we go up I would argue that the following are the only guys capable of making an impact in the premier league; Lascelles, Lazaar (who knows??), Gayle, Ritchie, Shelvey, Hayden, Diame (just about), Mbemba, Elliot, Yedlin, Darlow, Atsu (potentially), Mitrovic, Krul, Clarke.

    Just a random comment.

  • Mitro's on Fire

    Jan 5, 2017 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #14

    We need a free kick taker

    Snodgrass or brady would be good

    Tom Carrol from Spurs would be decent

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 5, 2017 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #15

    I would love us to go for will Hughes, he’s only got a year and a half left on his deal and I think he rejected a new deal. If not that, then rather than bring in cleverly we should move diame back and give longstaff a game or two.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 5, 2017 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #16

    For the wing, if we are looking at loaning a Chelsea player then it should be Charly Musonda. Who knows, if we treat him well and sell the club to him, we may be able to buy him and finally have a winger with genuine quality and potential to be a star.

  • magspuggy

    Jan 5, 2017 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #17

    I would be happy with tom cleverly along side jonjo and hope he would come here I also don’t think we will have problems getting world class players joining us for the last half of this season. If the club will pay prem wages anybody with foresight should be chomping at the bit to join us, haway the toon. Rafa will not settle for mid table he will want to challenge for everything and that and the fantastic support we have makes us a far bigger club than most give us credit for.

  • Bobbybee

    Jan 5, 2017 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #18

    Doncaster just scored a belter on sky sports. Worthy of any league. We really are blessed with some quality in all four major divisions.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 5, 2017 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #19


    Just watched that goal on Sky Sports App on phone. Very slick build up play from back to front

  • Bobbybee

    Jan 5, 2017 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #20

    Donny looking out of sight now. Another good goal is, a volley from a cross,. @3-1 I can’t see Pompey coming back now. Fair do’s to Pompey fans though. A good 1500 travelled up for a Thursday Night game. A lot of no round journey. Always been proper fans though, shame to see them where they are.

  • Bobbybee

    Jan 5, 2017 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #21

    A long round journey that should say.

  • Fostino

    Jan 5, 2017 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #22

    Delph & Brady would be pretty sweet.

  • Mitro's on Fire

    Jan 5, 2017 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #23

    That Sam Gallagher from Blackburn looks a decent striker

  • Bobbybee

    Jan 5, 2017 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #24

    What a superb advertisement for second division football that was. Both good teams – first and second in the league – got the ball on the floor and played some cracking football. Put some of the teams we’ve played to shame to be honest. Young Fergurson, the Donny manager knows the lower divisions inside out. Even at Peterborough his side played proper football. Pompey fans you have to feel sorry for. Some of the most loyal fans in the country stitched up by ‘Arry Redknap and shady owners, resulting in them being dropped down the leagues. Crying shame for them and they deserve better. Hopefully they’ll climb back up the pyramid and get back where their support deserves to be.

  • Bobbybee

    Jan 5, 2017 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #25

    Shirebrook, nicely worked goal wasn’t it? Nice football all game from what I caught of it. Both teams look a shoe in for pro. Option on that display and rightly so. No long hopeful balls, just clever play epitomised by the second Donny goal.

  • Bobbybee

    Jan 5, 2017 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #26

    Pro. Option? Promotion sounds more like it. 🙂

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 5, 2017 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #27

    Marquis seems to have been around for years aswell

  • Steak and Kidney Pie

    Jan 5, 2017 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #28

    Armstrong won’t benefit much if anything from returning from Barnsley to effectively be an extra training bib at Newcastle. The club either need to find a club for him where he’ll play, not easy at Championship level, a level he is unproven at, or he needs to battle on at Barnsley and contend with the realities of earning a game at a decent level. He won’t get game time or even a place on the bench should he return, with Perez, Diame, Gayle, Mitro and Murphy ahead of him, and next season he’ll be further away. He’s knocking on the door at a serious level now, and finding out just how good you have to be.


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