During the last week of August last year it seemed a certainty that Alan Judge would join Newcastle, even though the player was still recovering from a double fracture of the right leg.
But then Newcastle found out that Alan would not be fit until the turn of the year and so it seems they pulled out of the deal.
Alan is in light training at the moment at Brentford, but he has still has not played for the Brentford first team this season, so that seems like a good decision by Newcastle.
Alan Judge – Brentford playmaker
The question now is whether Rafa Benitez will want to bring him in during the summer and add some creativity to the squad in central midfield.
The once capped Irish International is in the last five months of his contract at Brentford and will become a free agent at the end of June.
So in that sense he could become a bargain buy for Newcastle, although he has never played in the Premier League so in that way he is untested.
But Alan had a great season last season scoring 14 goals and 12 assists in 38 total appearances for Brentford.
He was also named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year last April and was one of the candidates for Player of The Season too.
Judge joined Brentford on loan from Blackburn Rovers in January, 2014 and finally signed for them full time that summer.
He started his career at Blackburn and then left for a couple of years to play for Notts County in 2011 before returning to Blackburn in 2013, but he stayed there for only six months before joining Brentford on loan.
Alan stands 5ft 7ins tall and in his three years at the Bees he’s played 102 games with 24 goals and 31 assists.
Judge was born in Dublin and played for all the Ireland Youth sides, but has been capped only once at the full International level.
He made his full International debut by starting the friendly against Switzerland in March of last year and played the full 90 minutes in the 1–0 win.
He was a certainty to make the full Ireland squad for the Euro 2106 tournament last June, before he suffered the serious double fracture of his right leg at Portman Road in April.
It really depends if Rafa Benitez rates him and thinks Alan can do a job for us next season, when hopefully we are back in the Premier League.
But he wouldn’t cost much and maybe he’s a risk worth taking, although he is now 28 years old.
What do you think?