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Newcastle Reported Very Keen On This 26 Year-Old This Summer

12:01 pm, Monday, March 20th, 2017 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 104 Comments

The Mail is reporting today that Newcastle are very keen on signing Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney this summer and that’s hardly surprising after he put in an excellent performance last week in Fulham’s surprising 3-1 win at St. James’ Park.

And Cairney’s good form is finally getting some recognition as the 26-year-old was called up to the Scotland squad this week and certainly Rafa seems a fan of this creative attacking midfielder.

Fulham slapped a £20M price tag on him in January since Slavisa Jokanovic did not want to lose him half-way through the season, but Fulham may find it hard to keep their talented player in the summer.

Tom Cairney – Newcastle very interested in this player this summer

The Mail is reporting that Cairney is rated at a price of around £12M and that even seems reasonable with today’s inflated transfer fees – although he is untested in the Premier League.

Of course this news is noy much of a surprise after his great performance at St. James’ park marked him as a really talented footballer who could become a lot better under the expert coaching of Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez.

There will be a number of clubs after Cairney in the summer, but assuming we get promoted then a resurgent Newcastle United under world-class manager Rafa Benitez has to be a big attraction for a lot of good players.

Tom was born in Nottingham and started his career at Leeds United and came through their Youth Academy before joining Hull City back in 2007.

Six years later he joined Blackburn Rovers in 2013 where he stayed for just a couple of years before joining Fulham.

16 year-old Ryan Sessegnon

Another Fulham player Newcastle could well be interested in the summer is 16 year-old Ryan Sessegnon who scored two goals against Newcastle just over a week ago and looked a youngster who can develop into a top player.

Going after the two of them would be an exciting move in the summer for Newcastle and Rafa will want the players in early so they can have a full pre-season at the club.

What do you think?

Would Tom Cairney Be A Good Buy For Magpies At £12M?

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Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

104 responses so far ↓

  • 1 eggman // Mar 20, 2017 at 12:07 PM

    dont forget his grandad is a toon fan – hes as good as signed 🙂

  • 2 Tsunki // Mar 20, 2017 at 12:30 PM

    Not one NUFC defender in this “team of the season”?

    Shows you what excel will cough up when you fiddle around with formulae.

  • 3 scout // Mar 20, 2017 at 12:32 PM

    His Grandad? Yeah always do whatever my Grandad says.
    Good player but like mentioned untested in Premiership, id sooner get Harry Arter from Bournemouth.

  • 4 Tsunki // Mar 20, 2017 at 12:33 PM

    Looking at that sessegnon lad it makes me wonder how well our wonderkid is doing at Barnsley. 😐

  • 5 Tsunki // Mar 20, 2017 at 12:41 PM

    Looking at Sparky’s reject list was an eye opener on how some players are viewed.

    Lascelles not good enough for the prem? I’m sure a defence with a very vocal young lascelles steadied the ship and almost rescued the season. Clark not good enough yet diame Maybe? Mitro a pl player? Got a bit lost off after halfway down there….

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Mar 20, 2017 at 12:53 PM

    We are no worse than any other automatically promoted club over the years and nobody has ever came up and spent 100M in order to survive.

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // Mar 20, 2017 at 12:59 PM

    I seen moonraker wanted SBR sacked, at least he’s been honest about it, there are hundreds who wanted him gone but now grumble he was harshlt treat. It’s funny how people seem to know the squad better than tge manager. SBR was plagued with injuries that season we finished fifth and semis of UEFA, didn’t complain once and people wanted him sacked, I remember him more for his bold triple substitutions ratber than his eronous ones.

  • 8 Jib // Mar 20, 2017 at 1:07 PM

    Jail for Ashley
    Funny how you bang on about Ashley , then blame the fans for SBR’s sacking .
    Anyone with half a brain knows the sacking was down to fat Freddy , who lost his nerve when a few fans flapped their lips.

  • 9 martoon // Mar 20, 2017 at 1:08 PM

    The thing I don’t understand about that team of the season is the timing. If it was done by polling all the other league teams then that must have taken at least 4 – 6 weeks to allow voting and then collating all the information. So you’re voting for a team of the season at the end of January, beginning of February – go figure?

  • 10 Lindisfarne // Mar 20, 2017 at 1:11 PM

    At the time of SBR it appeared to me that his age was catching up with him, the player were lacking discipline and they were running rings around him. That is why I was surprised John Carver was kept on the books.

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Mar 20, 2017 at 1:17 PM

    Of course it was fat Freddy but it didn’t help having people calling for his head, don’t see what it’s got to do with Ashley

  • 12 Lindisfarne // Mar 20, 2017 at 1:18 PM

    Team of the season… t’was ever thus. Almost as if one man on a horse travels to the abode of each professional player to record their vote.

  • 13 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 20, 2017 at 1:27 PM


    Must admit I was a bit surprised at some of the players he was saying can’t or won’t (possibly) be good enough for the EPL. I recall someone else making a similar list recently about which I was rather scathing.

    I reckon at least 2/3 of those he’s writing off will step up with no problem.

    As Jib pointed out the Burnley and also Bournemouth teams have players who (possibly) aren’t good enough but it’s a bit like the Bee who can’t fly but it does.
    Let’s deal with next season after this one.

  • 14 AncientC // Mar 20, 2017 at 1:29 PM

    Jib // Mar 20, 2017 at 11:26 AM

    Rafa Benitez in his 6 years at Anfield bought 79 players for £230 million (£300m at current values)
    His net spend however was only £16 million !!!”


  • 15 AncientC // Mar 20, 2017 at 1:31 PM

    “During Rafael Benitez’ six-year tenure as manager of Liverpool, he oversaw the purchase of 59 players and the depature of 72. Approximately £230,000,000 was spent on players under the leadership of Benitez at an average of approximately £3,900,000 per player, whilst approximately £162,000,000 was recouped from players sales. This equates to a net spend of approximately £68,000,000 on transfers”

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // Mar 20, 2017 at 1:34 PM

    Never let the truth get in the way of a good story!

  • 17 Jib // Mar 20, 2017 at 1:37 PM

    Ancient C
    Those figures don’t allow for players that Benitez bought but were sold after his departure.

    For example Torres was sold to Chelsea for £50 million – I think Rafa should take the credit for that – don’t you ?

  • 18 Australian Pie // Mar 20, 2017 at 1:38 PM

    Would have been good to see either Lascelles or Clark in TOTS but o well. As an Aussie very exciting to see Mooy in the team, our brightest prospect currently, I want to see him in the prem next year! Maybe with us =]

  • 19 AncientC // Mar 20, 2017 at 1:42 PM

    Jib, the Torres money was spent on Carroll and Suarez, so didn’t end up as surplus, but I see where you are coming from.

  • 20 toonincheek // Mar 20, 2017 at 1:44 PM

    Jib –

    Understand the point you are making re: Torres

    BUT – that was such an exceptional situation that you
    cannot attribute the profit made to Benitez.

    Even if the Torres transfer fee is excluded, STILL pretty
    impressive figures for Benitez.

  • 21 Tsunki // Mar 20, 2017 at 1:52 PM

    Essex it was probably one of my lists you tore to shreds ha ha.

    Btw you do realise the bumblebee aerodynamics problem is a myth don’t you? 😉

  • 22 Jib // Mar 20, 2017 at 1:55 PM

    Ancient C
    I should have said “acquired” 79 players not “bought”
    he got a canny few on frees.

  • 23 posada // Mar 20, 2017 at 1:56 PM

    On the sacking of SBR.
    A number of the young players thought some of his methods were old hat.
    Dyer in particular has recently expressed some regrets about his attitude.
    Discipline we are told was poor. Souness was thought to be the answer to that, but in the era of player power he fell out with Belamy etc.
    Thing is Bobby was 71 I think.
    How long do you go on before it gets too much.
    It’s a game played by young men. Sooner or later you are unable to relate to them or them to you.
    Think Wenger could be there now.
    SBR and SAF probably lasted longer than most because of their stature and in SBRs case all consuming passion for the game.
    But we all have a limit.

  • 24 Tsunki // Mar 20, 2017 at 1:58 PM

    Ancient – it would be unfair to say that the losses liverpool made on players such as Carroll should be included in Benitez’ legacy, wouldn’t it? I think his record should stop at the last player sold from his purchase stock, not subsequent managers purchases. Jib (gag….Splitter..Choke….Gag…) Is probably right.

  • 25 Tsunki // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:02 PM

    The timing of SBR’s removal could have been the right move had Shepherd lined up an upgraded replacement, which he certainly didn’t.

    SBR would have had a maximum two seasons left imo. Unfortunately some of his charges managed to create a poor atmosphere and a lack of respect cooked his goose. Like Dyer, I suspect a few of those young men in their more mature years reflect regretfully on a time of poor behaviour.

  • 26 Tsunki // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:03 PM

    Anyhooooo, what was Suarez sold for again? Should Rafa get the credit for that?

  • 27 toonincheek // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:05 PM

    posada –

    That is pretty much my recollection of the situation.

    SBR getting on a bit.

    Factions/divisions developing in the dressing room.

    SBR authority limited by the 1-year rolling contract.

    And FS decided to call it a day.

  • 28 AncientC // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:07 PM

    Yes. Liverpool do very well out of the Saurez deal, more than £50 million profit. I still to this day do not know how to got away with blocking Suarez’ move to Arsenal, after Arsenal bid his release fee. Arsenal probably would have won the league if they had bought Suarez. The FA turned a blind-eye to that one.

  • 29 posada // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:08 PM

    Young men are very intense.
    Which is how it should be with high achievers in a very competitive activity.
    Later in life they will reflect on it differently I am sure.
    But, that intensity is gone, which makes it all the easier.
    If that makes sense.

  • 30 Jib // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:10 PM

    The least Fatty could have done was move Bobby upstairs and have some input on his successor – if Shepherd had the brains to plan ahead he could have got Mourinho from Porto at the end of the 2003/4 season before Chelsea stepped in and got him in June.

  • 31 AncientC // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:10 PM

    I wonder what would have happened if we had blocked Townsend’s move to Crystal Palace. A very different outcome I suspect.

  • 32 posada // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:12 PM

    Bobby would never have retired of his own choice.
    Big mistake was who came next.
    Also Owen and Luque did not help.
    Rafa would probably have been available at that time ?

  • 33 posada // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:16 PM

    A mate of mine had to go and see SBR at his home in Durham for reasons I won’t go into.
    He had been there for a while and was having a chat with Bobby.
    Lady Elsie said Bobby your FA Cup is ready.
    He drank his tea out of a small FA Cup replica presented to him by the FA.
    The trip to Milan. Oh happy days.

  • 34 toonincheek // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:16 PM

    AncientC –

    All speculation, but would Townsend have shown the same
    form had he been refused his move to CP – a move he
    clearly wanted.

  • 35 Jib // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:21 PM


    Owen did not help

    que ?

    Owen left Liverpool for Real Madrid the year SBR was sacked

  • 36 Jail for Ashley // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    Owen and Luque were signed by Souness and Souness was fifth choice apparently, I remember exactly where I was when I got the news.

  • 37 WWSBRD // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:27 PM

    Not sure if I have missed something but we had no choice over Townsend leaving so we couldnt of blocked his move?

    Aye Townsend would of been very good had he stayed

  • 38 AncientC // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:31 PM

    WWSBRD – Yes, but I am alluding to the fact that Liverpool blocked Sanchez’ move to Arsenal and seemingly got away with it. They even insulted Arsenal after they bid the release amount – some comment on Twitter along the lines of “What are they smoking over there at Arsenal”.

  • 39 AncientC // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:32 PM

    *Suarez that should be.

  • 40 AncientC // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:33 PM

    posado, it isn’t speculation. Arsenal did bid the release amount for Suarez. Fact does not equal speculation.

  • 41 toonincheek // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:33 PM

    WWSBRD –

    I’m not convinced about Townsend’s commitment had we
    refused a transfer, but it’s all speculation.

  • 42 posada // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:34 PM

    Sorry, I was not saying SBR signed Owen and Luque and I know it was some time after he left.
    But they were signed by his successor and the two things combined were a financial disaster.
    Souness now says he wanted Anelka and Boa Morte, but got those two instead.

  • 43 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    Hey you guys!! How’s it going?

    I’m starting to get worried about the rest of our games now. Ever since we handed possession over to Huddersfield and Brighton it seems that we are doing the same in every game. We let Reading and Fulham have possession over us and we couldn’t win. I guess yesterday was a silver lining that we’re turning that around but I have way more confidence in us winning games when we have the higher possession stat.

    Atleast Brighton and Huddersfield are getting found out now. The top 4 could look very tight during the last couple of games. We MUST beat Leeds.

  • 44 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:36 PM


    Either way the Bees don’t seem to worry about it. 🙂

  • 45 toonincheek // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:38 PM

    posada –

    For sure I don’t know the full story.

    But it seems to me that Souness would always defend his position, quoting players he would have preferred but with
    no guarantee that they would have performed.

  • 46 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:39 PM

    In other news Sammy Ameobi is showing off his left foot. Lol.

    Two nice goals in that cup game against West Ham u23’s.

  • 47 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:39 PM


    With a bit of luck we shouldn’t have to worry about Leeds by the time we have to play them.

  • 48 Toonces // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:41 PM

    Re townsend and suarez transfers – my understanding.

    First Towsend, since it is a NUFC blog: Towsend had a release clause. Palace met his release clause conditions. NUFC could not block Townsend leaving. The best that could have been done was to offer him a new contract. Towsend declined a new contract with NUFC and accepted terms with Palace.

    Arsenal bid his release clause from Liverpool. Arsenal can now try to negotiate terms with Suarez.
    Barcelona then also met the release clause terms with Liverpool. Barcelona can now also try to negotiate terms with Suarez.
    Suarez says No to Arsenal and Yes to Barcelona. Liverpool did not block Arsenal.

  • 49 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:41 PM


    Sorry got your name wrong.

  • 50 WWSBRD // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:43 PM


  • 51 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:45 PM

    No worries Essex!! How you been?

  • 52 JamesToon // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:46 PM

    Being a young fan currently at uni, I wasn’t there (don’t remember) the KK and SBR times, furthest I remember back to is Allardyce. So how it’s going at the moment is the best it’s ever been for me supporting the toon, but I suppose most of the people on here were there when we were in the champions league and those away days in Milan.

  • 53 JamesToon // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:46 PM

    Maybe that’s why I see Rafa as more of a god then some people who perhaps remember our highest highs

  • 54 welshgeordie9 // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:47 PM

    Only two players in team of the season, I rest my case your honour.

  • 55 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:47 PM

    James. That’s exactly the same with me. Apart from I started with Pardew managing us to 5th position. Lol.

  • 56 WWSBRD // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:48 PM

    If Suarez was a release clause then they couldnt of blocked the move unless they hadnt met it as the contract laid out

  • 57 AncientC // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:49 PM


    “Luis Suárez has pleaded with Liverpool to fulfil the promise they made a year ago and let him leave Anfield. The Uruguay striker insists that he is prepared to submit a written transfer request by the end of the week if the club continue to block his move to Arsenal. Speaking for the first time since Arsenal made a £40,000,001 bid for him, Suárez told the Guardian he believes that he has been left little alternative.

    Suárez claims the club told him they would let him depart if they failed to qualify for the Champions League this season and that a clause in his contract allows him to leave should someone make a bid of more than £40m.”

  • 58 welshgeordie9 // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:49 PM

    If he’s God I think to think what they call Fergie.

  • 59 AncientC // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:51 PM

    If Liverpool can get away with that, it set a new precedent, as far as I am concerned.

  • 60 Tsunki // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:54 PM

    Welsh the only thing that needs resting is your heed.

  • 61 Tsunki // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:56 PM

    Guess Suarez just couldn’t resist the opportunity of getting his teeth into a Barcelona rather than an Arsenal 🙂

  • 62 WWSBRD // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:58 PM

    That was just his agent kicking off because of a supposed verbal agreement and a failed move. If they had ignored a contractual clause he’d of sued them and left for free

  • 63 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 20, 2017 at 2:59 PM


    I’m good thanks.

    I watched that Sammy clip, if he could do that for the 1st team he’d be worth keeping.

    Have to say I was impressed with the noise the crowd was making even though there were a lot of empty seats.

  • 64 Jail for Ashley // Mar 20, 2017 at 3:01 PM

    What is your case Welsh?

  • 65 welshgeordie9 // Mar 20, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Why are we getting linked with players when we don’t even know if Rafas going to be here next season.

  • 66 hibbit // Mar 20, 2017 at 3:10 PM

    why does anyone give the welsh WUM the time of day ?
    he only comes on here to be as disruptive as possibly

  • 67 AncientC // Mar 20, 2017 at 3:12 PM


    It wasn’t a verbal agreement according to Suarez. I don’t know why he would lie about it. I know why Liverpool would though.

  • 68 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 20, 2017 at 3:12 PM


    We have to talk about something during the International breaks.

  • 69 welshgeordie9 // Mar 20, 2017 at 3:12 PM


    How am a wum, only asked why we are getting linked with players.

  • 70 welshgeordie9 // Mar 20, 2017 at 3:13 PM


  • 71 AncientC // Mar 20, 2017 at 3:14 PM

    WW, Suarez probably could have sued Liverpool. Why do you think they gave him a big pay-rise after they blocked his move. He just signed a contract 12 months earlier. If Suarez didn’t have a release clause, Liverpool could have just kept him bound by his contract which was lengthy.

  • 72 WWSBRD // Mar 20, 2017 at 3:16 PM

    The club may of misled him into believing there was a clause in his contract which wasnt there but they couldnt of blocked the Arsenal move if there was a clause and it was met as it was laid out

    Most a club can do is offer a new contract without a release clause they have no option to block a move

  • 73 WWSBRD // Mar 20, 2017 at 3:18 PM

    He did have a release clause Arsenal just didnt met it, the new contract was a pay bump and a higher release clause which he agreed

    No club can ignore a release clause if its met mate

  • 74 AncientC // Mar 20, 2017 at 3:23 PM

    WW, Arsenal did meet the release clause. Liverpool avoided action being taken against them by giving Suarez a lot more money.

    There was no increased release clause either. Suarez was sold because of his 2nd biting incident.

  • 75 Toonces // Mar 20, 2017 at 3:24 PM

    Ancient, I remember that Guardian story. Thanks for posting it again. A lot of papertalk and speculative journalism though in the footy press. I am inclined to agree with WWSBRD’s take on it though – could have been a verbal promise but nothing in the contract that Liverpool somehow blocked. Perhaps a verbal agreement not honored but definitely not one in writing, me thinks. Reminds me of Sissoko’s comments last summer when we wouldn’t sell him for some magical 15M minimum that supposedly he was promised we would release him for – but definitely wasn’t in his contract.

  • 76 AncientC // Mar 20, 2017 at 3:26 PM

    ‘The Liverpool owner John Henry has reportedly admitted that Luis Suárez did have a £40m buyout clause but that the club simply refused to sell the player when Arsenal made their £40m plus one pound offer last summer.’

  • 77 WWSBRD // Mar 20, 2017 at 3:32 PM

    Sorry but thats not how contracts work, cant simply ignore them otherwise everyone would do that

    Also no way Ashley would of allowed one of his prized assets to go way below his valuation if he could in anyway help it

  • 78 WWSBRD // Mar 20, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Also Suarez did have a release clause when he moved to Barca was 75mill but Barca negotiated down to 60 something

  • 79 AncientC // Mar 20, 2017 at 3:43 PM

    WW, you can refuse to believe it, but the fact remains.

  • 80 AncientC // Mar 20, 2017 at 3:45 PM

    When Suarez and the Liverpool owner both admit he had a release clause of £40 million – that is good enough for me.

  • 81 WWSBRD // Mar 20, 2017 at 3:51 PM

    I agree the facts are certainly there

  • 82 AncientC // Mar 20, 2017 at 3:58 PM

    WW: I see Suarez did have a release clause when he moved to Barcelona, it wasn’t reported in the articles I read when the move was going through. You were right on that one.

    I find it odd that Suarez would sign a another contract with a release clause, considering how Liverpool boned him over the last one.

  • 83 cyprus // Mar 20, 2017 at 4:49 PM

    If when we are out of this league, we’ll be in the best position to buy outstanding championship players who have proven it is an easy step to the PL.

    We’ll need serious strengthening in the summer, we ain’t quite good enough yet. Especially in all places ahead of the back four.

    Interesting that you mention Sammy, I still think he can make it big…

  • 84 cyprus // Mar 20, 2017 at 5:01 PM

    If it’s true that Rafa starts building from the back, I think he’s done well there. Our back four, despite lapses, have rarely looked as vulnerable as in many of our teams in the past.

    Of course, we don’t have the agueros of this world in front of us. The Liverpool City game showed us how football should be played. I know they are tops. Still, I believe we couldn’t live with that kind of thing.

  • 85 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 20, 2017 at 5:11 PM

    My only worry with our defence is they are decent when under pressure
    ie – away games when they don’t have time on the ball
    Only problem I have is home games or when they have time on the ball they don’t know what to do with the ball and end up going backwards or Shelvey has to become a third centre half to collect the ball.

    Would like to see a ball playing centre half/defender who is comfortable on the ball

  • 86 hibbit // Mar 20, 2017 at 5:15 PM


    sorry mate no chance of sammy making it just not good enough
    not even good enough for a top championship team never mind the prem
    lovely lad like all the Ameobi’s but that’s it

  • 87 Jail for Ashley // Mar 20, 2017 at 5:18 PM

    Imo a top class CB will be bought with Mbemba going, Clarke and Lascelles will fight it out to partner him.

  • 88 toon kk // Mar 20, 2017 at 6:00 PM

    Our back four has done well for all the pressure they’ve been put under of late, down to Rafa’s negative football. We’ll need a total revamp if we’re back in the premier league or they’ll be cut apart.
    On a previous thread why Gayle isn’t in the top three of our best preforming players is unbelievable. We wouldn’t be anywhere near the top of the league without him.

  • 89 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 20, 2017 at 6:01 PM

    Top class CB got to be a priority. Lascalles worries me excellent under pressure but when he has time and on the ball hasn’t a clue what to do

  • 90 cyprus // Mar 20, 2017 at 6:44 PM

    Defenders are important under pressure, I believe. We aren’t quite Barcelona (yet), so a ball player can go back there and pick it up 🙂

    I’m not saying they’re the best but remember we are usually terrible back there.

    What we lack is a seriously good MF and attack. I like Gayle, liked him before he came, if you check my posts. But, we need one who’s better. I thought maybe mitrovic was that, but perhaps Rafa disagrees.

    In MF, we need creative wingers and a better player than Shelvey. Is Silva available? He’s good.

  • 91 cyprus // Mar 20, 2017 at 6:46 PM

    Maybe it’s wishful thinking. But he has attributes and talent. Unlike his brother.

  • 92 jimmysmith // Mar 20, 2017 at 7:10 PM

    Sammy can still become a top player, but it’s unlikely to be at Newcastle given he’s been around so long without fully cracking it. He is good enough though, and continues to develop and mature. I can see him getting a move to a Championship club, and then a move to a top league in a couple of years, if Newcastle don’t give him another season.

  • 93 Jail for Ashley // Mar 20, 2017 at 7:34 PM

    A top league one player

  • 94 jimmysmith // Mar 20, 2017 at 7:37 PM

    Well he’s certainly that.

  • 95 posada // Mar 20, 2017 at 8:08 PM

    I’d be over the moon if Sammy played the next game and got a couple of goals.
    Somebody has to step forward and be the hero.
    Why not.

  • 96 jimmysmith // Mar 20, 2017 at 8:40 PM

    All our regular players are capable of competing in the epl. It’s going to be all about that injection of quality. Minimum of four top atleast reasonably experienced players will be required to satisfy Benitez I imagine, but you might also see more moved on to be replaced by some very good emerging talent too. It’s tough to dramatically overhaul a squad upwards, but Ashley will know he has little choice but to back Rafa, possibly to the hilt, in that first window, given Rafa’s stature in the game and the fans expectations after such an error strewn eight odd years before Rafa arrived.

  • 97 Penshawlad // Mar 20, 2017 at 9:37 PM

    From the Times today, on the subject of squad rotation. Seems to be inversely propionate to success in the Premiership.


  • 98 Penshawlad // Mar 20, 2017 at 9:42 PM

    Umm – picture does not come across – but it showed sunderland has used 31 players (most) and Chelsea the fewer, 21. The intermediate positions confirm trend – players used is an upside down table of points earned. My point is, I’d rather see a settled team / shape emerging with a certain degree of adaptation, but not wholesale chopping and changing.

  • 99 jane // Mar 20, 2017 at 11:07 PM

    IMO Perez is one Rafa sees potential in for the Premier league and Mitrovic is one he doesn’t. sometimes it is players you wouldn’t think that do better.

    Sammy has played 50+ Premier league appearances i think, wasn’t involved in relegation last season, has been invested in a season and half on loan, counts as a home grown player and offers something different so may be given longer to to try and realise potential.

  • 100 Lindisfarne // Mar 20, 2017 at 11:09 PM


    Although crude, I agree with your hypothesis. S’land and Chelsea are not comparable teams in terms of personal and having players from the opposite ends of the spectrum does produce similarly predictable results or outcomes. Being able to buy or attract the best creates the opportunity in which less is required to attain a better outcome. Conversely having a greater number of options, creates more possible variations and proportionally a greater degree of failure.

  • 101 jane // Mar 20, 2017 at 11:18 PM

    Leicester’s success is built on a small number of players.

  • 102 cyprus // Mar 21, 2017 at 5:24 AM

    There is maybe a ceiling, but 21 players is still two teams. You need that many to win any long haul.

    Out if form, injuries, flops, different formations. Reasons to have backups, and to rotate.

    I agree with Jimmy that you can’t and shouldn’t overhaul. But, like I think he said, four first teamers, minimum, is needed. To survive, fourth bottom. To excel, different story.

  • 103 Lindisfarne // Mar 21, 2017 at 6:21 AM

    Pen & Jib/Jane/Jeff/Juan

    I have not seen the illustration in the Times, but perhaps if a third axis showing the Cost of Squad were included would the outcome be the same?

  • 104 mindshaft // Mar 21, 2017 at 7:42 AM

    To be honest Sessegnon would be mad to leave Fulham where he is getting first team games, if we buy him we’ll just loan him out or stick him in youth development squad (as will most Prem clubs )

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