Three Creative Midfielders Who Would Make A Difference At Newcastle


What drives a team in football is its midfield engine and Newcastle need to strengthen the central midfield in the summer.

Assuming we are promoted – which is still not certain – Newcastle will likely move ambitiously in the transfer market if Rafa Benitez gets his way – and we hope he does.

Rafa knows there are weaknesses in the side if Newcastle are to fight in the upper half of the PL  table next season – and we will need some top central midfielders brought in.

Swansea City’s Iceland International  Gylfi Sigurdsson

Three creative midfielders Newcastle  have been linked with are James McCarthy of Everton, Fulham’s Tom Cairney and recently with Swansea City’s very impressive Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Sigurdsson is supposed to be available for just £15M but that could be a low ball figures and some good clubs will no doubt be keen on signing him this summer.

The Icelandic International has already made it known he want to play in the future for a bigger club than Swansea so Rafa’s Newcastle in the Premier League could potentially be a big draw.

James McCarthy of Everton and Ireland

James McCarthy has shown he can play in the Premier League with nine successive Premier League seasons when he’s appeared for Wigan and Everton and he’s played in 224 total PL games with 13 goals.

James could cost as much as £20M in the summer, but he seems to have no future with the Blues under Ronald Koeman and will want to move on from Merseyside.

The reports in January were that he was keen to join Rafa on Tyneside.

Tom Cairney of Fulham and Scotland

And finally Benitez has seen enough of Fulham’s Tom Cairney to know he could become a much better player at Newcastle if we can get back to the Premier League.

While he is unproven at the top level, we have seen the Newcastle manager improve so many Newcastle players this season and he could do the same with Cairney.

Tom became a full Scottish International in this two week International break and it seems that bigger and better things await this gifted central midfielder – hopefully at Newcastle.

It may cost close to £50M to get these three creative players, but they would be worth it and would vastly improve the Newcastle side.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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36 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 28, 2017 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #1

    We can dream of course but I can’t see us signing huge names until we establish ourselves in the PL.
    Gylfi’s stock has risen and he will have some better propositions than us I think.
    McCarthy isn’t, for me, a creative player so no. Especially at £20m. Not worth it.
    I’d take a punt on Cairney, but fear he will cost twice as much as he’s worth.

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  • jane

    Mar 28, 2017 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #2

    video assistant referee being trialed in France v Spain on ITV4 KO 8pm.

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  • Jib

    Mar 28, 2017 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #3

    Hello
    Jane
    😀

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  • Jib

    Mar 28, 2017 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Holand just scored against Italy with the most bizarre own goal
    Whoops Italy just equalised – 30 year old Eder

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  • Jib

    Mar 28, 2017 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #5

    Holland even

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  • Colombus

    Mar 28, 2017 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Our top target should be Ruben Loftus Cheek. Slot him in alongside Shelvey in that 4-2-3-1 of Raffas. Monaco-dude Bakarakayokou on the way in makes him available I think. Then I would bring in Jetro Willems at vb. Available and hungry. As the creative midfielder I would take a chance on Cyprien. Yes, I know he’s injured, but he is a very good candidate for the job and the injury should be good for the price. Boom!

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  • jinxeddeep

    Mar 28, 2017 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #7

    it’d be foolish to pay $20m for mccarthy for several reasons
    1) not a prem league first teamer in most top 10 clubs
    2) he is NOT a creative midfield player so Ed he shouldn’t even belong in this list

    I have been a huge fan of Gylfi from his time at Tottenham. There are very few people who can match his vision and passing accuracy. I was shocked when I found out tottenham let go of him for such a measly sum. In any case, I see a great match here, but he’s been good enough that he could easily be swallowed up by a top 8 team and so it will come down to whether HE wants to move to newcastle or not.

    of the lot, tom is the most likely capture

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  • manxpie

    Mar 28, 2017 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #8

    I really hope the McCarthy rumour buggers off he isn’t a creative player doesn’t look fit and is certainly not worth 20 mill
    I didn’t realise cairney was 26 either so no thanks for him either
    Will Hughes is who we should be going for he imo is ready for the step up

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  • lochinvar

    Mar 28, 2017 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #9

    Kath Cassidy the legendary Tea Lady at NUFC has sadly passed on.
    Condolences to her family and friends.

    It would be a fine gesture for the fans to recognise her part in the clubs history and legendary tales from the trolley.

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  • Jib

    Mar 28, 2017 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Will Hughes captained England well last night and has a good engine.

    Sigurdsson and Cairney are both class.

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a beast.

    Will and Ruben are 21 the other 2 well past 25.
    For me it’s RLC and WH

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  • Jib

    Mar 28, 2017 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #11

    lochinvar
    There is a tribute planned for Sat afternoon bfore the Wigan game

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  • manxpie

    Mar 28, 2017 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #12

    Sigurdson if we can get him for under 20 unlikely tho so that’s why I’d go for will Hughes, him and shelvey in the mid with sigurdson in the no10 would do very nicely tho

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  • Belfast

    Mar 28, 2017 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Manxpie and Jib have both been brainwashed by our dodgy transfer policy of recent years.

    The one that makes you useless, faulty and worth nothing when you hit 28.

    It’s fake news folks, fake news.

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  • Belfast

    Mar 28, 2017 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #14

    Hold yer horses Manxpie he’s 27 years old ! Next!!

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  • manxpie

    Mar 28, 2017 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #15

    It’s not that Belfast I’d have him in a heartbeat but he’ll be too expensive for Ashley’s transfer policy
    As for cairney I’d rather have a younger gamble with more experience

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  • Belfast

    Mar 28, 2017 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #16

    https://mobile.twitter.com/jackwdoyle/status/846439501950013442/video/1

    Jib did you see the video of Lesh at Saturdays Brexit protest??

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  • Jib

    Mar 28, 2017 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #17

    Belfast
    You’ve been hanging out with Mr Tuff too much.

    I was advocating the signing of Luka Modric the other day,

    The only reason I was thinking younger was
    Rafa’s shaping of next years team.

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  • Jib

    Mar 28, 2017 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #18

    Ha ha
    I always thought Lesh would have skinny legs

    😀

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  • AncientC

    Mar 28, 2017 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #19

    Correa starting for Argentina. The same guy that played for San Lorenzo when they had no money but wanted to find a way to sign Colo. Big opportunity missed on that one.

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  • Jib

    Mar 28, 2017 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #20

    Video referee dramatically vindicated in the Stade de France tonight.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 28, 2017 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #21

    Catfish Jib (the lusty poster) image when he crosses over to become Jane.

    http://www.izismile.com/img/img3/20101020/640/a_strange_cross_640_04.jpg

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 28, 2017 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #22

    Why is this guy so obsessed with Jib.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 28, 2017 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #23

    Yes it’s almost like your Pardew obsession Welsh. But not quite, eh?

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 28, 2017 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #24

    Hoy! Get back under the bridge and stop your Pardew obsession.

    http://citizenthymes.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/troll.jpg

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 28, 2017 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #25

    Is that the best you two can do.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 28, 2017 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #26

    No Welsh i can also juggle quite well and do the coin rolling trick over my fingers.

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  • chicousa

    Mar 29, 2017 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #27

    So McCarthy with his 612 minutes played this season, with 1 goal and 1 assist is valued at 20M £? And Sigurdsson who has played 2518 minutes, with 8 goals and 11 assists, is somehow valued at only 15M £?? And if that is not absurd enough Sissoko was worth 30M ???

    I would take the 30M we received for Sissoko, kick in another 5M and pray to the gods that Swansea would take “only” 35M £ for one of the most consistent, hard working and creative #10’s in the world!

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  • chicousa

    Mar 29, 2017 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #28

    BTW I would also buy Cairney for 12M or so as competition and backup for Sigurdsson, using the cash from the sale of Perez and Diame, neither who have succeeded in the #10 spot this season.

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  • lesh

    Mar 29, 2017 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #29

    Jane

    I see Jib’s talking over you. Just ignore him and he’ll shut up.

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  • de only ethiopi

    Mar 29, 2017 at 2:57 AM

    Comment #30

    I agree with most of u …GYlif is defiantly a potential ..with jonjos passing range and Gylifs momentum we can crack open any one just have to find the person who is going to get in the end of the ball when its passed …as far as our defence we r so screwed

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  • de only ethiopi

    Mar 29, 2017 at 2:58 AM

    Comment #31

    Antiet c …cornea is defiantly not coming to nufc …he will most likely end up at peg ..

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  • de only ethiopi

    Mar 29, 2017 at 3:00 AM

    Comment #32

    Chicousa …well its how they built there self up English players are expensive including Irish …staring is 50 mill …compared with carrssco who is way way better than him he is valued 35 mill

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  • chicousa

    Mar 29, 2017 at 3:10 AM

    Comment #33

    de only,
    Yeah the manner in which the value of a player is set is whacked! But Sigurdsson, I am certain, is valued at least twice the 15M tag quoted by the various news sources discussing possible transfers. And coming from Iceland, the cold Newcastle weather should feel like home to him! 😀

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  • Jib

    Mar 29, 2017 at 5:55 AM

    Comment #34

    de only ethiopi // Antiet c …cornea is defiantly not coming to nufc …he will most likely end up at peg .

    Pegswood ?

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 29, 2017 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #35

    NUFC Tea Lady story made the BBC Sports pages:-

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-39423102

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  • Salmon

    Mar 29, 2017 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #36

    Jib, in fairness,it’s interesting and a bit fun to hang out with Mr Tuff as he knows stuffs and is professor.Atleast he doesn’t talk bollix Everytime,like the knacker who popped in the other night.
    It will be madness to see part 3 of your tussling.Probably it’s time for you to show some respect towards him,instead of slating him unnessesserily.

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