Is This England International Midfielder Good Enough For Newcastle?

News today that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has entered the race to sign Hull City midfielder Tom Huddlestone, who we were after a few years ago when he was still at Nottingham.

The report is in the Sun that Rafa would like to bring in the 30 year-old Hull City midfielder to St. James’ Park, but our immediate question is whether he’s good enough for Newcastle?

West Brom are also interested in the defensive midfielder who at least has a lot of experience in the Premier League, but it really shows that Newcastle are not being ambitious this summer and it seems we are short of money by going after these cheaper players.

30 year-old Hull City defensive midfielder Tom Huddlestone

It could be a good deal for Newcastle with Tom reported to be available for just £2M and that release clause is in his contract should Hull City be relegated, which they were last season – so at least he wouldn’t cost much.

Huddlestone has been at Hull City for four years after joining them from Tottenham for around £5.25M in the summer of 2013.

The positive is that if Rafa wants to buy him then he believes he can get the best out of him and when he’s in form Tom is a good player and certainly has lots of experience having played 242 times in the Premier League for Tottenham and Hull City combined.

Tom would be challenging for the defensive midfield role at Newcastle with Isaac Hayden who may well continue to be the number one choice in that holding midfield position next season.

Certainly Isaac improved a lot last season and looks a classy player who can improve even more under the continued tutelage of Rafa Benitez.

For £2M we suppose Tom Huddlestone would be a decent buy, but we really wish Newcastle would be more ambitious this summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


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