There was some bad news for Newcastle yesterday and it seems we have missed out on our second potential loan deal for a Chelsea player for next season.
We missed out on 19 year-old Tammy Abraham after we had thought we were favorites to get him signed and news yesterday is that Crystal Palace will almost certainly be successful in getting the 21 year-old central midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek signed on a season loan deal.
The news was their new Dutch manager Frank de Boer has moved in quickly and won the race to sign the England U21 International and Ruben was having a medical yesterday and the deal could even be announced today.
21 year-old Chelsea central midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek
It’s not clear if Palace will be allowed to put an option to buy in the loan contract – but probably not – so it is likely to be a straight loan for just this coming season.
It seems the convenience of staying close to Chelsea in London could have been a big factor in Ruben’s decision.
Rafa had tried to sign him permanently or on loan in January so this is the second time we have missed out on signing the impressive young England player.
But we don’t particularly like the loan deal with no option to buy, especially when Rafa can improve a player so much in just one season.
That’s exactly what Rafa did last season with the likes of Matt Ritchie, Isaac Hayden, Dwight Gayle and Ciaran Clark – among others.
So it looks like we missed out on Ruben, but Managing Director Lee Charnley and company have a number of targets they are currently pursuing.
And from what the Chronicle’s Lee Ryder had to say after talking with Rafa yesterday at Benton – that the manager was upbeat about the transfers – has to be good news for Geordie fans everywhere.
Rafa is Mr. Newcastle these days.
Howay The Lads!!