Signing This Striker On Loan In January Would Make Good Sense

Rafa was trying to bring in another striker in the last few days of the summer transfer window but failed in his pursuit of a player (any player) who could score the goals for us.

A long-term target of Newcastle’s is Danny Ings who is returning from serious knee injuries at Liverpool, and the news was that we tried to sign him on loan in August, but he wanted to stay at Liverpool to fight for his place.

But with Danny not getting many games with the Reds this season (he’s made one appearance so far) and having only played 12 times with 3 goals since signing for Liverpool from Burnley in the summer of 2015 he may want to leave on loan in January and get some first team games elsewhere.

It would be a little bit of a risk for Newcastle to sign Danny since he’s been out a long time without playing many games, but if Rafa is interested in Ings, the manager must be confident he can bring out the best in the former Bournemouth striker.

Liverpool striker Danny Ings – loan signing in January?

Rafa can also judge whether Danny would be a good permanent signing in the summer for us.

But he seems to have the character and personality that Rafa likes since he’s keen to become a better player.

He showed real guts and character in recovering from his serious knee injuries over the last few years and has been praised for that by Red manager Jurgen Klopp.

The 25-year-old would be a cheap loan signing for us in January, in case Mike Ashley is still the owner and very little money will be made available.

Ashley seems intent on wanting the financial records to look very good to any potential buyer of the club.

If Ashley is still the owner in January then Rafa may want to do loan deals and could also bring in 22-year-old Southampton left-back Matt Targett.

We also tried to sign Matt at the end of the summer transfer window on loan.

Comments welcome.

36 comments so far

  • lesh

    Oct 10, 2017 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #1

    The True Geordie interviews Shearer

  • lesh

    Oct 10, 2017 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #2

    Not keen on having anything to do with the bindippers. They’ll nick owt they can get away with.

    Furthermore, if Ings’s in recovery mode, Rafa’d need to ensure there’s a return if crocked clause in any agreement (or as our Brexit-championing politicians refer an agreement, a ‘deal’ ala Trump!)

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 10, 2017 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #3

    I see this as a total non starter, why would Rafa want this player?

    Can’t get into the LPool team, injury prone and not what I’d call an ambitious attempt to improve the squad never mind the 1st team. Hope you’re not going to turn this into another CA saga, who incidentally struggles to get games at Southampton.

    I’d rather see us persevere with Mitro and Joselu then phase Toney, Heardman and Armstrong into the squad.

    Or buy a top quality striker.

  • cyprus

    Oct 10, 2017 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #4

    This fellow isn’t too bad, at his best he was a decent poacher. Injuries and loss of confidence may be a factor, granted. How old is he?

    Read your comment, agree on the premise that they are highly paid, but does that mean they should be treated like sxxt? Not sure I go with that line. Remember when who was it was informed by phone he was released? A professional, like anyone else, should be treated with dignity, no matter the salary.

    There’s good ruthlessness and bad?

  • martoon

    Oct 10, 2017 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #5

    EGB – I agree there is a danger that Ings is going to become the new Charlie Austin! I feel sorry for the lad but that’s no reason to sign him – like you, I think we’d be better off sticking with Mitro.

    cyprus – Not Rafa bashing but it does seem that if you get on the wrong side of him there is no way back – pretty sure he froze out a couple of the Liverpool lads as well but I can’t remember who now?

  • lochinvar

    Oct 10, 2017 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #6

    No to Ings as we need a higher profile and more prolific striker.
    Just wonder if the interest in the Japanese lad at left back is linked to inward investment maybe from the Far East as this would follow a pattern of a few other clubs making signings that drum

  • lochinvar

    Oct 10, 2017 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #7

    No to Ings as we need a higher profile and more prolific striker.
    Just wonder if the interest in the Japanese lad at left back is linked to inward investment maybe from the Far East as this would follow a pattern of a few other clubs making signings that drum up a new fan base over there and increase merchandise revenues.

  • Graeme

    Oct 10, 2017 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #8

    Lesh, that interview with Shearer is absolute magic. I watched it yesterday, even at 2 hours long it’s well worth watching.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 10, 2017 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #9


    Be about time that we did, there’s a lot of top class Japanese players around, I never did get why a shrewd business man (please feel free to cough at this point) like MA hasn’t sanctioned or instructed any of our manages to do this.

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 10, 2017 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #10

    re Colback
    Am I the only person that doesn’t think he’s been harshly treated? Rafa would like him sold/off the wage bill, and opportunities to do just this were turned down by Colback for ‘geographical’ reasons. If he had gone, we would have been in a better place to make signings in the summer and could have put in more concrete plans for January transfers knowing some wages were freed up for the season at least. He is obviously not in Rafa’s plans and is prepared to sit out his contract. Rafa put him with the U23s and why not; he’s more likely to seek another club from this scenario. When Rafa suffered a central midfield shortage and called him back up to train with the 1st team, he refused, and my guess is for sulky based reasons. My view is that if he was a true Newcastle fan, he would go to Hull and back for the club. In my view he is holding back the squad development by his selfish decisions.
    Of course he is entitled to see out his contract, and he has ties to the area, maybe a wife and kids, extended family; all these meaning he wants to stay in the area. Fair enough, but I don’t see him as the victim, Rafa’s transfer vision is the victim.

  • hibbit

    Oct 10, 2017 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #11


    Maybe we could cash in on this

    Domo arigato

  • lesh

    Oct 10, 2017 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #13


    Wasn’t the Kobi restaurant link meant for the bold Lochinvar?

  • lochinvar

    Oct 10, 2017 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #14

    “Ankooru, ankooru,”

  • jazzyp

    Oct 10, 2017 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #15

    No thanks

  • Optimistic Panda

    Oct 10, 2017 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #16

    Why would anyone feel like Colback has had a hard time?

    Do you think he told the manager or Chairman of the Scum that he intended to sign for us or did his agent do it?

    I’d struggle to think of a player who would speak to the manager or chairman instead they’d All do it through their agent.

    Colback could have signed for Hull and still stay in the area, if you feel sorry for him you need to give your head a shake.

    At the time I couldn’t understand why we’d signed him, average at best, no improvement since he arrived.

    He can share Ashley’s taxi as far as I’m concerned.

  • hibbit

    Oct 10, 2017 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #17

    lesh i think it might have been

  • msk21dec

    Oct 10, 2017 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #18

    shearers interview he says bowyer and dyer owed bobby robson apology for fighting but im sure it was souness who was manager that game

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 10, 2017 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #19


    no you’re not the only one. colback is bang average, we know it, other clubs’ fans know it.
    if you refuse to turn up to training on 45k a week what on earth signal does that send. rafa is spot on.
    happy to see the back of colback and diame asap.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 10, 2017 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #20

    Danny Ings…………


  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 10, 2017 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #21

    Lots of activity on the blog I see 🙄

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 10, 2017 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #22

    You’ll upset jesper if you mention blog inactivity 😮

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 10, 2017 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #23

    Probably a lot of people watching the Sweden/Holland game which I’ve recorded and just about to watch, so that’s me for tonight. Later!

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 10, 2017 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #24

    Is that it now, can we watch the real football again?

  • Thump

    Oct 10, 2017 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #25

    Another average English forward that people will hope will be a competent goal scorer (once fit. Eventually).

    Stick with Mitro, save your money, invest in a #10

  • chicousa

    Oct 11, 2017 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #26

    Could not agree more….let’s see what Mitro can do over the next 3 months!

  • chicousa

    Oct 11, 2017 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #27

    Watching Trinidad and Tobago vs USA match. Depressing how few fans are watching in T&T’s stadium. 🙁

  • chicousa

    Oct 11, 2017 at 3:00 AM

    Comment #28

    USA, heavily favored, loses to tiny Trinidad & Tobago and will miss World Cup!!! Shameful performance!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 11, 2017 at 5:58 AM

    Comment #29

    chicousa…USA are not the only big country to crash out…but it’s also what makes it all interesting

  • chicousa

    Oct 11, 2017 at 6:04 AM

    Comment #30

    True. The Netherlands being the biggest miss I think! To be honest missing this World Cup might be the catalyst for fundamental changes needed in the US Soccer team. Long overdue.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 11, 2017 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #31

    chicousa…it’s never really a help if you always qualify without making any changes…

    As you say maybe this is what’s needed for football in the states long term…

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 11, 2017 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #32

    chicousa…are you based over in the states?

  • chicousa

    Oct 11, 2017 at 6:17 AM

    Comment #33

    Some of the older players (Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey, etc) need to pass the torch to the young players (Yedlin, Christian Pulisic, etc). And the USA needs to hire a good manager, someone like a Rafa Benitez (but not Rafa, who MUST stay at NUFC long term!) 🙂

  • chicousa

    Oct 11, 2017 at 6:19 AM

    Comment #34

    Yes. In northern California.

  • chicousa

    Oct 11, 2017 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #35

    And you? Where are you based? How is that new baby daughter of yours doing?

  • dannitoon

    Oct 11, 2017 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #36

    Injured for 2 seasons.. yeah… makes great sense… FFS get a grip lad


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