This Player Could Be A Decent Alternative To Chelsea’s Kenedy

The Mirror are reporting that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has given the OK to manager Rafa Benitez to try to sign 24-year-old Bristol City left-back Joe Bryan.

The report mentions that two other Premier League clubs –  Everton and Brighton – are also interested in signing the Bristol-born player.

Bryan has played very well over the last two seasons for the Robins, and this season they are currently in a playoff position in 5th place in the Championship with 48 points from their 28 games.

It’s surprising to us with Bristol a promotion-chasing side this season that they would consider selling one of their top players this month.

But the Mirror is reporting they will allow Bryan to leave Ashton Gate this month for a fee of £7M.

24-year-old Joe Bryan – Bristol City left-back

Newcastle have needed another left back to challenge Paul Dummett for the starting position at Newcastle for some time, and it would seem that Bryan would be a good buy at just £7M.

Newcastle could probably even afford that fee this month, although they may try to do a loan deal with an option to buy in the summer – if that’s a possibility.

There’s no doubt that Bryan has been in outstanding form for his hometown club this term, and while he is untested at the highest level, £7M isn’t much to pay for a player with promise these days.

But he has no Premier League experience and Rafa wants experienced players brought into the side this month if he can get those players through the door.

Bryan is versatile and can play either at left back on or the left wing, so if we cannot get Kenedy in from Chelsea, he could be a decent alternative.

And it’s looking like deja vu all over again, with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte probably not allowing the Brazilian to leave the club on loan this month – but not telling Newcastle until January 31st.

Rafa will have to move for another left-sided player soon if he cannot get a straight answer from Chelsea on the status of Kenedy.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

100 comments so far

  • Toon_Tom

    Jan 22, 2018 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Can he play up-front???

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 22, 2018 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #2

    When Ashley bought the club the mortgage for the stands we built had to be paid off due to the club changing hands.

    I believe it was £85m that debt was being paid off by the club and wouldve been paid in full 5 years ago.

    So talk of interest is bs as he’s had interest plus the loan back from free ads alone, go have a look at how much a club like stoke or Everton receive per year for ground ads and you’ll see how much he’s pocketed. I’d bet my last quid he’s charging SD for it, a little hander for himself.

  • JackButler

    Jan 22, 2018 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #3

    Sick of all the links to players and potential owners, we either make moves now or face another season out of the premier

  • stan anderson

    Jan 22, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #4

    JIB,thanks for that info .
    I am not worldly wise as to how the business world goes about it dealings.
    You Benwell kids were far better educated than us poor Walker kids,eh !
    Got no Mackem blood in me maty,i choose the name Stan Anderson as he was one of the better players we had when i went to the game as a young kid.
    The man was pure class and did a great job for the toon nee matter where he came from or went to after us.
    The BORO i think.
    If you hold grudges against players who served us well as pros.should do, shame on you .
    I could believe a true Mackem taking the same stance as yourself mind.

  • Slank

    Jan 22, 2018 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #5

    I don’t think many fans have doubted the defensive abilities of Dummitt that seemed to have improved since his forced absence as shown by recent performances.

    So this begs the question as to what does Rafa see as the key characteristics for a new left back. Probably someone better at attacking than Dummitt but I would be very surprised if better than Dummitt at defending.

    Could it be someone similar to Yedlin who has pace and a natural instinct to attack but not necessarily that good at defending ?

  • simon376

    Jan 22, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #6

    I really don’t think we need another left back unless we loose some of the cover we have. It’s attacking players and maybe a keeper and perhaps a more defensive right back, Yedlin is great going forward but not Best defender

  • Liddle

    Jan 22, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #7

    At least you admit you know nowt about Business Studies and Accounting. Quite the contrast with Panda who despite only having a GCSE in basket weaving feels he knows more than those that have qualifications in those subjects.
    A little knowledge is a dangerous thing and soon identifies you as a know nowt. What a thick brick!
    Whereas you are a wise man who nows his limitations but is looking to learn.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 22, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #8


    Back again to make yourself look stupid?

    Where’s your responce from last night?

    Funny how wums like yourself appear with nothing to say but TRY to harras other posters

    Go on have a opinion on the club or football I dare you.

  • posada

    Jan 22, 2018 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #9

    I think you could be correct re Ashley charging SD for advertising.

    MA and SD are two sepearte things. He only owns 60% of SD, so why would a company he owns 100% of give free advertising to a company he only own 60% of.

    Like you I’m not a financial expert, but is there even such a thing. Remember it was experts that bankrupted our banks in 2008 and we are still paying for it.

  • scott

    Jan 22, 2018 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #10

    I can see how this will go down……..
    Rafa- ” right lee no excuses,just go out & get me Schurlle,don’t come back without him!”

    Charnley-” no probs Rafa I’m fantastic at this stuff il have it done for you in just a few hours,leave it to me!”

    Rafa- “I’m sick of this cr*p,GET IT DONE!!!”


    Charnley “there you go Rafa like I said Iv got him ,Rafa meet Schurlla Ameobi!”

  • lochinvar

    Jan 22, 2018 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #11

    If Bryan is good enough and has the drove to make the top grade then go get him as ambition is a good motivation for success. He would then be an asset for the future, like Murphy who is now up to speed with the tempo of the premiership. And I wouldn’t be surmised if Jacob arrives here at sometime in the future.

    As to that German striker just Schurry up and get him Charnley.

    Plus the linked keeper that would be three signings. Add two loans and that would be promising.

  • lochinvar

    Jan 22, 2018 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #12

    *Josh as Jacob is already here

  • G

    Jan 22, 2018 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Is Schurlle a striker? Fairly certain when he was on Chelsea’s books he was a winger? Can’t remember him playing as a striker there, but the memory can fail these days.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 22, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #14


    You are right in a very narrow, linear perspective. But the problem is MA whilst he has not demanded the loan be paid, he has made the club poorer and increased it at the same time. Now he is trying to sell the club and the debt at the same time, as if the loan were a club asset.

  • Slank

    Jan 22, 2018 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #15


    There could be some issue as SD is a public company and MA is the major shareholder of SD and Newcastle is owned by MA. I don’t really know but I’m sure other SD shareholders and not least The City, would be asking questions.

    Interestingly, does Man City charge Etihad for advertising even though the ultimate owner is the same person ?

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 22, 2018 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #16

    In effect he will be paid for the loan twice by not paying for the advertising (plus shirts, hospitality etc) and by getting a buyer to pay it off on the sale of the club. All at the same time of not paying tax, as it has always remained a debt.

  • Klatoon

    Jan 22, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #17

    Kennedy alternative played against us this weekend, that Zinchenko kid is decent. Want even playing his real position but oozed class and confidence

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 22, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #18

    Howay man, it sums up the place when there was still hospitality posters for the Wigan game in the toilets up until two months ago.

  • martoon

    Jan 22, 2018 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #19

    scott @10 – I got there before you!


    Jan 21, 2018 at 8:21 PM
    Comment #45

    Apparently with our interest in Schurrle fans in Ashington think we’re re-signing Ameobi


    Jan 22, 2018 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #20

    Not convinced that schurrle would be up to much for us….not really a striker and a bit of a jack of all trades positionally wise…. apparently only played 6 times this season so he’s hardly ganna be in top form….if it was another player without the hype around his name would people still think he would be a good player to bring in now when we are desperate….if we get him and im proved wrong…great…coz that will be beneficial to us… i say…not convinced.

  • Jib

    Jan 22, 2018 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #21

    Rafa has said there will defo be at least
    one new face before Saturdays FA cuptie
    Announced at his Friday presser perhaps ?

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 22, 2018 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #22

    Well the loan doesn’t exist, but the stadium does, bought and paid for by Ashley, so that’s a valuable tangible asset that the club/Ashley owns, and that the club didn’t have to pay down out of earnings. I agree though he is looking to recoup his losses as a result of baling us out due to the relegations that were the result of his own mismanagement, and he’s had 10 years of free advertising for SD. So if he does get 350 mill he’ll have done quite well out of us all things considered. But when you look at the assets and cash flow and exposure he gets its hard to think we aren’t worth that much to him, and that it’ll take no less than that to prize us away from him.

  • scott

    Jan 22, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #23


    Sorry didn’t see that,I always was abit slow!

  • Jib

    Jan 22, 2018 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #24
  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 22, 2018 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #25

    To be honest I think there’s another angle people may not have looked at.

    For the child that is fat Mike he probably doesn’t need or want the grief that comes from running the club like a business without investing to make it a footballing success. So getting rid of it and losing that headache in his world might actually be the biggest attraction to selling along with being greedy and making an undeserved profit.

    We may yet see the back if him due to that…I hope

  • Jib

    Jan 22, 2018 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #26

    In 2008 Fat Freddy (rip) was extolling Ashley
    to accept about £250 million for the club .

    Surely nearly 10 years later it is worth more.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 22, 2018 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #27

    kind of crazy how kane is now worth more than half our club.
    add in bale to RM as well, that’s 2 players almost worth more than our entire club.

  • G

    Jan 22, 2018 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #28

    RH, on Saturday how many players did Man Citeh field whom cost more than our entire team! Transfer fees are mad mate.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 22, 2018 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #29

    for those who rubbished me on this:-

    ”Then there is the finance factor. The Toon boss would have to pay £6m if he quits before June 30. It’s a lot of money even for a very wealthy man though compensation is unlikely to be the prime factor in any decision he makes.”

  • hibbit

    Jan 22, 2018 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #30

    i would love to read the due diligence report of what assets are actually still within the club and what has been siphoned off to Mash Holdings and his other various companies.
    * Gallowgate property springs to mind for starters *

  • jimmygscot

    Jan 22, 2018 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #31

    Having watched recent games I really think a good RB is needed, neither Yedlin or Maqu are good enough.
    Please not Dembele from Celtic he is an overrated prima donna who can lose interest in a game he is not a good working team player, a better alternative at Celtic would be Griffiths.

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 22, 2018 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #32

    Yes, that would make interesting reading.

  • Jib

    Jan 22, 2018 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #33


    Please list what assets

    (Apart from
    the stadium
    the players
    the training ground
    and fittings
    some club houses
    some vehicles
    office equipment)

    NUFC has to siphon off

  • A Pain in the Blog

    Jan 22, 2018 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #34

    My reading of the situation is this. Ashley wants to buy back SD. In order to do that he must sell NUFC for a certain amount, either £300M or £350M. If he sells it for £250M then he cannot buy back enough shares to control SD – so there’s no point at all in selling for that price. That’s why he’s so frustrated.

    And then he suddenly loses it completely after getting tanked up. Some reports have stated that he telephoned someone at Sky for a hysterical rant, triggered by some newspaper report, a festering rage, a dozen or so pints and a psychotic personality. Which was reported by his Sky mate as ‘A source close to Mike Ashley: “It is only right to let the fans know that there is no deal on the table…” ‘

    His problem is he can’t sell for less cash than he needs to buy back control of SD. And that is not the value of the club. It is merely the amount he needs.

  • Jib

    Jan 22, 2018 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #35

    I’ve just read my post back
    Shades of Life of Brian
    What have the Romans done for us ?

  • Jib

    Jan 22, 2018 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #36

    A Pain in the Blog
    As theories go it has as much credence as
    No none really has a scooby

  • lochinvar

    Jan 22, 2018 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #37

    R.I.P. Jimmy Armfield

  • Tsunki

    Jan 22, 2018 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #38

    Jimmy Armfield. Wow there’s a name from my childhood.

  • lochinvar

    Jan 22, 2018 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #39

    The Romans build Hadrians Wall in the right place.
    Any further south and we’d have ended up playing against Berwick Rangers.

  • Our Toon

    Jan 22, 2018 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #40

    I’m a little baffled though and wondering if anyone can shed light on this.

    Why did Staveley not offer 300m upfront take it or leave it, especially if she claims 200m was for further investment?

    Why did rafa not mention anything in his press conferences to the fans if he knew 3 weeks ago? If that had been another manager we’d have called them a yes man for not saying anything. 3 weeks is a long time and he stayed quiet on the takeover even after being asked by journalists

    Any ideas lads and lasses?


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