Newcastle Reported Interested In Former Target – But Is He Good Enough?

The Mail is reporting that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is interested in signing West Brom winger Matt Phillips who will probably leave relegated West Brom this summer.

It’s not the first time we have been linked with the 27-year-old former Blackpool and Queens Park Rangers winger.

Cardiff seems to be in the lead for his signature and are reported to be ready to make a £11M bid for the player.

In two seasons in the Premier League with West Brom after signing on for £5.5M from QPR in July two years ago, Matt played 63 games with 8 goals and 12 assists.

Matt Phillips in action for West Brom last season

Middlesbrough are the third club said to be interested in the player, but we’d be surprised if Rafa has any real interest in Phillips.

He may be on the long list of targets but not near the top of the list.

With Kenedy coming in for a season loan last week we seem to have our four wingers in place for next season in Kenedy, Ritchie, Atsu and Murphy.

The only change there could be if we sell Ritchie to Stoke City for £15M and bring in Andros Townsend from Crystal Palace as a replacement.

Not sure Rafa would let Matt go to Stoke for another winger coming to Newcastle in his place – such as Phillips.

Newcastle really need a fullback, a couple of creative forwards and a lethal striker.

Those have to be the priorities for the 26 days left in this transfer window.

And we hope Newcastle don’t go down to the final hours of the window trying to bring players in – especially for a striker.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

208 comments so far

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 14, 2018 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #1

    Hodgson has said that townsend is not for sale.

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 14, 2018 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #2

    Well, les Belges deserved that.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 14, 2018 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #3

    Just wasted 2 hours of my life!!

  • DaveD1000

    Jul 14, 2018 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #4

    @1 yes
    @3 yes
    @2 yes

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 14, 2018 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #5

    I see that we have a sports science department headed By James Harley, what does it do?

  • Jib

    Jul 14, 2018 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #6

    I like this
    It shows the right spirit
    On Thursday evening, Sean Longstaff was made to sing a song
    by his Newcastle team-mates as part of his initiation – and
    the midfielder chose Justin Bieber’s ‘Love yourself”

    Despite describing that initiation ceremony as
    the “scariest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life”,
    Sean has cherished the experience of training
    with the first-team squad.

    Shite choice of song btw

  • Jib

    Jul 14, 2018 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #7

    I could explain
    there’s probably too many long words
    I don’t like confusing the elderly

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 14, 2018 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #8

    Quite a few of the younger players in the pics from the training camp on the NUFC site.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 14, 2018 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #9

    Thank you Jib very thoughtful of you!

  • Jib

    Jul 14, 2018 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Quite often in football tournaments
    it becomes obvious there’s a weak
    side of the draw and a strong side

    I think England came through the former

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 14, 2018 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #11

    He should’ve sung Mercy, Mercy.

  • DaveD1000

    Jul 14, 2018 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #12

    He was also singing JJ’s praises……seems to have his head screwed on

  • Jib

    Jul 14, 2018 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #13

    Many moons ago when I got selected for
    Northumberland (rugby) I chose to sing this
    Not as high pitched as this version I hasten to add
    I still got soaked in beer

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Jul 14, 2018 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #15

    With reference to England, they made a good point on the panel. England will never be that team that can handle the best teams in the world because we don’t have a Modric, De Bruyne, Coutinho, Pogba, Silva, Kroos. Sad to say but very true, I cant think of any player that fits into any mold of the midfielders I have mentioned. Yes we know Jonjo should have been at the world cup, Duffgate for some reason does not like him but instead likes players like Dier and Henderson? So looking at this, seriously and without biased, is Jonjo the only English play maker honestly that can make the same style of through ball like Modric, De Bruyne, Coutinho, Pogba, Silva, Kroos? My mind is trying to think of someone like this that either should have been at the world cup or will be soon. Anyone have any other players apart from Jonjo?

  • Jib

    Jul 14, 2018 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #16

    Lewis Cook Jack Cork Adam Lallana

  • A Pain in the Blog

    Jul 14, 2018 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Jib @ 14

    Best laugh I’ve had from this blog for months.

  • Belfast

    Jul 14, 2018 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #18

    The best team in the tournament finished third.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 14, 2018 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #19

    re Rafa and his tactics on the previous. ha ha

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 14, 2018 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #20

    Nostradamus the Geordie,
    Even if he had taken Shelvey I don’t think he would have given him a game, by the time we played Crotaia where a player like him was most needed he would have been so far out of the picture he wouldn’t have played him anyway.

  • c-dog

    Jul 14, 2018 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #21

    Harry Kane had an abysmal tournament. Worst golden boot winner in my memory. Totally undeserving.

  • Jib

    Jul 14, 2018 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #22

    This is a weird one
    NUFC have been linked with Matt Phillips
    right winger for WBA
    same Christian name as the current incumbent
    both have played for Scotland
    11 months younger than Ritchie
    is defo a more direct winger than MR

  • Legolas

    Jul 14, 2018 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #23


    I agree. I will probably get slated for this, but he couldn’t lace Shearers boots. There I said it.

  • Legolas

    Jul 14, 2018 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #24


    I was saying just that to a lad at work today. We were crying out for Shelvey against Croatia but he wouldn’t have played if he had been there anyway.

  • lochinvar

    Jul 14, 2018 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #25

    Townsend’s not for sale.
    Nor is Ritchie.
    Matt Phillips isn’t likely to go anywhere other than another Championship club.

    That little saga of rumours has run it’s course.
    Expect the Sunday rags to take a different tack next week.

  • c-dog

    Jul 14, 2018 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #26

    6 shots on target for the tournament I read. These include 3 pens and a deflection.

    He was phenomenal against Tunisia but a passenger thereafter. Someone needs to ask these questions because we need better if we’re to progress.

  • lochinvar

    Jul 14, 2018 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #27

    Brighton reported to be showing interest in Hayden.
    Hardly an easy commute from Chelmsford.
    Maybe Watford would suit him better.

  • Jib

    Jul 14, 2018 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #29

    Loch 80 miles is easier than 280

  • DaveD1000

    Jul 14, 2018 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #30

    Brighton and Palace supposed to be interested

  • Jib

    Jul 14, 2018 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #31

    Maybe do a deal Hayden + Cash for Andros

  • Jib

    Jul 14, 2018 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #32

    Then £20M for Mitro
    £10M for Mikel
    £15M for Dwight
    £8M for Sels
    £7M for Colback
    £5M for Lazaar

    = £65M
    Get Gonzalo Higuain

  • Phil K

    Jul 14, 2018 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #33

    NO he isn’t
    Overpriced and overaged

  • Jib

    Jul 14, 2018 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #34

    Phil K unless you reference your comment
    we haven’t a clue what you are talking about

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 14, 2018 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #35

    Glad u enjoyed a giggle jail. 4 hrs in car today. We had to get lunch but by the time we were served and ate, there was no sign of training which was disappointing. Wished I could have spoken more with Rafa but in reality I interrupted a phone call. So u can blame me when we don’t get ihenacho or someone. Disgusted with Ashley and I think I can safely say that the man I met today will be gone in a year. Two random observations, jonjo isnt exactly friendly and Rafa has very small hands. 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 14, 2018 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #36

    Who’s disgusted with Ashley, you or Rafa?

  • jazzyp

    Jul 14, 2018 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #37

    Anderson to West ham for 42 million

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 14, 2018 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #38


    Don’t worry mate. We’re just biding our time with transfers. All will be revealed soon. Keep the faith sunshine 😆

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 14, 2018 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #39

    What makes you think that?

  • Phil K

    Jul 14, 2018 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #40

    Jib – you know I could never understand why you got such abuse.
    Now I can

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