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Englishman Will Hughes Would Be Great At Newcastle

We were linked with 19 year-old Derby County and England U21 central midfielder Will Hughes last year, and we wonder if this lad in on Newcastle’s target list for this summer?

But we will continue the series from last year, when we profiled players who would seem to be excellent acquisitions for Newcastle United this summer.

will hughes derby

Will Hughes – England U21 creative midfielder

Will has played another full season with Derby and has 5 goals and 5 assist in 50 appearances for Derby, who have qualified for the Championship play-offs under former Middlesbrough and England Manager Steve McClaren, who was hired in September after Nigel Clough was fired.

Derby are in third place with one game to go and are 8 points behind second played Burnley and 15 points behind Champions Leicester, who have both qualified for automatic promotion, and former Newcastle coach Nigel Pearson is the manager at Leicester City.

The left-footed Weybridge-born Hughes has played 9 times for the England U21 side, and he joined Derby almost three years ago in the summer of 2011.

He made his debut for Derby in November of 2011 against Peterborough, as a 16 year-old and has gone onto play 85 times for the Rams, and is one of the up and coming creative young midfielders in the Championship.

And since Newcastle are interested in signing British players, maybe Newcastle can try to bring this lad to Newcastle this summer.

Hughes has been described as a flair player and not unlike former Newcastle youngster Paul Gascoigne, and Will is a great passer of the ball, and can create holes in the opposition defenses, with his vision and passing ability.

Sounds exactly what we need at Newcastle right now, and he is valued on transfermarkt.com at a low £6M.

And eighteen months ago Will said on the BBC that bases his style of play on central midfielders Xavi and Andres Iniesta of Barcelona, and if he turns out anything like those two – he will be a top player for sure.

The 6″tall Hughes could attract some top clubs this summer, but we just hope that (for once) Newcastle could move quickly and get this lad on Tyneside – he’s a player the Newcastle fans would just love, and that’s especially true if Newcastle are to sell the mercurial Ben Arfa this summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

116 comments so far

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    May 2, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #41

    Mourinho haveing a strop at Hazard!


  • Himanshu Dhingra

    May 2, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #42

    Mourinho won titles at Porto!
    at Chelsea spending Millions
    at Inter – No competitions
    Madrid – In Pep’s last season with a team that spent millions

    I just don’t get the hype.

  • Sazzer

    May 2, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #43

    I found this for you beermonkey:

    Online guy:
    Well as you know Lad’s N’ Lasses , On behalf of Newcastle United fans and Canny writers on this ere’ blog ,

    I set out to try and get some answers to questions that we have all been asking ..
    inquisitive lot that we are !..Well here’s the story .

    After I put my Idea to Mike Ashley, that it might be a good idea to let the supporters know what was happening ..through a supporter . with a question session.

    .It was then discussed by Mike himself in his office at Sports Direct with the delightful
    Carol Stringfellow..

    I was full of hope as at least Mike was giving this idea some thought, and then word’s , as to what to do next .

    The message from Mike was I could go ahead and get in touch with his PA at St’ James’s park , Joy Swan ..I spoke to Joy , canny Lass, and she Invited me then to submit my questions

    I did, and I reported to you canny lot what I was doing on this here blog ..I done my best Lad’s, and I’m not finished yet ..but this is what happened after I followed Mike’s Suggestion.. I sent Joy a list of my questions, some of which I reproduce here below.

    I also cut and paste the final reply I got after trying to get some answer’s, and jumping through so many hoops ..I had about 5 phone conversations at good length..and I thought I was getting somewhere..

    I’m not going to pass judgement here Folk’s, I’m going to leave that to fellow writers here. I tried lad’s I tried , I had a go.. The email from Joy is cut and pasted so that’s how I received it, after all the ground work I put in .

    I really thought I was getting somewhere when it was discussed by Mike and I was then told to do exactly what I did .. Here’s some of the questions I submitted, below, ..and the reply. Shuck’s


    1, Will the sale of the land lease at Strawberry place impede or halt any future development of St’James’s Park..and are you selling the head lease or the under lease .

    2,Will our current manager, Mr Pardew have his Tenure extended into next season.

    3, Is there any development planned to extend the football ground at the Gallowgate end in sympathy with the existing west stand , in the future .

    4, Mike , do you have any plans to buy Glasgow Rangers outright . or a controlling interest. If so, what will your position be as regard’s Newcastle United Ownership.

    5, Is Newcastle united still on the market Mike, or, are you now staying long term, with a long term stratergy .

    6, Have there been any recent bid’s or offer’s for the Club, from any organisation, or any individual.

    7, Have there been any genuine offers for the club that have been turned down because they fell short, or might not have been fit and proper person’s, in your estimation, to be custodians of Newcastle United ? .

    8, Will you be hiring a new director of Football .

    9, Mike, is it true that the Mansour family, now at Manchester City, made you an offer for Newcastle United, before they bought into Man City . Or is that just an urban Myth .

    10, Can you give a ballpark figure for the transfer budget for the coming transfer window .

    11, How many players are leaving the club, seasons end.

    12, How many players, roughly, do you expect to bring in to the club for next season’s campaign .

    That’s just a few of the questions I submitted to open the door lad’s…Here’s the reply..

    Dear M K – thank you for your email.

    I have been advised to ask you to visit our website nufc.co.uk under the “fans” tab, and put your questions to them and they will then pass on your questions to the next Forum meeting in May 2014.

    Kind regards

    Joy Swan
    Executive PA

    Have a great evening lads.

  • scout

    May 2, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #44

    Can someone brief me up on what tomorrows plan is at the game?

  • scout

    May 2, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #45

    Why didnt you ask him how much his holiday cost?

  • RUNAWAY777

    May 2, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #46

    if u fans dont walk out tomorrow,owner and manger will no that nufc fans are all mouth and wind please dont let the people of newcastle down,do what us say and empty the stadium, its the last game and last chance to get pardew out,rheres nothing to play for tomorrow.so out,out out

  • GeordieTwo

    May 2, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #47

    I see Lloyd Dyer is available from Leicester. Is he cheap like?

  • beermonkey

    May 2, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #48

    cheers mate ur a star
    shame that never worked out but I am not surprised

  • welshgeordie9

    May 2, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #49

    My version of what’s that coming over the hill by automatic

    Who’s that standing in the dole que
    Is it pardew is it pardew
    Who’s that standing in the dole que
    Is pardew is it pardew

  • Toon Tang

    May 2, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #50

    I see wor nile had his contract terminated at swindon. Would anyone take him back? we miss his goals and presence in the dressing room I feel…

  • Graeme

    May 2, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #51

    Toon Tang – Having Nile back would be wonderful mate. P45DUE thinks Benny is a handful – Nile would give him a Heart Attack!!

  • hitman

    May 2, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #52

    the world media are running the poss walk out story.

  • beermonkey

    May 2, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #53

    ranger all a lot of talent and a lot of attitude shame

  • BandB

    May 2, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #54

    Ashley and Pardew believe the 52,000 “buy it.”
    They believe they are happy and content. It is their proof that they are providing a fair and acceptable deal.
    Affordable football is their mission statement. This is as good as it gets.
    Tomorrow you have the chance to make them think again.
    You may think we are lions led by donkeys, and the protest has been fluffed by a bunch of Wolfie Smiths. And you may resent it.
    But please take your chance to do something.
    If you do not, you will be rewarded with another negligent transfer window. Another weakened squad. Another run like this one, and we will be up sh!t creek without a paddle by October.
    If you think he will just correct it in January, remember that he got away with it by the skin of his teeth last time, with a much stronger squad.
    You may support the lads.
    I support the lads.
    The game may be the highlight of your week.
    It was the highlight of mine.
    I want it back. For myself, my children and my grandchildren. They cannot win this fight. But you can.
    The future and survival of this club is held in trust by you.
    It is about more than YOUR Saturday afternoon.
    Thank you.

  • Toon Tang

    May 2, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #55

    graeme, ya not wrong mate, could be just what we need to finally push pards over the brink haha

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 2, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #56

    Well you cannot really blame NoNuts and Parsnip for thinking everything I a ok, since every second week 52000 loyal supporters show up at SJP! And if someone is not using his ticket someone else will just go in his place – the thinking is that it’s already paid for 😉

    …that’s how much we want change! Harrumph!!

  • Graeme

    May 2, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #57

    B&B – Nicely said mate.

  • stuart no9

    May 2, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #58

    Band B @54——– good post. straight to the point , it is what every fan needs to know, and must not forget.

  • ganiyu

    May 2, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #59

    ed, Will Hughes will be poor at Newcastle. pardew will not even start him. Ashley will never pay 6million for this unknown talent

  • BandB

    May 2, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #60


    I am somewhat emabarrassed to be making a kind of big blousy, corny Braveheart speech.
    Wouldn’t it have been so much more comfortably post-modern to instead cut along the ranks to people grumbling that they have the sh*ts and smirking, Beavis and Butthead style, “Hey, that bloke, he’s wearing a SKIRT …snigger,snuffle,hoot!

  • BDin9

    May 2, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #61

    Believe it when I see it. I tried to get the people around me during the Swansea game to voice their disapproval. Didn’t happen. It is almost like we are brow beaten and just accept it. Where has the Geordie pride gone? How many times have you heard the away fans singing about our famous atmosphere? How many times have you heard the away fans out sing us ? Tomorrow get them out

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 2, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #62

    BandB…I thought that was back in style?

    …well I thought your post was just what was needed! Sometime someone has to go Braveheart on everyone else arse 😉 ( a smirk for you)

  • BandB

    May 2, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #63


    As I told “them” a few months ago. I am not interested in gestures or plucky failure.
    I am here to pick a fight.

  • tequilamag

    May 2, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #64

    Hope your have better luck than William Wallace even by medieval standards it was not a good end,

  • toon kk

    May 2, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #65

    The trouble is the majority of fans are happy just turning up watching a football match, yes we all want to win. But most are happy they are brain washed by MA, just as planned by him to make believe what he’s doing is for the best for the club.
    The majority of fans who come on this blog and fans who want ambition are just a percentage of fans who want change.
    MA and AP know what they can get away with and are doing so.

  • BandB

    May 2, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #66


    Spoken like the Quisling appeaser you are. Clearly, I am not actually going to get hung drawn and quartered, now, am I?
    It is a clunky metaphor. As you well know.

  • tequilamag

    May 2, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #67

    BandB Quisling? you really are spoiling for a fight,Should have realised it was the morbid humourless BandD we have tonight. My mistake . Do carrry on rousing the troops.

  • welshgeordie9

    May 2, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #68

    Come on now ladies stop arguing

  • welshgeordie9

    May 2, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #69

    I’m sure there will be a lot of that on here tomorrow

  • BandB

    May 2, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #70


    One who co-operates and gives support and succour to an occupying force.
    One who happily denounces patriots involved in resistance activities on the grounds that their activities are actually only vandalism.
    A creep, a sneak, a collaborator.

  • hitman

    May 2, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #71

    i think alot of fans are suffering from stockholm syndrome 😆

  • tequilamag

    May 2, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #72

    I know what a Quisling is but thanks for spelling it out. Making a bit of a wild assumption or wilfully distorting my opinion which has never been pro Ashley because you want to get your argument on. it`s way too boring to engage with you .

  • BandB

    May 2, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #73

    And you are bored too!
    What a toolbox you have, chucky egg.

  • stuart no9

    May 2, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #74

    toon kk—- i think your wrong. Yes some attend games as it is habbit , something they have done for years . getting up early , off to the pub , meeting their mates for a game of pool, off to town , straight down bigg market , or percy street , few pints , bit sing song , off to match , that is their saturday – has been since school. they are happy- selfish , but happy. then you have the ‘ thats it , no more , not going back there again- untill next home game.they are not happy , however, they need a leader , a T4C kind of leader , who says ‘ rite lads this is what we are going to do to get our club back’ give half of these who attend games a ‘ general’ type figure , a leader , and they will follow – at present , they have no one.

  • tequilamag

    May 2, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #75


  • BDin9

    May 2, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #76

    Newcastle Disjointed

  • Online Guy

    May 2, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #77

    Mactoon , Ciaran.. got some info for the Nust group..

    Had a good conversation with the DLR today here’s what I found out

    No sale as yet on either Freehold, or leasehold or under lease, no searches. Today, Friday. May 2’nd

    I wanted to find out about the bit of land that is officially known as ND13389 I was told I would have to mention the owners of that land, before I could have any info, so I went through some names ..Sir John Hall ..no, Fredrick Shepherd, No , Ashley , No , Newcastle United Holding’s Etc , No, ! ..Last one I mentioned was
    Tyne and wear Passenger transport executive , Correct . !

    Was told that the land is not for sale at ND13389..its not going as part of this sale by Newcastle United holdings either ..Its a prime bit of land and Newcastle United holdings have nothing to do with it, and have no say so over it..

    If you look towards the back of the Gallowgate from the link I’m posting here ..look to the right of the last hexagon advertising sign towards the Strawberry Pub..see the steps ? it starts before those steps and up over and across towards pub and back towards the car park . you can go on line to DLR and request the
    TITLE PLAN and they will give/mail you the exact expanse of ND13389.

    It looks to me like it would stop any development encroaching anywhere over the steps and the advertising hoardings… from the car park…. and anywhere near those steps and beyond ,.Ground development could be had up to that point past the last (easterly)advertising hex hoarding, and way over past the steps . . imo

    Land guy and me were looking at the plan together and he told me exactly where it started, and it encompasses those step’s ..Title plan will give you exact layout ..that land is not for sale at this time and has nothing to do with the sale of the lease hold by Ashley of TY344775

    Nexus have the bag on with Ashley for his Non disclosure of the lease hold sale, and with Nexus and the TWPTE..( hand in hand Same entity) they wont be Giving that land up any-time soon ..so any developer will maybe think twice
    Here’s the link ..I know you know it.


  • BandB

    May 2, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #78


    You are a veteran.
    Now, how many years do you think it is since “you’re dead BOOOORING you!” cut the mustard as the “go-to” way wrapping up an argument.
    I will add a “yaaaaawn! for you. Free and gratis. Just to save your fingers.
    I never mind a person butting in to speak their mind.
    No matter how small it is.

  • Online Guy

    May 2, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #79

    BandB, good evening ..hope your well , I’m away for a pint . Back at the witching hour.

  • toon22

    May 2, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #80

    Thank you for your info regarding the land.
    I would like to add it in no way means anything.
    If Mashley sells the lease/whatever it will mean the same thing regardless of this patch of land.

    All it means is there is a difusion/distraction to the actual purpose of the fans displeasure of the fat greedy get selling the only way possible our ground could ever be expanded for his own greasy mits.

    The patch of land is irrelevant

    All it would mean is we needed to negotiate with one party instead of two,the land would be bought and held to ransom no doubt by some one representing the fat greedy get.


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