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Newcastle Linked With Top Young Midfielder – Deal Unlikely

The Sun is reporting that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is keen to bring 20 year-old England U21 central midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek (what a name) on loan for the rest of the season, with West Ham also said to b be interested in the player..

The 6ft 3ins tall Lewisham born player has only appeared 3 times for the Chelsea first team so far this season and needs some playing time to develop and he seems to be rated highly by his new manager at the Blues – Antonio Conte.

The youngster has played at all levels for the England Youth sides including 13 times for the England U21 side with 5 goals, but has been troubled with injuries this season.

20 year-old Ruben Loftus-Cheek – available for loan deal?

This is what  Antonio Conte has said this about the youngster:

“Ruben has great potential and it’s important for him to show it,”

“Now he is in our squad. This season he’s had a few injuries but now he is free.

“I’ll speak to the club and take the best decision for the player.”

And the Italian news outlet TuttoMercatoWeb reported last month that West Ham manager Slaven Bilic was keen on taking him on loan to the Hammers.

Ruben made his debut for Chelsea two years ago when Jose Mourinho was manager (in December 2014), when he replaced Cesc Fabregas for the final few minutes of a Champions League group match against Sporting Lisbon at Stamford Bridge.

But Rafa Benitez doesn’t do loan deals unless he can sign the player during or at the end of the loan deal.

And he isn’t usually in the business of making other team’s players better and then letting them return to their clubs at the end of their loan spells.

However, Ruben is the type of talented young player Rafa wants to bring to Newcastle, but it would need to be on a permanent basis or a loan deal with an option to buy.

The central midfielder is highly thought of at Chelsea, so we would be surprised if the reports are true that Newcastle are interested.

It is an area of the side that Newcastle need to strengthen either next month or in the summer – to bring in a creative and talented central midfielder.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Novocastrian66

    Dec 19, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #1

    We should get him in if possible.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 19, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #2

    Have we run out of milk again? I’ll just go out and get some. Won’t be long.

  • Jib

    Dec 19, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #3

    Beware forecasts of high scoring games

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 19, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #4

    Is he a possible future signing, if not then let’s not improve him for Chelsea for next season.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 19, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #5

    Barkley lucky!

  • Novocastrian66

    Dec 19, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #6

    Nowt on Shelvey yet. Does anyone know when a decision will be announced?

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 19, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #7


    It’s continuing tomorrow.

  • Novocastrian66

    Dec 19, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #8

    I haven’t seen the tackle Ron but I’ve read the live feeds and everyone seems to have the same opinion. Refs are missing too many leg breakers. Shocking how they will flash yellow cards for the most innocuous of challenges but they will not show red for potential leg breakers. Clueless.

  • Novocastrian66

    Dec 19, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Good grief the FA are dragging this out. It cannot be cut and dried as they would have made a judgement by now. It’s dragging on longer than the O J trial!

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 19, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #10

    It was a bad tackle, Novo. Wait ’til you see it!

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 19, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Nearly snapped hendersons ankle. Unlucky Barkley lol.

    International break Tsunki….

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 19, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #12

    If I had a pound for everytime A_C said international break I’d have £23.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 19, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #13

    Right I’m back. Ok, get the kettle . . . damn! Forgot the digestives. Five minutes….

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 19, 2016 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #14

    If you’re about the Laphroaig 10 year old seems to be a much smoother blend than the Talisker 10 and a lot more peaty.
    Dummet and his ability and suitability for this division was a talking point on Totall Sport tonight.
    I can’t actually believe that aomeone suggested selling Gayle in January on here.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 19, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #15

    Lesh ignore Jail. Laphroaig 10 isn’t a blend and while Talisker may have a bit of fire in the finish, its not as raw and brackish as the Laphroaig. Both good peaty inlays but the Talisker every time. If you really want a nice Laphroaig, the QA Cask is a good shout.

    For me though the Ardbeg. Although a bit pricey it’s a quality bbq smokey malt. For me the Corryvreckan or the Uigedail are bang on.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 19, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #16

    Islays not inlays. Anyway, how many sugars?

  • Tsunki

    Dec 19, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #17

    Of course you could try a caol ila and Costco have been selling Lagavulin 16 year old for ages at mid £30 mark

  • lesh

    Dec 19, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #18


    You know your malts and as is, I share your impeccable taste for Islays.

    Lagavullen 16 for £30 is a helluva offer – assuming that’s not for a 50cl.

    As far as Talisker and Laphroig’s concerned, I’ll drink ’em if they’re the only singles on the table, but I much prefer the all-round tasting sensations from Islays. The better the bottle, the better the buzz.

    There’s nice one my local puts on and that’s Auchentoshan, a lowland malt) which I find more than palatable along with the Singleton.

    And Suntory (I’ve always felt that the words sun and tory together’s a tad unfortunate), have bought out Sipsmith gin. What next?


  • lesh

    Dec 19, 2016 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #19


    I most certainly will not ignore your comments about the Skye single malts. Taste’s a personal thing and we’re all entitled to opine.

    You carry on enjoying your malts.

  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 20, 2016 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #20

    Gentlemen….. For those who like to partake in a wee dram, you must try the Scapa Glansa. Along with a smokey flavour it also boasts a vanillaey almost creamy taste. It really is very special.

  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 20, 2016 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #21

    Tsunki…… You obviously drink a lot. When I say a lot I don’t mean to imply that you have an issue . Just meant to say a lot as in what would be appropriate for an obvious connoisseur like your good self.

  • lesh

    Dec 20, 2016 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #22


    Had a look at Master of Malt’s site for comments about Scapa Glansa and it sounds deeelicious. 🙂

    Buy Whisky Online | Single Malt Whisky & More – Master of Malt https://www.masterofmalt.com/

  • Dingo†®

    Dec 20, 2016 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #23

    Scapa is my favorite malt as well, closely followed by Ardbeg, Jura and Glenfarclass


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