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Newcastle Target May Stay At Chelsea For Next Season

Ruben Loftus-Cheek played for England today in their 6-1 beating of Panama to qualify for the knockout rounds of the tournament.

Harry Kane got a hat-trick (two penalties) and John Stones got a brace with Jesse Lingard scoring with a tremendous shot in the first half.

It was 5-0 at the half and England were 6-0 up after 62 minutes but couldn’t keep a clean sheet as Baloy got a consolation goal for Panama with 12 minutes to play.

That leaves Belgium and England with identical records in Group G so not sure who wins if we draw with Belgium on Thursday.

Loftus-Cheek had another good game and it may be that Chelsea keep him at Stamford Bridge for next season.

Loftus-Cheek talks to England manager Gareth Southgate during Tunisia game

But it could still be difficult for him to get a lot of playing times especially if Chelsea bring in a lot of new players this summer.

That seems likely if former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri takes the Chelsea manager job which is now almost certain.

Loftus Cheek was on loan at Crystal Palace last season and manager Roy Hodgson would love to have him back again for next season but thinks he may be good enough to stay at Chelsea.

This is what Hodgson has said in the Mail about the 22-year-old England midfielder:

“If they decide to loan him out again we will be first in line with the begging bowl.

“But right now there is no intimation that they are thinking of doing that. We’ve made it clear to them and to Ruben that we would love to work with him again.

“It will be a long shot I fear because I think he’s so good, and I think he may show that in this World Cup. He will go back to Chelsea and they will be very happy with what they have got.”

“If they decide to loan him out again we will be first in line with the begging bowl.

“But right now there is no intimation that they are thinking of doing that. We’ve made it clear to them and to Ruben that we would love to work with him again.

“It will be a long shot I fear because I think he’s so good, and I think he may show that in this World Cup. He will go back to Chelsea and they will be very happy with what they have got.”

Rafa has wanted the young playmaker at Newcastle for 18 months now so we’ll have to wait to see if he can be successful in getting him at St. James’ Park for next season.

But it will be tough for Rafa to do that and a loan deal for Kenedy is top of the list of Chelsea players with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kasey Palmer next in line in the loan stakes.

What would be the best of both worlds is if we can sign Kenedy permanently and get Loftus-Cheek in on loan for the season with an option to buy next summer.

Now that would be really good – but unlikely to happen.


Comments welcome.

142 comments so far


    Jun 24, 2018 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #81

    If we are after a midfielder this barios kid playing for columbia is worth a shout….never stopped graftin al nyt….some good players for columbia…good to watch.

  • jordijohnty

    Jun 24, 2018 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #82

    Chelsea not giving Cuadrado a chance? Thats not like Chelsea to be unable to see the vast talent they have at their expensively assembled squad. Wa&k3rs..

  • c-dog

    Jun 24, 2018 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #83

    In fairness to Russia they’ve ran a great tournament so far. Credit where credit is due.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 24, 2018 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #84

    Absolute brilliant
    Movement passing great goals in that mood they will give Anyone a good game

  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 24, 2018 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #85

    Been a good day for \england then, we won at football, whitewashed the Aussies at cricket (although I was surprised when I saw 120/8 or so), and then Lewis brings home the bacon in France.

    We should celebrate days like this, they don’t come around too often.

    Three Lions on me shirt and all that.

  • Moonraker15

    Jun 24, 2018 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #86

    We should pick our best players not poor imitations and then we would compete in the World Cup but we’re going out soon with this lot I promise you! Panama ! Ffs !

  • Jib

    Jun 24, 2018 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #87

    Mickey you forgot beating the Yarpies at rugger
    in Cape Town yesterday

  • Jib

    Jun 24, 2018 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #88

    We are now in the realm of simultaneous
    WC ties which can be quite exciting

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 24, 2018 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #89

    Ha ha, Jiblets on the Estrellá again

  • Jib

    Jun 24, 2018 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #90

    It don’t matter what I drink Jail
    You are still thick as pigshit

  • c-dog

    Jun 24, 2018 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #91

    Our squad isn’t the best but it’s balanced. And in Kane we have a winner. Jesé and Trippier class as well.

  • Jib

    Jun 24, 2018 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #92

    You still haven’t answered my Q
    When you supported the scum BK
    (before Keegan)
    who was your favourite Sunlun player ?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 24, 2018 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #93

    After your ridiculously stupid claim the other night you can’t call anyone thick. Ha ha ha

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 24, 2018 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #94

    Jail – have to disagree with you about the game. I really enjoyed it. I’ve not seen for many a year so many interceptions/ prodding the ball away by Columbian players who I thought ” wouldn’t get there ” but did – lanky legged a la Demba Ba.

    A refreshsing naivety about the Columbian play.
    I hope you have not forgot what excitement exists with the type of play seen tonight and have not been indoctrinated by some of the more boring styles we see today.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 24, 2018 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #95

    Typical Jiblets, starts calling people mackems when the chips are down. Ha ha ha

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 24, 2018 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #96

    Mister Tuff,
    I thought the game was spoiled by the continuous booing of the Polish team in possession, if that was Columbian fans doing that then they don’t deserve to progress any further.

  • c-dog

    Jun 24, 2018 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #97

    You rarely have anything positive to say jail. Even when you’re brown nosing Rafa you do it by talking negatively about Munster. That Colombia game was great. And the South America / Central America fans are very passionate and a credit to their countries

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 24, 2018 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #98

    c-dog, you accused me of brown-nosing rafa earlier. Shame you allow your insults to colour what could otherwise be insightful and intelligent blogging

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 24, 2018 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #99

    If you think continuously booing the opposition is showing your passion then you have a very tainted view of the game.

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 24, 2018 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #100

    micky, Jib, couldn’t agree more – great to see so much sporting success I can get behind this weekend.

    now we just need Ashley to back rafa and we’ll be golden

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 24, 2018 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #101

    Jail – what did you think of the Columbian number 10 – James (got the armband in the
    Second half), I thought he was great — skill/awareness was a joy to behold.

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 24, 2018 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #102

    Tomorrow is 30 days since the Guilleme Balague interview with rafa was released in full, which represents the last official communication to have been issued by the club, other than announcements on season tickets and business as usual matters.

    If there has been some kind of stand-still period with an official communications lock-down in place, 30 days seems like a reasonable duration, so we could see these measures ending soon.

    Or not…

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 24, 2018 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #103

    Obviously I don’t like Southgate, I’ve made that clear, but I certainly can’t criticise what’s happened so far. There’s nothing to criticise on the field. You can only beat what’s in front of you and despite struggling in the first game – which is historically difficult – we battered a very poor Panama by taking our chances when they came along. Excellent performance, only slightly marred by a defensive blunder by Maguire I think – might be wrong but the point stands. Whoever it was he had everybody in his view, yet failed to step up, leaving their goalscorer onside – who took it well tbf.
    It’s similar to a winger looking right across the line and still managing to get himself offside.
    Defensively it was a shocker, but hopefully we’ll learn from that.
    I do worry about the defence though. It’ll be interesting to see how they handle a good attack like Belgium, presuming they play their best side – which is a doubt from what Martinez said. Can’t help but feel Stones and Maguire are our weak point, but time will tell on that.

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 24, 2018 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #104

    Bobby from above “There’s nothing to criticise on the field”

    And yet the majority of your post is devoted to criticising the defence….

    Howay man, this was a good day to be an England fan.

  • jane

    Jun 24, 2018 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #105

    England’s plan B will be to carry on playing the same way.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 24, 2018 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #106

    I think Thursday will be a good barometer of England’s capabilities. I’m not expecting them to do any better than usual but I’ll certainly hold off from criticising them for only beating Panama 6-1 at a stroll and all done in one half. 🙂

    Yesterday Mitrovic was apparently showing his quality on the world stage as if he was an in-demand top notch striker banging in goals against Brazil. But the world stage today is reduced to a championship side called Panama that somehow got into the biggest competition in world football and promptly handed their asses to a lacklustre England side.

    You can’t win.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 24, 2018 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #107

    The last game I would choose to pick holes in the England defence would be the second half against Panama. They are rightly instructed to do the absolute bare minimum, keep hydrated, conserve energy and contain without getting stretched. A leaked goal was minimal and highly acceptable collateral damage in a measured performance.

  • Munster Mag

    Jun 24, 2018 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #108

    Jail England fans have a long and distinguished history of booing other teams anthems so I wudnt be getting all sniffy about the Columbians

  • jane

    Jun 24, 2018 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #109

    “tomorrow’s predictions
    England 2 Panama 0
    Japan 1 Senegal 2
    Poland 1 Columbia 1”

    moving on

    tomorrow’s predictions
    Russia 0 Uruguay 1
    Saudi Arabia 0 Egypt 1
    Iran 0 Portugal 1
    Spain 1 Morocco 0

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 24, 2018 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #110

    Just watching the England highlights, the Panama midfielder Barcenas has some skills. Wonder if he could do a job for us? He wouldn’t be expensive.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jun 24, 2018 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #111

    ‘Arry Kane, despite being a Londoner, really is the dog’s bollocks. He’s the duck’s nuts. Mitro pay attention. “When he gets opportunities, he’ll bury them. Just as important is the way he presses, holds the ball up, contributes to the overall game, and sacrifices himself for the team.”

  • jane

    Jun 24, 2018 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #112

    caught my eye too, like the defense splitting pass to create a good chance


  • jane

    Jun 24, 2018 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #113

    apart from the goals i can’t remember Arry Kane doing much in either game 😐

  • jane

    Jun 25, 2018 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #114

    2 [excellent] pens and a fluke!!

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jun 25, 2018 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #115

    A fluke!!!! Whaaaaat???? No way. Our Harry artfully and precisely flicked out a heel, to leave yet another top flight keeper flailing and helpless. Chap’s a bone fide genius.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 25, 2018 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #116

    Here’s one with a World Cup theme for you Night Owls out there


  • toonbrother

    Jun 25, 2018 at 5:25 AM

    Comment #117

    King for Ritchie would be a great move if true

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 25, 2018 at 6:26 AM

    Comment #118

    Rob, I’m not criticising England, I’m pointing out my concerns which is a valid thing to do on a football blog. Playing the entire front line onside from a position where you cannot effect the actual play is Sunday League standard, but I follow that by saying hopefully we’ll learn from that.
    Far more valid than saying we can beat anybody based on beating Panama and Tunisia.

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 25, 2018 at 6:51 AM

    Comment #119

    Seriously, who are these Newcastle fans who supposedly drink in the Transfer Tavern? 🙂
    Whoever they are they need to leave the booze alone.
    I can’t think of many – if any – who think Troy bloody Deeney is the answer to our striking problems. Sooner keep Gayle ffs.
    Not do I know of one who describes Diame as a flop last season.
    Where do they get it from? With the majority of suggestions they come up with for us I think they must all be mackems in disguise.
    We have been linked with some dross but the TT must have the record for the worst suggestions by a distance. 🙂

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jun 25, 2018 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #120

    It was an enjoyable game, first half at least, but nothing to change my mind that we’re dull and rubbish. We got two penalties that not many other teams would have gifted us, 2 goals from set pieces that most teams would have dealt with, a wonder goal and a fluke. I can’t remember seeing us string any nice passing moves together, maybe not even one great pass or bit of movement all game. We weren’t carving them open, more just hitting it forward and they were doing the rest. They fouled us twice in the box simultaneously!! I’ve never seen that. They’re lucky you can’t get two penalties at once. I know we took foot off pedal etc, but the holes that I see will be our undoing (and have been our undoing since Gazza last played) were on display massively as they were in our first game and the 100 or so games before that.


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