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Report – Newcastle To Rekindle Interest In Premier League Defender This January

Newcastle were linked with Burnley center-back Ben Gibson this past summer. The reports then stated that Newcastle wanted the defender on an initial loan deal with an option to buy.

Gibson moved to Burnley from Middlesborough in a £15m move in 2018. Since then, Gibson has made only 6 appearances at Turf Moor. This season he has failed to make the Burnley squad in four Premier League matches. His only appearance coming in a 1-3 defeat at home to Sunderland in the Carabao Cup.

TEAMtalk, who first reported of Newcastle’s interest in June, are following up those initial reports saying that Newcastle will make a move to get Gibson on loan in January. The supposed deal would feature an option to buy with Burnley willing to take a significant loss on the player.

We don’t see much in these reports as Newcastle are stocked in the center of defense. However, Newcastle do have three center-backs who will be out of contract by the summer of 2021. They are Federico Fernandez (deal expires in 2020), Ciaran Clark, and Fabian Schar. Of those three, only Fabian Schar is likely to be offered a new contract.

Steve Nickson and the scouting team could be looking at potential options to replace 30-year-olds Fernandez and Clark. However, unless they plan on cashing in on them in January, we doubt a new center-back will be brought in this winter.

14 comments so far

  • JDdubai

    Oct 21, 2019 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #1

    so It’s the Mexicans this time, GET IN! That gets me my 4 corners, just need Chinese, Russians and a joint bid from the Vatican and Bill Cosby to get my full house now.

    Takeover bingo is on!

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 21, 2019 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Posada re Joelinton “Consequently he is too big to fail. Until it becomes so bad he has to be left out”

    There’s a really interesting piece of analysis in The Athletic, reported on by The Mag, which looks at the contribution of individual players in passages of play which ultimately leads to a shot being taken by the team.

    Joelinton has been involved in this way more than any other player for NUFC this season, which suggests that he’s actually been one of our most influential players when it comes to creating opportunities.

    Well worth a read, with the caveat that stats are always open to interpretation.

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 21, 2019 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #3


    I take your point about this *apparent* huge investment in Joelinton. Bruce only rubber-stamped the purchase though so it’s no skin off his nose if the player doesn’t work out.

  • Mindshaft

    Oct 21, 2019 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Sorry for repost – bus missed…
    posada – highly unlikely Bruce is told who to play, he does not have final say on transfers which is common knowledge ( and one of the sticking points they had with Rafa who did).

    I think as a spine we have Dubs, Lascelles (or Lejeune), Schar , think we need to sign a good creative midfielder.
    Every game I’ve seen live this season Linton has been poor, he clearly isn’t a lone striker. Carroll is someone to have in the box to get on the end of a decent cross, which are becoming rare events , Almiron seems lost and ASM whilst exciting has no assistance from Linton or anyone else so invariably runs into 2 opposing players and nobody to pass to. Whole team is disjointed on attacking formation so invariably comes to nothing and Bruce stands on touchline with arms crossed.
    There basically seems to be no plan b and plan a is defend for your life.
    Simple fact is that Bruce is a symptom of the main cause, sacking him to be replaced by another non-entity of a manager will not result in change of fortunes.

  • martoon

    Oct 21, 2019 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #5

    I don’t know if there is any skulduggery with buying Joelinton but regardless there’s obviously going to be pressure on Bruce to play your record signing and the same with Miggy to a lesser extent.

  • investinyouthtoon

    Oct 21, 2019 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Fake over suspicions confirmed.

    Ashley came across as rude, and uninterested in selling and I quote “for a man who ‘has the club up for sale’, he really doesn’t make an effort, does he?

    If it’s not Ashley off putting potential buyers via a unrealistic asking price, it’s this.

    He may ideally want to sell the club if he secured a huge deal, but that doesn’t mean he’s actively pursuing a sale – and this latest story appears to back that idea up even further.

    It looks like we’re stuck with him for a while longer yet.”

    Same rubbish different day.

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 21, 2019 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #7


    But who will exert this pressure?

  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 21, 2019 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #8

    Off topic.

    Did the earth just move for you? Well it did for me, 5.4 scale with an epicentre 85 miles or so away from me. It’s weird when there’s tremors here, and obviously the higher up you are the worse it is. Worst for me was when i was on the 61st floor in a sky lounge having a beer, things fell over – and i don’t mean the people – your legs go jelly for a few seconds, it’s a really weird feeling.

    Please continue.

  • martoon

    Oct 21, 2019 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Ron Knee – I don’t think any one person per se but any manager/coach at any club is going to feel obliged to play the big money signing. That’s not saying Joelinton won’t be dropped but Bruce will need some large cahonas to do so.

  • posada

    Oct 21, 2019 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #10

    In fairness to Joelinton he has shown something and had some success.
    However, from what I have seen and his pre signing CV he’s a 10-12M pound player.

    Kraftwork. We have 2 RBs and no LB but we spend weeks chasing another RB.
    One of the worst things for me is the waste.
    The stupidity and the waste.

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 21, 2019 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #11


    Yes, but Bruce didn’t “buy” any of these players so surely that gives him a free hand.

  • martoon

    Oct 21, 2019 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Ron Knee – true but even though he didn’t buy him I think the pressure is similar – much the same as on OGS to play Pogba when he’s fit!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 21, 2019 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #13


    Wow, that’s a moderate on the Richter scale but strong enough, wee bit frightening where you are I’d imagine.

    61 floors is a long way to fall!

  • JohnJ

    Oct 21, 2019 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #14


    Oct 21, 2019 at 1:30 PM
    Comment #8

    Glad you are ok mate

    a bit too close for comfort eh?


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