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Report – Newcastle One Of Three Premier League Clubs Tracking Championship Midfielder



Recent reports have Steve Bruce wanting to add a midfielder this month. Though one who will improve the squad and be available on loan will be hard to come by. But the midfield, as well the backline, seem to be the areas of focus for this window.

Bruce recently rubbished claims that Newcastle were after Bournemouth forward Josh King saying he felt his squad had enough at the top end of the pitch.

Ever since Arsenal defender Rob Holding’s loan move broke down in the summer, Newcastle have been linked with plenty of defenders. Newcastle have plenty of bodies at the back, with the exception of left-back, but injuries have plagued Newcastle’s defenders ever since Bruce’s arrival two years ago.

Newcastle had a bid accepted for Lille’s Boubakary Soumare last January. The midfielder turned us down opting to stay with the resurgent Lille, who continue to do very in Ligue 1 under manager Christophe Galtier, once touted as an Alan Pardew replacement.

Bruce’s desire to add another midfielder has not wavered since last January. We brought in Nabil Bentaleb on loan, which turned out to just be padding the numbers with Bentaleb not proving to be an improvement. He also kept Matty Longstaff out of the squad.

That would acceptable if Bruce could add some real quality to the midfield which Newcastle are unlikely to find scouring the loan market. With funds limited this month, strengthening the midfield is going to be a hard task.


Football Insider is claiming that Newcastle are one of three Premier League clubs, Sheffield United and Crystal Palace are the two others, interested in Huddersfield midfielder Lewis O’Brien (pictured above). The 22-year-old is a promising young player who could be available this month with just 18 months left on his contract.

O’Brien is a Huddersfield Academy product with 58 first-team appearances for the Terriers. He also spent a season on loan with Bradford City 2 years ago before breaking in the Huddersfield first-team last season.

His skillset would add to what Newcastle lack in the midfield. He can drive the team forward, create, and is absolutely tenacious off the ball. He’s also got some versatility in that he can cover on the left-wing.

While he’s not the powerhouse type of midfielder like Soumare, he’s a player on the rise. O’Brien is likely not the answer to Newcastle’s problems this season, though he seems a very good young prospect who could be one to watch for the future.

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40 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Nadj,
    Canny post that like, very well written.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #2

    Well we’ll wait until he’s got even less time on his contract and one of the other two power houses that are chasing him will get there first.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #3

    All this anguish and despair could have been avoided if Ashley had only allowed Rafa that £100M and just get on with it.

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  • lochinvar

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #4

    Contrast the approach here to the excuse express that we have to listen to.

    Fulham boss Scott Parker said “no-one knows what we have been through” after his side drew 1-1 with Tottenham despite having just two days’ notice the game would go ahead.
    “I’m very proud of this team for what we’ve been through,” said Parker.
    “We had players out there who had only trained one day.”
    He added: “There’s a lot of talk around – everyone assumes about what happened. I know what we’ve been through the last two weeks.
    “I thought we were immense tonight, I thought we were superb with what we faced, with a lot of speculation and talk from outside and no-one really knows the full extent. I was very proud because of what we faced.”

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Munster,

    I’m sorry that I reduced you to name calling again.

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  • lochinvar

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #6

    Since when has there been reports that Bruce is after a midfielder ?
    Does he know what one looks like ?

    This report states: While he’s not the powerhouse type of midfielder like Soumare, he’s a player on the rise. O’Brien is likely not the answer to Newcastle’s problems this season, though he seems a very good young prospect who could be one to watch for the future”

    In other words he’s future planning …..for the Championship.

    We need an established midfielder who can deliver.
    The future is now

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  • Mad Frog Boom 22

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Bruce is our problem….take him out now before its too late!

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  • Mund

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Keep missing the bloody bud today

    Jail

    Shearer would never go as deep as he is a good friend but I agree others should state the same but who cares enough to publish such an article?

    We as fans know exactly what’s going on and have lived through it but the most frustrating thing is any outsider just has no idea of the real situation and the torment of the last 13 years as we are all deluded are we not?

    Caulkin had a good say on it yesterday and the tide is really staring to turn regards to the media outlook on him.

    4
  • Tsunki

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #9

    Actually Shearer doesn’t really need to spell out that his mate is a crock and a buffoon it’s all easily gleaned from the piece. I do think the only thing Bruce cares about is not just his job but that meagre thread he is hanging by in his last stint in the Premiership. There’s no doubt this will put the stamp on that chapter.

    Of course it’s Ashley and his cynical business team who are squarely to blame. But Bruce’s crime is complicity. He ditched Sheffield Wednesday pretty disgracefully in his greedy scramble for this job, he was signing contracts blindly without even looking at the small print where it says the players will be bought for him subject to long standing complicated deals they have going with a web of agents, with money changing hands in creative ways. He was signing on the dotted line when a good few before him had undoubtedly swerved by the post after watching what happened to the previous manager, who dared to try and build something.

    Benitez leaving stamped a big red X on the front door – this place is poison, “abandon all career ye who enter here” – but Bruce grabbed it with both hands because hopeless though the task was, he was one of the very few who would be able to call this an upward move, seasoned failure that he is. He had no shame brushing over his celebrations as a mackem manager and turning us down before when his stock was high (before he was found out) and no shame in being a “coach” who would work to instruction. No shame in not having to be competitive – just stay up. He probably won’t even be able to do that even after being in the envious position of turning up for a job without having to repair anything, just not break it. Oops …. Butterfingers!

    I think the opening statement in shearers piece basically reads like that, between the lines.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #10

    …Aaaaand he’s back.

    😀

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  • Just a fan

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #11

    Wolves have a good popular manager who plays ‘brilliant’ attacking football.
    They are three points above us and we have a game in hand.
    The Bruce solution is simple.go gung ho for the rest of the season if we get relegated so be it you will be loved for your beautiful football.
    Or probably not.

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  • Mund

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #12

    Bud 🙂 I meant bud 😉

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  • Mund

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #13

    OMG bus ffs

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #14

    Mund,
    You’ve missed my point, I never suggested he go that deep, just don’t insult us by telling us how much he cares about the club when he patently doesn’t care about us at all. He could have easily not said that without upsetting his mate.

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  • Assassins Inc

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #15

    Ok Steve I’ll help you out, it’s tough not having a fcuking clue but here goes.
    Daniel James, Man U, so your half way there, remember you played for them.
    Only started three games this season so could be available on loan.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #16

    Rotunda, I dont mind calling you names at all. Being reasonable with you doesnt work so no harm.

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  • TheTinman

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #17

    Tsunki, good post well said. I’m off to play in the snow…

    1
  • Mund

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #18

    Jail

    Fair point. It is hard tho when we look at it through our eyes because of the detest we have for him and what he is doing to our club so anything of that sort will rile us right up.

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  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #19

    I can’t wait until Savage and Sutton realise that other pundits are criticising Bruce so start to do it themselves like they knew all along.

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  • Not another deJong

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #20

    Tsunki

    Those lines must be very wide apart (says me)

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #21

    Jail, back in the real world , Shearer isnt going to bin Bruce.

    People like you probably sh1t on their mates. Plenty dont.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #22

    Jaf,
    They have had their former hero and ambassador Steve Bull give lengthy interviews on the ambitions of the club and talked about CL football and what the club could achieve. We have ostracised any former legends and have a fat pudding heeded championship manager wheeled out to tell us his remit is, and always has been is to just keep us in the league. That there is the difference. A very distinct lack of ambition which has festered at the club since Ashley got here and very briefly plastered over with RB’s arrival and has now infested itself beyond repair and will no doubt relegate us once again.

    6
  • Mund

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #23

    Munster owa man no need mate

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  • Mund

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #24

    Didn’t know we had a Wolves legend in the hot seat 😉

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #25

    Munter,
    Again, missing my point, not expecting him to abandon him like a yappy dog that when the novelty had worn off when it shat on the carpet, just not expecting him to tell us how much he cares about the club when he doesn’t.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #26

    Munster, typo sorry.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #27

    Mund,
    Probably because we haven’t, what made you think we did?

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  • Mund

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #28

    Sorry Jail read it wrong lol

    I thought you said Bruce as Steve Bull as in BS and made a joke but you were actually talking about the wolves legend lol I’ll get me coat

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  • Just a fan

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #29

    Jail.
    I’ve been going to the match for over fifty years and only on two occasions have we had any real ambition.
    I hope he keeps us up don’t want us relegated.
    It’s like mass hysteria on here the mob have lit there torches.
    It’s not like we are five points adrift.

    1
  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #30

    Jail – @74 on previous post.

    Didn’t realise there was a bit of a story in Fraser delaying a move to move to thhe Toon.

    Should have told him to clear off. He is a knacker who will bring nowt to the team. Watched toss pots like him for over 50 years -definitely a knacker.

    1
  • toon22

    Jan 14, 2021 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #31

    JAF

    Hiya Jib

    😉

    5
  • Jamesthefirst

    Jan 14, 2021 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #32

    There must be enormous confidence behind the scenes that the takeover is going to go through soon.

    Ashley wouldn’t bet £350 million on Bruce keeping us up. He must have reassurances from DeMarco that he can’t lose, and the new owners can sack Bruce next month.

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  • geordie157

    Jan 14, 2021 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #33

    O’Brien in

    They can have Hendrick, Lazaar, Atsu, Saivet in a straight swap deal.

    0
  • Moonraker15

    Jan 14, 2021 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #34

    Bruce is actually looking for a decent false #10
    The one’s he’s got aren’t false enough!

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  • geordie157

    Jan 14, 2021 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #35

    I like Jails point about other clubs using club legends within the club.

    We could easily have had the likes of Shearer, Ginola, Barton, Lee, Asprilla involved in some capacity.

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  • cyprus

    Jan 14, 2021 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #36

    Don’t know about this player but we obviously need to upgrade, we can’t keep hiring middle of the road players, as they’ll give you middle of the road football.

    People like Klopp, Guardiola, Mourinho are great coaches but no one can deny they also have outstanding players. Their also run subs would walk into our team.

    Soooo, find and hire just one excellent creative MF. One who doesn’t treat the ball like a hot potato. 20 mil. + should do it. We are shelling that kind of cash for a player lately.

    If you don’t find him, I agree. Don’t buy. We have plenty who are alright professionals.

    Build one by one. It’s only 11+ people… And we’re already covered here and there (mostly there).

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  • hibbit

    Jan 14, 2021 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #37

    Jamesthefirst

    next month would be to late, the window will be closed and we will be in free fall by then, if this deal is that much of a certainty the new owners should be working with Ashley and bring there choice of manager in now and that would give him the chance to bring the players in we so desperately need in,

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  • Moonraker15

    Jan 14, 2021 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #38

    157
    All those legends have criticised Ashley’s regime so they’re not getting anywhere near SJP in official capacity!
    The one who supported the regime got sacked for bullying kids! Pedro!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 14, 2021 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #39

    Jail

    There was a programme on channel 5 a while back with an interview with a former SD high up and she said even when things were going well and everything was hunkydorry Ash could always be relied on to throw a spanner in the works and push the self destuct button just when there was never any need to.

    Ironically Rafa was the dream manager for Ash as he was building things incrementally and not asking the earth. So far we’ve paid 4M for compo to SW, had SB sign off on Joel, another 40M, when Rafa had said no way for even half the price, bought in deadbeats and worky tickets like Hendrick and Fraser on huge wages and who knows how much the squad has been devalued by now.

    The sum total of the damage caused by letting an elite coach go to be replaced by ”one of your own to keep the peasants happy” is unquantifiable, especially if it gets even worse and the unthinkable happens. Mind you I said that before the SU game !!!

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  • magicmac54

    Jan 14, 2021 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #40

    Tsunki

    Tsunki@9 That was a brilliantly constructed post by you fella, you hit the nail on the head on everything you said, and in my opinion fully addressed all the problems, wouldn`t it be great if we could impeach Ashley just like that other imbecile Trump lol

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