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Newcastle Again Linked With This Promising Championship Midfielder



In January, when Newcastle were on the prowl for a midfielder to add to the ranks, Huddersfield’s Lewis O’Brien was named as a potential target.

At the time, it was thought that Huddersfield could be forced to cash in on their Academy product due to his contract running out in 2022. However, it’s since come to light that Huddersfield may have an option to extend him to 2023.

The 22-year-old has excelled for Huddersfield over the past few seasons despite their struggles in the Championship. The Terriers may have a fight on their hands in holding on to O’Brien this summer.


The Sun is reporting that Newcastle are still interested in the tenacious midfielder. However, he may only be targetted if a deal for Joe Willock to return next season cannot be agreed with Arsenal.

The report cites Arsenal’s £20m valuation of Willock as being too much for Newcastle this summer. Bruce denied that Newcastle had been quoted that amount for Willock. During his press conference this morning, he seemed to be referencing another loan deal for the 21-year-old.

But if nothing can be worked out, O’Brien may be seen as a cheaper alternative at a reported £4m. He is the type of player, though without top-flight experience, who would add something to Newcastle’s midfield in that he can carry the ball forward and create while also being a ball-winner.

So while the prevailing hope is to get Willock back next season in some capacity, O’Brien is a promising young midfielder who has some versatility. He also may fit the Mike Ashley profile more than Southampton’s Mario Lemina, who could be available for £7m this summer should Fulham not take up their purchase option.

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344 comments so far

  • Carson80

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #1

    Carltoon maybe you know something we don’t.
    😉

    1
  • Carson80

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Would agree with Maldini, was another who could play in central defence but was better at left back. Fabii Cannavaro was decent as well.

    2
  • Carson80

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #3

    That Championship season did we not have Kanishivilli as well.

    0
  • simon376

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #4

    Carltoon
    We had PVA on loan first season in championship, think he did really well for us. I tweeted him pre season asking about chance of coming back, he responded be nice but didn’t know what was happening, think later that season or next sold to Sunderland, did very well for them, was it Bruce who then took him to Palace?

    2
  • Mund

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #5

    How good was Gazzetta football on a Saturday and Sunday! Unreal man and loved coming home after Sunday league and watching it recorded. You know when the tech of the year was VideoPlus 😆

    1
  • Carson80

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #6

    If Ritchie can’t play Sunday wouldn’t be surprised to see Bruce play Miggy there.

    1
  • Carson80

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Mund was my favourite programme on a Saturday morning.
    GOAL LAZZIIIIIOOOO.

    3
  • Mund

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #8

    Don’t forget Fitz Hall Carson 😆

    0
  • Mund

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Routledge another forgot one

    1
  • Optimistic prime

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #10

    Carson

    I believe Maldini started out as a CB, converted himself to a LB because he couldn’t break into team as a CB because the established pairing was so good.

    2
  • Carson80

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #11

    Serie A then is what the Premier league is now. Now its just a place for older players to finish their career, the MLS of Europe.

    2
  • Optimistic prime

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #12

    It’s not that good.

    Some SERIOUS debt in Serie A, some crumbling stadiums.

    The bubbles burst, the fallout isn’t over.

    5
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #13

    carltoon,
    Just landed in Blackpool, yes we had him in the Championship for a short spell, he looked really good and it’s a mystery why we never signed him, I can’t remember if we still had Santon when the mackems signed him.

    1
  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #14

    What about Celestine Babayaro – once considered one of the best prospective full backs – till he joined us.

    1
  • Mund

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #15

    Carson

    Highlights 10-11 Saturday morning, unreal mate.

    0
  • Carson80

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #16

    Op I can well believe that, the Italians always seemed to be so good at producing defenders, where as now I couldn’t tell you.

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #17

    Simon,
    Was it not Allardyce that signed him at both Palace and the mackems, or was he already their when Allardyce arrived.

    1
  • Optimistic prime

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Aint been to Blackpool for years, was always the spot for a overnight stay if we were playing away on Merseyside or Manchester.

    Spent many a evening celebrating nothing impaticular after a match.

    3
  • Carson80

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #19

    Mund who can forget one size Fitz Hall. Sure there was a French winger as well, someone on here will remember his name.

    3
  • Mund

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Big bad Harewood as well

    2
  • Carson80

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #21

    Op guess that’s why 3 of their teams wanted to be away to the ESL, think La Liga could be next.

    0
  • Carson80

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #22

    Mund they were like, I only started watching it when Gazza went over there and didn’t realise how much quality the league had.

    1
  • carltoon

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #23

    Carson80 i know nothing. 😉

    1
  • carltoon

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #24

    We had a player on loan was he called Saha, his first game against Blackburn Rovers, and the player commenting said I’ve never heard of him!! He scored a Brilliant goal, and we won the tie, i think he went onto ManU.

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  • Carson80

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #25

    Always used to go to Blackpool on Bank Holiday weekends for lads weekends, there was some quality pubs and stripper joints back then.
    Remember Foxhalls, Linekers, 2 massive Yates, Heaven and Hell and some dodgy strip pubs down done steps off the Golden Mile. Probably all changed now.

    3
  • carltoon

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #26

    Luis Saha. We brought him over from France on loan then let him go !

    2
  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #27

    Back in the day you had world class defenders playing in the Bulgarian league or in South America. Now theyre quickly signed

    1
  • carltoon

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #28

    Carson80 for the better i hope!

    1
  • geordietom

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #29

    Luis Saha …

    i think he ended up at fulham …

    2
  • Carson80

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #30

    I did really enjoy that Championship season was the last time I went to the Cathedral sadly but the atmosphere at the games was awesome and the pubs on the night time was electric, used always stay at the Copthorne on the quayside.

    2
  • Ron Knee

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #31

    Susie Dent@susie_dent

    Two epithets from the past, should you need them:

    philodox (17th century): one who is entirely in love with their own opinion.
    mumpsimus (16th century): one who insists that they’re right, despite clear evidence that they are not.

    5
  • carltoon

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #32

    Carson very nice were you quaffing champagne.

    1
  • carltoon

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #33

    EEh! Ron, that’s me again, im Always right .

    3
  • Carson80

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #34

    Carltoon probably we always used to say why would you take kids there when there was so many hen and stag parties and groups of lads and lasses, so for that reason I would say yes. Makes me laugh when you see it on Strictly, that used to be a massive bar and there was that much alcohol spilt on the floor your shoes got stuck to it.

    1
  • carltoon

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #35

    Mumpsimus, that can be my Husband’s epitaph.

    2
  • Carson80

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #36

    Carltoon aye, I drink anything me you know.

    0
  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #37

    Ron Knee

    Odds on the next new poster will be called Philodox Mumpsimus

    1
  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #38

    Don’t suppose I’ve missed anything important re takeover, Ashley leaving or Bruce over doing it with the sausage rolls – can’t be bothered with the read back when I’m out all day.

    0
  • Wor B

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #39

    Susie knows stuff.

    🙂

    2
  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #40

    Carson,

    BierKeller for a gallon when in Blackpool, wonder if it’s still there. Good times

    1
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