Newcastle United are reportedly keen on signing Scott McTominay before the transfer window shuts.
The Lowdown: Shelvey injury
It has been reported that Jonjo Shelvey is likely to be out for as many as three months with injury after deciding to have surgery on his injured hamstring.
The St. James’ Park outfit have not brought in any midfield players in this window, and may need to look for some cover for him with just a couple of weeks remaining.
The Latest: McTominay interest
Co-writing in his latest piece for 90min, transfer expert Graeme Bailey has revealed that the Tynesiders are one of a number of clubs who are ‘keen’ on signing McTominay, and it would ‘likely’ be on loan rather than a permanent deal.
They are ‘long-term admirers’ of the Manchester United midfielder, and are ‘keeping tabs’ on his situation at Old Trafford following the arrival of Casemiro from Real Madrid.
The Verdict: Loan ideal
Given Shelvey’s injury, a loan deal for McTominay would be ideal until the Englishman is able to recover.
Hailed as ‘absolutely unbelievable‘ and a potential future club captain last season by United legend Sammy McIlroy, the six-foot-four colossus was a standout performer in an otherwise poor season for the club.
Should Newcastle sign McTominay?
He ranked as their sixth-best performer in the Premier League, picking up one goal, one assist and two man-of-the-match awards, while he also ranked highly among his teammates in terms of average aerial duels won, tackles, interceptions, clearances and blocks per game (WhoScored).
McTominay has already come under huge criticism this campaign for his performances, and has seemingly lost his way, but a move to a new club may give him the confidence to perform like he did last term, and the Magpies can give him the platform to do that.
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