Newcastle United were unable to bring in another midfielder on loan to St James’ Park before the end of the European transfer window, with the Magpies missing out on both Chelsea pair Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley, as per Chronicle Live.
Steve Bruce had been hoping to improve his options in the middle of the park and add greater creativity and goal threat to their midfield. Loftus-Cheek ended up joining Fulham on loan for the season, while Barkley made a temporary switch to Aston Villa.
Past mistakes cost Newcastle in loan pursuit of Loftus-Cheek and Barkley
Newcastle were keen on adding either Barkley or Loftus-Cheek to their squad, but in the end the Magpies were unable to secure a move for either player. That came after they unsuccessfully tried to get Christian Atsu, Rolando Aarons, Achraf Lazaar and Henri Saivet off their wage bill, as per Chronicle Live.
It is believed that the four players’ wages amount to around £100,000-a-week and that only Atsu is currently close to securing a move away from St James’ Park, with Nottingham Forest and Watford interested. All four are unlikely to make any impression on the first team and are all set to be released at the end of the campaign, according to Chronicle Live.
Bruce’s side will now have to wait until the January transfer window to strengthen in the midfield area, with the Magpies counting the cost for their previous mistakes in the transfer market.
Newcastle could regret not adding qualities of Loftus-Cheek and Barkley
Barkley has already shown throughout his career that he can provide a real driving force from midfield and an ability to add a goal threat from midfield. The England international hit the ground running on his Aston Villa debut, registering one goal and one key pass and completing three dribbles in a remarkable 7-2 win against Liverpool (via Sofascore).
Loftus-Cheek has shown that, given regular minutes in the starting line-up, he can also provide a genuine attacking threat from midfield. The midfielder only made seven Premier League appearances last term but in 2018/19 he registered six goals, two assists and 1.7 successful dribbles per game (via Sofascore). Both players could well have added real quality and the Magpies may regret missing out on the duo.
Newcastle fans, how much of a difference would either Loftus-Cheek or Barkley have made if even one of them came to St James’ Park? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!
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