Newcastle United and West Ham supporters were both reasonably cheerful in the Transfer Tavern over the weekend as both sides picked up important draws away at Southampton and Burnley respectively.
Rafa Benitez’s Magpies were twice in front at St Mary’s thanks to goals from first Isaac Hayden and then Ayoze Perez, although a Manolo Gabbiadini brace, the second from the penalty spot after Florian Lejeune needlessly fouled Shane Long, secured a 2-2 draw for the home side. While Slaven Bilic’s Hammers had to play over an hour with ten men at Turf Moor on Saturday following Andy Carroll’s red card, and couldn’t preserve the lead given to them through Michail Antonio as a Chris Wood header five minutes from time sealed a point for Sean Dyche’s high-flying Clarets.
Nonetheless, our resident Newcastle and West Ham fans lining up at the bar were reasonably satisfied with their sides’ efforts over the weekend, and are likely to be even more encouraged if a recent report from The Daily Mirror is anything to go by, as it details that the Premier League duo are interested in Sheffield United starlet David Brooks.
The 20-year-old midfielder initially began his youth career at Manchester City before moving to Bramall Lane in 2014, from which he has since gone on to earn his senior debut for the Blades, which came in an EFL Trophy clash against Leicester City Under-23s in August last year.
And he has since gone from strength to strength with 15 further first team appearances for Chris Wilder’s side, including ten in the Championship this time round to help United to third place in the division having won eight of their 12 league games.
And Brooks’ fine form in the Blades midfield, which also earned him a senior call-up to the Wales squad recently, has reportedly attracted the interest of several sides in the Premier League, including Newcastle and West Ham, both of whom will be looking at the 20-year-old as a huge talent for the future, and someone who can lead their respective clubs for many years to come.
But whether either of them can beat heavyweights Arsenal and Liverpool to his signature remains to be seen.
Landlord’s verdict: Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder is adamant that David Brooks will not be leaving Bramall Lane in January, but the list of suitors appears to be getting ever longer.
Newcastle United and West Ham have now joined the race for the 20-year-old midfield sensation, and with both seeking to establish themselves as top-half Premier League clubs over the coming few seasons, they appear to be a very attractive proposition for any lower league player.
But Premier League heavyweights Arsenal and Liverpool may have something to say about that given their own reported interest, but with first team football likely more difficult at those sides, and thus potential stunting of his development, Brooks may well see St James’ Park or the London Stadium as a better long-term option.
Newcastle and West Ham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!