So no surprise then that Chris Hughton’s recruitment drive has been scrutinised intensely by fans in previous weeks. Postulation has inferred moves for Sol Campbell, Andy O’Brien and Jamie Bullard, names that have received a mixed reception amongst the Geordie community. But, they are now also names that have now been conclusively ruled out in a recent interview with the Newcastle manager.
Newcastle – who recently banned the Daily Mail from all the club’s properties after the Triesman debacle – have also been linked with Scottish Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam. However, after the Seasider’s victory at the play-off final at Wembley, Adam has been tipped to honour Blackpool with his presence during the town’s first ever year of Premier League football. Their amiable manager Ian Holloway also indicated, after the sides 3-2 win over Cardiff, that Adam wouldn’t even be torn away from the club by ‘wild horses’.
The seaside club are also rumoured to be challenging Newcastle’s pursuit of Manchester United youngster Tom Cleverley. The 20-year-old is only available for loan, but his versatility – the Englishman has played in both midfield and defence during his career – makes him an ideal candidate to provide cover for the newly promoted clubs.
Hughton has also admitted contemplating loaning Arsenal starlet Jack Wilshire to aid their return to the English football elite. The highly rated 18-year-old is expected to go out on loan again next season and his previous loaners, Bolton Wanderers, had been favourites to land the under-21 international before Hughton signaled his interest.
“Wilshere is a very good young player and I think young players should get the chance to mature. They are the type of players I am looking at,” Hughton intimated to the Daily Star Sunday.
Hughton also hasn’t ruled out a move for Manchester City’s Young Player of the Year, Dedryk Boyata. The promising 19-year-old surprisingly made 5 appearances for City last season – quite a feat considering the competition for places at the wealthy club.
Another Manchester City defender, 23-year-old Nedum Onuoha has also been linked with a move to St James’ Park. (click here)
If these indications are anything to go by, it’s clear that Chris Houghton is opting for youth and energy to complement the wisdom and experience of the older presences of Kevin Nolan and his ilk.
Should Newcastle lose any players, however, such as the blossoming Andy Carroll, they may find themselves struggling if they have to rely too much on inexperienced players still learning the trade. But, it’s possible that a permanent deal for another experienced and accomplished player should assuage any worries on that front.
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