We hope everyone is having a safe and happy New Year! It’s the time to be merry, look back on the nightmare that was 2016, and look forward to the nightmare that will be 2017.
Everyone here at Coming Home Newcastle picked a player that they would like to see Newcastle United pursue in the coming January transfer window. Some players you may have heard of, some you haven’t.
What matters most to us is YOUR opinion! So please feel free to leave a comment with kind words or a well phrased insult that includes no swear words. We really appreciate the wordsmiths. Without further ado!
Elijah Newsome - Social Media Manager
Player - Fabian Delph
Position - Midfielder
Club - Manchester City
Price - £7-10 million
Fabian Delph had quite an interesting summer in 2015 when he announced to Aston Villa fans that he would stay, yet left to go to Man City later on in the summer. Delph of course was a highly rated player, due to the fact that he had a good 2014-2015 campaign even though Villa did not. Even though Delph was highly rated and even made his England National team debut, he only got 17 appearances with City last season and currently only has 2 appearances so far this season. This of course is due to an already strong midfield at Man City getting even stronger with the additions of De Bruyne, Sane, and Gündogan over the past couple of seasons. Delph is currently looking for a way out (at least temporarily), and a loan spell to Newcastle would be a great move for both clubs.
Newcastle is already interested in bringing in the 27-year-old on loan. Delph could easily and immediately fill the hole in our midfield that was left by Shelvey, and once Shelvey returns, they could play alongside one another, or as an attacking midfielder. This allows Delph to get some games in for a team, instead of riding pine, like he has been at Manchester City. While Delph is not known as an attacking midfielder, he can create chances, and I believe he could do so at Newcastle, especially with the likes of Ritchie, Gayle, Atsu and Gouffran in front of him.
Nicky Topping - Contributor
Player - José Izquierdo
Position - Left Winger
Club - Club Brugge
Price - £7-10 million
This is a player that simply no longer needs to be in the league he is in. Without being disrespectful to Belgian football, José Izquierdo's talents far eclipse the standards of the Jupiler Pro League. Since breaking onto the scene at Club Brugge, he has shown brilliant pace, tireless work rate and most importantly, end product. He already has 8 goals this season, coupled with 3 assists. He predominantly plays on the left flank and his ability to cut in onto his right foot makes him a menace for defenders. Could we sign him? Yes but it would take some persuasion. The player himself will no doubt feel he is capable of playing in the English top flight. However, with Newcastle looking hot favourites to be promoted, perhaps he could be convinced to join in this window. Wages would not be much of an issue and this would be a massive coup if we could pull it off.
Chris McGlynn - Contributor
Player - Alexey Miranchuk
Position - Attacking Midfielder
Club - Lokomotiv Moscow
Price - £5-9 million
While Miranchuk’s name is not one that you have heard of much, the Russian International has dazzled at times at Lokomotiv. The youngster would be a great creative addition to the Newcastle midfield. He is a phenomenal passer and excels with the ball at his feet. He would provide a great option for Rafa in the center of the park, feed Dwight Gayle and Yoan Gouffran with excellently timed through balls and chipped passes. He also represents a player that will continue to improve and would be a great asset for Newcastle if they achieve promotion. What is even more appealing is that landing him would not require a tremendous amount of money. It would leave room in the budget for Rafa to continue to spend.
Bryan Nelson - Site Manager
Player - Martin Odegaard
Club - Real Madrid
Price - Loan
I’m a big fan of Martin Odegaard. Not only do I think that he has the potential to thrive in English football, but I think that Rafa Benitez could do a lot to mold him into a playmaker that could lead Newcastle United to championships.
He’s a playmaker at heart, but he has fantastic ball control. And with appearances hard to come by at the Bernabeu, the club is looking to loan the young Norwegian starlet out. Currently, Dutch giants Ajax are at the forefront to sign him, but if Newcastle pull off the near impossible, it would be a coup worth watching. Odegaard is dying for first team football, and with Newcastle looking to fill some midfield gaps, a loan to the English Championship may do him some good. A tough league where he’ll either find his footing or risk falling behind, Benitez would have nothing to lose in this deal.
We hope that you enjoyed our list of players that we would like to see the club pursue this January. If you have someone in your mind that you think we should have chosen, gives us a shout in the comments below! Happy New Year!