Grant Hanley is the flower that never got to bloom at Newcastle. After being bought last summer, the highly rated Scottish international was really never given the chance to make a name for himself at a big club. After one year with Newcastle, Grant finds himself the target of many Championship clubs on the cusp of a Premier League return, which means that this summer could be the end of Hanley’s saga with Newcastle.
Hanley came into an interesting situation when he signed with Newcastle last summer. At just 24 years old, Grant was beginning the enter the prime of his career, and why not try to make a name in the Championship with a club that was favored to easily return to the Premier League. Hanley, already had a Scottish International on the team in Matt Ritchie, so why not let it fly and sign with Newcastle. Hanley ran into two issues, the first being that Rafa built a great back line anchored by quality centre-backs. With centre-backs like Mbemba, who had already made a name for himself the previous season, and Clark who had a breakout season, Hanley did not see the field often. It didn’t help him that the second issue was that there was essentially always only one CB spot open because Lascelles was the captain. This sealed Hanley’s fate as being a rotational player, which is a real confidence hit especially coming from a situation where you started nearly every game at your previous club and are an international regular for your nation.
That being said, fans and experts alike knew that Hanley was likely one of the players that was going to be sold in order to make cash. It made sense, Rafa was looking to bolster his defense heading into the Premier League, so some people had to be let go. Hanley has already been linked to Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Cardiff City. But, the team that has shown the most interest has been Derby County, who reportedly already put in an offer for him.
Derby County has reportedly put in an offer of 4 million pounds for the defender, but Newcastle is looking to break even and at least accept an offer of 5.5 million pounds or more. This of course is of utmost importance because Rafa has been promised every penny he makes off of transfer sales by Mike Ashley. With that price-tag being slapped on Hanley by Newcastle, it will be interesting to see if any Championship side or lower tier Premier League side will come calling.
When asked about his time with Newcastle Hanley said he had no regrets and continued to say
“Definitely I’m happy I came here,” he said.
“You can’t let a chance like his pass you by.
“If a team like Newcastle wants to sign you then it’s a no-brainer.”
Hanley is currently out with an injury and will not be participating in the ever so important World Cup Qualifying match between Scotland and England.