Would you cut a deal for this guy?

Stephen Ireland.

Stephen Ireland.
Remember him? Would you consider a bid for him in the next 64 days or so? On reflection, I think I would.

Stephen Ireland’s loan spell at Newcastle was, it’s fair to say, less than successful. The majority of his time here was spent injured before he managed to recover sufficiently enough to make his debut. Just two sub appearances later he was sidelined again and sent back to Aston Villa with an ankle injury.

Ireland was originally signed with a view to a permanent deal in the summer. That had looked highly unlikely to materialise until recently when Alan Pardew stated that he was monitoring the situation with Ireland at Aston Villa and admitted that he could be tempted to have another look at him later on in the transfer window.

It would be a good move in my opinion.

Ireland would give us some much needed Premier League experience in the middle of the park. He can create openings and is willing to run for the cause based on his two substitute appearances for us. In short, whilst unlucky with injuries, he is a good player that just needs to be given a chance.

Ironically that chance could come at Villa Park now that they have replaced their manager, but I’d like to hope that Ireland would be open to a return to St James’ Park, albeit in what is already a packed central midfield area.

So what has changed? For me it’s been the sale of Kevin Nolan. Ireland won’t replace his leadership, but he can replace his Premier League knowledge and help out whilst others adapt to life in a new country and a new league.

He is younger than Kevin Nolan and is infinitely more mobile (I know, not hard) so I’d say that it would be an improvement overall and would increase the quality in our squad. People will point towards Yohan Cabaye as being Kevin Nolan’s replacement, but Ireland is the one for me who can make those runs into the box and get on the end of things.

What do you reckon? Would you be tempted to take a punt on the lad? Or would you prefer it if we looked elsewhere? I’d give him another go, ideally on loan so he can prove to us what he really is like, but I’m not sure that will be possible and it may take a permanent transfer for anything to happen with Stephen Ireland in the forseeable future.

Would you make a move for Stephen Ireland this summer?

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121 thoughts on “Would you cut a deal for this guy?

  1. I think marvaeuxlous is going to be realizing the perils of believing random people on twitter tonight. Poor kid


  2. i wud b feckn gutted if joey barton goes like , him and collo were our best players last season , oh and mr tiote 😀


  3. Morning bummers!

    Cwarro reckons Barton to be offered 3 year deal as pards wants him as skipper. Great news if true.

    And on subject yes I would take Ireland back in a shot no danger


  4. andrewt he was going on and on all day wasnt he 😆 he woulda belived it if messi was cumn that poor little sod 😆


  5. Cwarro reckons Barton to be offered 3 year deal as pards wants him as skipper. Great news if true
    Fantastic news if true. unfortunately it is from cwarr so there is a better chance of Pardew naming me skipper


  6. Joey7Barton Joseph Barton
    Contract negations not re-opened am off now to watch Mr.Nice DVD…… #someonestellingporkies


  7. tbh if barton signed a new deal it would be like a new signing imo cos i really think hes a gonna 😥


  8. I duno, I reckon it could still happen but taking anything said with a vat of salt!!

    Army – yes it was Twitter


  9. dave the bairn is stil canny bad , he luks ill 😕 its not fair on him hes only 2 weeks old , poor bugga


  10. Aye – @joey7barton.

    He’s just class.


    If anything changes on the contract front, I’ll be 1st to let use all know don’t worry. Forget all this nuggets talking rubbish #toonarmy


  11. Jobey I always said that Joey is an honest down to earth guy that wears his heart on his sleeve, i’m just glad that a lot more people have now realised that he is not the devil that loads thought he was.
    As my Dad used to say to me respect the man that has danced with the devil and returned to live a better life 😉


  12. Joey7Barton Joseph Barton
    by MsiDouglas
    @ @Patty_518 @cwarr07 stop talking rubbish mate……..ur mugging ur self off big time on here
    21 minutes ago


  13. i know that cwarr is full of it, but he claims the club has decided to make a 3-year offer to Joey, not that they have done so already.

    I know I’m clutching at straws here, but I’m just really hopeful Joey is re-signed.


  14. Joey7Barton Joseph Barton
    @KevinAshford7 why would a drop down a league when I can more than hold my own in the premiership???

    Well, that sure told Nolan 😆 😆 😆


  15. @112. i don’t undertand. i said maybe the club hasn’t yet offered Joey but they have decided that they WILL do so…


  16. @MDS

    i dont understand what you mean with your last post?

    We havnt offered Joey any contract and i dont think we are going to offer him a new one.


  17. MDS it is possible that they have now seen the errors of their way and know that Joey commands a lot of respect from the other players and is a natural born leader. and maybe just maybe Pards has told MA that he wants and needs Joey 😕


  18. That is my hope as well Big Dave. You can tell Pardew wants him. Don’t forget to add that us supporters, for the most part, have fully voiced our desire that he stay- especially since the Nolan departure.


  19. Dave…nope, nae idea about it really but occasionally have a look at msidouglas’s et al.


  20. Yes. In an ideal world, I’d get him to sign a pay-per-game contract but doubt that would happen.

    I think he’s a good quality player who would show loyalty to us, who knows…


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