Wow, it’s been another crazy week in this incredible and sometimes infuriating transfer window. By my reckoning we’ve now been linked with 12,387 players but Clubs are reluctant to sell to us so are starting the selling price at £1b a pop!
Seriously though, it does look as if Bruno is going to happen now he’s in Brazil for a medical but hey, until I see him holding or wearing a Toon top I ain’t going to believe it! If he does then I wonder if we can get any more in before deadline? Nah, forget all that what about getting back to the title of this piece.
It’s about Joe White. An extremely promising 19-year-old that impressed hugely in pre-season with the senior squad, plays regularly for the Under-23s and trains with and has been on the bench for the first team. A player that Eddie Howe rates highly:
‘With Joe White, I’ve been very impressed. I saw him playing for the development squad recently, and he performed really well. He’s a talented player.’
One of the more reputable and convincing journalists covering NUFC is The Daily Mail’s Craig Hope – even if he’s not a certain ex-manager’s flavour of the month! In his latest piece, Hope reveals that we’ve now agreed terms of a new long-term deal for a player we were at risk of losing for nothing this summer.
So many spent yesterday glued to updates around on Bruno Guimaraes and probably missed this news as a result. It may seem insignificant to some, however he is a top young player who we simply had to keep.
Hope says – ‘Both Rangers and Celtic had shown an interest in White, while Premier League clubs including Chelsea, Leeds and Wolves were also monitoring his situation.’
So great news if we have tied down Young Joe to a longer-term deal and hopefully we can get him out on loan to perhaps a Championship side so he can build up his abilities to play at a senior level.
One thing is certain we need to look after this level every bit as much we do the senior level. This to me, if confirmed, is a big step in the right direction.
One exciting midfielder set to arrive, another set to commit his long-term future to the club. Happy days.