It has now been revealed why Newcastle’s move for Alan Judge was brought to an end late in the day.
Rafa Benitez was in the process of buying up a lot of players who were proven in the Championship.
A midfielder who had scored 14 goals last season in the second tier and who was voted into the PFA Championship team of the season, sounded like a no-brainer.
Despite at the time recovering from a broken leg sustained against Ipswich in April, it was said that this wasn’t a deal breaker as it was anticipated he would be back to be available for the last 30 games of the Championship season.
There were widespread reports with just over a week remaining of the transfer window in August that he was due to travel to Tyneside to complete a move, only for the deal to come to nothing.
There was no clarification at the time but now Brentford boss Dean Smith has explained why.
He says that a transfer became a non-starter because it was revealed that Alan Judge wasn’t as close to coming back as had been previously thought.
Smith saying that even the player himself had anticipated he would be further ahead in his recovery.
Alan Judge is in the final year of his contract at Brentford and Dean Smith has indicated that he still expects him to move in January, saying nobody at the club would/should ‘begrudge’ him a move to a ‘Premier League, or a massive Championship, club’.
Interesting to see if Rafa Benitez goes back for him then, with the player’s fitness and Newcastle’s position in January set to dictate this either way.
Brentford Head Coach Dean Smith
“The clubs that were interested in him thought he was further ahead in his fitness that he was.
“I don’t think anyone would begrudge Judgey a move to a Premier League, or a massive Championship, club.
“I’m sure he’ll come back better than before.
“He probably wasn’t as far ahead as he thought he might be but he’s still progressing. I’m not sure of any timescales – I think it’s too early to say.”