The weekend brought ‘news’ of a possible move to Newcastle for Steven Gerrard.
After 18 months with LA Galaxy, the former Liverpool player has appeared to indicate on social media that he is now leaving the MLS outfit, leading to speculation as to his next destination.
Instantly, Newcastle United were named by a number of newspapers as one of the favourites, whilst the bookies make NUFC a narrow second favourite behind Celtic.
I can only presume that this is a cheap story based on Rafa Benitez’ past association with Steven Gerrard on Merseyside.
Difficult to imagine a less likely signing than Steven Gerrard for Newcastle, as United surely will be looking to bring in players in January with an eye to the future and hopeful return to the Premier League, rather than such a short-term move.
Gerrard is 36 now and difficult to see him fitting into, or wanting to, a Championship scrap, especially with Jonjo Shelvey who isn’t the quickest, already in the midfield.
If he is to take on another club, you could only imagine Steven Gerrard featuring off the bench for a high ranked team in the Premier League or elsewhere, or the likes of Celtic who have a record of taking ageing stars to help boost crowds and their profile – with Scottish football a lot easier to handle than the Championship.
Rafa’s signings in the summer were almost all players signed with one eye also on the slightly longer term possibility of promotion back to the Premier League, the only real exceptions being Jesus Gamez and Daryl Murphy who were each given only a two year contract as they were already in their thirties.
The dream of course is that this run up to the January window will see United maintain their form and have Rafa Benitez in a position where he is trying to identify the possible Steven Gerrards of the future, not of the past.