Newcastle United are reported to be interested in a summer move for Scott Arfield.

The 28 year old left-footed midfielder will only have a year left on his contract when this season ends and so far there has been no agreement reached between Burnley and the first teamer.

Scott Arfield has been a constant in the Burnley first team since arriving from Huddersfield in 2013, the midfielder featuring in all but five of Burnley’s 159 league matches since then.

Born in Scotland and starting off at Falkirk, he has played international football for Canada, with his father having been born there.

It might of course be just simply the media picking out players whose contracts are coming to an end, or having just one season remaining (as is the case with The Sun in this Scott Arfield to Newcastle link), but you do wonder just what type/level of player Newcastle would be able to attract if promoted.

Scott Arfield has fitted the Burnley model perfectly, of putting together a team capable of getting into the Premier League, then not panicking if/when relegated.

The midfielder scored eight goals in each of the Burnley promotions in 2013/14 and 2015/16.

However, maybe he fits the profile perfectly of players who are maybe better than Championship level but not quite Premier League, as he scored only two goals in Burnley’s 2014/15 PL season and has managed only one so far this campaign.

There again, with Burnley having better players elsewhere in the team now, maybe it means somebody like Scott Arfield can still be worth a place. Sean Dyche’s team have already got 32 points on the board, eight clear of trouble, and look good things to stay in the Premier League on the back of their brilliant home record.

Newcastle would definitely need to strengthen and now we can add Scott Arfield to the growing list of possibles/rumours if we actually reach the top tier.



  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Stinks of Penfold & Carr, this isn`t the standard of player Rafa would go for.
    3 goals in 2 seasons says it all
    Pass

    • steve

      Its exactly the sort of player Rafa would go for, just remember this is the man who wanted to replace Xabi Alonso with Gareth Barry and eventually settled for Aquillani.

      • Andy Mac

        Yup Rafa doesn’t do everything well, transfers are not his strong point. Jermaine Pennant for £6m is another one for the archives

        • Geordiegiants

          All mangers make bad signings. Sir Alex bought, djemba djemba and squidward to name just a couple. So it’s not unusual.

    • 1957

      He bought Diame!

      • Jimblag23

        Seems like some make it up themselves, Ritchie, Gayle and Clark were Rafas pick but Diame and Hanley were Carrs. Murphy was a Carr and Penford choice till he scored some goals and then he became a Rafa choice.

        • It’s bobbi fleckman

          Quite, the evidence is that Carr works with Rafa and Lee Which happens to be exactly how chief scouts operate elsewhere.

    • Jimblag23

      It doesn’t really because it’s not a player from France or Holland, that’s normally the telltale sign!

  • petegeorge

    Porter Pap

  • S.G.M.

    Letter to Rafa
    Dear Sir,
    Please go and break the bank for “Ben Gibson”
    Yours
    Toon Fan

    • Jimblag23

      I thought you meant Darron Gibson first ?

      But yeah, the boro player would be great. I think he’ll be going to a top 6 team in the summer though.

      • S.G.M.

        WE are top six, just not yet!

  • Andy Mac

    “There again, with Burnley having better players elsewhere in the team now, maybe it means somebody like Scott Arfield can still be worth a place”

    So is that saying we can’t compete with Burnley but we can hope to attract their second string players ?

    • It’s bobbi fleckman

      Burnley don’t have better players, he’s always in their starting xi and they’ve offered him a new contract. He’s very much a Rafa style player, certainly would be an asset.

  • MadMag83

    Can’t be any worse than Colback

    • Andy Mac

      Nothing is worse than Passback, a complete waste of a shirt. If he did what he is supposed to do, break up play, initiate new movement with the ball bringing other players into the game then he’d be useful unfortunately hes more shabby than Xavi

    • It’s bobbi fleckman

      He plays on the left so he’ll be a Gouffran replacement.

  • Nothingtofear exceptfearitself

    Howay Mr Porter don’t recycle the odious stories & outright lies from a nasty little rag?! #Don’tBuyTheSun