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Sky Sports update on Will Hughes to Newcastle United reports

12 months ago

Will Hughes was first linked with a move to Newcastle United back in 2014, the then Derby County midfielder only 18 and predicted to have a big future in the game.

An England Under 21 regular, the young midfielder was seen as a good shout to become a regular for the senior international side.

The links to Newcastle came to nothing and at the age of 22 Will Hughes finally in summer 2017 got his Premier League move to Watford from Championship Derby.

The next three seasons saw him have issues with injuries and in 69 Premier League starts (plus eight sub appearances), Hughes was directly involved in 13 goals, scoring five and eight assists. Last season saw Will Hughes start 21 Championship matches and come on as a sub in another nine, helping Watford to promotion.

The last 24 hours have seen a number of media reports claiming Newcastle United have contacted Watford, as they are interested in Will Hughes. The midfielder has only one year to run on his contract and the reports claim that Watford want to get the player to commit to a new contract but if he doesn’t, they could be prepared to sell for £12m.

Another angle in the reports is that if Watford were prepared to trade Will Hughes, rather than cash they would allegedly prefer to do a swap deal for Isaac Hayden.

Now Sky Sports have waded into the speculation to give an update.

They report that their information is that Newcastle United actually have no interest at all in Will Hughes.

Furthermore, Keith Downie, who covers NUFC for Sky Sports, says that Newcastle United ‘have no intention’ of allowing Isaac Hayden to leave St James Park either.

Isaac Hayden is the same age (26) as Will Hughes and his goals / assists stats are even worse than Hughes, in these last four Premier League seasons with Newcastle, Hayden has made 104 Premier League appearances, including 84 starts, and has scored only three goals and got six assists.

The problem for Newcastle United is that they have far too many midfielders (and players in other offensive positions!) who don’t score or create many goals, the likes of Jonjo Shelvey and Jeff Hendrick for starters. That is why Joe Willock was such a revelation, Steve Bruce only gave him 11 PL starts and yet the Arsenal loan player scored eight times from midfield.

Personally, I didn’t see any substance in the Will Hughes claims, he might not be any worse than Newcastle’s current midfield options but he’s certainly not any better.

I also didn’t believe there was any chance of Newcastle paying £12m for Hughes. I honestly can’t see Mike Ashley allowing any transfer fee of that amount going out this summer, I only see possible loans and frees, plus maybe an odd very low budget bargain basement buy.

The agenda very much appears to be rely on last season’s players, minus a goalscoring Joe Willock.


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