The latest name doing the rounds for an outgoing move away from St. James’s Park is none other than Wayne Routledge. It’s true to say that Routledge hasn’t hit the highs we’d have liked him to, and with Barton doing so well playing the right side of midfield, Wayne hasn’t really figured as much. However, since Newcastle’s squad is a little light on numbers, could we really risk losing the winger for the remainder of the season? QPR are said to have a definite interest in the Newcastle player, but who would be his replacement?
Surely we would only let Routledge go out on loan if we had another right midfielder lined up? Shaun Wright-Phillips’ name has been mentioned as one of those who could come in, and that would certainly be a good deal for Newcastle in my opinion. Wright-Phillips most definitely has the credentials to play in the Premier League and with City’s squad being one of the biggest in Europe, perhaps the lure of first team football would appeal to him.
In other news, Newcastle United and Joey Barton are said to be negotiating a new contract – Barton has gone on record as saying he wants to finish his career at NUFC. The wide midfielder’s current form has led to many (including the player himself) saying that he’s one of the best English midfielders right now and deserving of a call up to the England squad – not many would argue with that.