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Newcastle United Express Interest In Sheffield United Starlet: St James’ Best Place For Him?

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Newcastle United already have a number of exciting youngsters at the club like Mikel Merino and Jamaal Lascelles but boss Rafa Benitez is planning to inject some fresh faces and is believed to be targetting Sheffield Wednesday youngster David Brooks.

The 20-year-old has been sublime for the Blades and his mercurial form has attracted a number of suitors with Newcastle being one of them. Benitez continues to be on the lookout for new players as he aims a much better finish in the Premier League this season.

Having guided the Magpies all the way to the top tier, the Spanish gaffer left no stone unturned improving the quality of the current squad but lack of intent in the transfer market has been the main reason behind his frustration.

Following Newcastle’s Championship triumph last season, owner Mike Ashley had promised to fulfil the desired requirements of the gaffer but he failed to keep his promise and the result was pretty evident as the Magpies are falling short in some sections of the squad.

Brooks came through the academy of Manchester City but he left the club at a very tender age and decided to join the Blades in 2014 and since then, he has scripted a fairytale for himself.

Brook’s rise to prominence hasn’t gone unnoticed and a number of Premier League biggies like Liverpool and Arsenal are ready to test the resolve of the Championship outfit.

The blades are currently in a very good position in the Championship and are fighting for a place in the two automatic qualification spots.  Chris Wilder, Brook’s boss, has warned all the clubs with a staunch advice. ”We are building something here and, of course, there will be casualties along the way. But David won’t be going anywhere in January.”

Brooks is seen as the next big thing in English football and has already earned his first Wales call-up, although he is yet to feature for them. The 20-year-old attacking midfielder has already started three times in the Championship this season and is destined to start more games in near future.

Competition in the second tier is increasing day by day and losing the player would be a big blow for them. In the January transfer window, it would be immensely difficult for the Blades to keep him at the club and Newcastle should price him away. But is St James’ the right place for the youngster?

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