Newcastle are the latest club to have joined the long queue for the sensational Derby County midfielder Will Hughes.
Hughes is one of a number of gifted English midfielders, who is currently plying his trade in the second tier of English football. So impressive has he been that at the tender age of 18 he has already been linked with the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal and even Barcelona.
The lad is a box –to –box midfielder who is good at attacking as well as defending.
In spite of his tender years, Hughes possesses great maturity and a superb passing ability to suit a man twice his age. Derby are desperate to hold on to the auspicious midfielder, but with The Rams foreseeably stagnant down below, a move up North might be just what the doctor ordered. He’s scored two league goals this season. That’s twice as many as Danny Welbeck.
Over the last few years the Magpies have been looking out for youngsters, in hope of bolstering the standard of football coming out of the academy, but it appears as though Hughes would be ready for the first team already.
Nigel Clough, the derby manager has admitted that if a large enough bid comes in for Hughes, it will be difficult for the club to turn it down.
“If somebody blows us out of the water with a massive offer then he will go, but that is the same at any club.
Every player has his price, in any league, but we will always try to keep our best players. Our aim is to get into a position financially to hang on to them.”
Given Newcastle’s well-documented transfer policy, I highly doubt that Ashley will be drawn into a bidding war with the European power-houses. However, if the price is right, I would strongly welcome Will Hughes to the club; he’s a very exciting prospect.