Newcastle must avoid signing former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey this summer amid a recent transfer claim.
Reports in recent days have suggested that the Magpies have made a shock enquiry for the Wales international as they look to revamp their midfield, and that Steve Bruce’s side have sounded out Ramsey’s availability for a move away from Juventus.
In response, Dean Windass threw his backing behind a potential move for the 30-year-old. Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, he said: “Newcastle would suit him. Why wouldn’t he go there? It all changes, the supporters coming back, get your career back on track. He will play in that attacking midfield role.”
Make no mistake about it, Ramsey showed in his time in the Premier League with Arsenal that he has plenty of ability in his locker.
Arsene Wenger raved about the Welshman’s ability to get into the box and find himself on the end of moves, saying: “In my head, Ramsey was going to be a player between 10 and 15 goals a year. He is a Frank Lampard type. He is (about) getting in the box and he has a huge capacity to run. Physically, he has a combination of stamina, power and his capacity to repeat high intensity is certainly the best in the league.”
Described as an “outstanding technician“, Ramsey would offer that same knack of getting into the box at the right times and scoring those poacher-type goals. In fact, Lampard himself wrote in a column for The Evening Standard about the 74-goal star: “It will probably come as no surprise to people that I like Ramsey. Like me, he makes late runs in the penalty area and he showed that with aplomb for the second goal at AC Milan last week.”
However, the Welshman is someone who will turn 31 later this year, and he is on a mammoth £400k-a-week contract in Turin, Even if he were to take a significant pay cut which would see him earn half that amount, it would still place him in the highest bracket of earners at St James’ Park.
Couple that with his injury record, which is less than stellar to say the least over the years, and the Magpies are facing enduring another nightmare akin to Andy Carroll.
A player on decent wages, with a worrying history of injuries, and on the wrong end of the scale in terms of the kind of progress Newcastle want to make on the pitch – the Magpies just got rid of one in Carroll, so why sign another one in Ramsey?