Opinion

Newcastle Can Keep Their Hands Off Talented Roma Loanee

RomaPress Staff
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With the English Premier League and all major European leagues currently paused so that the March international break can take place, there was always going to be a growth in transfer rumour mill speculation, and for AS Roma fans, we are again seeing players linked with potential summer moves across the Channel.

This time, it is a little bit of a twist on the more generic transfer rumour mill news that we normally see though, as it is being reported that Newcastle United are keeping close tabs on center back Dean Huijsen, who I am sure betwinner Thailand will have decent odds on of securing himself a proper move this summer.

The 18 year old defender actually joined us on loan back at the very beginning of the January transfer window from Serie A rivals Juventus, and he has only so far made four starting appearances for us , with seven substitute showings following. He is however proving his worth despite his lack of starts, as he has already got his name on the score sheet twice in matches against Cagliari and Frosinone.

The youngster looks set to have an interesting future ahead of himself as he continues his development, he is ranked by Juve, we like him (and behind the scenes are likely to be hoping to make the deal permanent if the price is right), and given some of the headlines he has helped himself to already, it is little wonder that he is garnering further interest from other European leagues.

With youth caps for both the Netherlands and Spain so far, he has also clearly long been considered a talent, but Newcastle manager Eddie Howe did not overly hide the fact that his hands were tied in this season’s transfer windows because of their spending when it came to Financial Fair Play rules, so if we do have an interest in taking him on permanently, fans will naturally feel that we have an instant advantage here.

Not least the fact that manager Daniele De Rossi is already placing good faith in him, given both his age and inexperience, but also the fact he is a loanee and many managers would in fact usually show more faith in players who could be a part of their second season in charge.

Naturally, as Serie A fans will be well used to, once one English club is referenced it is usually followed by reports including the names Arsenal and Manchester United, and Huijsen is no different on that front. But whilst they may be a more tempting prospect from a financial point of view, at 18 years old and with us showing faith in him (as opposed to him moving to the kind of clubs that would offer far less game time) again that has to be a tick in our favour.

With Huijsen clearly being in De Rossi’s mind, and playing a part in our new gaffer’s incredible success so far, as we begin to look further to what the 2024/25 campaign might hold for us, we should remain hopeful that his future lies with us.

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