latest Newcastle united News: Newcastle summer signing that got away and how he’s fared at Brentford
Chronicle Live went into the transfer archives to remember a shared interest when the two sides meet tomorrow evening.
Take a moment to think about the summer of 2021.
Mike Ashley is preparing for a court battle as he wants to complete the acquisition of Newcastle United with Steve Bruce at the head.
Newcastle enjoyed a rosy patch on the pitch at the close of the 2020-21 season, a run of results that persuaded Magpies fans that the upcoming season would be one of mid-table hope rather than another relegation fight.
The Toon Amy is well aware of how that one turned out.
Newcastle’s lack of investment in the January transfer window is likely the major cause for their current situation.Their backline needed addressing and Bruce knew that.
Instead, the Magpies spent £25 million on Joe Willock, who would be their sole summer acquisition.
Newcastle, on the other hand, were connected with a centre-back who wanted to follow in the footsteps of Virgil Van Dijk.
North of the line, Kristoffer Ajer was creating a name for himself with Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.
Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer and Rangers’ Ryan Kent compete for control.
Lee Clark, a former Kilmarnock manager and Newcastle United midfielder, has urged the defender to succeed at the highest level.
Before going to IK Start, the Norwegian defender started his career at Lillestrom, a team that the Magpies faced on their way to winning the Intertoto Cup in 2006.
Ajer was seen by Celtic scouts here and signed a £650,000 deal with Celtic Park in February 2016, after impressing on trial.
The Norwegian defender has a reputation as a ball-playing centre-back, which would be ideal for Brentford’s style.
And that’s where the 23-year-old found himself this summer. The newly promoted Bees beat Newcastle to the defender, who has been a “shining light” for the club this season.
“He was out for ten weeks with an injury, but other from that, he has been a bright spot in what has been a challenging season,” stated Uzzi Majid, a Brentford FC reporter for Football London.
“He’s played for RCB and likes to get forward as an overlapping centre defender, throwing in crosses as he did against Liverpool, which led to Vitaly Janelt’s equalize to make it 2-2.”
As a consequence of his injuries, Ajer has only played 13 games for the Bees this season, although he has maintained four clean sheets.
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