Date: 9th February 2021 at 8:50pm
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Strained relationships behind the scenes with a Championship club was part of the reason did not get a deal over the line for City’s

What’s the story?

According to Football Insider, midfielder had agreed a move to St. James’ Park but, because of the problems behind the scenes involving Newcastle and Watford, a deal could not be completed.

Indeed, the Championship outfit were believed to have wanted to bring on loan to Vicarage Road, first freeing up Nathaniel Chalobah to move to Leicester, then Choudhury to Newcastle.

However, relations between the and the Hornets are said to be ‘dreadful’, blocking any move for Longstaff and, in turn, the other two midfielders.

No indication as to what the issues between the clubs might be in the report.

The Verdict

Given Joe Willock’s instant impact in a black and white shirt, it’s hard to be disappointed that Choudhury did not join the club. After all, the Arsenal loanee was Newcastle’s most progressive ball carrier against (amassing 78 yards via FBREF) and the lack of dynamism in the centre of the park had been a crippling problem prior to his arrival.

Not to mention his early goal.

With Newcastle only making space in the squad towards the final days of the window, it does seem unlikely both would have joined given the lack of money Bruce had available to him so, at the moment, we can be reasonably happy Willock arrived and not Choudhury.

Obviously, there’s a lot of football to be played before there’s a definitive answer on that but the early signs are certainly promising.