Will Hughes believes Steve McClaren will impress at Newcastle United

Steve McClaren

The 20-year-old midfielder had positive words regarding his former Derby County manager.

Derby County's England Under-21 star Will Hughes has been talking to Talksport about his old boss Steve McClaren and the style of football that may well be on display at Newcastle United now he has taken over at St James's Park.

The midfielder highlighted the fact that the Rams became an outstanding footballing side under the former Middlesbrough and England manager, even though they suffered a disappointing collapse at the end of last season having looking strong favourites for Premier League promotion earlier on.

“Steve McClaren will do well at Newcastle,” Hughes confidently told Talksport.

“He helped me a lot. He also helped the team last season and we became one of the most attractive footballing teams in the last couple of years.”

The 54-year-old left Derby earlier in June, with Real Madrid assistant Paul Clement arriving to take charge of his first management role, and if Hughes' interview on Talksport is anything to go by, it looks like McClaren will be trying to encourage Newcastle's outstanding young attacking players, while also changing the team's playing style to accommodate a more easy-on-the-eye approach. 

Why Hughes' comments should appeal to Newcastle fans

Such words about McClaren encouraging exciting, attractive football will be particularly pleasing for the St James's Park faithful, many of whom will still remember the attacking football encouraged by Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson that signalled them as one of the top sides in the country.

The Magpies played dire football under interim manager John Carver last season, lacking any kind of passing or attacking verve, and as things fell apart at the back too, Newcastle went on a losing run that nearly saw them relegated.

If McClaren can inject the same boost at Newcastle as he did at Derby, only with a stronger group of players, the Tyneside club could shake off the horror show of the last campaign and finally entertain the Toon Army in a manner they've been crying out for.

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