July 13, 2024

For Newcastle United, Lloyd Kelly is a “great signing,” and Eddie Howe has the ability to elevate the defender’s play.

This is the opinion of AFC Bournemouth icon Steve Cook, who spent 2.5 years playing with Kelly before relocating to Nottingham.

Kelly has agreed a five-year deal, including an option of a further year, after letting his Cherries contract run down. The 25-year-old underwent the first part of his medical in London on Wednesday ahead of officially joining on July 1.

The 25-year-old had attracted interest from a number of clubs, including Bournemouth previously rejected a £20million bid from the North London outfit last summer,

Cook stated to BBC Radio Solent, “I think it’s really disappointing from a Bournemouth point of view to lose a quality player like Lloydy.” He knows the team and is a beautiful football player with exceptional physical attributes.

It’s unfortunate, particularly since it was a free kick, but I believe it was sort of inevitable following Tottenham’s bid, which I believe didn’t materialize. It’s a wonderful signing for Newcastle United and a major loss for Bournemouth, in my opinion.

Five years after joining the South Coast for £13 million from Bristol City, Kelly is leaving. He continued to play, making 141 games, and led the team to return to the Premier League in 2021–2022.

 

Cook thinks it was impossible to pass up the chance to join a team of Newcastle’s caliber.

Cook said, “I think probably the stature of club,” in response to the question of why Kelly had left the Cherries. Bournemouth will ultimately catch up; they have fantastic plans for the stadium and training facility. However, I believe Newcastle, who is their ultimate goal, will always have an advantage because they recently made it to the finals and played in Europe.

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