Kieron Dyer is not unaccustomed to playing right back.
He made his debut in 1999 for England against Luxembourg in that position – and set up a goal in the first half for Alan Shearer in that game – after moving at speed down the right wing and laying one on for Alan. He has also played that position many time when at Ipswich Town.
Luke Edwards is reporting in the Journal today that Allardyce has already talked to Dyer about playing right back next season for Newcastle – so we’ll take our own look at the possibility.
With Dyer’s previous experience taken into account itâ€™s not altogether surprising to hear that Steve McClaren will play him in that position for England against Estonia today.
Certainly when we have seen Kieron at right back he has looked accomplished â€“ because he has the skill and positional play to make it all look very easy. Add to that Dyerâ€™s pace to scream down the wing and the fact that England are in need of a right back shortly – to take over from Gary Neville – then from Dyerâ€™s perspective that may not be a bad move. For both his Newcastle and England careers it may be an excellent move for him and if he has a good game today for England – that will only harden Allardyce’s thinking on this.
Dyer has never really had a set position at Newcastle and we think this would help Kieron settle more â€“ if he held a regular position each week. Dyer can always be used in an emergency – in other positions by Sam as events warrant.
If Sam wants to use him in that position and Dyer objects we think he will be out the door â€“ probably to Tottenham or even Chelsea â€“ so itâ€™s a win for the club whichever way it goes. But the news seeping through is that Kieron was at least open to the idea when Big Sam met with Dyer and Owen at the England B training camp a week or so back.
If Sam is going to play Dyer at right back there are some things a little puzzling. We already have Nobby Solano â€“ playing very well in that position last season and who has signed for another year for us. We are also reported to be after Toulouse right back Albin Ebondo.
Stephen Carr – Moving On ?
Whatever happens with this situation it does not look good for Stephen Carr â€“ three right backs is a little overkill – and maybe once Sam is satisfied with the skillful Solano and Dyer â€“ he will let Stephen Carr move on. So we are now convinced there are many possibilities at right back for us next season.