There is a report in The Sun today that Newcastle United are interested in Sheffield United’ young full-back Kyle Naughton.
Kyle Naughton – Sheffield United full-back
Of course we are getting to the silly season, once the transfer window opens next month, and we’ll likely be linked with most players under the sun (excuse the pun), and we’ll have to take most of them with a large pinch of salt.
Naughton doesn’t appear to be the proven player Joe Kinnear says he wants in January, although he does look like a good emerging youngster.
Kyle, who turned 20 only last month, and was born in Sheffield, has been with the Blades since the age of eight and has developed through the Center of Excellence and Sheffield’s Academy. He is a quick, attacking wing-back who can operate on either flank.
During the 2007/08 season he went away on loan and was impressive during his 18 games at Gretna, despite their relegation from the Scottish Premier League that season.
Naughton then went on to make his first start for Sheffield United in their 2-1 victory over Watford last September and got the man of the match award.
From that point he made the right back position his own and then only last month, after just eleven league appearances, Naughton was called up for the England Under-21 side, and in the 2-0 victory over the Czech Republic at Bramall Lane, he came on in the 60 minute.
If indeed Joe Kinnear is interested in Kyle, he will be one for the future, but again, we need to take most of these reports with a large pinch of salt.