With Habib Beye being out for a couple of months with his knee injury, and Jose Enrique doubtful for Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Hull City, Joe Kinnear’s main priorities in January could be to get two new full backs to the club.
Kyle Naughton – Sheffield United full-back interesting Magpies
One player we have been linked with before and he seems to fit the type of players Mike Ashley wants to bring to the club, is Sheffield United right back Kyle Naughton.
The 20 year old full back has played for Sheffield United about 20 times, so he lacks the experience to make the move up to the Premier League.
Naughton is a product of the Sheffield United Centre of Excellence and Academy, and joined his home town club at age 7 years old and captained the academy side to the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup in the 2006–07 season.
Naughton doesn’t appear to be the proven player Joe Kinnear says he wants in January, although he does look like a very good emerging youngster.
Kyle was born in Sheffield, and he is a quick, attacking wing-back who can apparently also 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.
Newcastle are said to be eying a bid of £1.5M for the player, but they may have to go somewhat higher than that to get Kyle.
Sheffield United are currently 6th in the Championship promotion race, so it may not be easy to prise the player free in January, since no clubs want to lose their players halfway through the season.
Naughton made his first start for Sheffield United in their 2-1 victory over Watford last September and from that point on he made the right back position his own.
And then 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 will be thrown straight into the side in place of Habib Beye, until the Senegal International is fit again.