Some news today from Lancashire, that Everton’s experienced center-back Joseph Yobo may be made available in the summer by his club.
Joseph Yobo – available this summer?
The 68 times capped Nigerian International has had some injuries this season, and has recently found it difficult to get back into Everton’s first team.
And the report suggests that Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle is chasing the Everton defender to reinforce his defense for next season.
The Daily Star Sunday yesterday, claimed that Coyle could face stiff competition from Newcastle United for the defender, but we wonder if there’s any truth in the report.
Yobo is 29 year old so does fit into the profile of players Newcastle want to sign this season, which is 26 year-old or younger, so we can build for the future.
And we already have two experienced center-backs in Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini at the club, not to mention the impressive Mike Williamson whom the club recently acquired from Portsmouth, and the very promising young 20 year-old Tamas Kadar.
One central defender we have been reported to be interested in is 22 year old Marc Wilson from Portsmouth, who might be a much better long term buy than Yobo, who in fact was a Newcastle target back when Bobby Robson managed the club.
Yobo started his career at Standard Leige in Belgium, in 1998 before moving to Marseilles in 2001. The Nigerian then joined Evertoin on loan back in 2002 and eventually made his move permanent in 2003, and has appeared 236 times for Everton with 8 goals, and he’s given Everton very good service.
We don’t think Yobo would not be a suitable player for Newcastle to sign this summer, especially when other younger and promising defenders are available.
What do you think?