We had thought Newcastle will be after a right back, a winger, a central midfielder and a striker this summer.
Ryan Taylor – can start at right back on August 14th
But Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has said today the club may not need to bring in a new right-back, since there are players already at the club who can play there.
Bringing in a new right-back is not understood to be a priority for Hughton, but he has not ruled out a transfer market move to replace the injured Danny Simpson.
But it seems that Chris may be swayed into giving Ryan Taylor a good chance to stake his claim for that position in pre-season.
We know Ryan was not too happy last season at not being a starter too many times, and he certainly will be motivated to do well, but we wonder if he has the defensive capabilities to make the right-back position his own on Tyneside.
We doubt he has if we were to be honest about it.
Chris said today:
“My priority is to make sure we are covered in every area by the start of the season.” “That might mean looking for someone else if that gives us the right level of competition.”
“It is not necessarily going to be the case that we bring someone else in.” “We already have players who can play that position, and it is something we will have to look at closely.”
In fact the more we think about this, the more we think Chris will probably give Ryan a chance at right back in pre-season.
If the 25 year-old doesn’t impress, Chris could still go out and bring in another defender – preferably one that can play anywhere across the back four, as a defensive reinforcement to the squad.
What do you think?