When Newcastle were looking to bring in a top left-back to replace Jose Enrique, who was rumored to be going to Liverpool in the summer, they took a good hard look at Taye Ismaila Taïwo, the Nigerian and Marseilles left back.
Taye Taiwo – unhappy no at Milan
Taiwo’s contract was running out at the French club, and of course Newcastle are always interested in a top class free agent, and Taiwo was also linked with several other clubs like Milan and German club Bayern Munich.
Taiwo eventually singed for Milan, but has had a hard time of it settling in Italy and has only played 6 times for Milan, and it seems that the Italian coach Massimiliano Allegri doesn’t rate him.
Now that Steven Taylor is out for the season and we proved last Saturday at Norwich that we have no strength in depth in defense we expect Newcastle to bring in two new defenders in January, with one of them being a center-back.
Newcastle signed Davide Santon from inter-Milan is the summer for £5M and only now is the lad starting to play in the first team, but the 20 year old can play in either full-back position and if Taye was brought in on loan Davide could play at right back.
We don’t know how much a loan deal for six months would cost, but Newcastle could take a look at the 6′ tall Taye, and see if he would be a good permanent singing for the club, but we don’t know how much his wages are, and whether that may be a barrier to signing him.
This is what Taye said yesterday, about his unhappy state at Milan:
“I am suffering every day because I don’t get to play football. I joined this club in order to play, but I have made only six appearances so far,”
“I don’t understand how things work in Italy. Sometimes I even have to watch from the stands, but I really need to play in order to show what I can do.
“It looks like Allegri doesn’t have faith in me. It’s not like me to just sit back and do nothing in a situation like this.”
Taye seems a dent option for Newcastle, but we don;’t know what they have lined up in January, and maybe Erik Pieters is a player they may try to bring in permanently.
The Tyneside club have also been continually linked with 22 year Montpelier captain, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who also stands 6′ tall and can play anywhere across the back four, and is said to be available for around £5M.
It’s an interesting thought that Newcastle could bring Taye in on loan, as he’s a top full back and very fast too.
Taye played 251 times for Marseilles with 23 goals after joining them back in 2004, from Nigerian club Lobi Stars.
Of course Taye will also be off to the African Cup of Nations in January.