Newcastle have done extremely well this season so far, and we only hope the lads can keep the good form over the remaining 10 games of the season.
Cheikh M’Bengue – Toulouse and Senegal
At the moment we have 44 points from our 28 games, but only two of those points have been picked up in the last four games – so 3 points against Norwich on Sunday afternoon would be great.
We have no idea what points total we could end up with, but with a decent run in we could possibly reach 60 points, with 16 points from the last ten games, and that would be excellent.
The Journal (Mark Douglas) is reporting today that Newcastle are still wanting to bring in a left footed left back, and maybe in that case Davide Santon, who is improving in his first season on Tyneside, would switch over to right back.
Davide is still learning, but he is a better player than Jose Enrique was in his first season on Tyneside, and Davide is younger by almost exactly a year than Jose was, when he joined Newcastle in the summer of 2007.
We think Davide can well turn out to be a top player at Newcastle in the future, and he’s being handled very well by manager Alan Pardew this season – and we expect the Italian to be better next term for sure.
Newcastle never really lost interest in Dutch full back Erik Pieters, and they nearly signed him last summer, but Erik really struggled at left back against England on 29th February, leap day, against both Adam Johnson and Daniel Sturridge.
So we didn’t think he looked too good in that game although he is flexible, and can play at center-back too, and at 6’1″ he’s tall enough to play there too.
Newcastle have been interested in 26 year-old Taye Taiwo, but he hasn’t looked anything special for QPR since January, where he is on loan from AC Milan, because he couldn’t get his game in Milan.
Last summer Newcastle were interested in 22 year-old Toulouse left-back Cheikh M’Bengue, who has only played for his home town club, with 110 appearances (104 starts) and two goals for the French side.
And Cheikh, who stands 6′ tall, made his debut last July for Senegal, after representing France 12 times at U21 level, and Newcastle may go back in for this lad this summer to again test the waters.
Cheikh is known for his tough tackling, and he may be a better buy than Pieters, with his price being around £5M.
It would certainly be good to get a talented young left-footed left back in, over the summer.
Which other left backs should Newcastle be interested in?