There’s news in the Northern Echo today that Newcastle will be looking for a right back in Jnauary, because manager Alan Pardew will have to shuffle his back four with Mathieu Debuchy being suspended for one game, but it doesn’t seem to us there’s much reshuffling necessary.
Sam Byram – 20 year-old Leeds right back a target?
It’s true that we don’t have a specialist right-back other than Mathieu Debuchy , although Davide Santon, who’s right footed can play there as can Vurnon Anita and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
However, we do have Davide Santon, Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara as specialist left backs, so maybe that’s what’s causing Newcastle to think about bringing in a second specialist right back, and that seems reasonable.
Newcastle need to bring in another striker in January, or even two, but it seems a specialist right back is also going to be a transfer target.
Players we are interested in are Leeds United youngster Sam Byram, who has only just turned 20, but if he’s priced at £8M by Leeds, which he seems to be, then forget about it.
And of course Manchester City’s Micah Richards could be another target, and he can also play at center-back, which is an advantage for Newcastle, but we’re not sure how much he would cost, and his wages are sky-high, which could be a barrier.
Probably the best acquisition for Newcastle would be to bring in a top young right back, so he has time to develop while Mathieu Debuchy is holding down the right back starting position, and that would be much like when we brought in Massadio Haidara at left back in January, to start challenging incumbent left-back Davide Santon.
And with Newcastle having a new emphasis on British based players, we should probably expect the full back the club goes after to be from one of the home countries.
But it doesn’t seem like 21 year-old James Tavernier will now make the grade at Newcastle, since he’s a specialist right back, and not being considered to come into the squad given that Mathieu is suspended.
Do you know of any good young right backs that Newcastle could go after?
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