Caretaker manager John Carver has said that Newcastle United will need to bring in a central defender in the January transfer window to fill in for Steven Taylor – or at the very least have discussions about that – since Steven is out for the rest of the season with his ruptured Achilles.
Paul Dummett – could play at center-back tomorrow
Steven Taylor will undergo surgery next week to fix his Achilles tendon – I had that surgery just over five years and the recovery tends to be long and difficult – so we’d be surprised if Taylor is fit to start training at the beginning of July.
The 49 year-old caretaker manager has said this about the central defender situation on Tyneside:
“It’s something the club will have to look at, because we do not have a boatload of center-halves,” “But it’s not something that has really crossed my mind.”
“As soon as the full time whistle went, I had to try to get myself ready for this game, so it’s not something I’m too bothered about, but there probably will have to be discussions.”
“Paul Dummett has slotted in there and done very well in that position.” “He played there at Burnley six weeks ago. He could slot in there.”
“Obviously, Haidara has been injured, so he could come in at left-back.” “So there are options, but we are getting close to struggling to try get 18 players fit and available to travel to Leicester.”
Newcastle probably should have put a clause in the loan agreements of their players – Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles – who joined Roma and Nottingham Forest respectively in August.
Then we would have been covered in the two positions we were short of players in – we started the season with only three experienced central defenders and only two experienced goalkeepers.
What do you think?
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