An area where Newcastle have been weak all season is at center-back, and one reason is we loaned out Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa on the last day of the summer transfer window to Roma, and we were left with just three experienced central defenders.
Daryl Janmaat – future center-back?
It didn’t help on January 1st either when Steven Taylor suffered an Achilles injury and was declared out for the rest of the season.
Newcastle didn’t bother to replace Steven or Mapou (who was sold to Roma in January) , and so from January on we had only two experienced central defenders for the second half of the season.
Paul Dummett had been drafted in as an en emergency center-back and the feeling was that central defense could be Paul’s best position long term, and he put in some good performances in the middle of the defense, but he picked up a knee injury in January and he’s out for the season.
Then we had Colo suspended for three games, so we finally turned to Daryl Janmaat and like Paul before him, in his very first game at center-back against Arsenal, the Dutchman had a terrific game.
So it seems by chance we have uncovered two of our younger players (25 or younger) who show some promise at center-back.
Jamaal Lascelles, the 21 year-old we signed last summer from Nottingham Forest and loaned him out for the season, will join the first team squad in the summer.
So then Newcastle will have Coloccini, Williamson, Taylor (S), Lascelles, Dummett and Janmaat who can play at center-back.
With Daryl looking so good, although it’s only after one game admittedly, the 25 year-old could even be converted to a central defender and from his comments after the game, he seemed to enjoy playing there.
Newcastle still need to bring in one central defender over the summer, but then maybe Newcastle through pre-season can pick the best four central defenders, and sent the rest out on loan – as long as they can be recalled in case of an emergency.
Or even sell some – maybe a couple – and with Steven Taylor’s contract up next year, don’t be surprised if he’s sold early in the summer.
Because of the form of Janmaat and Dummett at center-back, it does give some options for Newcastle as to who plays center-back next season, and therefore who we need to bring is as far as defenders go.
So don’t be surprised if we see Newcastle linked with some good full-backs over the summer, and even right full-backs.
We have to hope that’s because Daryl could be switched to center-back next season, and not because Mike Ashley is going to flog him to the highest bidder.
What do you think?
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