Newcastle will have Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara fighting it out for the left back position at Newcastle next season, and it’s rare that Newcastle have had two specialist left-backs at the club.
Ashley Cole at Roma
So a report in the Star today that Newcastle could be interested in signing Ashley Cole, who turns 35 at the end of the year, seems really far-fetched.
Cole was capped 107 times for England and played at Arsenal and Chelsea before moving to Roma last year on a two year contract as a free agent.
But he played only 16 times for Roma and is not rated by Roma manager Rudi Garcia, and Cole is said to want a return to the Premier League.
One problem with Ashley Cole is that his wages will be sky-high, since he was at Chelsea for eight years and then got a good deal as a free agent last summer to move to Rome.
Newcastle may be able to take Cole on a season long loan deal, but the club seems to be fairly well off at left back, so we’d be surprised if that happens.
And in order to develop Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara as potential long-term left-backs for Newcastle, they both need games next season.
Ashley played 228 times for Arsenal and 338 times for Chelsea and was one of the best left backs in the world in his day.