It could be that Steve McClaren doesn’t want to bring in a top center-back this summer, and that would ensure that Fabricio Coloccini plays in the game for Newcastle at center-back n with either Chancel Mbemba, Steven Taylor, Jamaal Lascelles or Mike Williamson – if Mike is still at Newcastle come September.
But we are also short of full-backs, which is one reason we didn’t have one full-back on the subs bench over the last few games.
Raphael Guerreiro – Lorient and Portuguese left-back
Paul Dummett is coming back from his hamstring strain, but we need a top full-back who preferably can play on either side and can challenge for a starting position – that caliber of full-back is what we need and it will add to the competition for places in the back four.
Newcastle are again being linked with 21 year-old Raphael Guerreiro by France Football.
Raphael was born in France of Portuguese descent, and he has already played for both the Portuguese U21 side and the full Portuguese side, and he can play in midfield as well as at left back.
The 5ft 7ins full-back would seem to be a decent acquisition for Newcastle if we can get him at a good price, although Lorient President Loic Fery is said to want a big fee for his Portuguese International.
But the fee would be around €12M which is around £8.5M, with other clubs like Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Monaco also said to be interested in the player.
But as Steve McClaren has said throughout the summer, Newcastle will only bring in a player who is the right one – and the price is right – and Newcastle will not grossly overpay for players as some other Premier League clubs have done this summer.
While center-back is a weakness, if Coloccini, Chancel Mbemba and Steven Taylor can keep up their good form and keep fit this season – we may not be too badly off.
Chancel Mbemba who has been brought in to strengthen central defense – and has looked a good player for Newcastle, although he’s been deployed at right back in Daryl Janmaat’s absence.
But as he gets more games in the Premier League then he will only improve and already seems to read the game well, and is a physical type of player.
Raphael was born in France in 1993 to a Portuguese father and a French mother, and he has elected to play International football for Portugal – even though he doesn’t speak much Portuguese.
He made his International debut last November in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier against Armenia.
He’s also the type of player Newcastle like to sign – somebody who is young and who can still improve as he gets games in the Premier League.
If Raphael does come to Tyneside he will challenge Massadio Haidara and Paul Dummett for the left back spot.
What do you think?