Rafa Benitez Must Fix This Problem Position

Newcastle are weak at left back and our two leading players for that position, Paul Dummett and Sadio Haidara, are currently out injured and miss a lot of games through injury.

Sadio has been out with a knee injury since October, but there are some signs he could return to training very soon and maybe even be available for the next game at Norwich City.

Paul Dummett has struggled with hamstring problems for over a year now and his hamstring is weak after playing in the final few games of last season, when he was not fully fit – never a good idea.

massadio haidara at burnley

Sadio Haidara – back soon?

Jack Colback had a poor game in that position against Sunderland and he’s certainly not a natural left-back.

That position has been a weakness for a while at the club and we couldn’t get one in during January, when we tried to get an experienced player in on loan until the end of the season.

Our best option could be to play Haidara there when he’s fit,  but if Colo returns we wonder what Jamaal Lascelles would be like at left back?

Certainly the 22 year-old has speed and seems a good young defender and he had another decent game for us yesterday, when he was preferred over Steven Taylor.

Vurnon Anita can also play at left back and he played at Ajax for one full season in that position when Martin Jol was the manager from 2009-2010.

It’s a problem position for us and the wisdom of those at the top of the club allowed Davide Santon to leave Newcastle early last year for Inter-Milan, without any replacement coming in since then.


Whether we are in the Premier League or the Championship next season we need a top left-back brought in over the summer.

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