Rafa Benitez May Bring In Another Defender

We have been linked with Derby County skipper Richard Keogh for over a year now and we are again being linked with the Irish International defender, who has experience in the Championship and ample leadership skills.

Grant Hanley of Blackburn is currently on Tyneside taking his medical and we expect him to be announced tomorrow, but Rafa Benitez may want to further strengthen the defense, especially after our first half display tonight against Doncaster Rovers when we looked very shaky at the back – again.

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Richard Keogh – a Newcastle target?

Richard is getting on a bit and turns 30 next month, but we still need more experience and leadership in this Newcastle side

Keogh could have been in the sights of Newcastle only in case we failed to sign Grant Hanley, but there’s a chance Rafa may want to bring him in even if Grant arrives at the club tomorrow.

There was a report today in the Chronicle saying the 14 times capped Irish International was a target.

Richard joined Derby County from Coventry City in 2012 and he as played in the Championship since then; he is the captain of the club, but is now entering the final year of his contract.

We do have three recognized center-backs when Hanley joins us – we also have Jamaal Lascelles and Chancel Mbemba – and in addition Gamez, Dummett, Hayden and Janmaat can all play at center-half.

So in that sense we should be OK at center-back, so maybe we need a left-footed left-back brought in since Dummett and Haidara are the only two recognized left-backs we have at the moment and they both tend to pick up injuries during the season.

Newcastle have been linked with 19 year-old Walsall left-back Rico Henry and there was news yesterday we were seriously considering making a bid for the twice capped and very talented England U-19 International.

Richard Keogh has played 198 total games with 7 goals in the past four seasons for Derby County.

He’s a solid defender.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.