Newcastle Could Sign This Defender Next Summer


There was news in early July that Newcastle were willing to pay £5M for Leeds United left-back Charlie Taylor, but nothing materialized.

And then last week Chronicle Live reported Newcastle were interested in 23 year-old Charlie Taylor as well as team-mate 18 year-old midfielder Ronaldo Vieira.

The report was that we have been watching the two players all season.

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Charlie Taylor – 23 year-old Leeds left-back

Charlie’s main position is at left-back but he can also play as a left-winger and he showed yesterday he is a very talented player who looked really impressive against the Magpies.

Charlie is highly rated and has made 91 appearances and scored 3 goals with 10 assists for Leeds United since making his debut at age 17 back in August, 2011 as a substitute against local rivals Bradford City in the League Cup.

He made 43 total appearances for Leeds last season with one goal and was the Leeds United Player of the Season.

Liverpool were willing to shell out £3M for him in late August, but were not willing to meet Leeds’ high valuation of £7M.

The York-born player stands 6ft 1ins tall and has had loan spells at Bradford City (4 games), York City (5 games), Inverness CT (8 games) and League Two side Fleetwood Town, where he was on loan for the 2013-2014 season and played 42 games for them.

He has played 150 first team games so far in his career with 3 goals and 17 assists.

There is just no way Garry Monk would part with Charlie in January, but he could become a firm target of Rafa’s in the summer and £7M would seem to be good business for Newcastle.

And if Newcastle continue to dominate the Championship this season and we are promoted, then Rafa’s Magpies  could be an attractive club to join this summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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46 comments so far

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 21, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #1

    Haha Ed weighing in on the Charlie Taylor debate. Interesting that you also think he looked impressive yesterday. Football divides opinions but nothing wrong with that. I would like us to sign him but that’s only my opinion.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 21, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Mr. Funk…… Insigne could be the dream AM we need. He has worked with Rafa so surely respects him. He may well fancy joining the Rafalution.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 21, 2016 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #3

    hibbit
    Robertson and Taylor would be an upgrade on Dummett

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  • Legolas

    Nov 21, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #4

    From previous thread:
    I don’t understand the negativity Dummett gets on here. He may not be the best going forward but he is definitely a decent defender. Over the 80 games he has played so far for Newcastle I don’t remember many times he has let us down. It isn’t a coincidence that we looked a 100% better defensively when he played at the back end of last season.
    Yes, there are better left backs out there but Charlie Taylor or Andy Robertson are they any better, really. Give me a break.

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  • Bobbybee

    Nov 21, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #5

    I think, from the way Rafa restructured the club and squad, that we can safely leave it in his very safe hands when it comes to recruitment. He took a club steeped in failure and turned it into one that now expects to win, whilst retaining the ‘all in it together’ mentality he has used in previous jobs. I can only guess, but I don’t expect big changes in January. It’s working, why try to fix it? He built a side to get promoted and bar some unforseen disaster, we will be champions in May. Could this side prosper in the PL? It would definitely survive, but Rafa doesn’t do ‘survive’, he likes to challenge, therefore some changes will be required. Whether he does it all at once, or over a period of two seasons is the only question in my mind. There may be a bit of tweaking in January imo, but no big changes. He started planning this the second he took over and he’s unlikely to leave anything to chance. I’m more than happy to sit back and enjoy the ride and trust him.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 21, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #6

    Bobby. What did you think of that Roofe kid? Just as a matter of interest.

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  • Bobbybee

    Nov 21, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #7

    Betty, appears to have the talent, but not quite there on the mental aspect yet. His decision making needs to improve – when to go, when to release the ball etc – but in fairness he has stepped up two divisions and was playing against what is in all purposes a PL outfit, which is so difficult to judge. From what I seen last season he was an instinctive striker and needs to be playing more central than he is. Goal scoring is a knack and he has it enough to score in this division, but can’t exploit that playing as wide as he is. If I was Monk I would play he alongside Wood, where I think he be a bigger threat.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 21, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Legolas
    Ive seen this argument a few times that we looked so much better when Dummett was back in the team last season and aye ur right but ur rather ignoring the circumstances there as until Dummett got fit we didnt play a LB there

    Jak Alnwick would of looked a great keeper if before him we played Anita in goal

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 21, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #9

    Ed i like the new banner.

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Nov 21, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #10

    gouf has been solid in the championship, but wonder if he can make it in the system now, as he seems to been pardewed.. id love to keep atsu permanently as well…

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  • Sav

    Nov 21, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #11

    I agree, Dummy often gets an unfair reaction. He’s a ‘defence first’ full-back. That’s not too fashionable but Lego is right that he rarely lets United down and he is fully committed. Janmaat was the polar opposite and not too many fans lamented his moving on, either. He may become second choice in the summer but it would want to be to better than Charlie Taylor. We should also bear in mind Dummy does not have a Matt Ritchie playing in front of him.

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  • Bobbybee

    Nov 21, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #12

    Just been watching some clips of HBA in a Toon shirt. What a talent when he turns it on. Gave me goosebumps just watching again.

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  • Bobbybee

    Nov 21, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #13

    It’s no coincidence that PL clubs are keeping an eye on Dummett. Nobody is ever going to call him brilliant, but he does bring ballance to the team and does the job asked of him. I would demand the midfield take the ball off him early if I was Rafa, because his distribution isn’t ideal, but he defends well and the team looks better with him in it right now. He’s improved this season so maybe Rafa wants to persevere with him and make him the best he can be.

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  • martoon

    Nov 21, 2016 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #14

    Legolas & Sav – I agree Dummett is a decent defender but not so great going forward. However I don’t think we have much cover as Haidara has never recovered properly from injuries and Lazaar looks off the pace at the moment. So I was suggesting Taylor as competition for Dummett not as a replacement.

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  • lesh

    Nov 21, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Clubs will no doubt be sniffing around some of our players and it’s up to Rafa to persuade the ones he wants to keep, that they’ll have a bright and successful future with him at the helm of the good ship NUFC.

    Let’s hope that Rafa can persuade Ashley and Charnley that profit on player sales is all very nice but we’re no longer a feeder for the glamour clubs. Hopefully they’ll see that there’s more to be gained by being successful at football.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 21, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Just because you don’t rate a certain player it is not Dummet hate or Colback hate, they are both good enough for this division and imo need replacing with better when we are promoted. Does anyone think that there aren’t better out there.

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  • clinath@ed

    Nov 21, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #17

    If promotion is in the bag come January, I would expect new players bought to get bedded in. But in reality, why risk messing with the team spirit and adding to the wages bill for 6 months?

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  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 21, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Jail……. It all boils down to what aspirations the club has once we are promoted. If we seriously want to compete at the top end of the PL then Dummett and Colback will need to be upgraded. They are doing a good enough job for where we are now but onwards and upwards.

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  • hibbit

    Nov 21, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #19

    WWSBRD
    sorry mate but at this moment in time i don’t think they are any better than Dummett
    not saying they aren’t decent players but not the step up we need

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 21, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #20

    Those two would struggle next season in the premiership.

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Nov 21, 2016 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #21

    1. Rafa has a lot more patience than anyone here including myself. Rather than assuming this season is wrapped up and starting to introduce players that are better suited for PL, hes getting the job done here first. If that means playing the old guard (anita, colback, gouf, dummet), then his ONLY goal is to be promoted.
    2. i would imagine as the numbers look increasingly in our favor later int he season, we will see more of the future team(yedlin, hayden, lazar?etc)
    3.Its very easy to think that because dummet has played so well this year(he has) that hes capable of doing it at the next level. I dont see that as possible. Same with anita and gouf. Time to let those guys go. It would be nice to have them as squad guys, but those positions should be saved for future starters.
    4. the move in Jan should be to secure one of hte following positions for the future, CAM, LB, LW

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 21, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #22

    Dummett wasn’t that good against Leeds.

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  • hibbit

    Nov 21, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #23

    Jail for Ashley
    of course there’s better out there
    but if we are to replace them they have to be better not just change for the sake of it

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  • Bobbybee

    Nov 21, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #24

    I reckon Colback is doing a great job beside Shelvey and is capable of progressing even further. He does the dirty work, the hard graft that allows Shelvey to shine and play his own game. Sometimes the team is greater than its individual parts suggest and Colback proves this. He works tirelessly and never gives less than his best. For every Shelvey you need a Colback and this pairing works better than Shelvey and Hayden – who is, imo, better individually than Colback. I see no reason to change it right now.

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  • hibbit

    Nov 21, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #25

    welshgeordie9

    clean sheet says he was !!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 21, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #26

    January we don’t need any forwards, in midfield another left winger, maybe 2 with Atsu off to Africa and sicknote Aaron’s out all season, at the back it would have to be left back, other than don’t need anymore.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 21, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #27

    hibbit
    And if Dummett didn’t turn out on a black and white shirt ud not rate him at all mate

    Robertson is certainly a lot better than Dummett like

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 21, 2016 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #28

    25hibbit

    That was down to gourfran helping him out.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 21, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #29

    Bobby

    I’ve noticed that with colback, if shelvey is there with him he plays well.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 21, 2016 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #30

    Bobby……. You have a point re. Colback but he just annoys me when he dithers on the ball then either passes it backwards or loses it.

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Nov 21, 2016 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #31

    people should not forget how dummet, colback and anita played last year. PL is out of their league. we would be better moving on withouth them.

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  • Bobbybee

    Nov 21, 2016 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #32

    Love that name Rolando Vieira. No pressure then? I reckon his parents wanted a footballer as a son then? Not seen enough of him to make a fair assessment but wasn’t overly impressed on Sunday. He was up against it though, so I’ll reserve judgement.

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  • hibbit

    Nov 21, 2016 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #33

    Bobbybee

    charlie and i were saying this the other day when colback and shelvey play together shelvey has more freedom doesn’t have to play so deep able to play across the with colback happy to do the fetching and carrying we look a better team with those two in it the movement far better

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  • toon22

    Nov 21, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #34

    Imho Rafa will bring in a LB,maybe a RB too.

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  • Bobbybee

    Nov 21, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #35

    Betty, primarily he’s there to break up play and win the ball back, which he does well. He can play 60 yard passes when required, but that’s basically Shelvey’s forte. If you watch him carefully he does his first job time after time without getting praised for it. He’s not perfect, don’t get me wrong, but when he plays in tandem with Shelvey it brings the best out of both players imo.

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  • clinath@ed

    Nov 21, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #36

    Would Arma coming back in January be a litmus test to see if Rafa is prepared to blood the next generation in this league?

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  • clinath@ed

    Nov 21, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #37

    most players play better when partnered with someone they trust (and trusted). winger/fullback Holding midfielders, 2 forwards, centre halves etc…

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  • Bobbybee

    Nov 21, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #38

    Hibbett, there ye go mate, proving great minds think alike once again. 🙂 Good partnerships don’t always involve two great players and they are our best midfield pairing imo. Technically Hayden takes it over Colback, but as a pairing Shelvey and Colback click far better imo. It works so stick with it.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 21, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #39

    Rafa must know what the players strengths and weaknesses are by now and it does look like he prefers Clarke to Mbemba and Gayle over Mitro. He will have to have some sort of a cull as he won’t be able to keep everyone as well as bringing back loanees and bringing in more quality. I’m sure in his mind he’ll have a good idea who to move on.

    It’s nice that most of us trust his judgement but it’s part of the fun to speculate what he might do.

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  • hibbit

    Nov 21, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #40

    TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    people should not forget how newcastle united played last year
    but it would wrong to pin the blame on those 3 players our so called stars couldnt wait to jump ship
    Rafa will decide who goes and who stay and the 3 players you name wont be just thrown away on a wim
    3 hard working pro’s who are an asset to the club even if we sign an upgrade

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