There’s a lot of newspaper talk of Wolves manager Paul Lambert wanting to be reunited with his former captain at Backburn Rovers, Grant Hanley.
Grant was captain of Newcastle on Saturday in the disastrous 3-0 defeat at Oxford in the FA Cup 4th round, but although he is not a regular starter he is third choice in the center-back position behind Ciaran Clark and Jamaal Lascelles and there’s just no way Rafa Benitez will let him leave this month.
Grant Hanley in Newcastle colors
That’s especially true if the deal to bring Andros Townsend goes through and Chancel Mbemba goes the other way in the swap deal.
Chancel has gone from first choice last season under Steve McClaren to fourth choice this season under Rafa Benitez and if that deal is done then Grant will definitely be going nowhere.
If Grant’s position at the club doesn’t change much by the summer he may consider leaving Newcastle for pastures anew, but he can still do a good job for Newcastle this season in the heart of our defense.
We still rate Hanley as a good player and he just needs a run in the first team to become fully match fit and he is certainly positive on the field with his obvious leadership abilities for all to see.
That’s why Rafa made him captain on Saturday with both Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey rested for the game.
What do you think?