These Two English Defenders Would Strengthen Newcastle’s Squad

If we are promoted this season then Rafa Benitez will want to improve the squad across the board to get ready for what promises to be an exciting season back in the Premier League with the world-class manager – who seems to have been born to manage a club like Newcastle United.

The 56 year-old has done an excellent job this season in what is a difficult task and with only six games to go  four more wins will definitely have us automatically promoted back to the  Premier League at the first attempt.

Rafa hasn’t really received the kudos he deserves for what he’s done for Newcastle in the last year, but when we are promoted the roof will come off St. James’ Park and Newcastle fans around the world will celebrate big time.

It will be great!

Charlie Taylor – free agent in the summer?

Two of the defenders we have been linked with are 23 year-old Charlie Taylor of Leeds United who is a very good left-back and will become a free agent this summer.

We have also been linked with the fast improving center-back Harry Maguire of Hull City, who seems to be on the verge of the England team after having an excellent season.

Harry is rated at around £12M and reports seem to suggest Newcastle are the favorites to sign the 6ft 2ins tall defender.

We were linked with Leeds United left-back Charlie Taylor last summer and this summer he could be a very decent buy for Newcastle, although other top clubs will be after the free agent.

Charlie made his debut for Leeds at 17  back in August, 2011 – as a second half substitute against Bradford City in the League Cup.

He was born in York and came through the Leeds Youth Academy and he’s had loan spells at Bradford City, York City, Inverness CT and Fleetwood Town to get first team experience when he was younger.

Charlie has now played 97 times for Leeds with 3 goals and has been in excellent form again this season and could be a bargain buy for the Magpies.

He was the Leeds Player of the Season last term  making 43 total appearances.

Harry Maguire – 24 year-old Hull center-back

Newcastle were first linked with Hull center-back Harry Maguire  in February when the Sun reported  Newcastle were leading the chase for Hull City defender.

Harry has been playing very well this season and when we have watched him he’s looked a strong defender and he  has leadership abilities too, which is important.

Maguire can play in a back four or a back three and it’s almost certain Rafa will bring in a top center-back this summer.

We expect Chancel Mbemba  will leave Newcastle after two years on Tyneside, even though he had a decent game last night in the great 1-0 win over Burton Albion at home.

Maguire played 166 times with 12 goals (in  the Championship and League One)  for Sheffield United before moving to the Tigers in 2014 for a fee of £2.5M.

He’s played 70 times with two  goals for Hull  since then and made 31 appearances for the Tigers this term.

Maguire is reported to want to leave the Tigers in the summer and if you believe the press reports, Newcastle are favorites to sign the player and he wants to join Rafa on Tyneside.

Certainly Charlie Taylor at left-back and Harry Maguire at center-back would most definitely improve the Newcastle squad and just £12M for the two of them.


What do you think?

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 6, 2017 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #1

    Would take both, especially keen on Maguire. Will become an England regular and potential captain. Completely outshone Gibson last night by all accounts, whom he was in supposed contention with when that England spot came up last month.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 6, 2017 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #2

    Add Defoe and Townsend for a combined £20m max and we’d be well on the way to a competitive PL team.

  • BenArfa the magician

    Apr 6, 2017 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Defoe will go on a free if Scum go down but looks like West Ham is where he will end up. Unless they go down to.

  • geordiesteve520

    Apr 6, 2017 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #4

    I really worry about Maguire’s pace – think he may be found out next season.

  • Krul To Be Kind

    Apr 6, 2017 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #5


    I also worry about his pace but for one so young (in centre half terms) his first couple of yards are in his head, a bit like Terry but pair him up with mbemba who is lightning quick or even Clarke who is also quick for a big guy and we have all the ingredients for a quality centre back pairing!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 6, 2017 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #6

    I see the 1 millionth fan came through the turnstiles last night at SJP some feat !!!!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 6, 2017 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #7

    add this season

  • cyprus

    Apr 6, 2017 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Our defense is pretty good as is. Really can’t ask for much more. We need a creative MF – really, Shelvey right now is hot and cold. Can’t depend on him for a full season, need an upgrade.

    We need a couple pacy wingers and another CF. And that 10.

    So, four ‘world’ class players, minimum. 60 mil. Set: Rafa a hero.

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 6, 2017 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #9

    I was one who labelled Maguire a “lump”. It was harsh in that any top pro obviously has great qualities, but he is certainly “heavy”, particularly around the thighs, midriff and buttocks, and that would suggest slow in the crucial first few metres and on the turn, and that does not describe a top epl centre back.

    He doesn’t look like the sort of upgrade a side hoping to establish itself in the top ten of the epl would pursue, nor an upgrade on any of the four cab’s we have. Taylor I like, but again, if Haidarra is fit, is Taylor better?

  • stan anderson

    Apr 6, 2017 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #10

    Ashley is reponsible for appointing Penfold ,Kinnear,on 2 occasions,Pardew,Carver and Wally.
    This is the only reason we are in Championship and losing P/League money.
    One disaster after another.
    Rafa is here now,but will the slug piss him off ?
    Hope he stays as we need someone who knows a bit about football and not these clowns shafting us again and again.

  • BenArfa the magician

    Apr 6, 2017 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Prefer if we went for Sakho or Kone from Scum both have decent pace ,strong and Prem quality, English players have their stupidly high tags for on most part being average.

    Taylor is a good shout looked very good against us, Dummett is playing well now so both would be good competition.

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 6, 2017 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #12

    I agree. Ashley’s failed business template is responsible for the two relegations, many non-descript seasons in between and so our current plight.

    He has the capacity to top up the funds for a decent tilt at our first season back, and fortunately he’ll need to do it to keep Rafa on board, the fan’s onside and to guarantee our continued place in the now mega lucrative top flight, and so has little wriggle room.

    I have always tended to subscribe to the view that Ashley has genuinely wanted success for the club, but has never been able to accept the outlay is necessarily higher than his comfort zone, or natural instincts, but that attitude has run out of road. I expect us to bring in 4 to 6 top notch players.

  • Pitmatic

    Apr 6, 2017 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #13

    The few times I’ve seen Niang for Watford since signing on loan for them he’s been outstanding, and again last night. Would be the ideal signing for the left side of midfield if he’s available permanently. Right footed, so would give good balance with Ritchie. We seem to have been linked in the past, so hopefully he’s on the radar.

    We also need to make the most of the loan market, as it’s the only way we’ll get quality in good enough numbers. Loftus-Cheek, Shaw, Brown and Batshuayi would all be on my list.

    I haven’t seen enough of Taylor to comment, but wouldn’t be too keen on an untested Championship player as an upgrade on Dummett. I would love to see Cairney in though, providing Fulham miss out on promotion.

  • HarriboNo9

    Apr 7, 2017 at 3:46 AM

    Comment #14

    About the loss in income from previous post

    charney explaining the loss of relegation, didn’t mention the parachute payment we will receive when promoted, does that not happen anymore ? This was brought in to help with this loss he is explaining ?


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