We’ve never been particularly big fans of Phil Bardsley, the former Manchester United youngster who finally joined Sunderland back in 2008 after leaving the Red Devils, before joining Stoke City three years ago.
Phil will become a free agent at the end of June and since he’s available, Newcastle United have been linked with him – we seem to be linked with almost every p[layer available – as usual.
The Mail is even reporting that a number of Premier League clubs are interested in the services of Phil, who turns 32 next month
Phil Bardsley – 31 year-old free agent in June
We wonder if he’s good enough for Rafa to be interested?
At the moment we have both DeAndre Yedlin and Vurnon Anita for the right back position but Rafa may bring in another right back and the future of Vurnon is still unclear with his contract running out at the end of June.
It looks like Rafa will not be picking up the option on Christian Atsu so that tells us he wants to bring in only top players in this summer.
After all Christian was unable to nail down a starting position in front of Yoan Gouffran who may also be leaving the club this summer when his contract runs out.
We know Rafa wants some Premier League experience in the squad and maybe Bardsley, who has made 245 appearances in England’s top flight, could be brought in as a squad player, who could do the job when required.
But somehow we don’t think Rafa will be interested in the former Sunderland player.
What do you think?