With the news yesterday that Newcastle will switch their attention away from 27 year-old Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs to other targets, we have started to think about who those targets may be.
A £15M fee is far too much to pay for player of Gibbs’ abilities who has just one year left on his contract and who could become a free agent next June – who are Arsenal trying to kid?
So who are the alternatives to Gibbs?
One player who could be a very good buy for Newcastle is Leeds United’s left back Charlie Taylor who has looked really good over the last two seasons in The Championship, although its true he has no Premier League experience.
Charlie Taylor – 23 year-old Leeds United left-back
We were linked with Charlie last summer and during the past season and he could be a very decent buy for Newcastle as a free transfer.
He made his debut for Leeds at only 17 years of age back in August, 2011 as a second half substitute against local rivals Bradford City in the League Cup.
Charlie was born in York and has been at Leeds his whole career and came through the Leeds United Youth Academy.
To get first team experience he was loaned out to Bradford City, York City, Inverness CT and Fleetwood Town in his early career.
In the last three seasons Charlie has played 100 times for Leeds with 3 goals and he was in excellent form last season.
The full-back stands 6ft 1ins tall and has played twice for the England U19 side.
Charlie was the Leeds United Player of the Season in 2016 and had a great season that year in making 43 total appearances.
Rafa needs some good financial bargains this summer as he strengthens the Newcastle squad and Charlie could be one of the bargain buys this summer.
Certainly Charlie would seem to be a much better buy than Kieran Gibbs for £15M and his wages would be less too.
It all depends on whether Rafa thinks he can make the step up to the Premier League, which is a big step.
It was announced by Leeds United on 17th May that Taylor had been offered a 2 year contract with the club and that was in line with the EFL regulations.
He has resisted signing a new deal at Leeds for over a year now so it’s extremely unlikely he will sign this deal.
West Brom have already entered negotiations to sign the player and Burnley are also said to be interested in the free agent.
What do you think?