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This Free Agent Would Be A Terrific Choice To Replace Kieran Gibbs

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?

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 6, 2017 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #1

    It didn’t look good that he refused to play which forced Monk to publicly slate him for it !

  • expatmag

    Jun 6, 2017 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #2

    He wont exactly be free because we will have to pay Leeds a development fee. Dont yhink he is premiership srandard yet either.


    Jun 6, 2017 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #3

    Tbh I judge those who dont refuse to play for that arrogant helmet more

  • geordiemark

    Jun 6, 2017 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #4

    id rather have him then shell out 15 million on a player that cant even get into the arsenal team, fair enough leeds want compensation but id still go with that deal then the gibbs deal

  • geordiemark

    Jun 6, 2017 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #5


    mind you do have a good point there

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 6, 2017 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Wanted us to sign this guy at the end of the season. Forgot about him. In my eyes better than Dummett and more comfortable and threatening with the ball down the flanks. I think he will do well in the Premiership and for a measly compensation package we have to pay I would jump at the chance to sign him. We should go for him ASAP. Potential in this lad is huge.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 6, 2017 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #7

    He did look a decent player difficult to know how well he would do in the premiership

    Although under Rafa could come good


    Jun 6, 2017 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #8

    Haha I cant stand Monk and tbh am not that fussed on Taylor either but we need a LB and he’d be cheap but Id prefer someone more experienced like Gibbs personally

  • martoon

    Jun 6, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #9

    He was one of their standout players when we played Leeds. I don’t know how good an indicator this is but I’ve seen nothing linking us with him except for Ed’s wishful thinking! 🙂

  • corkypants

    Jun 6, 2017 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #10

    He looked great in the championship take him on a free, if he doesn’t work out sell him still will make money on him as the compensation paid to Leeds will be a pathetic amount (it usually is in these cases).

  • manxpie

    Jun 6, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #11

    Youve finally conceded on lazaar then ww 🙂

  • Klatoon

    Jun 6, 2017 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #12

    Always wondered what effect these rumours have on current squad players. If I were Lascelles/Clark and I saw the Semedo/Lejeune reports I wouldnt be too pleased. So much for the great team spirit.

  • lesh

    Jun 6, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #13

    Repost re Selmanda demands


    If Kim Jong-May and her lying and nasty (nearly said nazi there) friends get anywhere near any more Brexit discussions, it’ll be a sad day for this fair land of ours.


    Jun 6, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #14

    Id still like to see him get a shot still looks a decent player to me but I concede it doesnt look too good for him in a town shirt…u conceded on Mitro yet? Haha


    Jun 6, 2017 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #15

    Could go that way but they could also relish the challenge (and rotation) and look forward to the squad getting better to match their ambition

  • martoon

    Jun 6, 2017 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #16

    Klatoon – Lascelles & Clarke are probably thinking I’ve got the shirt you have to get it off me!
    However Mbemba and Hanley are probably thinking time to get a new club! 😀

  • Oldgit1

    Jun 6, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #17

    Piss off Lesh, this is a football blog. Keep you political views to yourself. Go on Facebook it’s full of it on there.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 6, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #18

    Not seen enough of him bur what I have seen left me wondering what all the hype was about. I’d look to Germany, Spain and Italy for defenders.

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 6, 2017 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #19

    Lindi from a few ago

    Very unlike you and I suppose I was shocked (still shocked he’s gone) you’d said it.
    As I said at the time, something Jeffrey/jib would come out with and I knew you never meant it malicious but it was still an ill judged comment.

    Kudos for admitting it, more than others do.


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