The Daily Mail reported earlier this week that Steve Bruce was keen on bringing Manchester United youngster Axel Tuanzebe in on loan this summer.
Tuanzebe is a very good young central defender who spent last year on loan with Aston Villa. Though he was out with a foot injury for 3 months, he still managed to play 30 games and play a massive role in Villa’s promotion.
It was Steve Bruce who brought the then twenty-year-old to Villa last summer. He also had him play right-back primarily before Bruce was replaced by Dean Smith in early October.
It is interesting that Tuanzebe is linked with Newcastle recently. Newcastle are well stocked in the center of defense and the twenty-one year old would certainly not get a game ahead of Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar, or Florian Lejeune when fit.
But the fact that Bruce used Tuanzebe as a right-back does lend some credence to the link. Though, we can’t imagine that Manchester United would want to loan out their central defender only to be played out of position.
It seems to us that this link is due to the connection between Tuanzebe with Bruce at Villa last season, Newcastle’s failed attempts to get right-back Emil Krafth from Amiens, and the Harry Maguire transfer saga with Manchester United.
We don’t see too much in this link as it doesn’t make much sense for Manchester United and the development of their youngster.