The Sun’s Alan Nixon is reporting that Steve Bruce is pushing the club to bring in right-back Ahmed Elmohamady.
— The Sun Football ? (@TheSunFootball) August 3, 2019
This link is not too surprising in the fact that Elmohamady was brought to each of the three clubs he’s been with in England by Steve Bruce.
The thirty-one-year-old joined Sunderland in 2010 from Egyptian club ENPPI. He would then follow Bruce to Hull City in 2013 before joining his current club Aston Villa in 2017.
Newcastle reportedly want to bring in a right wing-back and have tried to get now 25-year-old Emil Krafth (his birthday was yesterday) in from SC Amiens. Krafth did not feature in the final preseason match for Amiens against Leganes on Saturday.
Alan Nixon is saying that Bruce prefers the experienced Egyptian while the Newcastle hierarchy want to bring in someone younger. This will be a very interesting development to see if the board actually do bring in Elmohamady.
We don’t think they will as he will turn 32 next month and it is unlikely that Newcastle will break their policy this summer. This was a point of contention between Rafa and Mike Ashley and we just can’t see them capitulate this early in Bruce’s tenure.
There also may not be too much in this to begin with as it could just be a case of Bruce mentioning Elmohamady at some point when talking to the transfer team.
Javier Manquillo has looked excellent thus far in preseason and will most likely start the season as the right wing-back. We do think the club will try to strengthen the position over the next five days.