Newcastle were linked with Derby right-back Jayden Bogle towards the end of the summer transfer window in August. Recently, the Shields Gazette reported that Newcastle still retained an interest in the 19-year-old.
At first, this would sound like an odd transfer target since Newcastle have three first-team right-backs on the books. They also just completed a move for Emil Krafth who has started the last 4 Premier League matches. Behind Krafth, there is Javier Manquillo and DeAndre Yedlin who have loads of Premier League experience and are in their prime.
Manquillo had a very promising pre-season and played well in his only start this season against Arsenal. He was surprisingly dropped for Krafth against Norwich City though we wouldn’t be surprised to see him back against Brighton.
Yedlin had been Newcastle’s primary right-back over the past two seasons. He is getting close for a return from groin surgery and should be available soon.
The issues with both Manquillo and Yedlin are their contracts don’t have long to run. Manquillo’s contract has less than a year on it, and there has been no talk of a new deal for the Spaniard. Yedlin’s deal runs until the summer of 2021, and while there have been some discussions of him getting an extension, it seems to be low on the priority list.
If the club do not plan on keeping Javier Manquillo beyond this season, then they should look to sell him this January to get something for him rather than lose him this summer for nothing. There may be some suitors for the 25-year-old. Valencia were linked with a move for Manquillo in early September but eventually brought in 19-year-old Portuguese right-back Thierry Correia from Sporting Lisbon on their transfer deadline day.
Similarly, Yedlin could be sold for a decent fee if he is not seen as a player for the future. If either of the two are sold, Bogle would be a perfect replacement.
Jayden Bogle is currently out with an ankle injury suffered against Swansea in the second match of the season. He is, however, expected to return to action shortly.
The right-back has just turned nineteen this past July and has already made 52 appearances for Derby. He also had 9 assists last season which is outstanding for such a young full-back. The other positive about Jayden is that he would not take a squad place due to his age.
We may get some insight into Newcastle’s thinking over the next few months. If both Manquillo and Yedlin don’t become involved in contract negotiations soon and Krafth remains the man at right-back, then it could be best to see what type of fees they can bring in. We doubt both would move on in January but replacing either one with Jayden Bogle could be some good business.