With Kieran Trippier, Newcastle’s right-back position is in excellent hands for the immediate future. The England international helped to jump-start the rebuild with his arrival last January when the club was in a formidable relegation battle.
Trippier captured our poll as the best player in the disappointing draw against Bournemouth. The free-kick specialist came inches away from yet another set-piece goal. He easily topped the poll with 43% of the vote.
Trippier turned 32 on Monday and while he may have a handful of years left, Newcastle will at some point need to find a right-back of the future. Emil Krafth and Javier Manquillo are both 28 with 2 years left on their contracts.
Sport Witness has cited a report from Sport that Newcastle are tracking the exploits of AS Monaco’s Vanderson. The Brazilian joined the French club last January from prodigy-producing Gremio for around £10m.
His performances for the second half of last season earned him a new five-year contract this summer. It also put him on the radar of clubs like Barcelona and the rising Magpies.
Monaco will not want to cash in on their marauding right-back anytime soon. Vanderson will probably be sticking around the Stade Louis II for at least another season or two. He only turned 21 in June and Monaco are protected by his new contract.
Vanderson could be the perfect heir apparent to Trippier, though West Ham’s Harrison Ashby is also a potential target. The Brazilian is known for his attacking prowess while being very solid defensively. While he doesn’t yet have Trippier’s pedigree, he is very adept at set-pieces.