Newcastle could well be looking for a left-back this coming summer, who comes into the side almost immediately and then Dan Burn can revert to center-back and fight for his place in that position.
We know Eddie Howe keeps saying that Burn is an important player and leader at Newcastle, but when he gives away goals due to his lack of speed at left-back, he cannot start just because of his strength at set plays at both ends of the field.
And it just so happens that 25-year-old Bournemouth defender Lloyd Kelly will be available in the summer as a free agent, when his contract expires at the Cherries.
Eddie Howe was the Bournemouth manager when the 6ft 3ins tall Kelly was signed in the summer of 2019 from Bristol City for around £13M, so the Newcastle head coach will know a lot about the player.
And Kelly, who can play at center-back and left-back, has been in excellent form this season at the south coast side.
His good form has brought interest from AC Milan, Monaco, and Stuttgart in Europe and these clubs have already inquired and apparently even made proposals to the defender: in the Premier League, Liverpool and Spurs are said to be interested.
When Kelly was at Bournemouth when Howe was there, he only played 9 times because of an ankle injury but Howe should know enough about the player to know whether he would be a good acquisition for Newcastle.
He has played 131 times for the Cherries with 3 goals and 7 assists.
We expect Newcastle to have some older players leave the club this summer, maybe players like Jamaal Lascelles, Paul Dummett, Matt Ritchie, and even Callum Wilson.
That will help reduce the wage bill so we can bring in new players and have a more competitive squad for first-team places next season.
What do you think?