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Newcastle’s Center-Back Search – Do We Already Have The Coverage?

With the injury to Sven Botman Newcastle will now be looking for a left-footed center-back who can come in and deputize for the Dutchman, who will likely be out injured with his ACL injury for the rest of this year.

Newcastle have been interested in 21-year-old 6ft 5ins tall center-back Jarrad Branthwaite of Everton.

It’s thought the fee Everton would ask would be at least £85M, and too much for Newcastle with the financial constraints of PSR.

Another center-back that has perked Newcastle’s interest is 20-year-old 6ft 3ins tall Ousmane Diomande of Sporting Lisbon.

The Ivory Coast star is right-footed, however, although he looks like an extremely promising player coming through the ranks at Lisbon.

Nottingham Forest’s 21-year-old Brazilian center-half Murillo is left-footed and has been playing well for Forest although he stands only 5ft 11ins tall.

With center-backs now being as tall as 6ft 5ins and taller, the Brazilian may not be tall enough for what Newcastle need.

Nottingham Forest may have to sell one or more players before the end of June, for PSR reasons, and in this case, Murrillo could possibly be brought in at a bargain fee?

Murillo has played 27 times for Forest since being brought in from Corinthians last summer.

Newcastle could be OK if we can keep both Fabian Schar and Jamaal Lascelles fit through the end of the year since they formed a good partnership while Botman was out injured this season.

But with Newcastle’s luck, it’s almost certain one of them will pick up an injury next season, hence the importance of bringing in another center-back – probably a young central defender.

Both Paul Dummett and Emil Krafth have also shown, that if they are given a chance, they can do the job at center-back.

But Eddie Howe never picks them?

We also have Dan Burn, who is probably more comfortable in the left central defender position, than at left-back.

What do you think?

163 comments so far

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 22, 2024 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #161

    I’m not blaming Eddie at all, but he is part of a decision to let the player decide and that isn’t the way to run the decision surely.

    I think there has to be questions about the reinjuries I mentioned aswell.

    Some think it’s all bad luck.

    I hope you are right but that doesn’t sound logical to me.

    As for Loaded, I enjoy watching them. They are passionate dedicated hard core nufc fans. And a good laugh too.

    I’d rather listen to them than some of the bluffers and old codgers on here .

  • Hibbit

    Mar 22, 2024 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #162

    morning Munster oops sorry didn’t notice you had Saratoga hat on this morning .

  • magicmac54

    Mar 22, 2024 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #163

    Munster Mag

    Morning young fella, just to let you know i really don`t mind being referred to as an old Codger 😀 😀


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