Richards’ career has stagnated quite badly over the past two or three seasons. The improvements Pablo Zabaleta has made since Man City became a superpower have seen Richards pushed aside, and the 26-year-old needs to get out to revive his England chances.
A few years back Richards was destined to become a regular England international, but he has drifted since City’s first Premier League title in 2012. He’s back fully fit, and still possesses the sheer strength and speed that make him such a devastating right-back. Newcastle should swoop in and save Richards’ floundering career.