Much to the presumed dismay of many Newcastle United fans, the Tyneside club currently have the worst defensive record in the Premier League this season with a total of 41 goals conceded in 18 games.
With this in mind and the fact that the January transfer window is close to opening, signing some new defensive reinforcements should be at the top of Newcastle’s priority list.
One potential name that the Magpies could look to sign that may help fix their defensive issues is Arsenal defender Konstantinos Mavropanos.
Currently on loan at German club Stuttgart, Mavropanos originally signed to Arsenal back in the 2018 January transfer window from Greek club PAS Giannina.
With just eight senior appearances for Arsenal under his belt, the 24-year-old has not been seen as a regular figure for the Gunners, with this current loan at Stuttgart being his second loan spell away since joining the north London club.
So far this season, Mavropanos, who is currently valued at £15.3m according to Transfermarkt, has used his time with Stuttgart to show off what a capable defender he is by racking up an average of 5.8 clearances, 2.4 interceptions and 1.9 tackles per game in the Bundesliga.
With this in mind, it could definitely be worth Newcastle exploring the possibility of potentially signing Mavropanos, who has been described as being a “gladiator” on the pitch by Stuttgart head coach Pellegrino Matarazzo in January if the owners are willing to spend the money that it would take to sign the defender.
If Newcastle were able to sign Mavropanos in January, this would give Toon manager Eddie Howe the opportunity to axe current Magpies defender Ciaran Clark.
He hasn’t had the best run of games in recent weeks after getting sent off in the early stages of their 1-1 draw against Norwich City, which was described as being a “crazy stupid” thing to do by Alan Shearer.
That was then followed by making an error that led to Manchester City’s first goal in their 4-0 defeat at St. James’ Park.
Therefore, the former Arsenal defender would clearly be an enormous upgrade.