Newcastle United are facing a hugely important and busy January transfer window as the club’s new owners get to grips with improving their team.
Eddie Howe is in charge and together with Nick Hammond, will need to put together a set of players capable of rescuing themselves from the jaws of relegation.
However, their number one target, according to Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie, is Kieran Trippier.
The journalist was speaking to GIVEMESPORT before Christmas and shared the following update:
“I wouldn’t be surprised to see him sign. I think he is a top target for them.
“But I must admit, from the information I’ve got, I still think there’s a bit of work to do on this one.”
The news that the Atletico Madrid full-back is a top target for the Toon heading into the winter window is something that is bound to leave their fans buzzing with excitement.
He might not be a hugely decorated player or a marquee signing for masses of money, but what Howe and co need more than ever right now is experience, consistency and reliability.
Fortunately, Trippier has all of that in abundance. The former Spurs defender is now 31 years of age, has 35 England caps under his belt and possesses Premier League experience.
He is a La Liga winner, a European Championship finalist and a World Cup semi-finalist, demonstrating what an exceptional signing the Atletico star would be, particularly in the dressing room.
Right-back is an area of the pitch that has been an inconsistent area for Newcastle in years gone by with the likes of Daryl Janmaat, DeAndre Yedlin and Javi Manquillo failing to really establish themselves as genuinely consistent figures.
Trippier, however, could fix that issue and help bring a degree of reliability to a backline who have conceded the most goals in the top-flight this season.
A canny operator, England boss Gareth Southgate highlighted his consistency with the following words: “People are still seeing the lad that was at Spurs a couple of years ago and not the defensive animal that has grown at Atlético Madrid, trusted by one of the best and most successful coaches in the world.”
Those quotes are hugely exciting and proves why the fans will be incredibly pleased if he walks through the doors of St James’ Park next month.