Newcastle United can solve their left-back dilemma by making a move for soon-to-be-out-of-contract Arsenal star Nacho Monreal, and should attempt to lure him to St James Park in January with the promise of consistent first-team football.
The Spanish international’s contract at the Emirates is set to expire at the end of the season, and he is yet to sign an extension.
At 32 years of age, Monreal is getting on a bit and has started just half of the Gunners’ 18 Premier League games in the current campaign as Sead Kolasinac is preferred at left-back and the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding and Sokratis are preferred at centre-back.
With his career slowly dwindling out, Monreal still has a lot to offer and should argue that he is good enough to start on a more frequent basis. One would assume that Unai Emery may even look to sign a new left-back in the transfer window as the aforementioned Kolasinac still hasn’t thoroughly convinced.
Rafa Benitez has just one recognised left-back at the club in Paul Dummett, and has even been forced to play Kenedy in that position, a man who is an attacker by trade.
Achraf Lazaar is still on Tyneside, but he isn’t in Benitez’s plans and doesn’t appear to have a future at the club – the Spanish boss has even tried out young wingers Rolando Aarons, Callum Roberts and Victor Fernandez in the left-back role during pre-season.
It would be somewhat of a coup for the Magpies to secure the former Malaga man, but hopefully Benitez can lure his fellow countryman to St James Park and, in doing so, provide them with a huge boost in their battle for Premier League survival.
He may even be available on the cheap given his contract situation, something that will be music to the ears of Mike Ashley.