Newcastle should make an audacious swoop for Everton’s out-of-favour full-back duo Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman this January in order to freshen up their defence and give them a vital boost in their battle for Premier League survival.
Well, despite the pair’s legendary status at Goodison Park, they have found themselves out of favour under Marco Silva. It looks likely that they will leave the club soon, given the fact that they are both in their thirties with their best days presumably behind them.
There is little chance of 34-year-old Baines regaining his place in the Toffees’ line-up ahead of the outstanding Lucas Digne, who has been in exquisite form since his £25m move from Barcelona back in the summer. The 25-year-old Frenchman has scored three goals and assisted two more this season, and looks likely to be a mainstay in the Everton defence for the foreseeable future.
In Coleman’s case, he has seen much more playing time than Baines’ three Premier League starts this season. The Irishman has in fact made 16 starts, but he was dropped to the bench for the recent 1-0 loss against Leicester as a result of his indifferent performances so far in the current campaign.
The duo are still competent top-flight defenders and are far better than anything Rafa Benitez currently has at his disposal. The Magpies are persisting with the full-back pairing of DeAndre Yedlin and Paul Dummett, which isn’t the best in the league to say the least.
By signing Coleman and Baines, Newcastle will add experience, leadership and passion to their ranks, all of which are traits that the St James’ Park faithful will undoubtedly appreciate and adore – even more so if they can help avoid relegation to the Championship.
It seems clear that Silva isn’t keen on keeping the pair around as he looks to the future, so the Magpies should swoop in before anyone else can get their hands on them.