Newcastle United should not have given up on Joe Bryan

Newcastle United should not have given up on trying to sign left-back Joe Bryan, whose move from Bristol City to Fulham was confirmed on deadline day.

What’s the word?

Rafael Benitez did not leave empty-handed when the transfer window closed as he managed to bring in some much-needed signings.

However, it became clear early in the summer that the manager was in the dark with regards to funds available.

There were indications that owner Mike Ashley was not going to provide much cash when a handful of loans and free transfers were made.

One area that did not get strengthened was at left-back, where Paul Dummett remains the only viable option.

According to The Chronicle, the Magpies had been pursuing Bristol City’s Joe Bryan, but they eventually opted to walk away and consider other options.

The 24-year-old, who is valued at £4.5m by Transfermarkt, was on the verge of joining Aston Villa before deciding to sign for Fulham at the last minute.

Why were Newcastle wrong to give up?

The Magpies did look for other left-backs before the window closed, but Bryan could have been a realistic option.

The fact that he switched from Villa to Fulham swiftly suggests that he could have been swayed by the Magpies.

Bryan may not have much top-flight experience, but he knows English football and he would have put up a serious challenge for Dummett’s place.

The left-sided player would have also been a cheaper option compared to some other targets, and considering the lack of funds that Benitez was given, a transfer could have suited all parties.