Revealed: Most Newcastle United fans think Benitez can get the best out of Smalling

Chris Smalling has not had the easiest ride at Manchester United over the last couple of seasons as the centre-back has been ridiculed a handful of times for his performances.

Newcastle United recently recruited a new defender in the form of Fabian Schar from Deportivo La Coruna, but the North-East outfit need to keep an eye out on a potential replacement for Jamaal Lascelles.

There is currently no indication that the Englishman intends to leave St James’ Park, but he is regularly linked with a move away.

With that being said, perhaps the Magpies should monitor some high-profile figures, including Smalling.

According to a recent report from the Daily Mail, United manager Jose Mourinho needs to offload one of his defenders in order to launch a bid for Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire.

Smalling could potentially be up for sale due to his inconsistencies at the back, and the Magpies could get a reasonable deal given that he has just one year left on his contract.

We asked you if a move should be made, and a huge amount of Newcastle fans would back the idea.