Newcastle are in urgent need of a left-back following the season-ending injuries incurred by both Jetro Willems and Paul Dummett, and Steve Bruce confirmed that he is on the look-out for an additional body.
One player he could target is Danny Rose, who was recently involved in a dispute with his manager Jose Mourinho over his lack of selection against Watford, while his omission against Norwich on Wednesday is only likely to increase his woes.
Rose may be rated at £18m by Transfermarkt but given he is currently out of favour it is possible that Newcastle may be able to construct a deal, particularly as the club is targeting a loan deal until the end of the season.
The north-east outfit have based their success on a 5-2-3 system this year, with the wing-backs key to providing balance in the team both in attack and defence, and that is an area where Willems has flourished – he quickly became a Bruce favourite starting 18 of the 21 Premier League matches he was available for this term before injury.
As well as making four goal contributions he has looked solid at times with 1.9 tackles and 0.9 interceptions per game, and it is little surprise that his performances have led to calls from fans for Newcastle to sign him permanently.
Rose, by contrast, has not enjoyed such a reception from fans, with many taking the side of Mourinho in their recent clash.
Primarily, that has been because the 29-year-old has tailed off in his performances this campaign, but a change of scenery and faith from Bruce could see him rejuvenated and returning to his best form – particularly as he needs to impress Gareth Southgate in order to go to Euro 2020.
If he can get close to what he has shown previously then he could be a bargain for the Toon, and an effective member of their team as they look to achieve safety this season.
It is clear he has the quality, and perhaps a change in mindset and how he is treated will allow him to enjoy his football once more, and that could mean that Willems won’t be missed as much as first feared.
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