Swapping Steven Taylor For Arsenal’s Vermaelen, A Dream Deal For Newcastle
Has the (football) world gone mad?
First of all, Arsenal look to be willing to send Thomas Vermaelen to anybody who’ll pay the price tag, then next thing it is all over the papers that the Gunners are allegedly after Steven Taylor as a replacement.
Don’t get me wrong, I really rate Steven Taylor as a very decent and solid centre-back but he is increasingly injury prone and just short of international quality. He has all the heart in the world but without a real quality player alongside him, such as Coloccini, he can look exposed.
On the other hand, I think Vermaelen is a real top notch player and I find it very strange that he lost his place towards the end of last season.
He is strong, intelligent and good on the ball, plus he’s left footed which is something we are sadly lacking altogether in the back four, apart from the inexperienced Massadio Haidara.
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With Alan Pardew desperate to find goals from across the team, then 13 goals in the last four seasons isn’t a bad return, while Taylor has managed only 4, with the last of those over two years ago. In terms of age they are both 27 so no disadvantage there.
In an ideal world, if as expected Colo goes, then having both Taylor AND Vermaelen at Newcastle could be an excellent partnership. However, I fear transfer cash is going to be in short supply from Ashley and so sacrificing Taylor to bring in Vermaelen would be two steps forward and one back, but still represent improvement.
If there is any chance of Newcastle landing Vermaelen then I think they should make him a priority, the kind of player who would tick so many boxes fro Newcastle United.
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