Fans Make Clear Their Choice As Newcastle Left Back
The position most under most scrutiny towards the end of last season, was that of Newcastle Left Back.
Whilst United are desperate for strikers and creative midfielders this summer, that left full-back slot is seemingly still up for grabs.
Last season saw Davide Santon, Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara all given a chance, to greater or lesser degrees, with none of the three totally convincing.
Santon started the season well but then lost his way, Dummett had a decent run of games but looked exposed when up against quality opponents such as Everton at home, while we didn’t see enough of Haidara to properly judge him.
So yesterday we asked you to vote on who you would like to see start the season as Newcastle left back, with options already at the club it would appear nailed on we won’t be buying anybody for that position, so the options we have supporters were Santon, Haidara and Dummett, plus new signing Jack Colback, who can also fill in at full-back as well as playing in midfield.
The results were resounding and came out as follows;
So Massadio Haidara, who Alan Pardew only gave three Premier League starts to last season, is easily the top choice.
The French Under 21 international arrived at St.James’ Park with a big reputation and bags of potential, but as the increasingly popular saying goes, Haidara appears to have been ‘Pardewed’.
While Santon trailed in second, I think that most fans want to see him retained at the club but not necessarily at left-back, the popular perception being that with the right formation and coaching, there is clearly a very talented player to be utilised.
Still only 23, Santon arrived from Inter Milan with a big reputation, having made his full international debut at only 18 years of age. It could be a massive regret if Mike Ashley cashes in on him.
On the other hand, Jack Colback is clearly not seen as a full-back.
Whilst in the case of Paul Dummett, I think fans have seen enough to rate him as a steady squad player but not up to being a first team regular, at least certainly not at the moment.
In the crazy world of Newcastle United though, it is Haidara and Santon who have been the subject of most speculation as to them leaving Newcastle.
The talented left-footed Haidara on the left side of defence and a visionary new role for Santon in an attacking formation, could be two big steps forward if Alan Pardew can see the potential.
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