Only Half The Fans Believe Newcastle Will Buy To Replace Mathieu Debuchy
While Newcastle are being linked with [intlink id=”44759″ type=”post”]pretty much any right-back[/intlink] said to be available, supporters are less confident that United will buy in a replacement for the outgoing Mathieu Debuchy.
In a poll we carried out this week, 51% of Newcastle supporters thought that a new signing will line up in August in the right-back slot.
Which player will Alan Pardew replace Mathieu Debuchy with?
51% A New Signing
27% Davide Santon
11% Siem De Jong
6% Vurnon Anita
5% Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
If United are to shuffle their pack from within, Davide Santon is the obvious alternative for most fans, having played there previously in the odd game for Newcastle.
Siem De Jong obviously was a light-hearted option, while the other two players who have filled in previously , Anita and Mapou, scored very low.
The Santon and Haidara partnership has merit in many supporters’ eyes but whether it would work in reality, it would need time to judge, time which Newcastle don’t have on their side.
There has been a tendency in the past at both Newcastle and other clubs, for managers to make do at the back and a preference to spend money further forward on the team.
Second guessing exactly how much transfer cash there is to play with at Newcastle is impossible to gauge, though it doesn’t help when United are finding it impossible to shift players such as Ben Arfa, Marveaux, Mapou and Obertan who Alan Pardew clearly doesn’t want.
A new striker or full-back is an easy question for most fans but I think the truth is that it is a lot easier to buy a very decent full-back, as opposed to a forward with a goals pedigree.
If I had to put money on it, I do fancy Newcastle to buy a right-back in, whilst in the striker department I think it is very likely United will bring in at least one on loan.
Whether a forward is also bought in on a permanent deal is a tricky one – not many reliable goalscorers about and United’s seemingly rigid way of competing for transfers making it doubly difficult.
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