Newcastle Start Season Missing Half Of Last Year’s Back Four
It has now been revealed that Newcastle will be missing both first choice full-backs from last season, with news that Davide Santon will be ready to play in September at the earliest.
With Mathieu Debuchy inching out of the door to Arsenal, news that Santon will also be missing for at least the first month or two of the season, means there are now big holes in Newcastle’s defence (though some would say there was no shortage of them for much of last season as well…).
Alan Pardew speaking to the Hartlepool Mail;
“Davide will miss all the pre season and he will probably start training again at the end of August.
“He has given us great versatility and can play left-back, right-back and in the midfield – where I played him once or twice last year.
“He is an important player for Newcastle and we will miss him, the most important thing though is getting him right.
“Otherwise everybody else is fit and well, although we are missing the World Cup players.”
While the Italian defender’s form dipped dramatically in the last campaign, it would be a big ask for United’s squad to cover both full-back positions from the current squad, even on a relatively short-term basis.
A lot of fans, including myself, want to see Massadio Haidara get a decent run in the team but at this moment in time we have no idea whether he will be able to cope in the Premier League if playing every week, so back up will be essential if he finds it tough.
While Newcastle have been linked with a lot of right-back replacements for Debuchy, they need to get one in as soon as possible to help get a more or less settled back four in advance of the new season.
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