Newcastle move for Jannik Vestergaard sounds like a tall tale
Newcastle have now been linked with a move for Jannik Vestergaard, a 23 year old centre-back currently playing for Werder Bremen.
Vestergaard only joined from Hoffenheim for 2.5m euros (approx £1.8m) in January and played 15 times after his move.
Standing at over 6ft 6 tall, the defender certainly fits the bill size-wise as the dominant central defender many supporters think Newcastle are still lacking.
Sunday’s opening game of the season against Southampton had a number of positive aspects but conceding two goals from headers and generally the defending on set-pieces, couldn’t be included in that positivity.
Neither Chancel Mbemba or Fabricio Coloccini stand over 6ft tall but as we know with watching Mike Williamson in recent years, size isn’t everything.
The Newcastle centre-back stands 6ft 4 but doesn’t translate that height into being a commanding presence.
Vestergaard played the full 90 minutes and extra time as Werder Bremen overcame Wurzberger Kickers in their DFB cup-tie on Saturday and the Bundesliga kicks off again on Saturday.
The Danish centre-back has got three international starts in friendlies but has not played in a competitive match for his country yet.
Newcastle are still desperate for a centre-back who can offer the dominance in the air to complement what Mbemba and Coloccini can offer but along with height we do need any signing to have the ability to go with it.
However, the link to Vestergaard does sound as though the media have put two and two together to make a story – a very tall defender and Newcastle needing a tall dominant defender.
Jannik Verstergaard only moved seven months ago for less than £2m from one middle of the table Bundesliga team (8th placed last season Hoffenheim) to another (Werder Bremen who finished 10th), so hard to see that he could be an instant answer to one of the remaining biggest weaknesses in the Newcastle team.
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