Newcastle must sign this free agent reportedly wanted by PL rivals to solve problem area
COMMENT By Danny Wright
Disaster on deadline day saw Newcastle United create more problems than what they solved with Rafa Benitez lacking a recognised, fully fit left-back in his squad.
Having such a glaring void in the team means that the Magpies could soon find their season over before it’s even really started and although the transfer window has slammed shut, there is still the opportunity to sign free agents.
One very experienced player that is still available is Bacary Sagna, who was released by Manchester City at the end of last season and is yet to find himself a new club.
ESPN has reported that Leicester are looking into signing the French free agent, but the Magpies should aim to beat their Premier League rivals to the punch and snap him up to solve their full-back problem.
Achraf Lazaar was the last fit left-back at St. James’ Park before he signed for Benevento on deadline day, meaning that centre-back Chancel Mbemba is set to continue playing on the outside of the backline in the coming months while Paul Dummett is injured.
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Although Sagna, 34, is a right-back by trade, he can come into the squad and free up the versatile Javier Manquillo, who should have no problem switching to the opposite side of the defence.
The Spaniard has played at right-back in all three Premier League fixtures this campaign, but he has shown in his career that he is also capable of playing on the other side and he would look a much more solid option that Mbemba, who according to the Newcastle Chronicle would have been shown the exit door at St. James’ if it weren’t for this crisis.
Newcastle look to be in a state of despair at the moment.
Benitez is clearly unhappy with the situation at the club while owner Mike Ashley has made it clear that he is looking to sell up in the future.
Bringing in Sagna would be a brilliant short-term for the Magpies and could see them build on their emphatic 3-0 win over West Ham last month.
If results prove to be impressive, it may just convince Benitez to continue his work on Tyenside
In other Newcastle United news, Craig Bellamy has hinted where it all went wrong for the Magpies in the summer.