Danny Mills believes Rob Holding will bring some much needed stability to the Newcastle United back line if he completes a loan move to St. James’ Park.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, Mills believes Holding will add strength in depth to Steve Bruce’s side who suffered with injuries last season.
Holding, 24, is set to join Newcastle on a season-long loan deal from Arsenal without an option for a permanent move, according to the Athletic.
Football Insider revealed that Leeds United had pulled the plug on their pursuit of the defender after they deemed Arsenal’s asking price to be too high.
Asked by Football Insider whether Holding would fit into Bruce’s starting eleven, Whelan said: “Yes, definitely. Newcastle we know last year had all sorts of issues with injuries.
“Strength in depth is a real problem for them.
“They need some solid players in there and that’s what Steve Bruce will have identified.
“They might not be the most exciting side on the planet but you’ve got to trust in Steve Bruce and he’ll know what that team needs.
“If you look at the players they’ve got and some of the flair players they’ve got, you need a solid base.
“He (Bruce) was a defender himself and an unbelievable defender and obviously worked under the greatest Premier League manager of all time so he’ll know what it takes.
“If you get that foundation right then you can build everything of the back of that.”
Holding joined Arsenal from Bolton Wanderers four years ago but has only started 33 Premier League games for the Gunners after struggling with injuries.
However, the defender did play all 90 minutes in the Gunners’ recent Community Shield and FA Cup victories.
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