Left back position to be ignored by Newcastle

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Newcastle United are expected to operate on a tight budget in the summer. Due to new rule and spending caps they are looking to meet the PSR rules. They will have to be smart in their transfer dealings and may refrain from big-money signings. According to Chris Waugh of The Athletic Newcastle needs a proper centre-back, a striker, and a goalkeeper this summer. However Newcastle United may not reinforce position of Left back this summer.

Dan Burn has done incredibly well playing as a Left back while Lewis Hall is developing and getting more game time. With a proper pre-season under his belt, he can become a regular member of the first team next season. Lewis Hall showed some excellent display recently at the left back position. They beat Tottenham by four goals and a cleansheet.

Is Newcastle good enough with proper Left back?

According to Chris Waugh of The Athletic “The noises at this stage do not make left-back a ‘big priority’ especially when at least one forward and centre-half is required, while a goalkeeper is being sought — and that is because Newcastle have several options there. Howe does not share your perspective on Burn as a left-back and the Geordie was part of the joint-meanest defence in the Premier League playing there last season, while Hall is developing and getting increased game time, with a full pre-season under the coaching staff expected to benefit the 19-year-old.”

Apart from Burn and Hall, the likes of Tino Livramento and Kieran Trippier can play on both flanks. One player who could solve the problem is Llyod Kelly. The Bournemouth defender has been linked with a move to St James’ Park this summer. He is someone Eddie Howe desperately wants.

Howe knows him very well having signed him at Bournemouth. He can operate as both a centre-back and in a left-back role. Kelly will be a free agent at the end of the season.

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