Lee Ryder thinks that Manchester United defender Chris Smalling would be a good signing for Newcastle United.
Speaking in a Q&A session for The Chronicle, the journalist revealed that the Tyneside club have gone in for the 30-year old but his initial reaction was to wait.
Would Smalling start for Newcastle?
Ryder added that Smalling would bring experience and form over from his season-long loan in Italy at AS Roma. Indeed, the Magpies are reportedly targeting a move for Smalling in the summer transfer window off the back of his relatively impressive 2019/20 campaign.
The English international played in 37 games over all competitions, scoring three goals and providing two assists, according to Transfermarkt. His performances while out on loan in the Serie A were so impressive that Gazzetta dello Sport (via Planet Football) described him as “an absolute totem of the defence”.
Smalling also has a vast amount of experience playing in the Premier League for both Fulham and indeed the Red Devils. The central defender has racked up 219 matches in 11 seasons in the English top flight so far, as per Transfermarkt.
Therefore, there would be no question as to whether he can adapt to English football having come back from Italy, as he already has plenty of experience in the Premier League.
The £18m-valued ace also has a winning mentality given that he has won two Premier League titles and several other domestic titles with the Old Trafford club (per Transfermarkt), and so he could be a good influence in the dressing room at St James’ Park.
Overall, it is hard to disagree with Ryder that Smalling would be a good signing for the Toon, and so perhaps Newcastle should put in an official bid for his services.
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