Newcastle United are not in desperate need of a new left-back with Paul Dummett firmly in charge of that particular spot under Rafa Benitez, but the fact Kieran Gibbs could be seeking a move away from West Bromwich Albion is certainly something to consider before the window slams shut.
According to a recent report from Sky Sports journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Torino has emerged as a surprise contender to sign Gibbs this summer, and the club has already made contact with the Baggies regarding a potential deal.
Following the Baggies relegation from the Championship last season, discussion over Gibbs’ future has surprisingly slipped under the radar, despite the fact he is far too good to be playing in the second-tier of English football.
Meanwhile, the arrival of Kenedy at Newcastle has given the Magpies a huge boost ahead of the new campaign and the supporters will be hoping he can thrive on the left-side of their midfield once again.
With Paul Dummett behind him, Kenedy would undoubtedly have a sturdy defensive player whom is willing to throw everything on the line for the club, but he is lacking a level of composure and quality in the final-third which Gibbs could provide.
And with that to consider, Kenedy should encourage Rafa Benitez to rival Torino’s bid for the 10-cap England international this summer in order to increase Newcastle’s threat by welcoming the forward-thinking full-back on a cut-price deal.
Gibbs possesses a natural desire to maraud forward and his exploit his technical quality further up the pitch, and the fact Kenedy prefers to drift inside onto his favoured right-foot would provide Gibbs with plenty of space to exploit on the overlap next season.
Dummett’s rise through the Newcastle academy system has made him something of a cult figure on Tyneside, but the emotionally-charged opinion of the supporters should not influence Benitez in the transfer market, as he has a golden opportunity to sign a quality alternative with the potential to build a solid understanding with Kenedy down the left-wing.
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