Newcastle United fans have been reacting to a report linking Napoli full-back Faouzi Ghoulam with a loan move to the club.
Le Buteur have claimed that the Algeria international is on the Magpies’ radar, with the player into the final 18 months of his contract at the Serie A side.
It is thought there is a good chance of Ghoulam leaving the club this January, with Mario Rui and Elseid Hysaj both providing competition at left back for Napoli.
Newcastle’s left side needs strengthening, with summer signing Jamal Lewis not really hitting the ground running yet.
Matt Ritchie can also play there but is a winger by trade, and Paul Dummett, while a decent defender, can be upgraded on.
Ghoulam, 29, has bags of experience having played in Serie A and Ligue 1 with Saint-Etienne, and also has 37 caps for his country.
Arguably he isn’t quite the top full-back of a couple of years ago, but is still a decent player.
On social media, some Newcastle fans have been reacting to the reports of interest in Ghoulam, and there seems to be a bit of a divide in opinion.
A number of fans see no point in signing a new defender amid the creativity issues, some said they’d prefer Jetro Willems, and some are open to seeing Ghoulam sign on loan:
Injuries have not helped Ghoulam. I follow Italian football alot so know the league well. Equally as good as Jetro in my opinion if not better!
— DiscoDan (@DiscoDan18) January 14, 2021
I’d take this. https://t.co/KCZtL3dc9u
— Jack Charlton (@jjNUFC) January 13, 2021
Yeah that’s what we need, another defender. What about someone who can shoot at goal? What about someone who can run with the ball and pass it forwards? This is a joke.
— Eric Gibbon (@EricGibbon) January 14, 2021
Does he play in a false 10 role?
— ⚫⚪Brian⚫⚪ (@lNuFc4LiFel) January 14, 2021
Solid left-back so not bad deal. Better than we got. Our medical team maybe know something about Willems we don’t.
— I’m not Rafa Benitez (@sazzerinho2) January 14, 2021
Why a defender? We need creative midfielders and probably an actual right winger who is proven at getting assists
— Paul Angus (@nufc4evaPA) January 14, 2021
He was quality a few years back when rafa wanted him, i think rafa may of signed him at napoli but then he was linked with some big clubs and the price shot up
— craigcoozy (@thelittlemans) January 14, 2021
— jonny (@jgray2706) January 14, 2021
Pointless if true
— GlennO (@glenn2502) January 14, 2021
Better than any defender we have so yes please
— Shaneo (@NUFCFella) January 14, 2021