According to reports, Newcastle may get rid of Florian Lejeune this summer.

The defender spent last season on loan at Alaves, as he looked to get his career back on track after a lengthy injury.

The Frenchman has had a tough few years since joining Newcastle, suffering two horrific knee injuries.

But Lejeune rallied both times, and recovered incredibly quickly.

Lejeune cost £8.7million in 2017 from Eibar, signed by Rafa Benitez when the Magpies returned to the Premier League.


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After a slow start, Lejeune established himself as a wonderful signing, and enjoyed a strong debut year.

He picked up an injury in July 2018, then less than four months after his return, he injured the other knee.

By the time he recovered a second time, Benitez was gone and replaced by Steve Bruce.

Lejeune has only played six Premier League games under Bruce, including a cameo against Everton where he scored a stoppage time brace to salvage a point.

But in the summer of 2020 he was allowed to leave, returning to La Liga for guaranteed first-team football.

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Florian Lejeune should stay at Newcastle

When Lejeune played under Bruce, he struggled. He was sluggish – clearly a player still recovering from two nasty knee injuries in quick succession.

But now he’s had a full season of football under his belt, and surely has a role to play at St James’ Park.

Bruce is seemingly desperate to land a new centre-back this summer, but has so far struggled.

A move for Kristoffer Ajer seems unlikely. William Saliba appears to be heading elsewhere on loan. Other options are somewhat underwhelming.

So why not give Lejeune another chance?

He has to be better than bringing in someone like Kyle Bartley, who has been linked with a £3million move.

Both men are 30, and Lejeune is a much better player.

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He’s left footed and confident in possession. If we are going to continue playing five at the back, we need defenders who can pass the ball. Lejeune can do exactly that.

He is also capable of playing in a back four – something that his teammate Fabian Schar struggles to do.

There is no point in Newcastle wasting money on an average centre-back just for the sake of bringing in someone new.

If the Magpies can’t secure a top quality defender who is within their budget, they should hand Florian Lejeune another chance.

After his comeback from injury, he definitely deserves it.

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