Valentino Lazaro proved against West Brom that he is definitely a midfielder, not a defender.

The Austrian had started his Newcastle at right wing-back, but his defensive shortcomings were quickly exposed.

He missed the Burnley game due to suspension, but returned on Tuesday night with a point to prove. Lazaro got his first Toon goal, even if it was a far from glamorous strike.

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But with Southampton up next, Steve Bruce must resist temptation to move his January signing back into defence.

Ahead of the game, Bruce confirmed that Javi Manquillo is an injury doubt. He is just back from injury, but has played every minute of our past two games.


If Manquillo isn’t fit to play, Lazaro is not the man to take his place. It has to be DeAndre Yedlin.

The American isn’t as solid as his Spanish teammate, but is a natural right-back. With Newcastle reverting to a back four, they can’t afford to take risks with players playing out of position in defence.

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Lazaro is wasted at the back and arguably does more bad than he does good. When he gets in offensive areas he’s dangerous, but he’s suspect near his own goal.

If Bruce wants Lazaro to start at St Mary’s, it has to be on the right side of midfield.

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