Newcastle are interested in a January loan move for Chelsea’s young right-back Reece James, according to the Sun, and if it is is genuine, it leaves questions over Emil Krafth’s signing.
The report claimed Steve Bruce is a “huge fan” of the rising star, and with him behind Cesar Azpilicueta in the Chelsea pecking order, he will not get many chances at Stamford Bridge this season.
The 19-year-old was on loan at Wigan in the Championship last season, and is thought to have a big future in the game.
If the report is accurate, it would leave Newcastle with four players vying for the right-back position, although it remains to be seen if the club are considering allowing Javier Manquillo to leave during the winter transfer period.
But more intriguing, is just where it leaves Emil Krafth, only months after signing for the Magpies.
Certainly in his first few outings, he did not look like the long-term answer to providing competition for DeAndre Yedlin, with his performances leaving a lot to be desired.
So much so, that the American international walked back into the starting lineup on his return to full fitness.
Certainly, even so early into his Newcastle career, if Krafth wants to be a success on Tyneside, he needs to knuckle-down and work on adapting to English football, and he needs to do it quickly.
Right-back is a Newcastle problem that will not go away
It has long-been a problem position – way before Steve Bruce arrived – and it seems that it is not deemed to have been resolved with their new summer signing.
Of course, it may be just pure speculation regarding a potential deal for the defender, who has been capped at England youth levels, but it is an exciting prospect, if true.
He would be playing with a point to prove – to both Newcastle’s fans and Frank Lampard – and his talent, energy and enthusiasm could revitalise the right side of our defence.