There was jubilation on Tyneside after Newcastle’s last gasp win against Chelsea. But it was far from a perfect night for the Magpies.
Newcastle suffered a huge blow after just 10 minutes, with Jetro Willems going off on a stretcher. Steve Bruce confirmed after the game that it looks like a serious injury, with worries that it could be his cruciate ligament.
If that’s the case, his season could be over. Hopefully he’s signed permanently and it’s not the last we see of him in a Newcastle shirt, but in the meantime we need a replacement.
Fortunately Matt Ritchie is back, but an injury to Paul Dummett as well means we’re very light on the left side of defence now.
One player the Magpies should look at is Fulham ace Joe Bryan.
We were reportedly interested in the left-back in the summer, with the Northern Echo claiming in May that he was a target regardless of who the manager would be.
But he stayed in the Championship, and his performances have been exceptional. The Cottagers are doing well, currently third in the table.
Bryan’s form has already led to Premier League interest, with Sky claiming that Watford and Southampton are keen.
With Willems ruled out, Newcastle should enter the race as well. Offensively, Bryan is brilliant. The 26-year-old has provided five assists in all competitions.
He could offer excellent competition for Ritchie, who will likely be first choice for the remainder of the season. The big issue would be tempting him to St James’ Park without the guarantee of playing every week.
Injuries will force Newcastle into signing a new left-back, and Bryan is certainly one they should consider.