Newcastle could be given another chance to re-sign defender James Tavernier in January and it’s a deal the club should consider revisiting.
According to reports on talkSPORT, Rangers are expecting interest in the free-scoring defender over the new year and even have a replacement in mind.
Newcastle were among the teams to be heavily linked with a move to sign the player over the summer, while Crystal Palace are now also believed to be in the hunt.
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Tavernier moved to Scotland to get his career back on an upward trajectory and he’s done just that with Rangers.
He has proven himself as one of the deadliest full-backs in the league with an astonishing goal and assist record.
Recording an impressive 33 league goals over the course of four seasons with the club should not go unnoticed and as the Rangers captain, he would add some much-needed leadership qualities to the Newcastle defence.
The late summer swoop for Emil Krafth casts some doubts over whether or not the Magpies would pursue another right-sided defender, but they should consider changing their stance if Tavernier becomes available.
When comparing the former Newcastle ace to Javier Manquillo, as per Wyscout, Tavernier averaged 9.87 recoveries in the opposition half per 90 minutes. The former was only able to record 7.38, so he would be an improvement that could help Bruce’s side get on the front foot.
Ariel duels (5.89/2.54) and interceptions per 90 minutes (4.52/3.8) were also both in favour of Tavernier.
It may be too little too late for Newcastle after strengthening in January, but stepping up their interest and re-signing Tavernier would be a shrewd move.