Newcastle have had a rocky start to the Premier League season and are currently sitting just above the bottom three.
Steve Bruce’s side have won just two of their eight league matches and were in the bottom three before their win over Manchester United in their last match.
Newcastle’s two wins have both come against “top six” sides, with Bruce picking up three points against Tottenham and Manchester United. Both were 1-0 wins, with Joelinton and Matty Longstaff scoring the goals.
After the tricky start, it is only natural that Newcastle are being linked with potential signings to improve their squad in the January transfer window. Newcastle will want to add to their team in order to avoid relegation back down to the second tier.
One player they have been linked with is QPR left-back Ryan Manning, who has caught the eye this season. But should they sign him? Here are four reasons why they should…
At just 23, Manning is still in the infancy of his career as a footballer. He has plenty of time to develop and improve, which means that Newcastle could help him grow into an even better player than he currently is. This potential means that Newcastle could also land some profit in the future, as he has a resale value.
Manning has impressed in the Championship for QPR this season, with his tackling in defence and crossing in attack. He has shown that he is more than capable of doing a job at both ends of the pitch, which would make him an ideal wing-back for Steve Bruce.
Signing another left-back, along with Jetro Willems, would allow Matt Ritchie to be used further up the pitch. It would free the Scotsman up to be used as an attacker, where his crossing ability will be put to far greater use. This could lead to Joelinton getting more chances in the box and having a better impact on games.
With his contract expiring next summer, the report claims that he could be available for just £3m. Considering some of the fees that are paid in the Premier League these days, £3m would be a bargain fee for Manning if Newcastle brought him to the club.