Newcastle have been touted with a January transfer swoop for Burnley defender Ben Gibson.
Steve Bruce is reportedly considering a deal for Gibson as he looks to bolster his squad ahead of the second half of the season.
Gibson has fallen out of favour at Burnley and is said to be available on loan, with the view to a permanent transfer in the summer. This means that Newcastle will not have to pay a transfer fee if he fails to perform.
Newcastle have kept three clean sheets in the Premier League this season and have an array of centre-backs at their disposal. However, Federico Fernandez is out of contract at the end of the season and Gibson could be a potential replacement for the Argentine defender.
But, should Newcastle sign the former Middlesbrough star? We have decided to take a look at four reasons why he could be a good signing…
An initial loan move would represent very little risk for Newcastle. It means that they are not stuck with him if he fails to step up to the plate, but the option for a permanent deal also means that they can keep him if he impresses. Sounds like a win/win situation for Newcastle!
At 26, Gibson should be entering the prime of his career at centre-back. This means that, if Newcastle signed him, Bruce would have Gibson during his best years whilst having the potential to improve.
Gibson has played over 230 league matches in English football and 39 times in the Premier League. He would not need any settling in period to get used to the division, which is always a positive for new signings.
With Fernandez out of contract at the end of the season, Gibson could be a good replacement for the defender. Due to all of the reasons above, Gibson could take Fernandez’s place in the squad and compete with the other centre-backs for a starting berth.