Newcastle United may have welcomed midfielder Nabil Bentaleb to the club on Tuesday on loan, but the club still have work to do in the January transfer window.
The Magpies have welcomed the 25-year-old to St James’ Park from Schalke and the ex-Tottenham star has a lot of potential.
Steve Bruce’s team are 12th in the Premier League table seven points above the relegation places, but they are looking extremely thin on the ground in one position.
Matt Ritchie is the only option in the left wing-back area as it stands and the club have had some rotten luck with injuries.
Bruce confirmed (official website) that on-loan Jetro Willems will miss the rest of the season with a cruciate knee ligament injury, while Paul Dummett is also expected to be unavailable for the rest of the campaign after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament.
They need to go into the market for a left-sided full-back and act quickly before the January window shuts.
Newcastle should consider joining the reported pursuit of Fulham defender Joe Bryan this month.
According to Sky Sports, Premier League duo Southampton and Watford both have an interested in signing the 26-year-old in January.
It’s unclear on how much he would cost, but he’s been in excellent form at Championship outfit Fulham this season and is a player that keeps improving.
Bryan is exactly the type of full-back Newcastle should target, as he’s attack-minded and could rival Ritchie for a spot in the team for the second half of the season.
The left-back has spent the majority of his career so far in the Championship, but was in the Fulham team when they were previously in the top-flight.
He is a left-sided flyer with plenty of pace and attacking intent, which has seen him manage five assists in 29 games across all competitions this season for a Fulham team that are third in the Championship.