Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez probably feels he did not do all the transfer business he would have liked this summer. One position where he was particularly keen to strengthen was at left-back. The likes of Hamza Mendyl and Stanley N’Soki were both linked with a move to St James Park this summer. But when it became apparent neither Ligue 1 player would be heading in from France, Newcastle directed their attention closer to home.
As reported by the Stoke Sentinel, a deadline day bid for Stoke City defender Erik Pieters was lodged by the club. The £2 million move was swiftly rejected by Stoke and Newcastle have to make do with what they have got in the position.
But based on the Dutchman’s early season form with the Potters, Newcastle fans should not be too concerned.
Pieters may have scored a rare goal for the club this term, but his overall performances have been regrettable.
Last night, he was woeful as Wigan Athletic tore Stoke apart in the Potteries. The cross for the first goal came from his side, he was left for dead by Gavin Massey for Wigan’s second and was nowhere to be seen when Joe Allen gave away a penalty in the left-back role for Wigan’s third.
It was reflective of his and Stoke’s start to the season so far, which sees them sitting in the Championship relegation zone.
Newcastle will feel they are not missing out.