Newcastle United are looking at two players to replace the outgoing Mathieu Debuchy. The North East club has been linked with both Carl Jenkinson and Micah Richards according to The Daily Mail.
Debuchy is believed to be on the verge of moving to Arsenal leaving The Magpies short in defence. Alan Pardew is therefore looking for replacements and the two defenders are high on the list to move to Tyneside.
Jenkinson, who has been at Arsenal since 2011, began his career at Charlton Athletic. He has had limited opportunities at The Emirates where he has only made 37 league appearances.
With the departure of Bacary Sagna to Manchester City this summer the 22 year old may have felt he would have more chances to play first team football. However, Arsenal’s pursuit of both Debuchy and Serge Aurier, indicates that the club may not see Jenkinson as good enough to be the number one right back.
With his football likely to be limited in North London he may well be willing to move in order to further his career. Newcastlemay be able to snap the player up relatively cheaply.
Meanwhile, the same report continues with the news that Newcastle are also interested in Manchester City’s Micah Richards. The versatile defender has also had a tough time recently despite his 179 league appearances for The premier League Champions.
With the arrival of other defenders at the Manchester side it is unlikely that Richards will feature significantly in the coming season, with speculation mounting that the club may be willing to allow him to leave for the right fee.
Richards has plenty of experience even though he is still relatively young. He joined Manchester City in 2001 from Oldham Athletic having previously spent his part of his youth career at Leeds United.
Let’s see Jenkinson in action. Newcastle fans: keen?