Over the weekend, Newcastle United were once again linked with a move for Queens Park Rangers left-back Ryan Manning.
According to the report from Football Insider, the Magpies sent scouts to Elland Road to watch the attacking full-back in action against Leeds United.
It remains to be seen whether Steve Bruce and co like what they saw, but if they do decide to make a move for him, here are TWO pros and TWO cons to them making a move…
There is no question that Manning would represent a better value left-back signing than nearly anybody else Newcastle would consider bringing in at right-back.
Whilst QPR are not about to let him go for pennies, the millions that Newcastle might have to pay would be miniscule in comparison to what a lot of top-flight European clubs would demand for their assetts.
Would Ryan Manning get into Newcastle's starting line-up?
Newcastle are far from blessed with competition on the right hand side of defence.
Jetro Willems remains the first-choice and whilst he can look a menace in attack, his defensive instincts are often non-existent. Bringing in another option and increasing that competition could take both players to another level.
Manning has never played in the Premier League before so you would have to question whether he is ready to take that step up.
Considering the position that Newcastle find themselves in, likely to be battling relegation, it is definitely a risk bringing somebody in who has not played at that level before.
Could they be better off bringing in a more experienced, top-flight performer?
Much like Willems, Manning’s strengths undoubtedly lie in his attacking abilities rather than his defensive ones, and whilst that could be of benefit to the Magpies, it doesn’t actually change much.
Bruce will still be left with a weakness at left-back and whilst Manning will surely prove to be a smart investment, I doubt whether it will bring the immediate change Bruce will be looking for.