Newcastle United are said to have set their sights on Roma defender Chris Smalling if they cannot secure deals for their most important defensive goals in January.
And according to the Italian website Ciamo La Roma, it was reported that Newcastle United are interested in signing former Manchester United defender Chris Smalling from Roma. The Magpies are eager to capture the England international as he becomes desperate in his search for defensive reinforcements.
Having already sealed the contracts of Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood, the Northeast club can now turn their attention to finding reinforcements at the heart of their defense over the next few days. Relegation-threatened Magpies have scored 42 goals in 19 Premier League matches. Only the Norwich boys in the basement have conceded more sheets this season, while Tone has kept just one clean sheet so far.
The Toon team made several offers for Lille star defender Sven Putman, but the Dutchman appears untouchable in France. While talks with AS Monaco’s Benoit Badiachel and Sevilla’s Diego Carlos take place behind the scenes, they are also exploring other options. And it looks like the Magpies have their sights set on Roma’s Chris Smalling, who has emerged as the latest name on their long list of goals for a midfield position.
After a year-long loan spell at Roma, Smalling completed the permanent transfer from Manchester United again in October 2020 for £13.5m in fee after becoming redundant at Old Trafford.
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Since then, Smalling’s tenure has been plagued by injuries, and the arrival of Jose Mourinho has cast doubt on his future. The 32-year-old struggled for play at the start of this season, although he has since started in his last eight league games.
Standing at 6 feet 4 inches, Smalling has a formidable aerial ability and comes with bags of experience. The Englishman can use his ability and experience to read the games to help relieve the pressure on Newcastle’s leaky and fault-prone backline. He is also good at handling the ball and can achieve calm in the heart of the defense line, although he tends to resist fast attackers.
While there’s no denying, smalling can improve a magpie’s defense; This should be taken with a pinch of salt as the 32-year-old doesn’t boast a good injury record in recent seasons and has spent more of his time in the treatment room than on the field.
Regarding Smalling’s position, the report claims the Roma defender himself was not sold out when he moved to the North East side, who are 19th in the Premier League at the moment and could be relegated to the Championship at the end of the season.
With the prospect of relegation still going, Newcastle need to get the right hiring opportunities in January. Signing the wrong player profile could be disastrous for trying to survive in the Premier League. The 32-year-old has 18 months left on his current deal at Stadio Olimpico and will be charged some sort of transfer fee. It remains to be seen whether Newcastle pushes Smalling down or moves on to other high-profile targets.