Reports have surfaced that Newcastle United are looking to sign Bristol City left-back, Joe Bryan ahead of the likes of Everton by the end of the January transfer window.
The January transfer window has not been so kind to them so far with a number of transfer possibilities failing to materialise. Club owner, Mike Ashley has been very reluctant to provide financial support to Rafael Benitez and this has placed the club in a tight spot. However now that the entire takeover saga of Amanda Staveley and PCP Group has been ruled out, Ashley might finally provide Rafael Benitez with the necessary funds to bolster the club ranks
With a season of highs and lows, Newcastle have stayed clear of the relegation zone in recent times but not impressive enough to put the worry completely on the backboard. They are coming off a 1-1 draw against a struggling Swansea City last weekend and Benitez’s men lacked the motivation to push for the win in the final minutes. The Spaniard has done an impressive job to provide the team with some structure but a lack of precision from the attacking third seems to be costing them crucial points.
Manchester City went past them with an easy 3-1 win at the Etihad on Saturday and now that the final stages of the current campaign have already started, the last week of the window should be treated aggressively to make a signing. Joe Bryan has been one of the key figures in Bristol City’s impressive campaign to push for the promotion to Premier League. He has provided a lot of threat offensively while staying motivated on the defensive end.
His entire career has been played out with the Robins with 212 appearances so far and is one of the biggest academy success stories. He is a versatile presence on the left flank and is capable of providing the side with the depth they need to control the tempo of the game.
His beautiful strike gave the Championship side the 51st minute lead against Manchester United in the Quarter Final stage of the EFL League Cup, a testament to his impressive technical abilities. Bryan is also a remarkable defensive presence with an average of 3 tackles in the league and can make a huge impact for a relegation riddled side like Newcastle.
The 24-year-old is one of the best left-backs in the second division, something Benitez should consider before putting in a bid in the coming weeks.