The right back dilemma.

Competition for Dan?
There’s been a lot of hype and speculation recently about our left-back situation and whether Enrique will be staying or not, but what seems to have been overlooked is our right-back situation.

Now granted it isn’t as urgent as out left-back problem, but when you consider that James Perch and Ryan Taylor could well be off in the summer (I can hear Toonsy cheering now!) it does leave us short in that area. When you add the fact that Danny Simpson isn’t everyone’s cup of tea then it does start to become more of a problem.

Personally I like Simpson. I think he’s a solid player, nothing spectacular and with the amount of money he’s probably on we couldn’t really ask for anymore of him. At the age of 24 as well he has time on his side to improve.

I’m not saying we need someone to replace Simpson, just someone to give him decent competition. James Perch was meant to bring that but he clearly isn’t good enough, Ryan Taylor is more of a winger if anything and that only leaves Steven Taylor and I have a feeling Pardew see’s him as Coloccini’s centre-back partner for next season.

So who would we bring in? Well I have been racking my brains and have come up with a few options; the first one is Alan Hutton. Now he would want guaranteed first team football and a hefty wage packet but for me he is the only feasible option from the Premier League.

Outside the Premier League in the lower leagues there’s Bradley Orr who has had a great season with QPR, but whether he will leave what will be a Premier League team where he will more than likely start to become a understudy is questionable, and Nathaniel Clyne at Crystal Palace, a 20-year-old who’s won Palace’s Player of the Year award two years running and has been targeted by several Premier League teams.

Outside England I’m not entirely sure who we would go for so I’ll just leave Graham Carr to come up with that one. The last option for me would be to promote James Tavernier to be Simpson’s understudy but I don’t think Tav is quite there yet, although he will be a great player in the future.

So out of all of them options I would say the most likely to happen would be Clyne, he’s young, cheap and has good experience having played over 100 games already. So he fits the bill perfectly!

What are your thoughts?

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46 thoughts on “The right back dilemma.

  1. I am very happy with Simpson Rb, he is a young guy and is still growing and becoming a big part of our first team.

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  2. Completely Agree David. I think Danny is a good RB, and doesn’t need replacing.

    I’m with Dan too. Clyne does seeem like the best person, out of that list. I really do hope we buy a back up RB as I feel nervous every time I see either Taylor (Ryan) or Perch there.

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  3. I like Simpson too, but I think he still has some improving to do. Certainly the best we have right now.

    Anthony Réveillère (DR), François Clerc (DR) and Mickaël Chrétien (DR). All playing in the French league are very good right backs.

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  4. i dont like simpson , if we want 2 go forward we need better than him!! i backs off far 2 much , every game as well!! we have lost a few points from him doing this!!

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  5. JJ, I don’t think we would go for the first two but I’ve heard of that Chrétien before and he seems decent and a good age as well a think 🙂

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  6. Simpson isn’t brilliant, but I think he’s done a good job for us this year and we can see next year whether he needs replacement or something. Sell Perch and Raylor. Remember Gosling can play as right back as well, and in dire times we could even whack Staylor there.

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  7. Yeah he can definitely still improve!

    Only really heard of Réveillère, out of that list. Would they cost much / be happy to be back up to Simpson?

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  8. Vasilis Torosidis would be a good player,he can play lots of position. 😳

    I would love newcastle to get him. 😉
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    A hard full back known for his exceptional physical strength, endurance and technique, he has been an important part of the Greek national team and the Olympiacos team since joining the club. He has been monitored by Juventus, Bayern, Liverpool, AS Monaco, Newcastle,[1] Atletico Madrid and other clubs, but all offers for the player were rejected by Olympiacos. However, after both sides agreed on and signed a contract extension in the summer of 2009, Torosidis now has a fixed transfer fee of €7 million and media reports state that if he continues to perform as he does now, a club willing to pay that sum after the 2010 World Cup will be easily found and he will transfer to a bigger club.

    During the 2009–10 season, Torosidis has been playing various other positions for his club Olympiacos, mainly as a central midfielder.

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  9. Arran, Réveillére’s at Lyon so would want decent pay and is 31 and Clerc left Lyon last summer for first team football…

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  10. Réveillère and Clerc both play for Lyon, so one of them is going to be missing out on first team football. The are both good defensively and very good going forward. Clerc is a bit younger.
    I don’t think any of the three I listed would cost more than 6mil, but not sure if they come to a club not in Europe.

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  11. AOD, yeah I think he’s really good, been watching him since euro 2008 and sounds versatile as well.

    Wonder why he hasn’t left Olympiacos yet.

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  12. danny goes missing to much in games,hes become a nightmare.
    what about hutton,
    aye agree stardy better the devil you know,when it come to the fat man.

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  13. @dan4toon:Apparently Newcastle was interested with Him before. Not sure did they make a bid that time.

    And He is only 25! 😯

    Simpson can learn from Him too. I believe Simpson needs someone to teach him.

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  14. AOD, I remember at the World Cup as well he pretty much held them together at the back and going forward because apart from him I don’t think I’d seen a poorer team for a while 😆

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  15. Simpson needs someone to teach him?

    How about Willie Donachie with over 600 appearances as a left back?

    Surely he can teach him a thing or two (and probably is) about not backing off wingers.

    For the record, I think Simpson is good and improving, definitely needs competition though.

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  16. raffo
    Posted May 11, 2011 at 12:01 PM
    I have to say I hope it is a Readin v Forest final, keep them Taffies out of the EPL!!!

    I wouldnt take Gradel or anyone from Leeds, they have over achieved this year and so are good League 1 players.

    Has there been anything else on these takeover rumours today?

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  17. Raffo – hand on heart I dont think there will be a take over of the famous Newcastle United Club. 😆

    Unless someone with more money than sense comes in with a mega bid that cashley just cant refuse.
    Thats the bottom line with cashley. Money money money.

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  18. Beardsley, I agree, it’s one thing people wanting Ashley out but he’s only going to sell if he gets all his money back and I doubt anyone would pay that.

    I hope it doesn’t personally because of all the upheaval it would bring etc.

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  19. I have to agree that although he has done well if we are to improve and move on to the next level we need to improve the team. I think we obviously need a couple of strikers and a winger, but I also think we could do with a better RB and a better CB. Simpson and Willo have done well but they arent going to take us into the European spots

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  20. [email protected]

    Hughton was too busy trying to teach Perch how not to f*ck it up…

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  21. Thing is lads,
    Rome wasn’t built in a day.
    it’s unlikely we are going to make many signings (if past windows are to be examined) so I would prefer we concentrate on the REAL areas of concern and I don’t feel right back is one of them with Simmo improving all the time.

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  22. Moreno 😆

    I wonder what Calderwood said to Hughton when recommending Perch, like his qualities 🙄

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  23. Moreno – have to agree mate. Our striker department needs more attention than RB. Simmo may not be perfect but he is /has improved alot this season after his injury, and seems to have the capacity to do better too, given the right coaching.
    TBH there is no advantage in making sweeping changes to the 1st team squad, it upsets the good spirit among the lads, and is not a recipe for success, as it takes time for new players to bed in.
    I would rather spend some serious money keeping the nucleus of the squad that we have right now. That shows as much intent as buying unknowns/unproven foreigners. We can add to the squad little by little over the next few transfer windows

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  24. I think Simpson gets a bit too much stick sometimes, I like him a lot, like Dan said he’s still only 24 so theres plenty time for him to improve.

    Also agree on the fact he needs competition to keep him on his toes – something that Jonas needs! When players know they will play the next game no matter how they peform is not good to have.

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  25. Really there wouldnt need to be sweeping changes, obviously depending on who leaves, but a new RB, CB, Winger (who could play both sides ideally) and a Stiker. If we got these in who are better than what we have, then we would pretty much be replacing Campbell, Perch, Routledge and Judas. Any additional bodies would have to be brought in if people like Jose or Jonas go.

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  26. Agree we can strengthen the defensive unit fairly cheaply. Guy Demel RB(Free). Vanden Borre CB(Cheap with EPL experience. Wanayama DM(Cheapish cover for Tiote in ACN)

    This means money for attack.

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  27. Is Shane Ferguson a RBk or RMid? As we have lacked cover for Jose for years now. If he is going to be a RBk then fair ’nuff, else we need to get that sorted too.

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  28. Agree with Andrew @ 30

    Jonas has been at his best this season when Benny was fit and he knew he had to work for his place!

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  29. I would like to see cover/competition for Simmo brought in. However I would also like to move Jonas to the right midfield and see how he does. His crossing would probably be a lot better, but more interesting I think he would offer alot of cover to Simmo, and would like to see how that perhaps to aid Simmo abit. I agree with those above that we need to spend our dough in the striking department.

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  30. Dan and Andrew – true, and even more so now that pards has said Benny will play in the no 10 role, Jonas needs that competition again.

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  31. Raffo, defiantly! We all know on his day Jonas can be brilliant and with a bit of competition he can hopefully be on his day more often.

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  32. I think all that needs to be said on that matter was that Maradona was their manager 🙄 😆

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  33. Probably just sniffed his weight in coke before making that decision.

    Just booked me West Brom ticket 😀

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  34. I would like to see us get a top class french RB in the summer and Simpson as backup, don’t think he’s good enough yet to be first choice.

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