Now Coloccini has finally left these shores, Newcastle are in desperate need of some centre-half cover. The only out-and-out players we have in that position are Lascelles and Mbemba, and the idea that a 21 year old is going to be our most senior central defender doesn’t exactly fill you with much confidence.
Therefore Caulker fits the bill. Although he’s only a few years older than our current choices that’s a few more years’ experience we don’t currently have and he’ll arrive with the added bonus of having played in the Premier League too.
Caulker is currently on the books at QPR following loan spells at Southampton and Liverpool last season (only appearing in 12 games all year). Although he moved back to the Premier League after QPR got relegated, a move to Newcastle could be appealing given our chances of coming straight back up.
Likelihood? Similar age range to our current three signings, with experience of playing at this level and above. Strong possibility that he’s lined up and ready to arrive.