Rafa Benitez is set to strengthen the Newcastle defence according to the Shields Gazette.
Walsall defender Rico Henry has come to the attention of Rafa Benitez having previously been a target for Sunderland. The left back is definitely one for the future but aged 19 and playing in League One, he has drawn attention to himself. His forty-four first team appearances for the Sadlers are accompanied by 2 England Under – 19 caps.
There’s a ring of truth in the story. We’ve previously reported on the interest in Leeds United full back Charlie Taylor and the pair play in the same position. Taylor though is three years older and with almost one hundred appearances more than Henry, is considered more of a ‘real deal’ than the potential of Henry.
It’s a tough decision for Rafa: one for the future or one straight into the XI? There are pros and cons for both and the decision is one of the reasons he’s paid his salary.