If and when a permanent move for Joe Willock is announced, it’s widely anticipated that we’ll be shopping in the loan market between now and August 31st.
Bruce has already made reference to the fact we’ll be seeing which players the ‘big six’ clubs are happy to send out, and one that’s just become available is highly-rated Chelsea talent Trevoh Chalobah – a player who could fit the bill perfectly at Newcastle.
If Sky Sports’ latest transfer update is to be believed, Bruce wants a ‘midfielder enforcer’ after Willock and another centre-back – two positions the 6ft 3′ talent is comfortable playing.
During an impressive loan spell in France last season, Chalobah played the majority of his 29 appearances for FC Lorient at centre-back, but also filled in as a holding midfielder – the position he played during a spell at Huddersfield two seasons ago.
Now he’s back at Chelsea, The Athletic are reporting that he’ll sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge before going out on loan next week, stating that a number of unnamed Premier League clubs are keen.
What’s more, Thomas Tuchel has talked up the importance of him playing in a side that plays a ‘back three’ – something we can offer as Steve Bruce looks set to go into the new season with a 5-3-2 formation featuring three centre-backs.
It’s hypothetical at this stage, but he ticks a lot of boxes as far as we’re concerned, being available on loan and a highly-rated player capable of playing in two key positions we’re currently looking to strengthen.
One to watch – being a deal that could seem like a no-brainer for the decision makers at Newcastle United and one that may suit Chelsea down to the ground, too.