Not too long ago, Joe Gomez was being heralded as England’s centre-half saviour and billed as a shoo-in to start in the Euros.
A lengthy injury and one defensively solid tournament without him later and all the hype has been forgotten. Worse still for Gomez is Ibrahima Konate, the £35million defender who has pushed the 24-year-old further down the pecking order on Merseyside.
Gomez has played just 12 minutes in the Premier League this season and has failed to make the matchday squad in five out of their last six top-flight fixtures.
For a player once dubbed as the “next Rio Ferdinand”… those facts can’t continue.
Backed by over £300billion of Saudi sovereign wealth, Amanda Staveley & Co need to start making statements when the January window opens in just over a fortnight. January signings won’t come easy in our current predicament, but ambitious moves must be made given the funds available.
Newcastle’s defensive problems – which has seen us ship in a calamitous 34 goals in 16 games already this season – are the root of our problems right now, with the same centre-half combinations being thrusted up from the early Rafa Benitez era.
That’s why, if our new owners want to put a marker down next month, they should wed together a match made in heaven and test Liverpool’s resolve with a bid for Gomez.
A loan move would be beneficial to all involved; Gomez gets regular first-team football and reignites his England hopes while Liverpool get a talented player off their wage bill and, just like we saw last season with Joe Willock, possibly increase the value of their asset.
Newcastle would be the biggest winners of all….
Gomez is quick, physically imposing and excellent on the ball – three attributes the Toon backline does not have moulded into a single player. He is versatile too, being capable of operating at right-back; a problem position of its own!
His signing would certainly shore up a leaky defence and one that I believe fellow Toon fans would get behind.
It may be difficult to buy Gomez while Newcastle are plunged in a relegation battle which is why a loan with a buy-out clause providing we survive makes perfect sense.
Newcastle are the richest club in world football – it’s time to start acting like it.