Why Newcastle have taken a big risk by loaning Rangers this player

Newcastle United arguably should have kept Remie Streete at St. James' Park for the remainder of the campaign.

Newcastle United have taken a big risk by allowing Remie Streete to go out on loan until the end of the season.

Streete joined Rangers, alongside four other Newcastle teammates yesterday, but this transfer could be a gamble given Newcastle's lack of cover in that position.

Following the sale of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and an injury to Steven Taylor, which is set to leave him sidelined for the remainder of the season, Newcastle have just three centre-backs available to them. 

Fabricio Coloccini and Paul Dummett are likely to form the side's first choice pairing in the heart of their defence, but Mike Williamson is the only cover that they have in the squad.

It means that a succession of injuries in that position could leave them hugely short of options and not having Streete around could be a mistake. 

The move is made even more surprising as the youngster has already been recalled from one loan, with Port Vale, earlier in the season because of the Magpies' dearth of centre-backs and it may be that a similar situation has to take place again, should injury or suspension strike.

Newcastle will, of course, argue that getting regular competitive football for a side of Rangers' magnitude will serve to aid his development, but it's a transfer which hasn't helped their side and they have taken a considerable risk by allowing him to leave - even on a temporary basis. 

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