Newcastle United could be about to get their summer business underway with a £10 million deal for a defender.
John Carver’s problems in terms of the club’s back four were evident towards the back end of last season and the 23-year-old represents the sort of player that the club could take a gamble on.
Newcastle fans will be keen to see some ambition at the club over the summer in the form of investments made into the team, to give whoever is in charge next season a good chance of progression.
The Magpies struggled during a long losing streak at the back end of last year, because Carver was forced to use individuals out of position in unfamiliar areas.
If the club can create a situation where there are several good options in each playing position, Newcastle should have a better chance of coping when the injuries and suspensions pile up when the competitive action returns in August.
Matip may not be the high profile names that some will be hoping for, but he represents a talented youngster who can inject some passion and excitement into the team.