Newcastle United should bid for Chelsea's Tomas Kalas in January

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The young Blues defender would be perfect for Newcastle United.

It remains to be seen if the international break came at the best or the worst possible time for Newcastle United.

All we know for now is that Steve McClaren’s side will have the memory of the 6-1 defeat to Manchester City in their minds for a while longer, with their first chance to rectify that performance coming next weekend against Norwich City.

Whatever the future holds for the Magpies, the one thing that is abundantly clear is the need for quality defensive additions, both at centre-back and at left-back. And a potential solution to the former problem could be a player who is currently featuring for Newcastle’s rivals Middlesbrough.

Tomas Kalas belongs to Chelsea but he is currently on loan at the Riverside Stadium until the end of the season. However, if a club makes a bid to sign him in January he could well move on, even if Chelsea have only recently tied him to a new three-year contract.

After all, Chelsea have plenty of defensive options and despite Kalas’s impressive breakthrough at Stamford Bridge in 2014 he seems as far away from the first-team as ever.

A brilliant performance against Liverpool showed just what Kalas is capable of but since then he has hardly been seen in a Chelsea shirt, instead being sent out on loan first to Cologne and more recently to Middlesbrough.

At just 22, Kalas is a player who would prove to be a very good long-term investment, while his ability to play both at centre-back and as a right-back would also be welcome when Daryl Janmaat is injured or unavailable.

It would be interesting to see how Chelsea would respond if Newcastle bid for Kalas, and even more interesting to see how he would fare if he arrived at St James’ Park.

A great talent in need of a parent-club willing to put their faith in him, Kalas is exactly what Newcastle need right now.

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