Newcastle United should make a summer bid for centre-back Victor Lindelof

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The young Swede would be a great addition for Newcastle United's struggling defence.

Newcastle United fans have known for some time that their defence needs significant reinforcements; it is only a shame that Magpies manager Steve McClaren did not recognise that during the January transfer window.

With just four clean sheets all season Newcastle’s back-line has played a significant role in their current plight, with McClaren’s men 19th in the Premier League table, one point from safety with nine matches remaining.

Thankfully for Newcastle, many of the sides around them continue to struggle and there is every chance the Magpies will remain a top flight club next season. But provided they do, McClaren – or whoever is in charge at the time – will need to significantly strengthen their back-line.

Step forward Victor Lindelof, a player whose recent performances are likely to have gone unnoticed unless you keep a close eye on the Portuguese league.

The 21-year-old Swedish centre-back joined Benfica in 2012 as a youth player and featured sporadically for the first-team in recent years before making his breakthrough this season.

Injuries have seen Lindelof come into the first-team fold since late January and he has not looked back, delivering great performances both domestically and in the Champions League.

Indeed his debut in the latter competition saw him excel at the heart of Benfica’s defence in a 1-0 victory against Zenit St. Petersburg and he has now featured in the club’s last six league games (five of which he started).

A man-of-the-match display in the recent derby with Sporting Lisbon showed just how far Lindelof has come in a short space of time and he is sure to attract more attention with each brilliant performance.

Newcastle need a commanding, talented defender who could become their heartbeat for years to come, and on early evidence Lindelof is that player.

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