Newcastle should sign Kieran Gibbs to enhance their hopes of promotion.
Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs has found his first-team opportunities limited
Newcastle United have already been extremely active in this summer's transfer window, but the club's fans are still waiting to see Rafa Benitez make a move for the defensive reinforcements they so desperately require.
Although the Spaniard is known for his ability to organise his team's in a well-drilled defensive manner, he has always had a penchant for attacking full-backs.
In his time at Liverpool he had Steve Finnan and John Arne Riise. At Real Madrid he had Dani Carvajal and Marcelo.
The Newcastle fans love a cavaliering full-back, and the club have had some superb one's down the years, including the likes of John Beresford and Warren Barton.
Gibbs would be a fantastic acquisition for Newcastle
Benitez should ensure this trend is continued by making a move for Arsenal's left-back Kieran Gibbs. The 26-year-old has been at the Gunners for 12 years since the age of 14, but seems to have reached an impasse in his career, with Arsene Wenger preferring Nacho Monreal as his first-choice left-back.
Rafa's options at the left side of defence are limited, with Paul Dummet the only real natural left-footed option, and Gibbs could bring vast amounts of experience and class to the side.
His attitude recently has come into question, however, with him being accused of not exuding the hunger and passion required to make it at the highest level.
Gibbs needs a spark to reignite his career, and a move to Newcastle could have the desired effect
A change of club and scenery could provide Gibbs with the fresh start he needs to reignite his stalling career, and Newcastle would be the perfect place for him to do this.
Despite his lack of first-team action of late, his quality is unquestionable, with his 10 international caps evidence of this. He would provide the Magpies with an entirely new level of attacking potency down the left-side with his storming forays into the opposition's half, and he could combine brilliantly with the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum, Matt Ritchie or whoever Rafa chooses to play in the wide-left attacking slot.
Gibbs still has two years remaining on his deal at Arsenal, so a substantial fee would still be required to prise him from the Gunners, but he would be a signing who would greatly improve the Newcastle side, and one that Rafa should seriously consider.
Would Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez consider a move for Gibbs?