Rolando Aarons broke his metatarsal in the EFL Cup win over Cheltenham this week.
Could Newcastle bring in Brady as an Aarons replacement?
Newcastle United have confirmed on their official club website that winger Rolando Aarons will miss the next two months with a broken metatarsal sustained in their EFL Cup second-round clash against Cheltenham on Tuesday.
Aarons, who has featured in all of Newcastle's Championship games so far this season, will be a big miss for a side who are struggling for options on the flanks.
Newcastle United's Rolando Aarons before being substituted off against Cheltenham
Henri Saivet has also left, joining St. Etienne, leaving Newcastle with only Matt Ritchie as a senior, experienced, out-and-out winger, should you exclude want-away Moussa Sissoko who could also play out wide but is determined to force a move away from St. James' Park.
As a result, Benitez really does need to invest in a new winger, all the more pressing now with the disappointing news regarding Aarons.
Robbie Brady became an Irish hero at Euro 2016
Signing Brady would undoubtedly be a statement of intent from Newcastle this season, building on from their retention of Benitez and much of their squad, as well as their signings of Premier League ilk like Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie.
Brady is one of the best wingers in the second division and is held in high regard by many. The Irishman, who was a standout player for the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016, was tipped by Roy Keane earlier this summer to make a move back to the Premier League.
And you can see why, as despite his low return in terms of goals and assists, his accuracy from crossing - as illustrated by comparison with cross-heavy Leicester City winger Marc Albrighton - shows he can make a real difference in the final third.
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Add in his prowess from set-pieces, and you have a player who more than fits than bill as a top-quality wideman, with potential to be even better, as he is only 24 years of age.
Norwich's Robbie Brady is wanted by a number of Premier League sides
For Newcastle specifically, his ability to double up as a left-back could be hugely beneficial, as the position remains a troublesome one.
Signing Brady would not be straightforward, however. Putting aside Norwich's potentially negative stance against selling a player to a league rival, a number of clubs have been linked with making a move for the Irish international.
Burnley are the latest Premier League side thought to be monitoring the former Hull City man according to the Irish Sun, whilst the Mirror have previously linked Europa League-playing West Ham United and Premier League champions Leicester with a move for the Canary.
It is not thought that a club have made an offer for Brady as yet, and as such, the door is very much open for Newcastle to pull the rug from beneath their feet, and make a big statement about their intentions for the future.
There can be little denying that Newcastle need a new winger - a left-sided one at that - and if the Magpies want to really set the cat among the pigeons in the second tier, they should ruffle the feathers of one of their promotion rivals this season, by nabbing Brady.
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