Newcastle United right back DeAndre Yedlin has been enduring somewhat of a loss of form of late, and perhaps a lack of competition is the reason why.
The American has been firmly entrenched as the Magpies’ starter in the position for some time now, with only Javi Manquillo available to deputise for him. The Spaniard is clearly not fancied by manager Rafael Benitez, leaving Yedlin with little to worry about.
That could account for the former Tottenham Hotspur man’s recent loss of form. He has no one pushing him or providing a serious question of his starting spot.
That’s why Benitez should consider a January move for out of favour Cardiff City right back Jazz Richards. The 27-year-old is out of contract in the summer [Source: Spotrac] and would therefore be available for a cut price fee in January.
Richards is certainly not a household name but he is a 13-time Wales international and a tremendously versatile player.
While not perhaps being as naturally talented as Yedlin, he is a consistent week to week proposition who has long flashed Premier League potential.
Additionally he’d be a low cost option for a Newcastle hierarchy who are notorious for their love of bargains. Crucially, though, he possesses enough quality to give Yedlin a kick up the backside.
At 27 years of age he is only now beginning to approach his peak and, having toiled outside the top flight with Fulham and Cardiff, will be eager to take his Premier League opportunity.
Clearly the Magpies have other priorities when it comes to the upcoming transfer window, namely left back and the number 10 position, but this would be a cheap and easy deal to do.
Yedlin needs a wake up call and Richards is the perfect man to provide him with it. The Welshman isn’t being fully utilised at Cardiff and would surely love a change of scenery.
This is a move that makes perfect sense for all parties. Cardiff get a bit of extra money while Newcastle get an important squad player and Richards a fresh start. What’s not to like?