Date: 31st July 2019 at 8:30pm
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OPINION

With Newcastle United clearly needing to strengthen their attack this summer, their defence has somewhat gone under the radar.

After the departures of both Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez, it was reported by Football Insider that the Magpies could have faced a summer exodus in response to the dismissal of Rafael Benitez.

That didn’t follow and Newcastle have attempted to push forward with their summer business, with their defence appearing to take centre stage at this moment.

RMC Sport revealed that the Magpies had agreed a deal with Paris Saint-Germain to sign left-back Stanley N’Soki, and the Daily Mail reported on Wednesday that Steve Bruce is eyeing up Manchester United defender for a potential loan move.

All of this was joined by Football Insider suggesting that Ciaran Clark has attracted interest from Stoke City, Crystal Palace, and Bristol City.

The writing could be on the wall for Clark, who would surely be allowed to leave the club should the Magpies be able to complete a move for Tuanzebe this summer.

Comparing the two via WhoScored, the young defender would surely make sure the Irish international a distant memory at St James’ Park.

Tuanzebe spent the majority of last season as Aston Villa and would be set for a back-up role at Newcastle, something that would suit the youngster much more than Clark.

The 21-year-old was dribbled past fewer times last season, and Clark did outscore him in other departments. The Irish international slightly bettered Tuanzebe in tackles, interceptions and clearances.

Tuanzebe offers great pace and physicality combined into one in the heart of defence and would be much more suited to a back-up role to step in when needed under Bruce.

With Bruce targeting Tuanzebe, the writing is surely on the wall for the 29-year-old Magpies defender, with the club potentially set to put their faith in younger options next season.