Date: 11th September 2017 at 5:18pm
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OPINION

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez may have been left frustrated with his club’s transfer activity during the window, but there are still a number of talented free agents that are available.

The Magpies could do with strengthening their options at left-back as their only recognised option Paul Dummett is currently sidelined.

Versatile defender Jesus Gamez did cover well as a left-sided defender at the weekend in the 1-0 win over Swansea, but should not be a long-term solution in that position.

The North East club should consider making a move for free agent Julian Palmieri, who would be a good senior option for them at left-back.

The 30-year-old full-back is currently without a club after leaving Ligue 1 side Lille in the summer.

He played 28 times for the French top-flight club last season, including featuring in two Europa League qualifiers against Azerbaijan side FK Gabala.

Palmieri is someone that could make an immediate impact in the Newcastle squad and has proven himself over the years at a number of top-flight clubs.

The left-back has never played in English football before, but has the attributes to adapt quickly to the Premier League and could thrive under Benitez.

The Frenchman has good pace and attacking instincts, something that would help him bomb forward down the left flank.

Newcastle need to keep competition for places strong in their squad if they are to avoid relegation this season and picking up experienced campaigner Palmieri could be a very smart piece of business.