With the news yesterday that Mike Ashley will invest a massive â‚¤270M in Newcastle – over the next 5 years – to have them challenge for the Premiership title and the European Champions League – Sam Allardyce may have to change his thinking in the summer transfer window.
What is already becoming apparent – and this of course is all dependent on Ashley assuming control of Newcastle – is that Big Sam will have but one year to prove to Ashley he is the man to take Newcastle forward to bigger things.
Potential New Owner Mike Ashley and Sam Allardyce
With Mike Ashley’s stated ambitions Newcastle will need to finish in the top six or even higher next season and Sam needs to be thinking about that – as he brings in his new players.
The positive scenario for Allardyce is that he already has good players at the club – and with say 5-6 new players secured for the problem spots (like defense!) – and with his ability to get players to play their best for him – we could have a greatly improved season next season – with players actually playing at 100% every game.
Depending on our finish next season will probably also decide Big Sam’s fate as Newcastle manager – because another massive amount will need to be spent next year in the transfer market – to make the step up to top four. It’s not going to be easy because right now the top four of Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal are so much better than everybody else.
The three teams positioned to challenge the top four next season look to be Newcastle, Tottenham, and Aston Villa – only because they are being provided with big money to do it. The news today is that Tottenham Hotspur’s boss Martin Jol will be given â‚¤60M for this summer’s transfer window – so Newcastle will not be the only club with big money to spend.
Tottenham Manager Martin Jol
You have to wonder how teams like Blackburn and Reading have any chance of progressing up the league with money starting to make such a difference. We do know that Bolton were doing very well under Allardyce with little or no transfer fees available – before Sam took the Newcastle hot seat..
News today is that Allardyce will try to capture Peter Crouch from Liverpool for â‚¤10M – and while he would be a good buy – to play with Owen and Martins – here we go again. We’d be a lot happier if our first priority were defenders – particularly following the clear-out of defenders Bramble, Moore, Bernard, Srnicek and Onyewu a couple of weeks ago.
We’d be more interested in hearing that Big Sam was after say Jorge Andrade, the Lisbon-born 29-year-old, or Fabricio Coloccini, the 25 year old Argentinian – both of whom play for Deportivo La Coruna and would be good for Newcastle’s back four.
Argentina’s Fabricio Coloccini
We hope to be seeing some defenders being brought in now – once the window opens on June 1st – otherwise if we wait until the last minute as we’ve done in the past – it will take them a couple of months to gel – and then we may have lost too many points.
Now is the time to make the moves for defenders we can make – and acquisitions like Baines and Ben Haim would be good first starts – with others like Coloccini and Andrade being possibilities,
We can only hope that Sam already has some defenders lined up to join us.