The players Big Sam is looking at right now will not cost too much – we’ll go through the figures in this article.
What we’d like to do is see who are the top players that Sam should be looking to bring into the club – once he has brought the free transfers in plus other players he is currently looking at. If Sam really has â‚¤45M to spend then he will have a lot of money left – and hopefully will be looking at bringing maybe 3-4 top class players to augment the squad.
We’ll now look at who he could bring in – and would certainly appreciate your input on this.
Here are the players that were let go by Sam almost immediately he got the job at Newcastle.
Titus Bramble, Pavel Srnicek, Craig Moore, Olivier Bernard and Oguchi Onyewu
We got nothing for these players since they were all out of contract.
From our article this morning these are the players Sam could let go once he has brought in the players he needs – we include Scott Parker in this group – now it looks like he has gone to West Ham for â‚¤7M.
Carr (â‚¤1M), Babayaro, Dyer (â‚¤7M) and Parker (â‚¤7M)
We think we’ll be able to get about â‚¤15M for these four players.
This group are those that seem almost certain (from our other article this morning) to be coming to Newcastle with their fees.
Viduka (free) , Ben Haim (free) and Boateng (<â‚¤1M)
The next group are those that seem likely to be coming to Newcastle
Leighton Baines (â‚¤4.5M) and Joey Barton (â‚¤5.5M)
The final group are those that are only probable at this stage.
Davis (â‚¤10M), Gudjohnsen (â‚¤8M), Neill (â‚¤2M), Reo-Coker (â‚¤8M) and Crouch(â‚¤10M)
OK – now we’ve reviewed where we stand – we should get about â‚¤15M for the additional four players we’ll move out – and if we get the five in we think certain or likely that will cost us â‚¤11M.
So overall let’s assume that means we have â‚¤49M to spend in total. 😀
At this stage we are letting nine go and have brought in five.
So in addition to the five additional players we are looking at above (total cost for them would be â‚¤38M as a guide) – who are the additional top players we should be looking at – and of these who should we go for?
Here’s what we think.
First of all the defenders.
Jorge Andrade (â‚¤10M), Fabricio Coloccini (â‚¤5M) and Roberto Carlos (Free?)
Next the mid-fielders and forwards.
Carlos Tevez (â‚¤25M), David Villa (â‚¤25M) and Fernando Torres (â‚¤25M)
From the six players identified along with the five that are probable – here’s who we’d take – assuming we have â‚¤49M to spend on our selection from the above 11 players.
- Carlos Tevez (â‚¤25M)
- Fabricio Coloccini (â‚¤5M)
- Roberto Carlos (Free – but a huge wage bill)
- Lucas Neill (â‚¤2m)
- Eidur Gudjohnsen (â‚¤8M)
- Reo-Coker (â‚¤8M)
That would be $48M – and we’d give the other $1M to the tea lady 😀
So here’s who would come and go
- Bramble, Srnincek, Moore, Bernard, Onyewu, Carr, Babayaro, Dyer, Parker (transfers out – â‚¤15M)
- Viduka, Ben Haim, Boateng, Baines, Barton, Tevez, Collocini, Neill, Gudjohnsen, Reo-Coker (transfers in â‚¤59M)
So that’s nine out and ten coming in for a net cost of â‚¤45M.
We are making lots of assumptions of course – like we can get Tevez is a huge one. We’ll also have to see if Owen is staying. But with the money Ashley will make available – we could have one heck of a squad next year.
Make sure you’ve bought those season tickets !
Finally, I’m sure your minds are buzzing (mine is!) with players we’ve missed out and such. Please let us know what you think – this is fun – and don’t forget – something like this should be happening.