It’s being reported by the News of the World that Sam Allardyce is interested in bringing Craig Bellamy back to Newcastle. Weâ€™ll look into this story and see if thereâ€™s any truth in this â€“ and if so ask why would this make sense?
Craig Bellamy at Newcastle
Craig Bellamy himself expressed a wish earlier in the week that heâ€™d like a return to Newcastle. He’s available from Liverpool for â‚¤9M. Of course we all know the cloud under which Bellamy left the club in January, 2005 when he had his fallout with then manager Graeme Souness. After he had moved on loan to Celtic for the rest of that season (under Martin Oâ€™Neil) he also sent abusive text messages to Alan Shearer â€“ so there will still be backroom staff at Newcastle who would not welcome him back to St. Jamesâ€™ Park.
This news â€“ if true – will both cheer and sadden Newcastle supporters depending on which side of the fence youâ€™re on with regards to Bellamy. Thereâ€™s no doubt when he played for Newcastle he was a popular player â€“ and played well with Alan Shearer – but he was one of the gang (with Bramble and Dyer) that caused a lot of trouble off the field and the pending signing of Joey Barton has already caused a stir among Newcastle fans.
Newcastle already have Martins and Owen who play the same type of game as Bellamy â€“ so weâ€™re not sure this makes too much sense â€“ unless of course Samâ€™s interest is because Owen may really be looking to leave Newcastle in the summer. It just wouldnâ€™t seem to make sense otherwise to bring Bellamy in now â€“ given the strikers we have in Ameobi, Viduka, Owen and Martins.
Aston Villa, West Ham and Blackburn are also interested in the striker and it appears that Allardyce will be in there trying to make the signing.
Michael Owen still is very quiet and seems unwilling to commit his future to Newcastle â€“ so there is the possibility that he may be offered in a swap deal. It hasn’t gone unnoticed that the â‚¤9M wanted for Bellamy is the exact amount Michael Owen’s buyout clause is in his Newcastle contract.
It also shows you how the value of these players has changed over a couple of years. Newcastle sold Bellamy to Blackburn in 2005 for â‚¤5M and we brought Owen in for â‚¤17M. Now they are on a par â€“ not good for Newcastleâ€™s deal making.
Our view is that Owen is going nowhere â€“ so if Allardyce pursues Bellamy it must be because he wants a big enough squad that will not be impacted by injury. With potential players like Barton and Bellamy in the squad Sam is giving himself a challenge that he indeed can control these problem players.
He wouldnâ€™t want to wreck the enormous opportunity he has been given at Newcastle by having players upset the band wagon.
That’s our opinion – what do you think on this story?