Three Good Reasons Why Allardyce Must Sign Ben Haim


The Daily Mail was reporting early this morning that Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce was in a desperate attempt to sign Tal Ben Haim – who had been negotiating with Chelsea. Let’s investigate why we think signing Ben Haim is important for Sam and Newcastle.

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Ben Haim

It has been well documented that Ben Haim has been offered ₤60K/week by the London side and that Newcastle were offering something less than that.
But Allardyce has been reported as matching the Chelsea offer to Ben Haim last night and also guaranteeing him first team football at Newcastle. Ben Haim has been tracked by Sam ever since he took over as Newcastle manager and it is extremely important for Sam and Newcastle that he signs Ben Haim.  Here are three good reasons why Sam  needs Ben Haim:

  1. The Israeli is on a free transfer – and given his level of experience and no-nonsense play at center back – he will fit easily and effectively into the Newcastle back line – which must be strengthened this summer
  2. Ben Haim knows the ways of Sam Allardyce since he’s played for him at Bolton for three years.
    He understands how Sam handles players and his scientific training methods and can act as a good source of information about Sam to the rest of the players. In this way he can help Sam’s tenure as manager get of to a quick and successful start. This is something Newcastle needs desperately next season – and having a player in the squad you trust and has worked for you before can help Sam greatly
  3. The Newcastle fans seem to have taken to Ben Haim already – and if this transfer goes through it will be looked on as proof that Sam indeed can attract players to Newcastle. We should be able to attract a free transfer to a club who has just been acquired by an English Billionaire and who is managed by your former manager. Also the competition is from a team that will play Ben Haim no more than as a back up player – unless there are major injuries to their first choice center backs.

We see Ben Haim as a key initial buy for Newcastle – so we are hoping Sam can make that happen – preferably before the end of the week.

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22 comments so far

  • john gradon

    Jun 14, 2007 at 3:26 AM

    Comment #1

    Would love to see it happen but Chelski can offer Champion’s League soccer right now…and don’t forget Ben Haim can play right back. he would be a great signing for Toon, but I don’t think his signing or non-signing is a make or break situation for Big Sam as you almost suggest. His talent after all is finding players seldom heard of and I’m sure he has some tricks up his sleeve just in case Ben Haim doesn’t travel north.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 14, 2007 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Looks from the press today he’s made up his mind to join Chelsea. This is not good – we should have had him in the bag long ago. Very disappointing. We’ll have to look for other now. Maybe Rosehnal and Hyypia?

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 14, 2007 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #3

    John – you are probably right about not make or break – but it’s still very disappointing for various reasons – he was a free transfer – great value – why they goto Chelsea when they will not play much i don’t know.

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  • john75

    Jun 14, 2007 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #4

    It seems that Ben Haim is after medals or to be able to say heis playing for the champions. Some people obviously have the mentality that they would rather say they were champions, probably playing only a few games as a fringe player, when first choice players are iunjured; rather than playing week in week out, as a first choice player, trying to make a bigger difference. Sidwell has done exactly that. Maybe we shouldn’t be that surprised if Ben Haim does the same thing.

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  • Len Smith

    Jun 14, 2007 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #5

    Come on Ed. Lets say Chelski are offering a 5 year contract. Thats 15 million guaranteed. And you know they will be in champs league year after year. Its not a bad offer. I would want a v good reason indeed to turn that down.

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  • Arthur Prince

    Jun 14, 2007 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #6

    As I said yesterday,it seems BH is off to Chelsea . This is a disappointment but shows what can be done with Millions put in to a Team ,winning things and thus becomes attractive to Players who wont play a great deal but will earn vast amounts of money. I am sure BSA will also be disappointed but there will be other players and as I said I want players with talent who are dedicated to the cause at NUFC so lets move on .

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  • Brian

    Jun 14, 2007 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #7

    You cannot blame him he is going to a team that is winning stuff, and is willing to offer him a good package and salary.

    There are other fish in the sea, I would rather see Sol Cambell and Sammy Hypia arrive we need commanding experienced center half’s to bring on the younger stars we already have, that plus a couple of full backs and we should be OK.

    However it’s not over till he actually signs so lets wait and see.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 14, 2007 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #8

    Well – Campbell isn’t available – but Sammy Hyypia is – he would be good for a year ot two to help bring along Taylor and Ramage.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 14, 2007 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #9

    Len – agree – but how many games will he play? He’ll be a squad player and apparently Newcastle offered him the same terms as Chelsea – though a little late.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 14, 2007 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #10

    The bottom line is that if he goes to Chelsea – so be it. We want players who want to play for us – so obviously he didn’t – at least when Chelsea were in for him. As you may have guessed I’m kind of disappointed – thought Sam could swing the deal our way – and it was obvious Ben Haim would want the deal made before his wedding Saturday.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 14, 2007 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #11

    Brian – funnier things have happened – but Arthur’s right – we’ll have to move on.

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  • matt w

    Jun 14, 2007 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #12

    well it is said that he has chosen chelsea, which is a bit of a surprise becasue he wont be starting line up, only a back up when he’d be starting al the games for us! this tells me a lot about the player, and that money is all he is interested in- so thank goodness we didnt get him if money was all he is interested in, we have got too many of these types of players at newc as it is!

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  • John Walker

    Jun 14, 2007 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #13

    Arthur Prince, Newcastle have spent millions, in Souness’s first season only Chelsea spent more than you and where did you finish – bottom half, what did you win – the usual. Get a grip.

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  • Jeff

    Jun 14, 2007 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #14

    Ed the thing is with Ben Haim he knew of Chelsea’s interest back in January…and just because Big Sam is here and new him from Bolton didnt mean it was in the bag for us……It would be disapointing if he signs for Chelsea but with them being in champions league its a bit more of a tempting offer….One thing which Sam can say to him to try and swing it our way is at least we can guarantee him first team football something which he’ll not get too often at chelsea..

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  • Arthur Prince

    Jun 14, 2007 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #15

    John Walker,
    I dont think many NUFC supporters want to revisit ” The Souness years ” . !!!Three players bought were Michael Owen, Jean Alain Boumsong ,Albert Luque .Amady Faye . Michael Owens injuries were horrific . Enough said !

    However my point is that you need serious money like Abramovich . Glasers . Gillet etc to put in such a lot of money that it transforms the Club into what the top teams have at the moment . Therefore the attractions to players like Ben Haim become more obvious .
    With Mike Ashley’s takeover imminent a similar commitment to competing with the best structure and funding to attract top players to a winning side will take time and personally I want to see players coming to SJP and BSA to acheive things and break into the Monopoly of the top 4 clubs .
    My grip is fine .

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  • Jeff

    Jun 14, 2007 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #16

    arthur you named 4 players

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  • Arthur Prince

    Jun 14, 2007 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #17

    Yes indeed Jeff sorry must be losing my grip!

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 14, 2007 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #18

    Jeff – understand but think we’ve lost him. Just think he would be good for us in many ways – but will have to get over it i guess. Hey – Taylor is great players in the making and i’ve got to believe young Ramage will come on with Sam in charge – but we still need 2 good central defenders – and two good full backs.

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  • Jeff

    Jun 14, 2007 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #19

    I agree with you about Taylor Ed…But Im unsure about Ramage…Dont get me wrong Id love to see him do well but I just dont think he has got it…….Ok he may do well in the odd game but we need stability in defence and I dont think Ramage can play good that often….I just hope he has other players lined up cos other clubs will increase prices when they know the toon are desparate for defenders…

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 14, 2007 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #20

    Jeff – Ramage will not be a starter next season like Taylor – so he’ll have to fight for his place – but he has time to improve and his attitude is just great – we’ll see.
    And I’m always a fan of Ashington guys. In fact Allardyce today said he needs 2 center backs and a left back – and maybe also a right back – may run a piece on his quote later today.

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  • Jeff

    Jun 14, 2007 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #21

    Ed at least we now have a manager who realises what problems Newcastle has and is trying to address them………In the past managers just thought all the geordies want is star name centre forwards……..Ive been shouting out for years to get the back four sorted first…..Build from the back….Fingers crossed he’s is successful soon then eh ed?

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 14, 2007 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #22

    Jeff – completely agree !

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