The Daily Mail was reporting early this morning that Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce was in a desperate attempt to sign Tal Ben Haim â€“ who had been negotiating with Chelsea. Let’s investigate why we think signing Ben Haim is important for Sam and Newcastle.
It has been well documented that Ben Haim has been offered â‚¤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.Â Here are three good reasons why SamÂ needs Ben Haim:
- The Israeli is on a free transfer â€“ 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
- 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 Samâ€™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
- 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 â€“ so we are hoping Sam can make that happen â€“ preferably before the end of the week.
Comments on this view welcome.