News today that Sam Allardyce may be hesitating about the wage demands of Edmilson â€“ whom he had talks with in Barcelona late last week. It’s not that we cannot afford the Brazilian’s demands â€“ said to be Â£80K/week (which he is reportedtly on at Barcelona right now) â€“ but Sam has to be careful that players coming to Newcastle have an urge to play and be successful â€“ and are not just coming to line their pockets.
This has certainly been too true of some previous stars in the past.
So there seem to be three worries with the Edmilson deal:
- His knee injury record â€“ he has now had three operations on his right knee.
- His wage demands â€“ which at Â£80K/week is high
- His age â€“ he turns 31 shortly â€“ he was born on July 10, 1976 in Taquaritinga, Brazil.
On the first point we have already indicated that the actual injuries do not seem too bad â€“ and that put in the care of Dr. Steadman in Vail, Colorado â€“ would hopefully not be a problem.
On the second point Sam has to ensure there is enough determination and will from Edmilson to succeed. It’s not that we don’t have the money â€“ but almost every transfer deal Sam does this year has to be successful â€“ for Newcastle to be successful next season.
On point 3 â€“ we don’t think 31 is too great an age in these times of upgraded training methods and diets. Even more so with Allardyce – who is famous for bringing the best out of older players and extending their careers. However, these are the types of players that Roeder kept saying he wouldn’t sign at Newcastle and wanted to go more for youth. But you need these types of players in any successful team – and it’s a real pity we didn’t snap up Sol Campbell and Jonathan Woodgate last year at this time. If we had when both were available we wouldn’t now be so short of good central defenders – but that’s water under the bridge now.
All in all â€“ we think Edmilson would still a good deal â€“ maybe at something less than Â£80K/week – especially for the nominal fee it will take to get him. But the decision rests with Sam as usual – but his record on these types of deals and players is good – so it will be interesting to see what he eventually decides. Steven Taylor, David Rozehnal and Edmilsion are certainly very good center-backs and better than we had last season.
Peter Ramage we think – mainly because of his attitude and will to be successful at Newcastle – could also have a good season next year. Peter will need to show significant progress over last season to get games – but reports are that he has been training over the summer to get himself into peak condition. That’s the attitude we like at Newcastle – always shown by our lcoal lads – who still have a big part to play in Newcastle’s resurgence under Sam.
Let’s know what you think on Edmilson’s position and also on what lies in store for Peter Ramage – comments appreciated.