It is unfortunately looking increasingly true thatÂ Sam Allardyce will be restricted to just â‚¤10M in transfer funds plus anything additional he can get from letting players go.
When you look at the current NewcastleÂ squadÂ one thing becomes very clear â€“ we are overladen with good strikers.
So if Sam sells one of them he could fund transfers for our defense. We all know we don’t have enough experienced players in that department.
The obvious candidate to transfer in this case would beÂ Oba Martins.
Two things have happened in the pre-season to suggestÂ we have more than enough good strikers at the club. Andrew Carroll looksÂ like Steven Taylor did a couple of years ago â€“ a budding superstar â€“ probably too good right now to even send out on loan. It’s becoming obvious thatÂ he can do a decent job in the Premiership this season. Juventus keeper Buffon could see that on Sunday and complimented the player on his ability to lay the ball off to other players â€“ never mind his scintillating goal.
The other is the sublime form shown to date by Albert Luque who has proved he can score goals if heÂ gets a run of games. The Spaniard looks so much more confident on the field than last year â€“ and dare we say it â€“Â even looks like the player we thought we’d signed a couple of years ago.
Add Ameobi, Viduka and Owen to these two and there’s five good strikers we have without Martins.
Martins could fetch â‚¤13M into the coffers and he is also on high wages so it would be a good sale financially for the club. Â Don’t get us wrong â€“ Martins is going to get better and he’s exciting to watch these days. His shot on Sunday that was parried by Buffon to set up Carroll’s first Newcastle goalÂ was hit like an absolute bullet.
It will be very painfulÂ to sell Martins but if the situation is as it looks and Mort is applying the brakes on the finances this could be a solution for Sam â€“ albeit an unpopularÂ one.Â This is a way to get Newcastle out of their dilemma right now â€“ but anyoneÂ taking a cold hard look at the playing staff – that’s got to be theÂ conclusion one reaches aboutÂ our current squad â€“ Martins is expendable.
We know this will not be a popular decision to fans if taken by the club – and we don’t really knowÂ if this will be a courseÂ taken by Newcastle. What we are saying is that if you put yourself in Sam’s shoes this is something he could do – whichÂ helps solve his dilemma. Any other solution readers have – let us know – because itÂ looks likeÂ Sam has been restricted this late in the transfer windowÂ on his transfers.
Oba’s been linked withÂ Arsenal already this summer with that talk cooling a few weeks back and of course he has always expressed his desire at some point to return to Italy. The next step would beÂ to see if any offers come in â€“ but if Newcastle take this tact they’d have to do it very quickly so the money would be available to fund transfers of defenders into the club.
Comments welcome and if there are other solutions out there – assuming no more transfer fundsÂ from Ashley (which we still find hard to believe) – let’s hear them.