Luque Moves to Ajax – Good Deal All Around

Newcastle confirmed today they had reached an agreement with Dutch giants Ajax for the sale of Spanish striker Albert Luque. Financial terms of the transfer were not disclosed.

Luque joined Newcastle from Deportivo La Coruna for £9.5M in 2005, and it has hardly been a happy time for the Spanish forward who never had an extended run in the first team.

The 29-year-old is expected to sign a three-year contract with the Dutch club.


Albert Luque – nightmare at Newcastle finally over

A number of teams came in last week for Luque, including PSV Eindhoven, Feyenoord, Bordeaux and Barcelona. He had expressed an interest in joining Real Betis but the Spanish club were unable to meet his personal demands.

Luque’s move will free up wages at Newcastle as the Spaniard was said to be on around ₤60K/week and we wouldn’t be surprised if Big Sam gets the go-ahead now to bring in two players before the transfer windows slams shut on Friday.

This was a good deal for both Newcastle and Luque himself, as it became clear he would never get many games in the first team this season. It’s ironic that he showed some good form in the pre-season friendly games and his confidence seemed to return. Luque had a terrible season under Glen Roeder last year when he rarely even appeared on the subs bench.

We still think Luque is a good player but he will hardly look back on his two years on Tyne-side with satisfaction although he continued to work hard under difficult circumstances. This is an excellent transaction for Newcastle and we think that may allow Big Sam to bring an extra player into his squad. We still think Abdoulaye Faye will be coming in from Bolton, and now maybe a right back can still be drafted in. Either Glen Johnson or Lassana Diarra friom Chelsea would be good, now that the London club have brought in Juliano Belletti from Barcelona.

We think Albert will do well in the Dutch league and wish him all the very best in his new endeavor.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Marguerite

    Aug 25, 2007 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #1

    According to .com, he actually cost us £11.4m not £9.5m.

  • Ross

    Aug 25, 2007 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #2

    bit of a shame, he was a promising player but he never got off on the right foot with us and that just seemed to stick with him for his entire stay.
    looked good in pre season aswell, but again, he was clearly more of a squad player to us than anything more.
    good deal from BSA.

  • Graham

    Aug 25, 2007 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Good luck to him for his new carreer. His confidence must have been so low last season and i’m pleased that he can get back doing what he’s paid for! Watch him go and score a bucketfull this season!

  • george t

    Aug 25, 2007 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #4

    Glad to see the end of Luque… but best wishes to him…..the wages and transfer fee whatever that may have been should now be put into a big effort for aRB

  • Lamesley Mag

    Aug 25, 2007 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #5

    If it saves Newcastle £9M in salary, then it’s a good deal as Luque is way down the pecking order as a winger and/or a forward.

    Hopefully BSA will be allowed to spend the money on Diop, Faye plus a RB (i.e. either Glen Johnson or Diarra from Chelsea) who will be excellent acquisitions.

  • Joe

    Aug 25, 2007 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #6

    Never got a real chance since that injury against Fulham. He looked impressive in his debut against Man United. Clearly the injury unsettled him at Newcastle and with the team doing so poor and with managers in and out with him bein here that will be why he wasn’t a success at us, Shame.

  • craig chisholm

    Aug 25, 2007 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #7

    i have no idea if luque was a good player or a bad one as we never gave the fella a shot really. one thing is certain though, every coach inc the one that bought him saw something that was clearly not good on the training pitch as all three have opted to leave him constantly out. ah well, on the bright side of things at least its another donkey out the door which will lighten the load on the wage bill and also probably mean that we (with a bit of luck) should be getting a RB in this week sometime. we can then dump carr or at the least relegate him to permenant cover man so that he is never first choice again.

  • craig chisholm

    Aug 25, 2007 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #8

    i think glen johnson will be on his way this week.

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 25, 2007 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #9

    Craig – that would be good – as long as we get him for a reasonable fee..

  • Jeff D

    Aug 25, 2007 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Shame we never got to see the undoubted talent that Luque had.Good luck to him in amsterdam.Our loss will be their gain.

  • Rob Kirton

    Aug 25, 2007 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Luque has had a very strange career. Somebody who has undoubted ability, however few of his managers (here and spain) have given him a long run. Check out how many career games he has played. He had only just managed to get an extended run as a starter in the Depor team before they decided best to get rid.

    For a guy who is obviously talented and and not an obvious trouble maker, a strange state of affairs. He’s never shown enough in terms of attitude in in his 30 odd run outs with us as starter or sub; to justify perservering with him. He just doesn’t seem to have what it takes in the physically demanding premiership. I do hope the Dutch league is more to his liking.

    I just wonder how much we have paid Ajax to take him away? The fee was undisclosed

  • Edd Case

    Aug 25, 2007 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #12

    I wonder how much we actually got for him.

    I say around 2 million, possibly 3 at a push.

    Shame he’s gone, Marcellino he certainly was not.

    All the best Albert.

  • Tom

    Aug 25, 2007 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #13

    Off topic : Bolton thrashed reading 3-0!! What is going on?

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Aug 25, 2007 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #14

    A huge shame considering he was doing better under Big Sams guidence (you could tell the difference in the pre-season games he played) . He has bags of potential unfortunately it never came off for him with us for some reason. I would have given him at least a run of 10 games in a row to see how he would develop, sadly no manager ever did and Ajax will benefit from his undoubted talent in their squad.

  • The Big P

    Aug 25, 2007 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #15

    Hopefully this is the end of the useless expensive signings Era!! No problem for Mike Ashley to move on this £11.4 million pound £50,000 a week reserves player. Something Shepherd failed to do.

  • Nobby's dad

    Aug 25, 2007 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #16

    Didn’t rate him – another ‘have U seen him on U tube’ player. It says it all when no club in Spain is prepared to have him back – despite the fact that we’re probably giving him away.

    Another one to add to the long, long list of ‘Duds I bought’ by Mr G.Souness

  • steve

    Aug 25, 2007 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #17

    probably good news for both player and club – will free up cash for new signings – btw: anyone know pubs in brighton showing Setanta for the toon v smoggies game tomorrow – usually goto good companions on dyke road but they only have sky 🙁

  • Alex

    Aug 25, 2007 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #18

    Now that luque is off the payrole it would not surprise me if sam brings someone in early next week.I hope a good rightback. Johnson would be a good player.After early promise at westham he has lost his way, but the lad does have talent.Big sam is the person to get him back to his best and if the lad has the desire to prove people wrong then it will work.

  • shearyadi

    Aug 25, 2007 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #19

    Aaah…I Thought we would see a “Different” Luque this season, he is showing a promising touch during our pre-seasons match but… I guess Big Sam is sacrificing him instead of Martins 🙂

  • evil dick

    Aug 26, 2007 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #20

    what a waste of money!

  • Aussie geordie

    Aug 26, 2007 at 6:43 AM

    Comment #21

    Its bloody Souness fault. He was never worth 8 mill especially from the spanish league. We would have played 5 and less wages if the deal was not pushed through at the last second as an emergency buy. Imagine if we had the same expectations for luque that we had for emre.At least Sam games which saw him net some goals and no doubt made it possible to get rid of him. In the end he was a bit of a pussy.

    On a side note if we were really playing hard ball we would get rid of Ameobi and make a serious bid for crouch.

  • KC

    Aug 26, 2007 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #22

    The Shakespeare’s Head in Spring Street, Brighton, show Setanta matches. Saw the Villa match there last week.


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