Good and bad news today about the revelation that Sam Allardyce was tracking Elano around the time that Kieron Dyer’s transfer was going through (or not going through) to West Ham United the first time.
Sam mentioned this over the weekend following the excitement of Elano’s performance against Newcastle United on Saturday. It looks like that two week delay in that transfer, initiated by Newcastle, seems to have cost us Elano.
Elano Blumer (Elano) – would have looked great in the famous black and white stripes
It turns out Sam had Elano as one of his many targets during the summer and was pursuing his move to Newcastle at that time. But as Sam pointed out in August, speed is of the essence in transfer deals and initially the new board was too slow in processing transfers. It was around that time Sam said Newcastle were not moving quickly enough in the transfer market and had already lost out on some targets. The processing of transfers got fixed quickly by Chris Mort, to his credit, and we were able to get several of our targets into the club during August including Beye and Faye during the very last hour! But we had already lost out on Elano by then.
That’s both bad news and good news for Newcastle United fans.
Of course the bad news, as we saw on Saturday, is that Elano has looked a class act at City and the goal he scored, well â€“ saying it was great probably doesn’t do it justice. And we know Geordie fans love players with skill and verve shown by Brazilian Elano â€“ as well as other Manchester City players last weekend.
But there’s good news in this too, and that’s the fact that Sam is at least tracking these skillful players. What we got in during the summer were 9 solid players, who are big men that can help shore up our defense. Our defensive record has been Newcastle’s weakness for at least 10 years, yet not one manger has gone out of his way to fix it, strange indeed.
What looks to be needed in the team now is more skill, speed and creativity. We missed out on Elano but we’re sure there are other players, just as remote as Elano seemed, who will be available. We hope Sam is already tracking some of these players and it’s obvious to most that’s what we need to make the squad stronger. Elano cost around 8M in moving to City from Shakhtar Donetsk, and given his performance on Saturday and the fact he is a Brazilian international makes that deal look a great one for Eriksson and Manchester City. He’s the type of player who draws fans to games, exactly what Newcastle need. Alan Shearer did that at Newcastle and fans would go to see Newcastle’s away games to get a look at Shearer amongst others.
We hope Sam, Chris Mort and Mike Ashley are willing to get these types of players into the club during January to speed up our transition to one of the top 6 sides in England.
We think they are willing to do this.