It looks as though Juan Roman Riquelmeâ€™s less than glorious days at Villarreal, in the Spanish league, will finally come to an end in the January transfer window.
Both Manchester City and Newcastle are said to be interested in signing the talented, but temperamental, Argentinean international.
But we wonder if he would be a good signing for Newcastle. Heâ€™s temperamental, way past his best, not exactly the quickest player around – and hasnâ€™t exactly been a shining star at Villarreal.
Riquelme - would he be a good signing for Newcastle, or another Patrick Kluivert type flop?
Riquelme has famously been left out of the Villarreal side since falling out with his coach, and recently Villarreal president Fernando Roig confirmed:
“I think that the situation is going to be solved in December.”
Manchester City, under Sven Eriksson, have been steadily monitoring Riquelmeâ€™s situation at the Spanish club, but itâ€™s not the first time Newcastle have been linked with the Argentinean playmaker. It is again being reported that Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce may be prepared to offer Â£8M for the former Boca Juniors player.
But we wonder if this would be a sensible signing for Newcastle. Juan reminds us far too much of another former great player who seemed to have given up on his game, before he was signed by Newcastle. In what proved to be a waste of time and waste of money, we signed Patrick Kluivert in the summer of 2004. Or should we say Freddy Shepherd signed Kluivert, since Bobby Robson knew little about the deal until it was already done. Patrick was still a good player when he came to Newcastle, but he had lost the passion that had made him a great player in his time.
With all the antics going on at Villarreal we wonder if Riquelme would be the same kind of signing. A big name signing for sure, but a player whose best days are behind him. Thereâ€™s also got to be a question mark over whether heâ€™s quick enough to play in the Premiership, since he’s never been the quickest player around, but to be fair, he does make up for that with his vast skills.
We reported earlier today that Newcastle seem interested in bringing Andrei Arshavin, the captain of the Russian national side, to Newcastle. The fee quoted is interestingly the same as being quoted for Riquelme at around Â£8M.
We think that between the two players, the Russian would be a much better acquisition. His all-action style, coupled with his obvious talents and ambition, make him well equipped to be a great success in the Premiership. The only way we think Juan Roman Riquelme would be a good buy for Newcastle is if Big Sam is absolutely convinced he can get the best out of the temperamental Argentinean star.
Weâ€™re just not sure Juan is in the right mind-frame, after his Villarreal adventures, to be a success in the Premiership.
What do you think? Let us know – your comments and opinions are always appreciated.