Keven Keegan seemed less than confident yesterday of Newcastle’ s ability to attract top players to Newcastle, if the top four clubs are also interested in the player.
Kevin Keegan – not confident of attracting the very best
Kevin spoke this morning about the transfer market and was asked if he was confident of being able to attract top talent to Newcastle:
â€œNo, Iâ€™m not confident. No, if Liverpool or Chelsea came in (for the same transfer target), I would not be confident because they can offer more than we can in terms of Champions League, top four is almost guaranteed to these clubs. But they can not collect all the pebbles on the beach,â€
â€œSo what can you offer? Well, to some of these players who come over, regular first-team football.â€ â€œWe can offer more than most. If Chelsea come in, we will not get them, if Man United come in and probably if Liverpool and Arsenal come in, if I am honest, probably we wonâ€™t get that player.â€
But after that I would back us against anyone. We can compete but we have to be sensible and have realistic targets.
Thatâ€™s interesting because we have just missed out to Tottenham on Luka Modric, which was a huge blow for Newcastleâ€™s fans this morning.
â€œThere are only so many clubs and, after you take away those top-10 clubs around the world, we are in there with everyone else.â€
â€œItâ€™s worked very well so far,â€ â€œDennis and I talk a lot, he comes up a lot. Tony will only be involved on the financial side, so he doesnâ€™t have to be up here, but he has a key part in it.”
“We had a meeting two weeks ago, we (Keegan, Arthur Cox and Terry McDermott) took our list in and they put theirs down.â€
Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Modric was one name on both Wise and Keeganâ€™s list, and while a delegation from United did met the 22-year-old this week, we have missed out on this target unfortunately.
But there’s also something wrong with the system in the Premier League when the best teams only get better at the expense of the teams outside the top four. That’s a recipe for disaster in that it will reduce competition in the Premier league, which in fact it already has.
But to be fair to Kevin, he never seemed too confident that we could attract Modric to Newcastle, and of course weâ€™d love to see the two lists.
Well, it’s sad news, to say the least about Modric, but that’s water under the Tyne Bridge now, and we’ll have to look forward to other players coming to the Tyneside club.
Newcastle can eliminate some of the disappointment over Modric by thrashing West Ham today. 😀