Mike Ashley has come out and talked to the News Of The World today and talked about what his overall transfer strategy was at the club.
Mike Ashley – wanted concentration on youth and scouting
But big-name signings were never going to be part of Ashley’s plan for Newcastle, or trophy signings as Chris Mort referred to them.
We never thought it was necessary to have huge signings to have a good team – look at Everton and Arsenal – and that’s the way Mike wanted to go.
And in addition Newcastle were to have a worldwide scouting network, so we can snap up future stars like Sebastien Bassong, or make great deals for players, like we did for Jonas Gutierrez.
The new owners at Man City are talking about bringing in the great Gianluigi Buffon from Juventus, while they have a very good young English goalkeeper in Joe Hart right now.
These big signings may improve their team a little, but that’s not the main thing they are after when they want big players and big signings at their club. It’s got to have something to do with world-wide news and ego from the owners. Whether they will actually get a better team spending all this money, may be something else.
Our point is that there are other ways to build up a good team, from where Newcatsle United are right now, than just buying big players for big money, like Chelsea did.
Does anybody really think Robinho was a good buy for £32M at Man City?
There are lots of good youngsters out there, and this year we have attracted some quality youngsters at the club, and in the summer we recruited Guthrie, Gutierrez, Coloccini and Bassong to the club, for around £14M who are now all starters at Newcastle.
Does anybody think Robinho, for more than twice that money, would have improved our team more than those four have? Absolutely not.
Mike will not give Joe Kinnear huge transfer funds in January, but if he can give him £12M for a couple of good players (left back and central midfield), and we can get some decent players on loan, that would be very good, and then it’s up to Joe Kinnear to ensure that he brings in quality players.
We’d also like to see the club sign another couple of top teenagers too, of the caliber of Nile Ranger, as just one example.
Another good round of players coming in during January should see us OK in the Premier League, but we are still 3rd bottom this morning, and certainly not out of trouble.
Mike said about big transfers:
“That was never going to be the way we would do things,” “We had a long-term strategy.”
“I loved it,”. “Of course, I’ve made mistakes but we all have.”
There’s things we don’t like that Mike has done, including not speaking regularly to fans, to let us know his thoughts on the club, or just what’s going on.
But our youth policy is already showing benefits and our scouting policy and the players we signed in the summer, have definitely improved the squad.
So there are still some positives we can take out of the last 4 months, surprising though that is. And hopefully we will start to climb away from the relegation zone, starting today in a couple of hours time.
If Joe can improve the squad in January, as he seems determined to do, then we can further improve it in the summer, whoever the new owners or the new manager may be at that time.
Let’s support Joe and the players, right now, to help him keep reviving the fortunes of our great club.
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