The Daily Mail are reporting that Newcastle United are interested in taking Jo – full name João Alves de Assis Silva – on loan from Manchester City until the end of the season.
Jo – loan move by Newcastle seems strange at best
If this story is indeed true it would be a strange move for Newcastle, because striker isn’t exactly a position we are struggling with too much this season – well not compared with other positions, at least.
If we are to get some loan deals in, surely the positions covered should be defense and central midfield as a priority, and we would expect Jo is on ridiculous wages at City, after his £19M transfer in the the summer, and we would need to pay a sizable portion of them.
The fee for Jo was officially undisclosed, but the reports said that City paid a huge amount for the 19 years old 6’2″ Brazilian from CSKA Moscow.
Jo has been a huge disappointment at Eastlands, and seems a huge waste of money with just one league goal, although he did score a further two against Cypriot side Omonia in the UEFA Cup.
The Brazilian has played just 9 times for Man City with a single goal and has played 3 times for Brazil. But there must be a good player there somewhere, and perhaps Joe Kinnear thinks he can get the best out of the still very young Brazilian.
Jo, born in Sao Paulo in March 1987, started his career with Brazilian club Corinthians in 2000, and played 81 times for them scoring 13 goals, before joining CSKA Moscow in 2005 where he played 53 times and scored an impressive 30 goals, but of course those leagues are nothing compared to the English Premier league.
If we are to take a striker form Man City Benjani would be a better option, but this all makes no sense to us, and is probabaly just paper talku, because the Eastlands club will no doubt be trying to offload the Brazilian striker through the end of the season.
Just think Man City paid around £50M for Jo and Robinho, so Newcastle fans, who want to see big money signings from the club at any cost, may want to think again – big money doesn’t guarantee a big player, and we’re sure Man City will prove that again in January.
We’d much better get deals like we got for Guthrie, Bassong and Gutierrez in the summer, three excellent players for no more than £4M. and even those fans still dead against Ashley have to admit those were great deals for the club.
We hope for three or four or five more like those in January, and then we’ll should be in good shape, at least through the end of the season.
Then we need to strengthen again in the summer, and still need to bring excellent young talent like Krul, Kadar and Tozer into the club.