One of the really interesting things for Newcastle fans this summer is who Newcastle will attempt to recruit to the club.
Jermaine Beckford – Leeds 6’2″ prolific striker
Alan Shearer has to put together a squad that is tough enough and physical enough to do more than well in our first season in the Championship.
But he also knows he has to build for the future, and we don ‘t want to have to replace the squad again, because we find 70% of the first team have no guts, or are just not good enough to play for Newcastle.
Today, the Leeds United star striker Jermaine Beckford has been put on the transfer list.
The 6’2″ striker has 47 goals in 84 appearances for Leeds, since joing them form Wealdstone in 2006, where he scored 54 goals in 82 appearances.
So this Ealing, London born lad can certainly find the back of the net, but the question is could he do that in the Championship?
This lad could be a decent “buy” because he is a free agent next summer, but could be bought “on the cheap” this summer. he has just rejected a 3 year deal from Leeds.
Leeds United Chief executive Shaun Harvey told the club’s official website today:
“As a policy, we will always look to retain our most effective players.”
“However we will only do so within the financial parameters that we believe are appropriate.”
“The offer we have made to Jermaine is what we believe to be a very good offer, but he has exercised the right to turn it down.”
“On the basis that he has 12 months remaining on his current contract and could leave on a free transfer next summer, we feel we must consider any offers that are forthcoming for him.”
Those are good words from Shaun Harvey, and Newcastle could take a page out of the current Leeds play book – because they are being financially responsible, and will not be held to ransom.
Good for them – seems that Leeds United learned their lesson, and we hope Newcastle does that too – quickly.
We wonder whether Jermaine would like to play fro one of the greatest English strikers ever?
We’ll leave whether we go after Jermaine up to Alan.
We already have two fine young English prospects in local lad Andy Carroll and Londoner Nile Ranger, both of whom we may add, are proud to be at Newcastle.
But we expect Owen, Viduka, Martins, Xisco and maybe even Shola Ameobi to move on in the summer, so Alan will need at least a couple of good strikers brought into the squad.
If we unload those 5 players, the Tynesdie club will save around £300K each week on wages – close to £16M a year.
Is that amazing – or is that amazing?
And we’ll only miss Oba! – do you think we may have been overpaying our players, just a little bit? 😀
As we said, it will be more than interesting what squad we end up with in early August.