One of the major things Alan Shearer will have to ensure with any player coming to Newcastle this summer, is that pride in playing for Newcastle United is more important than the money being paid.
Steven Taylor – dedicated to the (Tyneside) club I love
We have seen, all too well last season that when players are lured to the club because of the big wages, they don’t necessarily have the commitment that Newcastle fans expect to the club
Even now, it seem like Newcastle players are more concerned with keeping their large salaries intact, than playing any part in Newcastle’s rehabilitation to become a major football power again.
But perhaps we are just being naive, in that big money players now have little commitment to a club, and it’s just a job – like any other job? We know they have to make a living and their careers are not long, but longer than they used to be, because of better training and diets.
Maybe that’s true, but of course it wasn’t in the past, when Newcastle players were proud to wear the famous black and white striped shirt of the Magpies – just ask Bobby Moncur or Alan Shearer about that.
A case in point is Michael Owen – we never heard one word out of Michael Owen in the last 6 weeks of the season, and the news is that he is negotiating with Everton for a new deal.
Newcastle are still paying his wages until the end of this month – so he is still technically a Newcastle player. It would be fitting to get at least a goodbye statement from Michael, although there’s not too much he could say, given he left the club relegated – to be (slightly) fair to him.
And other players like Coloccini, as a prime example – are only to willing to get out of Toon as fast as they can.
There is still some loyalty with players in English football – Steven Gerrard, who has to be one of the world’s best midfield players, is still playing at his local club, and leading them to continuing success.
And there are others too, but big money turns heads, and it may be that true club loyalty is giving way to who can pay players the most money.
We still have local players dedicated to the club like Steven Taylor, and it seem like Damien Diff is also wanting to stay, and the youngsters coming through like Krul, Forster, Kadar, Tozer, Vuckic, Inman, LuaLua and Ranger will have a dedication to Newcastle, because they have come through our youth system.
The reality seems to be that big money has taken over as the biggest draw for a player to a club, and that’s sad to see.
However, we have seen last season that if all you have are big money players, when push comes to shove on the field, they are outplayed and out-fought by the likes of Stoke City, Hull, Wigan and other smaller clubs.
Those players play with pride and passion for their clubs, and we’ll see a lot more of that in the Championship.
So we trust Alan will only sign those players who are proud to come to play for the Tyneside club, and play for what still is a very proud club is now playing in the second division of English Football.
If only the players had the pride and passion of Newcastle fans – we’d be flying!