The conventional wisdom, even today, is that if you spend big in the transfer market you will build a good side and get some good players in.
Joey Barton – if you pay peanuts you get monkeys
But that was hardly true for Newcastle in the past, when the club often spent big money on players, and most of them turned out to be duds.
Yes, it was exciting when Newcastle did bring in players like Michael Owen (£17M), Jean Alain Boumsong (£9M), Albert Luque (£9M), Marcelino (£6M), Oba Martins (£10M) and the like, but none of those was worth the money the club paid out for them.
As an example, those five players cost Newcastle over £50M, and the only one who did any good for Newcastle was Oba Martins. Over three seasons Oba played in 104 games and scored 35 goals for the Magpies, and he was a decent player and a decent buy for the club.
And we got around £8M when he signed for Wolfsburg in the summer of 2009.
Oba was the closest of those to being a good buy – and on the other hand one of the best buys Newcastle ever made was Alan Shearer for £15M in 1996.
Newcastle got a record 206 goals and 404 appearances from the Geordie legend – over 10 seasons for that money – and that was very cheap at the price.
Joey Barton came out in mid-week and asked the Newcastle hierarchy to spend big money to ensure the Newcastle squad is improved over the summer, and indicated with the unfortunate phrase – that if you pay peanuts you get monkeys – that if you don’t pay out big money you don’t get good players.
Well for £3.5M for Cheick Tiote, and £1.0M for Mike Williamson, Newcastle have paid out peanuts for what’s have turned out to be two excellent Premier League players, and first teamers too.
Those are good buys brought about by good scouting and good judgment, whereas the £50M paid out turned out to be for fairly ordinary players – so which is the better way to go?
We don’t blame Joey for what he said at all, because he and the rest of the p;ayers just want to hear from the likes of Mike Ashley that their aim is to build Newcastle again into a top team.
But their communication with the players seems as bad as it is with the fans, and it’s non existent with the fans.
Pardew told the Sunday Sun today:
“I felt sorry for Joey that his quotes became the story but perhaps that happened because we won and there was not really a big story there,”
“But I’m not bothered about Joey expressing his opinion, even though it is not one that I actually agree with.”
“I signed Nicky Shorey for £10,000 from Leyton Orient when I was at Reading and he went on to be an England international.”
“And while at Crystal Palace we signed Ian Wright from Dulwich Hamlet for nothing.”
“So I don’t agree, but Joey has his opinion – that is what the game is about.”
Sounds like Alan blowing his horn again, but hey, if he can make some great buys in the summer for Newcastle, we’d love it!
As we’ve said there are one or two free agents available in the summer, but if we get a couple of those in and spend say £20M on three good players, that will get the job done this summer.
Now who those five players will turn out to be we have no real idea at the moment.