The Newcastle United strategy in the transfer market is a well known one – and we think it’s a good one.
Mike Ashley - the club must balance its books via Fair Play rules
Bring in young players, who are not yet at their best, and develop them into their full potential at the Newcastle club.
And of course in order to do that, you have to have very good coaches, and some very good scouts to spot the talent in the first place.
It’s also important to make very good use of the loan system, so you can loan out young players to good clubs, and know they will develop – until it’s time for them to challenge for the Newcastle first team.
To us that’s a lot better than having to pay our massive amounts of money for players that other clubs haven’t spotted or developed in the first place.
Like paying out £50M for Fernando Torres as one example, and that will soon not be allowed under the UEFA Fair Play Rules that go into effect next season.
With the new rules, each club must balance its books and only pay out transfer fees and the like from revenues generated by the club. What a concept!
Mike Ashley started to try to balance the books a couple of years ago (or more), following the disaster of relegation, so Newcastle are in better shape than most PL clubs in trying to balance their books and therefore live within their means.
Some clubs in England’s top league have wage bills that actually exceed their total revenues – just think of that disastrous situation – but they will need to shape up quickly starting next season – so players may be sold in the summer just to reduce clubs’ wage bills – and there may be some bargains available.
Manchester City is one club who have a huge problem with the massive wage bill they currently have at the Eastlands club, and we should see a number of their fringe players move out in the summer.
This Newcastle strategy is also a lot better than Newcastle’s old system of signing star players, but often when they were way past their best, and they then came to Tyneside on high wages, and simply never earned them – because they were past it.
One reason that Alan got the Newcastle job wass that he bought into the system, just like Chris Hughton before him, and Alan thinks it’s a very good strategy.
This is what Alan said today:
“The agenda has been set and I have to work to that. They want players here with value and in defense of Mike, there are times when players have come to this club who bring no future value but have been successful.’
“That is an area he does not want to be involved in again. Without naming names, that is something I have to understand. I have to bring players here of a good age who can add value.”
“Sir Alex Ferguson said it exactly right. Man United players are paid a lot of money but they deserve it because the TV viewers highlight they want to watch them and they are paid to win matches.”
“Some of the levels of finance to players who make up the numbers in this division are, at times, quite hard to swallow. We have had our share of those type of players, and we have to limit that.”
It’s a pity he didn’t name some names, but in any case there are players who have been bought in the transfer market by Newcastle who have been unmitigated disasters on Tyneside – let’s be honest about that.
So with £35M available to spend (well maybe half of that – with the rest going on wages) it’s going to be a very interesting summer.
But again, as in January the main thing is that we don’t lose some of out top players, and the two we are concerned about losing in the summer are Jose Enrique and Cheick “Boom Boom” Tiote.
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