There’s a rumor circulating today that Newcastle may want to buy Manchester City’s Craig Bellamy in the summer.
Craig Bellamy – wanted by Newcastle in the summer?
Craig is on loan this season at his home town club Cardiff City, but is very likely to be unloaded in the summer, as the Eastlands club try to reduce their enormous wage bill, before the UEFA Financial Fair Play rules are introduced this summer.
It’s a rumor, and probably a made-up rumor, but why on earth would Newcastle want to spend £7M (estimate) on a player who turns 32 in July, and was hard to handle, even by Bobby Robson, when he was at Newcastle.
As far as we can tell, his behavior both on and off the field, has hardly improved much since Graeme Souness couldn’t stand his antics any more, and moved him out on loan in January of 2005 to Celtic, a short four months after Souness took over the Tyneside club.
Alan Pardew has said today that his direction is to bring in young players, so why bring Craig Bellamy back to Tyneside?
Young players of around 26 years old or younger, would be Newcastle targets, unless they are free agents presumably, and can be brought in for nothing, at least as far as the transfer fee is concerned.
£7M for a 32 year-old cannot be good business, surely.
Although Craig was a handful on Tyneside, he always produced on the field of play, to be fair to him, and as far as Bobby Robson was concerned, he was worth the problems he gave the Newcastle manager.
Bobby said he was one of the most difficult players he ever had to handle in his management career – and that’s saying something.
Bobby once called Craig – the only player who could start an argument in an empty room – but Craig did have a good playing record on Tyneside, and played well alongside the mercurial Alan Shearer, when Newcastle were in the Champions League, under Bobby Robson.
But Craig Bellamy is part of Newcastle’s past – and hardly part of the future of the Tyneside club, at 32 years of age some July.
But that’s only my opinion on this – what do you think of this rumor?