Attracting Good Players To Newcastle Is Not A Problem

One of the things we’ve been impressed with over the last couple of years is the good deals Newcastle seem to have picked up in the transfer market.

Alan Pardew – I’ll get the players in

If we were to hazard a guess, then owner Mike Ashley is very keen to get value for money, and that’s why he has current manager Alan Pardew on a bunch of incentives as far as his wages go, but if Newcastle do well, we assume Alan will do well as well financially.

And of course that’s how it should be, and we also think some of the players Newcastle were paying huge wages for just never produced when it was required, and a couple of good examples in the relegation season were Mark Viduka and Michael Owen, both of whom were hardly ever fit to play in that disastrous season, that we’re still trying to forget about.

Newcastle have since gone after players who have not yet been widely discovered, but are still good,  and that has at least two big advantages – one is that they bring them in for peanuts, to use an unfortunate  Joey Barton term, and the other is the players quickly rise in value.

Two good examples of those have been Mike Williamson (£1M)and Cheick Tiote (£3.5M), and Danny Simpson also wasn’t too bad a buy for £750K from Manchester United.

We expect Newcastle to continue this kind of transfer market strategy, although with being armed with up to £35K from the Andy Carroll sale,  they will get two and maybe three good players in for sizable transfer fees in the summer – that’s the aim in any case.

Manager Alan Pardew has bought right  into Newcastle’s new strategy (mainly because he didn’t have a choice), and he is hoping to being new players in over the summer, but he has today cautioned fans that may not happen immediately.

This is what Alan Pardew told Sky Sports today, when asked if he could bring more players in like the great Cheick Tiote:

“That’s not easy, not for the sort of fee we paid. There are players like Cheick out there, but they are a lot more money than we paid for Cheick.””

“It’s difficult, but it’s something that Chief Scout, Graham Carr, myself and my scouting team are all on top of.”

“Getting players over the line, whether they are players you have at the club already or new players, is one of the most difficult parts of the game, convincing players that the future here is bright, which I think it is,”

“We have got a good foundation to go forward now, so attracting players shouldn’t be a problem and hopefully the financial side of it, we can find.” “We are competing against Champions League teams and foreign teams – it’s always difficult.”

“They are not going to be done quickly, but hopefully they will be done.” “For sure, our pool of strikers needs boosting, there’s no doubt about that, and that will be high on the agenda,”

We agree with Alan that attracting good players to Newcastle shouldn’t be a problem.

You  only have to watch a home game at St. James’ Park to see what  terrific passionate supporters live on Tyneside, and anybody worth their salt would love to play home games at St. James’ Park.

And if they don’t want to come to Newcastle, that’s not a problem either, because we’ve now learned that players like that go missing when the going gets tough in games.

Over the last two seasons the boys we currently have at the club fight like crazy for the Newcastle cause, and that’s only one reason we think Newcastle has an excellent core of players on which to build on in the summer.

We’re even gaining some confidence that Newcastle are on the right track!

Hope so anyway. 😀

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • hainesy

    Apr 29, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #1


  • Partizan

    Apr 29, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #2

    I hope Wolfsburg gets relegated

    Simon Kjaer,Diego,Patrick Helmes for a combined fee of 28 mill

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 29, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Partizan, Do you think Diego will leave Germany. He left Werder for Juventus then, within a season, came back to Germany to play for Wolfburg. I have feeling this all has to do with Sarah Connor.

  • shearerno9

    Apr 29, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #4

    This doesnt make much sense, surely with all the scouting and endless drivel about getting into the transfer market early should mean exactly that, and not “they are not going to be done quickly, but hopefully they will be done”. This just seems to me that we might try a few bids with players we are never going to get but hey “at least we tried” and since we didnt get them were going to buy sub standard players for nothing.

    I will honestly be surprised if we spend 15M in the transfer window, its all well and good being shrewd with the 35M but seriously this window is going to have such an over inflation in transfer fees because its the lat year the big clubs can buy big due to the new uefa rules.

    I am just waiting until the end of june when the club announce it missed out on several targets but “insert free agent here” was available and with his experience until the next transfer window we should be fine….

  • damonmwade

    Apr 29, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #5

    35k from the andy carroll sale? last i heard it was 35 million

  • xmindcrimex

    Apr 29, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #6

    Armed with a whopping £35K Ed? 😛 We could perhaps offer some free clothing from Sports Direct in transfers. Everybody needs socks right?

  • Toon Follower

    Apr 29, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #7

    If you could have one trophy signing with the extended transfer budget who would it be

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 29, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #8

    common ed dont make errors in ur artical especialy this type £35k

  • shabunkin

    Apr 29, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #9

    having watched the Kevin Gameiro highlight reel on you tube , id love to see him in a black and white shirt , reminiscent of stinky mackem hero Kevin Phillips at his best

  • north east lincs toon

    Apr 29, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #10

    35 mil thats including wages

  • chuck

    Apr 29, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #11

    Yo ! players are not attracted to clubs by how many or how supportive the fans are.
    It`s more about how much you gonna pay me and will i get to play in europe each season.
    And dont for a second think the word is`nt out that Ashley`s a cheapskate when it comes to business, (salaries)
    Another reason is location, most imports want to play for one of the London sides, not three hundred miles away in some provincial town, lacking in first class entertainment and eating places.
    So in fact it`s not easy to attract good players, in which case you have to up the salaries .
    Yeah they (the players) you hear them saying how happy they are at the club and the will kiss the badge, but the truth is they will say the same thing about the new side they have just been sold too.
    Ask Andy !

  • stuart no9

    Apr 29, 2011 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #12

    chuck 99% agree with you m8, however a bit harsh with your interpretation of newcastle

  • dazza

    Apr 29, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #13

    great link shabunkin.

    after watching that YES PLEASE! that’s as natural a goalscorer as you will find.

    Hate to get my hopes up cuz we never land who we are linked with… but he looks the business!

  • north east lincs toon

    Apr 29, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #14

    ben arfa & nolan upfront the rest are crap


    Apr 29, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Make you mind up you puppet?! You have also released a statement (as you do every fu**ing hour) now saying it will be hard to get players to join NUFC in the summer? What’s up? Been slapped on the wrist by the casino kid and changed your tune? Grow a pair of balls man!!!

  • Crawfordladd17

    Apr 29, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #16

    Would of been good if Viduka was young and was as good as he was at Leeds u must admit he was unreal

  • stuart no9

    Apr 29, 2011 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #17

    im sorry but AP dosnt sound too convincing to me , note he said attracting players should nt be a problem , what he dosent say is what kind of player, is he preparing us now for the big let down come end of season?

  • Brutooon

    Apr 29, 2011 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #18

    52k fans week in week out is one of the factor, but in the end the players individually want to play in Europe and win some trophies

    Yes we can attract them like before but we end up paying high wages (i.e Viduka, Duff, Owen, Luque) and some average players still stick with us SMILING with they FAT wages (i.e Smith, Xisco)

  • Sav

    Apr 30, 2011 at 2:17 AM

    Comment #19

    Lets be honest, you are a 24 year year old talented Frenchman brim full of confidence and everyone says you have the world at your feet and this next transfer is going to see the fulfilling of all your dreams and ambitions….you are going to opt to sign for Newcastle, right?


    We are still at the stage of getting shopsoiled stars like Joey, players others think are not QUITE good enough for Champions League, like Nobby, or the odd overlooked diamond in the rough, like Cheick, Williamson or Enrique. Even if Ashley were to pay looney money (which of course he won’t) to get some top mercenary, they are the kind we’ve had before and don’t want to see again. This is going to necessarily be a slow build-up to get back to a team threatening to win something.
    The best thing he could do is use the AC money and pay top dollar for another 2 Graham Carrs.

  • bills-son

    Apr 30, 2011 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #20

    Man City have speny squillions over the past couple of years and – apart from Tevez – they havn’t got a good strike force either. And Tevez looks like he’s leaving!

    For all their spending the best City can hope for in the Prem this season is 4th – which proves that elbowing Man U, Chelsea and Arsenal out of the way isn’t just a matter of splashing the cash.

    Signing players who fit into the system you want to play is just as important as how good they are. Thats where Ferguson has been a master over the years. City have signed trophy after trophy and still don’t look like a team.

    Realistically success for us next season would be finishing from 5th to 8th and a cup would be the icing on the cake. If we sign 4/5 decent players and some of the youngsters step up we can do that.

    As for Enrique, I’d take £15M all day. Yes he’s exciting to watch, but his assists and goals are negligible and his defending isn’t the best. Baines is streets ahead of Enrique and Liverpool would sign him first but no way would Everton agree to that.

  • bills-son

    Apr 30, 2011 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #21

    Just read that Man U want to sign Bale and Van Der Vaart.

    I know its paper talk but I wonder if the Spurs blog is full of comments that if they do sell it shows the owner is a fat greedy cash trousering B?

    Or is that reserved purely for when MA gets Liverfool to cough up £35M for a striker with 17 Prem appearances?

  • Brutooon

    Apr 30, 2011 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #22

    Sav: totally agreed with you mate, they may use as as a stepping stone to join other club.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 30, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #23

    bills son

    I think I’d take a cup final and 4th place wouldn’t you ???????????

    Re – hard to attract players to NUFC

    1) No European football

    2) Mediocre manager

    3) barton factor ?

  • bills-son

    Apr 30, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #24

    Rotonda heights – I think I’d take a cup final and 4th place wouldn’t you ???????????

    But they have spent £200M !!

    I’m saying that if we spend £25m-£35M and finish 5th-8th + a cup final that would be success next year.

  • Phil K

    Apr 30, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #25

    I agree about Pardew (but for God”s sake…if I hear the peabrain’s favourite term “muppet” once more…..) it does seem as if he’s been told he’ll get maybe £10 mill MAXIMUM and have to make it serve.

  • Graeme

    Apr 30, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #26

    According to the non red tops Pardwho will get £20 million to spend on players with the other £15 mill going towards wages etc!!

    Now chaps, where you going to get 4 or 5 good players to improve and strengthen our team for £20 mill? ONE very good striker will cost you every penny of that!!

    The club is already setting out its stall for the failure to sign our prime targets – “we tried our very best but it just didnt come off” – then we get some last minute, last day unknowns and FCB saves £30 mill. Its what he’s done in every window since he took over!!


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