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?