The summer transfer season will start soon, and it will be “show me time” at Newcastle.
Carlton Cole – ordinary striker not good enough for Newcastle
We’ve all heard about Newcastle scouts being out in force looking at many many different potential targets, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and which players will arrive on Tyneside before September rolls around.
Alan Pardew seems to have the right attitude, and certainly nobody can accuse the Londoner of not doing a thorough job of scouting out the talent in Europe, mainly in France and Germany, since he arrived on Tyneside.
But Newcastle hardly have a great track record over the last 15 years or so in the transfer market, and have made very few successful big money buys.
The very best one was undoubtedly Alan Shearer for £15M back in 1996, but the club paid big money out for ordinary players far too many times.
To give just three examples, Newcastle bought Albert Luque (£9.5M), Jean-Alain Boumsong (£8.5M) and Xisco (£5.7M) for around £24M in total, and that was a complete waste of that money. We could have had seven Cheick Tiotes for that money.
None of those players ended up being good enough for the Newcastle first team – and heaven knows what wages the club paid them.
Alan Pardew is very clear that he cannot make mistakes in this upcoming transfer window:
“Everybody is looking to see what we are going to do and we are trying to make sure that we cover all the bases before we make our move,”
“We don’t want to make a mistake – there have been mistakes made here in selection and on finance, so it’s very important to get those decisions right.”
“Like any manager, I am starting to review now, and we have got to make sure next year we are stronger in all departments.”
Alan said recently that the fans will expect at least two top signings and he’s right about that, but some of the players linked with Newcastle are ordinary at best.
If Newcastle sign Carlton Cole from West Ham, it will be another huge mistake at the level of the three duds noted above.
So there was indeed some solace today, that the Evening Chronicle reported that it’s their firm understanding that Pardew is simply not interested in Carlton Cole.
So that’s one mistake Newcastle will not be making this summer, and that in itself has to be good news.