There is a news story out today that Newcastle will go after Tottenham Hotspur strikers, Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko in January.
Jermain Defoe – Newcastle interested – we don’t think so
Both strikers are having been having difficulty getting into the Tottenham starting eleven, so it will not be Newcastle who are dumb enough to pay out big money for these two players, not to mention their huge wages.
On a day when Newcastle Chief Scout Graham Carr has said the days are gone when Newcastle will pay out big money for any player, Mike Ashley is not quite stupid enough to pay out that kind of money for players past their best, and both 29 years of age.
Newcastle are after much better deals these days, and they have proved they can make them too.
Newcastle are after players who have still not reached their potential, like Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote as two good examples, who were signed for a measly £8M for the two of them.
The gossip press seems besotted with the fact that Newcastle still have the £35M from the Andy Carroll sale, and therefore can afford daft fees for players past their best, like in the days of old.
But Newcastle are no longer like they were when Freddy Shepherd was running the club, and they want good value for money these days, very good value for money in fact, and will not pay over the odds in wages either.
And that strategy seems to be one reason why the team spirit is so high these days on Tyneside, as players come to Newcastle because they want to play at the club, and not because they are being paid ridiculously high wages.
If you don’t know what I am talking about think of Michael Owen, Mark Viduka and Albert Luque – their weekly wages were around £240 per week – and then compare that with the contribution they made to the club.
There is no truth in this rumor, which is an old one, and stretches back to last summer, and if we can pick up the seven players we did in the summer for a net cost of almost zero, after selling Nolan, Barton and Enrique, it doesn’t really matter that Newcastle don’t spend big money in the transfer market.
As long as the squad keeps improving as it has big time this season, that’s all that really matters, and trophy signings are now out of the window.
We’ll leave the over-spending, as if money is going out of style, to other Premier League clubs, who shall remain nameless.
Hey, we’re looking forward to that game at Manchester City next Saturday. :D.