Newcastle fans have seen the headlines recently about how some of our big players could be leaving for bigger clubs in the summer.
Demba Ba – 16 goals in PL for Magpies this season – so far
And the way some of the news is reported it’s that they will be leaving, as though Newcastle had now say in the matter.
But with Newcastle looking to be a top team again and now 6th top of the league, and just 2 points behind Chelsea, Newcastle are coming back into the big time, and quickly too.
So the players already at the club will know success could be just around the corner with Newcastle, who of course have a great history in English football.
Indeed, since we were relegated in May of 2009, we have won the Championship with a massive 102 points and 30 wins, and if we hadn’t gone to sleep in the last 30 minutes of last season and conceded 3 goals to West Brom, we would have finished in 9th place.
But that 3-3 draw shoved us down to 12th place in the league and behind Sunderland, but it was still a very good first season back for the Magpies.
And with some stellar wins this season, Newcastle are becoming a high profile club once again, and things off the field are looking good too.
Newcastle are very close to balancing their books, as Derek LLambias and Mike Ashley have finally got a grip on the wage bill, and that bodes well for the successful future of the club.
Certainly, along with Arsenal, Newcastle are the best run club in the Premier League as far as the financials go, and they will become even more important as the Financial Fair Play rules take effect over the next few years.
And Newcastle have sensibly signed up their top players to long term deals so if other clubs want them – they will have to pay a pretty penny to get them, as Newcastle showed when they sold Andy Carroll to Liverpool, but only for a massive £35M in cash up front.
And we also expect Newcastle to offer Demba Ba a new deal, and if there is a £7M release clause in his current contract, they will take it out – or increase it to say £40M.
Alan Pardew addressed the matter yesterday:
“I think anyone who looks at this football club will know we are difficult sellers.”
“Someone is going to have to pay a lot of money to take one of our players away, especially considering where we are right now.”
“But I’d be very, very surprised to see someone sold, because all of our best players are on long-term contracts here.”
Alan has to be very careful what he says about players leaving the club, because he told the Newcastle fans Andy wasn’t leaving early last year, and then seemed as shocked as anybody when Mike Ashley finally agreed to sell the local striker to Liverpool.
But things are in good shape at Newcastle, both on and off the field, and Newcastle don’t need the money anywhere near as much as they did 15 months ago.
But if Liverpool or Chelsea or some other club comes in with more money than sense, and bids say £40M for Demba Ba, as just one example, then Newcastle may even take it – in cool cash up front of course.