Newcastle Find It Difficult To Sign English-Based Players


We expect the transfer market in general and the dealings that Newcastle make in particular, to pick up steam significantly, now that the Euro 2012 tournament will be over on Sunday night.

Wilfried Zaha – too expensive?

And it may be a good time to  take a step back and see where Newcastle are in their transfer dealings – with news today that the major  targets seem to be Mathieu Debuchy, Luuk de Jong, Vurnon Anita and 19 year-old Australian center-back Curtis Good.

And despite reports to the contrary,  Newcastle will only bring in one new striker this season, unless Demba Ba moves on and then they will need to replace him.

But the news we saw yesterday in one report,  that Newcastle would be bringing in both Luuk de Jong and Ola Toivonen for £16.5M, is unlikely to happen, unless Ba leaves Toon.

Newcastle have cooled their interest in several players this summer, and they include Ajax center-backs Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, Douglas of FC Twente and Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (that’s a pity).

And news today in the Evening Chronicle that Newcastle interest in Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has cooled a little and he has slipped down the priority list.

Newcastle tracked Wilfried all last season, along with his England U21 International colleague Nathaniel Clyne, who was impressive at right back.

And it could be that one reason Newcastle have cooled their interest in the player, is that English based players are so expensive these days, and Crystal Palace may be looking for big fees for both their young stars, and it’s quite clear that Newcastle will look elsewhere, if that’s the case.

Newcastle’s best bet for good value in the transfer market still appears to be France, where Newcastle can pick up youngsters who seem to have enormous skills, and bring them to Newcastle for a low fee and low wages too.

We’ve had a number of emails saying Newcastle need to sign more English players, but that’s one strong financial reason that it may not happen too many times at Newcastle – they are just too expensive in both transfer fees and wages.

It seems that two lads at Crystal Palace, who are both young and very good – Wilfried Zaha and Nathaniel Clyne – will not be arriving on Tyneside, because they are simply not a good enough value for Newcastle.

Newcastle are almost the polar opposite in the transfer market, than they were under Freddy Shepherd, but we have to say we like the new approach, and we like the fact that Newcastle are getting so many good deals in the transfer market these days.

And let’s hope Newcastle are rewarding those who make it all possible – including Chief Scout Graham Carr.

Comments welcome.



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19 comments so far

  • Munster Mag

    Jun 28, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #1

    I completely agree with the approach. Many english based players have been found to be lacking in technical skills, as shown in the Euro Championships.

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  • OTP

    Jun 28, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Yea you’re right there, they don’t offer value for money. Clyne and Zaha are both good players but due to the fact they play in the capital they are known by most teams, scouts and fans which of course drives up their price. Gael Bigirimana of Coventry and Kieran Trippier of Burnley are both good players with potential that we’ve been linked with and probably represent better value for money. Hopefully we do sign some English youngsters, we do need them.

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  • Sheikh MagToon

    Jun 28, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Sky Sports saying De Jong is heading to Borussia Munchengladbach. Hope not!

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 28, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #4

    I swear to god if we don’t sign a experienced CB we are going to regret it.

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  • boywonder

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #5

    James Tavernier has just tweeted ‘Sad day’. – Is he leaving then?

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  • G

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #6

    When English lower league clubs get hold of a decent player they seem to think they have the next Wayne Rooney in their hands, and price them accordingly. Talk about cutting your nose off to spite your face. I would much rather get good value than sign overpriced tosh.

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  • Spoof

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #7

    Its often said that we need some English players, but why do we need them, I would rather have a team of foriegners who will win something than a team of Englishmen who win nowt.

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  • Belly

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #8

    We don’t buy English player because they have no technical talent whatsoever. The euros proved that England are a mile behind everyone els. It was embarrassing.

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #9

    hey if were wishin ad rather have all english that won something, but will settle for a healthy balance

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  • OTP

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #10

    We will need to buy English players, if we keep letting go of our young English players then where would that leave us for our home grown quota? If we don’t buy them then the academy needs to step up. Sammy Ameobi’s and James Tavernier’s may be useful for the numbers but I don’t think they can really make the jump to where we are/want to be.

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #11

    This transfer window is beggining to make me physicaly sick

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  • Belly

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #12

    @beattie25
    Calm down mate. There’s loads of time until the window closes

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  • Spoof

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Get yourself a bag Beattie, you don’t want to spoil the carpet

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  • markmac

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #14

    this article just confirms what has already been said by the powers that be really, its a smart plan by them, the only problem is that we will be found out eventually [or maybe already have been?]

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  • toonincheek

    Jun 28, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #15

    Don’t know what’s up with Tavernier but it would
    indeed be a “sad day” if he leaves.
    Haven’t seen him play (well, a little in the HK tournament)
    but he seems to have been built up as one for the future.

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  • GFH

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #16

    Tavs contract is up and , as yet he has not signed a new one . I hope its not the same pattern as with Danny Simpson. I would be very sad if Tavs left us .In my head he is pencilled in for the first team quite soon .Maybe the De Buchy signing (if it happens ) is putting him off , maybe the clubs offer is below his expectations.

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  • shamsoftabriz

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #17

    This story should read:

    “Mediocre and disgruntled English players at Newcastle replaced by more highly skilled French, Senegalise, Ivorian, Italian, Dutch, and Argentinian players. Results favorable.”

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  • woolerbill

    Jun 28, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #18

    The reason the league is 75% foreign players the greed the lower divs, so fewer home grown kid get to play at the top level.
    The national side suffers in the end.
    .

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  • wynsleap

    Jun 28, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #19

    England’s low standing in the world is due to players of limited skill and ability.
    The problem is, even stating that fact, they still then cost too much. Laughable.
    Would rather see a team of talented foreign players at sensible prices than a bunch of over priced, over hyped home performers.
    And talking about England – isn’t it time the media stopped drooling over our ‘superstar’ Rooney? When it comes to being compared on a World or European stage with the likes of Xavi, Iniesta, Gomez, Ronaldo, Pirlo, Messi, Van Persie, Shweinsteiger, Ibrahimovic, Falcao and dozens of others he’s not on the same planet.
    This rush to glorify under performing ‘stars’ like Rooney, Cole, Gerrard and Lampard etc. is why we are a nonentity in World football.
    And always will be.

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