John Beresford is now 46, and he played for Newcastle from 1992 through 1998, largely in the Kevin Keegan era, and he fitted into that team well because of his attacking style.
John Beresford – former Newcastle left back
John played at left back during the time Warren Barton was at right back and Warren now the chief football analyst on Fox Soccer in the US which broadcasts the Premier League games.
John believes we have too many foreign players in the squad, and he;s probably right.
This is what John said in the Newcastle Journal today:
“I think what’s been proved last season is we need to get bigger, better and stronger in all aspects.” “In the first couple of weeks the staff and players need a good rest and now the scouting system has to click into place and make sure they get the right people.”
“I’d prefer them to go down a little bit more of a British route. When we signed five French guys in the January window, I didn’t know any of them. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s good to have a sprinkling of foreign players, but I think we have overloaded a bit too much.”
“I’m not the manager, he’s got to decide. Alan Pardew’s got to look at it and say ‘this is the way I’m going’ and he’s got a certain style he wants to play, which is fine.” “But I think when you look at certain teams, and I know we’re not Manchester City or Manchester United, but what I do believe is that we are like Everton.”
“I think their blueprint is mainly English and British players and they do try to have home-grown in there too.” “I just think that helps in the Premier League if you’ve got a spine of that, and I think that’s where we should be competing.”
“You don’t have to spend fortunes and you can pick and choose your players and they’ve proved you can be successful doing it that way.” “All Newcastle fans want is to be proud of the team again. We don’t want to be getting to two games left of the season and be worrying where we are going to be in league situations.”
“I was getting a little bit worried for us, it hasn’t been a great year.” “But I think it could be a fantastic year for us if we learn from it, and I think if we get the right players in and react positively from it then the season will start well.”
The problem with buying British players is they are so expensive and a good case in point is what West Ham have done in signing Wolves winger Matt Jarvis last summer for £10.7M from Wolves, and look set to sign Andy Carroll for £15M this summer.
Does anybody think close to £26M for those two Englishmen is good business?
Newcastle signed five Frenchmen in the summer for a reported £18M, so it’s not hard to see why Newcastle tend to buy from the continent and France in particular.
But we are also now overloaded with foreign players and we hope we can sign 18 year-old England U21 International Will Hughes for £10M from Derby this summer.
And we are supposed to be interested in Irish International 24 year-old Alex Pearce from QPR, who is available as a free agent.
It would be good if we could get some British players into the club this summer and keep the ones we already have – although we have already lost Steve Harper and Danny Simpson, since their contracts run out at the end of this month – and they have not been renewed.
What do you think?
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