Newcastle have not been successful yet in the transfer market this summer, but after bringing in five good Frenchmen in January we didn’t expect to get too many new players through the door this summer, but we do need two good strikers brought in.
Mike Ashley - can be too thrifty in the transfer market
But Newcastle are again playing the game of being miserly and too thrifty in the transfer market, and it seems that Newcastle will not bid any more than what owner Mike Ashley thinks a player is worth, and we’ve missed out on a number of players over the years because of that.
A good case of this thrift taken to an extreme was last summer, when we haggled for months over the fee for Mathieu Debuchy from Lille, and then in November we agreed a deal so that Debuchy could come in during the January window, and we bet that deal was much closer to what Lille were asking for in the summer.
And the season before the same thing happened with Turkish International Mevlut Erdinc who at the time was at PSG, and after months of negotiating we didn’t get him, because we wouldn’t pay the fee that PSG wanted.
And there was even news a couple of days ago Newcastle may be after him again this summer – and the 26 year-old striker is now at Rennes.
We are not against Newcastle trying to get some good deals in the market, not at all, and to be fair we’ve made some fantastic deals in the past on players like Cheick Tiote, Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran and others, and each one of those players is worth a lot more now than we signed them for – and that’s some very good business.
But you can also overdo the thrift part of it, and it’s been tedious these last two summers when Newcastle have tried to get their top transfer targets through the door, and have not been too successful.
But it’s not all bad news, the squad we have at the moment is very good, apart from being weak up front, where we basically have Papiss Cisse, Shola Ameobi and Yoan Gouffran, who is probably a better winger than a striker.
And if Newcastle can get both Loic Remy and Bafetimbi Gomis through the door this summer, we’ll have our strongest squad since the Bobby Robson days.
And it’s even better than the squad we put together two years ago when we brought in players like Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and Sylvain Marveaux, and subsequently finished 5th top of the Premier League.
Yoan and Sylvain are still here and both have improved as players since we signed them and since last summer we have the five Frenchmen we brought in during January.
So why wouldn’t Newcastle go all out to sign our two top targets Gomis and Remy in the next couple of weeks, and forget that we may have missed out on Darren Bent – the two Frenchmen are better players than Darren – and younger too.
If we can get Remy and Gomis through the door, we could have a very strong squad for next season – and could get back to challenging again for a top six place and maybe even a top four place, although that will be very difficult.
In short – in the overall scheme of things we are really not too badly off at all – because all we only need those two strikers – the rest of the squad is very strong and even has some depth to it.
We’d love to see Newcastle get those two French strikers into the fold, so that they can be ready for the start of the Premier League which starts for Newcastle two weeks on Monday night at Manchester City.
Let’s go for it.
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