It’s a little amazing how much the Bafe Gomis saga just ended (unsuccessfully) mirrored that of Mathieu Debuchy last summer, and at this time last year Debuchy started to play again for Lille, after being very disappointed the deal did not go through, so he could join his best pal, Yohan Cabaye at Newcastle – and right now Gomis is getting ready to play again for Lyon, after training in the reserves for most of the summer.
Bafe Gomis – too old at 28?
But after the disappointment of last summer, and the fans’ amazement at Newcastle didn’t add more than Vurnon Anita and young Gael Bigirimana to the squad, which has qualified for Europe, Newcastle went back to Lille and made the deal, which we executed in early January.
And there was some debate at that time that Mathieu may have been too old to join Newcastle, because a year ago he was 27, and Newcastle usually bring players in who are younger than that – so their value increases and doesn’t decrease.
Bafe Gomis is now 28, and if we do sign him in January he will soon be 29 next August, so age may become a factor, as Newcastle could always bring in a younger player, like 24 year-old Alfred Finnbogason who plays for Heerenveen, and he had a great season last term and scored 28 goals in 34 appearances for the Eredivisie side.
Alfred would cost £5M at most, and his wages would be a lot less than those of Gomis, so that’s always a possibility.
But if history is to repeat itself at Newcastle, and that’s what seems to be happening all the time, then the club will be trying to do a deal to get Gomis to Newcastle, and he should be about half the price he was in the summer, although wages may again prove to be the stumbling block.
But we feel confident that some striker is going to be signed in the summer, unless of course Cisse and Remy score lots of foals before then.
If that happened, Newcastle wouldn’t buy, although we should always be trying to build up the side, even when we are doing well.
But it seems the club is just far too conservative and unwilling to spend the money necessary to have Newcastle become a great side again.
That’s a great pity.
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