There is more news today on French midfielder Gueida Fofana, and there were initial reports yesterday that Newcastle were interested in two 22 year-old French players, defensive midfielder Fofana of Lyon and striker Cedric Bakambu of Sochaux.
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From their records it looked like Fofana was the more accomplished player, and news today that Newcastle are indeed interested in the player, who has been impressive for Lyon this season, and if the price is right then Newcastle could potentially go in for him this month.
But there is also news that because Newcastle are not in any relegation trouble, like we were at this time last season, there is no real rush to sign any players this month – and that may turn out to be the case.
Newcastle have 33 points from 20 games, and we have to believe we can get 7 points from those games and avoid relegation, which is always the number one priority under Mike Ashley.
That’s so the club can pick up between £60M and £100M every May, which is what The Premier League will be paying out for the next three years.
The second priority seems to be to finish in the top 10, and then after that – the lowest priority – is to finish high up in the league table – when anything is a possible.
Some top clubs like Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, the two Manchester clubs and others make that the top priority, and go from there – and maybe that’s why they end up at the top of the league – that’s what their target is.
So in the light of those Newcastle priorities with relegation threatening, it’s not too surprising that Mike Ashley paid out around £18M (Pardew keeps saying it was £30M) last January to sign five players to save us from relegation.
That was successful, but we again didn’t bother too much in the summer to add to the squad, and we brought in Loic Remy on loan, and he’s been a huge success.
If Newcastle were again in relegation trouble this January, we could have seen another big influx of players, but when Newcastle are not in any danger we don’t seem to bother too much, and it’s true we haven’t needed to use some players this season in the squad – yet.
It’s just a pity we don’t have a burning desire at the club to become really successful again, but unfortunately that seems to be the case, and we could see no transfer business again this month.
That’s a reading of the tea leaves to be true – but we don’t think we are too far off the truth, and maybe that lack of ambition at Newcastle is one reason why top players like Yohan Cabaye want to leave the club.
What do you think?
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