Under Mike Ashley, Newcastle have done what Arsenal have consistently done in building several great sides over the years with Arsene Wenger, and that is they have recruited from France, where the value for money of players is good, and both wages and transfer fees are less than if the Magpies recruited in Britain, where English players often come at a significant premium.
Alan Pardew – wants more British based players
But Alan Pardew has said for some time now, that he wants more British based players in the squad, and maybe he will get his way in the summer, and it’s likely that several Frenchmen could be leaving the club.
Frenchmen who could leave in the summer include Loic Remy, Gabby Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux and Romain Amalfitano, who just hasn’t made any impact at Newcastle and is on loan for the season at Dijon, while his older brother Morgan has gone in the other direction, and is on loan from Marseilles to West Brom.
And Newcastle could even unload Ben Arfa, who has not had a good season on Tyneside – so it’s possible Newcastle could unload five Frenchmen in the summer, but then we would have to replace them.
Pardew has spoken of wanting more British players in his squad:
“A lot of the French players we’ve introduced because of market forces,” “Arsene Wenger’s first port of call when he arrived here was the same reason, he thought he got better value.” “I’m very disappointed not to have more British-based players in my team.”
“I want more British-based players but I’m certainly not going to argue with the French contingent we’ve got.” “They’ve been absolutely brilliant. This is a world market.”
“We have made our point within the club, that we don’t really want to buy any players from abroad.”
Graham Carr is Newcastle’s Chief Scout, and he has been regularly scouting in France for most of the season, so it remains to be seen if Newcastle can bring in some British based players over the summer.
But in the past the club has balked on the high transfer fees and wages required by those players, and let’s be honest – Mike Ashley has never been known to be loose with Newcastle’s money, since he bought the club in June, 2007.
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