We are fairly confident that Mike Ashley will give out some sizable transfer funds, so that Newcastle can rebuild their squad in the summer, whoever the manager is, but one thing that worries us just a little bit, is if we can get our top targets to the club.
Mike Ashley – top 10 good enough for Newcastle?
As usual we have already been linked with a number of transfer targets this summer, and some of them look good, and there is an emphasis on British players, as the large French contingent is likely to be reduced this summer, with the likes of Loic Remy, Ben Arfa, Gabby Santon, Sylvain Marveaux and Romain Amalfitano all likely to leave, and follow Yohan Cabaye out of the club.
But Newcastle these days are only a top ten side, and it will be very interesting to see what our goals are for next season – maybe top eight or even top six, or will owner Mike Ashley be satisfied with a top half finish and avoid any relegation fight?
If it’s top ten again next season, that wouldn’t be too surprising, and would only validate that Mike has very little ambition for Newcastle United, but what we should be aiming for is top six, because top six is what we need after two (very) disappointing seasons.
Top players want to go to top clubs, and top clubs play in Europe, and the really top clubs play in the Champions League every season.
Newcastle are not a top club these days, and therefore if a top club is also after one of our transfer targets in the summer, we probably have little chance of getting the player to the Tyneside club.
That’s a side effect of what happens when the owner has limited ambition, and that manifests itself in not playing in European competition,.
And it’s all very sad – but also all so very true. 🙁