Albert Luque – Newcastle A Great Club But It’s Difficult There

Albert Luque has been talking to the Spanish press about Ayoze Perez’ pending move to Newcastle United, and they are reporting it’s already a done deal.

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Albert Luque – while at Newcastle

Albert has talked to a number of the Spanish outlets today, and he had this to say to Teide Radio about the Newcastle United club:

“The two years I spent there were the two worst on a personal level.” “Newcastle is a great club but if I could go back it is an experience that I would not repeat.”

“The step that Ayoze has taken shows tremendous courage on his part, but it’s going to be a challenging move. It is a football team that plays a very English style.”

“They are very direct and when you go there they give you respect, but they prefer players who come from their own area.”

“The club is financially very healthy but every two years they want to start over again, and they have a never-ending need to change things.”

“The contract that he has got will have delighted him but it is a difficult place to go. All three of the Spanish players who have gone there were warned that it was a difficult move and none of the Spaniards were a success.”

“It will not be easy and he will have to do it himself. He will be alone there without any help. It will be tough for him and maybe Porto would have been a better option for him.”

Albert is still only 36,  so he will still remember very well how difficult it was for him when he joined the club nine years ago.

But Newcastle have also changed a lot since those days, and no longer are we the big spenders we once were – and in fact over the last five years Newcastle are the lowest net spenders in the Premier League – hopefully that will change this summer.

But we no longer pay out big fees and big wages for players, and Newcastle don’t change things every two years – which we did under Freddy Shepherd, simply because we kept changing the manager.

So there’s a bit more stability at Newcastle than there used to be, but it’s a stability mired in mediocrity.

Newcastle are less successful than we were when Shepherd was running the club, and if Mike Ashley is to ever become a successful football owner, he’s going to have to spend some big money on players in the transfer market.

Certainly a lot more than he’s been willing to spend over the last seven years, when Newcastle’s status in the football world has been on  the decline. 🙁

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    May 22, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #1

    They bought him and never really fancied him. The tail wagging the dog? Hopeless. He wasn’t a bad player at all.

  • Lost Plot

    May 22, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #2

    Out of the Spaniards we brought to Tyneside .. Had they actually been any good prior or did we just go for the fancy name to sell a shirt

  • beermonkey

    May 22, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #3

    with regards to players that have done well under pards
    the players that get cited ba remy cabs were all key players and in there area the main focal point, the team look to give them the ball

    it is easier to play and look better if your team is looking to give you the ball

    berbatov when at spurs was there focal point look at how he wasn’t the same at united after his big money move as they are a team and don’t focus there efforts towards 1 player

    some players will always excel no matter and some will never reach there full potential

    where pardew let us all down is trying to get players to do what is not in there natural game

    it took 2 season for pardew to play cabs further up the pitch when he first arrived like most I had a look at what we bought and was looking forward to seeing him play, instead pardew tried to convert him into holding mid look at the player we could have had if played to his strengths like his last 6 mnths

  • NOVA2967

    May 22, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #4

    Was a very good player but destined to fail. Ayoze should have more time to develop so different story i.e.: Xisco… Porto do a much better job at promoting world class player so for Ayoze, maybe should of listened to Luque… but money talks
    Hopefully he is really determined… I was wondering why is he rated so good. Im pretty sure Ings and Austin scored just as much in the English Championship so it makes you wonder but again if Porto where interested then I have faith…

  • Rotonda heights

    May 22, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #5

    2 threads on Luque now!! Actually Marcelino made him look a workaholic!! Tbf under Souness Luque never saw the ball as it sailed over his head. Sound familiar!

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    May 22, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #6

    What he says sounds pretty spot on. In terms of Pardew he certainly prefers British player given the chance.

  • SuperShearer

    May 22, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #7

    Genuinely question some of the fans on here stating that potential new signings shouldn’t come here because they’ll go backwards in terms of ability. Really? What about Cabaye? He wasn’t a regular international when he came here, neither was Debuchy. Colo was in the team of the year a few seasons ago, Ba was signed by one of the richest clubs in the world. You’re basing this on who exactly? Ben Afra who has fallen out with every manager he’s ever worked with? Marveaux who is forever injured? I’m not a fan of Pardew, quite the opposite, but to say that players don’t develop under us is simply inaccurate.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 22, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #8


    as you say ba, cabs and remy were well established players way before playing under pardew and also as you say, it took pardew so long to finally work out cabaye’s best position when the man on the street could see it.

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    May 22, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #9

    I’m gutted and angered by West Ham’s statement of more attacking football.
    They have listened to the fans, and recognised Allardyce’s qualities and are attempting to combine them in order to improve.
    How hard is it for us to just do something similar? But we won’t because it costs money. Truly sick to death of this club. I want to enjoy football and this year has been god awful, like periods of every single year in the Ashley era. He just cannot make any good decisions.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 22, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #10


    yes really applaud WHU for their stance in demanding allardyce (who is too expensive to sack) plays attractive football next season and has to bring in an attacking coach.

    Trouble is negative, defensive, containing hoofball is in pardew and Allardyce’s DNA and anything else is anathema to them, so watch this space!

  • Rotonda heights

    May 22, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #11

    super shearer

    debuchy and cabaye were ligue 1 winners and played CL football every year! Remy scored regularly for a s–t QPR team and ba has scored wherever he’s been. Which young player has Pardew brought through and developed?

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    May 22, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #12


    Not claiming it will be success, but it shows a willingness to improve and adapt. Something we simply won’t do. At this point there’s just nothing more to be said about Newcastle United that hasn’t been already.
    I’m not excited one bit about transfers and I’m prepared to be at odds with Pardew and Ashley from the first whistle of the new season. I’ve just had enough of the entire situation. It pissed me off when Pardew claimed a few signings will hopefully placate the fans and everything will be hunky dory again.
    I for one am prepared to lose another season if it means strong steps are taken to see these scumbags out.

  • Slank

    May 22, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #13

    Luque maybe right as a number of Spaniards at the club have failed but that could be for a host of different reasons, poor team, poor manager, poor coaches, unsuitable tactics etc. Enrique hasn’t too bad. Colo and Jonas although not Spanish came from the Spanish league and have been a success.

    It’s a bit like South Americans. Nobby was a great success but some of Sir Bobbies imports were rubbish. It’s not just Latins. Jon Dahl Tomasson was a great Danish forward before he came to us and after he left us but was next to useless imbetween.

    Brush and Tar Can’t Always.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 22, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #14

    Hasn’t young campbell, Richardson, Ameobi, Armstrong, Tavs all progressed and been promoted to the first team for their good efforts at the club during spells in the past few years?

    I like this about Pardew. He rewards the youngsters and isn’t aftaid to field them.

    And don’t even mention about Campbell being played out of position, that would of did that lad the world of good and give him the incentive to push on and keep his head down and work hard. That’s all it’s meant to do at this point in his development.

    Ben Arfa has played amazing in spells his consistency is the problem not Pardew either.

    There is no such word as Pardewed.

    Players have bad spells. Every single player people have said has been Pardewed has also had runs where their form has been excellent. We have struggled with consistency this past two years because our squad is not big enough once we are ridden with injuries and we keep on losing our top players without replacing them at the same time.

  • nufc 11

    May 22, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Thinking about it last night there are some players form the relegated teams that would do nufc a nicley and wouls cost much and give us some EPL experience and steel.

    1. Jordan Much, from Cardiff think he has the making of a good player 3/5million
    2. Dan Burn, Fulham CB for the future loan him back 4 nxt season let him learn the trade against lesser forwards in the championship 3/5million
    3. Kansani from Fulham too swiss player the one who got the wonder goal at Palace has the making of a good player 2/3million
    4. Corey Woodroe Fulham again one for the future loan him back to fulham 3/5million
    5 Nathan Redmond Norwich 2/3million
    6 Leroy Fer 5/6million
    7. Gary Hooper 3/4million worth a punt

  • nufc 11

    May 22, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #16

    and Robert Snodgrass 3/5million the french market while it has its plus sides last has showed us the need for British based players.


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