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.
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. 🙁