Former Winger – Perez Should Not Move To Newcastle

The former Newcastle Spanish winger/striker Albert Luque, who is now 36, was a complete flop on Tyneside, after he signed on from Deportivo for £9M in 2005,  and he has advised Newcastle target Ayoze Perez  not to sign for Newcastle United, and he thinks he should sign for Porto.


Albert Luque – while at Newcastle

This is what he has told  O Jogo:

“Newcastle is a team that plays typical British football, a direct style of play. They treat foreign players well, but ultimately prefer the British.”

“When choosing a club there are several factors to take into account – and maybe Porto would have been the most suitable for Ayoze Perez.”

The news about Perez broke earlier this week, and it was that he had turned down Porto, and wanted to move to Newcastle, which explains Albert’s comment about joining Porto.

Luque was a left winger/striker and was signed by Graeme Souness in August of 2005, and not only did we pay a high £9M for him, but he was also on very big wages, but turned out just not to be good enough for the Premier League.

He commented a few years after he signed for Newcastle, that he couldn’t believe the wages the club were going to pay him, and that’s much different from today.

Luque was only on the books a couple of years and played only 21 times for Newcastle with a single goal, before moving on to Ajax,  but he didn’t have much success in football once he left Newcastle – and of course he had no success on Tyneside.

He’s held up as an example of one of the worst signings we made in the Freddy Shepherd era, when Newcastle  regularly overpaid for players – again – so much different from today.

In that same summer we also bought Michael Owen from Real Madrid for a massive £17M.

We’re not sure if Luque’s  comments will have any negative impact on Perez, and it seems Newcastle have the five year deal already tied up, although it may take some days to complete.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Santon03

    May 22, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #1



    You can’t deny that Raul has no influence on their success. Schalke reached quarter for the first time when he was there, Raul had big impact there and Schalke fans begged him not to go.

    so.. it’s the same when we had xisco

    I know players can lose their consistency and form, but Cisse has lost it for 2 seasons and pardew can’t restore him like in his 1st season.
    I don’t know what really happen in the training sessions, but noone has improved except Willo.
    Our coaches or pardew or both of them have failed, good players with big experience are needed to lift them in training and matches, they can be someone to look up to and lift their spirits up, good experience players definitely have more to teach than our coaches. We should able to take advantages from set pieces and we are the worst team in set piece (direct or indirect), what they do in training have a lot more effect than player’s quality.

  • welshgeordie9

    May 22, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #2

    yeah that’s right because you were a brilliant player for us wasn’t you


  • Santon03

    May 22, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #3

    No Luque you are wrong!!!
    We prefer French nowadays.

  • welshgeordie9

    May 22, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Who are we going to have next Boumsong

    Dear me

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    May 22, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #5

    He is right though, he shouldn’t come.

  • musomag

    May 22, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Albert, no-one pays any attention to you son. Surely you must remember that from your time here? It’s because you are a Bell E

  • bobby mango

    May 22, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Don’t agree about us preferring British players, jeez look at the squad. But age about style of play and Porto being a better option (for a young, skilful, Iberian winger)

  • cyprus

    May 22, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #8

    This guy cost us 4.2 mil per goal! Actually more than our worst signing Owen. ok Xisco’s up there too, I know, but Owen cost so much more and the cost wasn’t only in money. (Owen cost us 42 mil.!!) We expected so much more from him, a return to the glory days.

    Lesson: hire up and coming stars (like, say, A. Cole) or stars from smaller leagues. Also, get a coach who can actually develop players.

  • Ben3arfa

    May 22, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #9

    Luque was an underachieving flop, he should be the last player to ever comment on the club’s affairs.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 22, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #10

    With Pardew in charge any player should run a mile. Pardew is not going to develop any young English, let alone young, foreign players, especially those with a bit of flair and technical ability.

    I would love to see Perez, Lassogga, Cabella etc come here but fear they will go the same way as Ben Arfa, Marveaux, MYM, Cisse etc.

    West Ham, whilst not sacking Allardyce, have at least demanded he plays attractive football next season, while also insisting he will have to work with an incoming attacking coach.

    Although not going all the way WHU have at least listened to their fans.


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