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.