If we look at some of the transfer targets we are supposed to be after this summer, a lot of them are (very) good players, but therein lies the problem – they are good players – and with a large majority of our targets we have other bigger clubs – those in the Champions League – also after them.
Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette – Newcastle target
We don’t want to be too negative, but we also have to be realistic and say the chances of Newcastle beating out a club in the Champions League these days for any player just cannot be that high.
This is what Pardew has said in the Shields Gazette today about the summer transfer window:
“There’s a lot of negotiating to do and a lot of work to do this summer – there’s no doubt about that,”
That statement doesn’t match the confidence of a few weeks ago, when news was leaked that Newcastle wanted to get all their transfer business done before the World Cup opens in June, and that was always an unrealistic goal.
But it’s also good to get players in early, so they get a full pre-season with the club, and if they arrive in late August it gets harder to assimilate them into the team, and harder to get the best out of them quickly – which is what Newcastle desperately need to do.
And after a second poor season, where Mike Ashley (again) showed everyone his limited ambitions by selling our best player in January and not replacing him, the Newcastle United brand at the moment is not at its strongest.
And the end of season turmoil at the club, with the fans demonstrating against both Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew, doesn’t make it any easier for us to sign top players.
That move by Ashley upset a number of current players at the club, just as it had when we sold Andy Carroll in similar circumstances three years ago – and those actions will not help our summer transfer drive.
Some of our top targets – Montpellier winger Remy Cabella, Lyon play-maker Clement Grenier, Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, and Hertha Berlin striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga are all excellent targets, but bigger clubs are also in the mix for them – in every single case.
And there’s the rub – it could become a difficult transfer window for the Tyneside club, and we’ll just have to wait and see how far down the list of targets we have to go, before we get the players into the club.
Let’s hope it’s not too far down the list. and that we can still attract some top players to the club this summer. 😀
What do you think?