One of the most important positions that Newcastle must strengthen this summer is striker, and that’s because we are losing three of our four strikers this summer – Shola Ameobi, Luuk de Jong and star man Loic Remy, who wants to join a club who will give him Champions League football this summer, and there’s no shortage of suitors after him, with Arsenal and Liverpool thought to be the two clubs most likely to sign the 27 year-old.
Loic Remy - leaving for a bigger club
Remy was great for Newcastle last season, and he scored 14 goals in 27 appearances for the club, and but for those goals, we would have had a second season struggling against relegation, so it’s important to get replace him this summer.
We have already tied up a deal for 20-year-old Tenerife striker Ayoze Perez, to be completed early next month – and that’s good – but the youngster is more one for the future than to be in the first team next season.
Loic has said he will not decide on a club until after the World Cup finishes in Brazil, and that could also be the case for some of Newcastle’s top targets, and that’s a bit worrying.
However, Alan Pardew is being somewhat positive today, as he told Shields Gazette:
“Well, we didn’t have Loic last year, but we found him and managed to get him over the line.” “That’s the sort of quality work we have to do this summer.”
The problem Newcastle have in the transfer market is that we are too frugal – too frugal with the fee we will pay for players, and too frugal with the wages we are willing to pay, and either one of those could scuttle a deal.
And a good case in point is Bafe Gomis, who we were willing to pay £9M for last summer, but will not be going after him this summer, even though he is a free agent, because his wage demands are said to be too high – well at least for Newcastle.
That’s always assuming the news coming though in the last few days is accurate.
And we are sick of hearing the powers that be, most recently Lee Charnley, keep telling us the club will not overpay for a player – and translated into the real world that often means we will not be getting a particular target into the club, because they are too expansive, at least for Newcastle.
So we never find it easy in the transfer market, because of the strict financial parameters the club are working under, and unfortunately that could be true again this summer, and we were hoping that owner Mike Ashley may have had an injection of ambition after a terrible year – and a big dose of it.
But if nothing changes this summer, it could all be a little depressing, at a time when fans want to see Newcastle show some real ambition for a change in the transfer market – and we certainly have the money available.
We really need a big signing announced fairly soon to left the spirits on Tyneside.