It’s now seven weeks since the Premier League season ended, and Newcastle have signed Ayoze Perez for £1.6M from Tenerife and Jack Colback as a free agent from Sunderland.
Jack Colback – signed as a free agent
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is famous for not wanting to overpay for players, and we haven’t had a good time of it so far this summer, and bids we have put in for players like Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Remy Cabella, Bafe Gomis and possibly Clement Grenier have not been met with any success.
And because Newcastle are not in European competition these days it does become difficult to attract the top players, and that’s especially true with the word getting out that Newcastle are no longer an ambitious club.
We were told after the season ended that the club wanted to complete all their transfer business by the start of the World Cup – but that didn’t happen.
But Newcastle must start getting some players in soon, and while there is still plenty of time to do that – getting players in early is of paramount importance in order that they get a full pre-season in.
It doesn’t look like that is going to happen, and while Newcastle can play the waiting game and refuse to pay only slightly over the odds for our targets – that’s a risky game to play – especially if we start selling some of the senior players we have at the club.
We missed out on Bafe Gomis because Newcastle withdrew from the race to sign him, and he signed a four year deal with Swansea City last week.
But pre-season will be underway in less than a week now, and it’s time Newcastle brought some good players to the club.
And if we have to pay over the odds to get our man – that’s what we should be doing – and we should be doing that now.
What do you think?
Written from Ipswich, England.