Newcastle Playing A Risky Game In The Transfer Market


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.

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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?

Comments welcome.

Written from Ipswich, England.



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377 comments so far

  • expatmag

    Jun 29, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #1

    Jeez Ed. You rattling them out today.

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  • firebug666

    Jun 29, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Pay over the odds is never going to happen, Bargain basement and freebies is what we will get.

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  • firebug666

    Jun 29, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #3

    expatmag

    Ed’s just waiting for his coffee to cool. lol

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 29, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Cyprus
    No ones haters bud, Simply not good enough for the first team that’s all.
    Gutti by his own admission has admitted his legs are shot. He offers no attacking threat and his defensive qualities are dire at best. Put it this way 11 Gutti type players = championship. The lad went on loan to a relegated squad and couldn’t even get game time so why would we deem him good enough to come back in to the fold.
    As for Marvs how many chances do you give a player to shine and he fails every time. Was it Spurs or the Everton game last season when he lost the ball and just stood there and let the player run and score, Which in due course he faced the wrath of most of his team mates.
    Marvs has been here 3 year now mate and has achieved nothing.
    Is this really players we need on our books ??

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  • expatmag

    Jun 29, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #5

    JazY

    They are not but noone else wants them. Maybe we should just pay off their contracts

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  • Slank

    Jun 29, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #6

    jazzyp,

    Agree.

    Football is a competitive sport and the players must be competitive too at all times. That means they must do everything they can when playing and when trying to get into the team.

    If they can’t hack it after they have been given opportunities over a reasonable length of time the club must get rid of them. There should be no sentimentality about it.

    Marveaux and Obertan have to go. Jonas for different reasons has to as well.

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  • firebug666

    Jun 29, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #7

    As for the lack of season tickets at the club, it’s not about taking money out of the club, or even lining Ashley’s greasy pockets.

    It’s about buying a product, Why should the fans pay good hard earned money to watch a none performance on the pitch? Why pay into a club that by it’s own admission is not going to challenge for anything all season, and just want to stay in the league? Why then should life long supporters pay their money to a club who will willingly take you money but give you nothing in return?

    At the end of the day, that money should entitle the supporter to 90 minutes of entertainment, Passion should be high, excitement should have the supporters on the edge of their seats, The team should be surging forwards creating a vast roar from the crowd.

    What do we get, 70 – 80 minutes of 11 men behind the ball hugging our own 18 yard box, with the occasional hoofing of the ball up-field to no one in particular.

    Well I don’t see anything changing in the near future.

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  • Slank

    Jun 29, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #8

    expatmag @ 5

    I guess that there would be buyers out there but perhaps not to the liking of Marveaux and Obertan who have enjoyed Premiership wages and perks for quite some time now without contributing much to the club.

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  • expatmag

    Jun 29, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #9

    Passion? Excitement? I get more of that from the missus and we have been married 40 years. Well, 14 years actually. It just feels like 40….llol

    Sorry darling. You know I didnt mean it

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  • expatmag

    Jun 29, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #10

    Slank

    Would it be feasible to use some of this years profit on paying their contracts off and getting them off our boiks considering the manager doesnt want to use them?

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  • firebug666

    Jun 29, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #11

    expatmag

    I know what you mean, all my fun stops on Tuesday when our lass gets back from visiting her mum in Istanbul. My month of freedom is ending, time to take out the empties and send the dancing girls away… Ahhh well!

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 29, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #12

    Expat
    As we did with Barton why not mate

    Slank
    Its no good mate having players that offer nothing to the 1st team, The squad is thread bare as it is never mind having 3-4-5 players that are not prepared to carry the can in to battle when that whistle goes.
    My biggest fear whether we sign players or not…Is that we seem to be obsessed with finding gems that nobody has heard of rather than bringing in Quality players that are proven.
    Personally would sooner bring in 2 players per season of quality rather than the 4-5 potentials

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  • expatmag

    Jun 29, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #13

    Firebug

    You need to give her a good “turking” mate!… lol

    Sorry, my bad

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  • Slank

    Jun 29, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #14

    firebug666 @ 7

    You have to ask yourself why have Newcastle fans continued to pay to watch a team that hasn’t won a domestic trophy for nearly 50 years irrespective of who has owned the club and who has managed the team.

    It’s the syndrome of a Geordie crowd looking at eleven black and white shirts hanging on a washing line. It has always been this way and will always continue to be this way.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 29, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #15

    @GFN_France: Mediafoot Marseille: The club will let go of Andre Ayew, Nicolas N’Koulou, Steve Mandanda and Mathieu Valbuena at the right price. #OM

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 29, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #16

    Expat
    I would sooner pay Pardew off rather than players mentioned mate. Bring in somebody like De boar who offers a more attack mindset to the players. rather than the predictable English mentality that Pardew finds his self trapped in

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 29, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #17

    @GFN_France: Mediafoot Marseille: Dimitri Payet and Andre Pierre Gignac are transfer listed as Marseille look to sell to fund Bielsa revolution. #OM

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  • scout

    Jun 29, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #18

    Will MA ever spend on some proven players. Is it true that Perez was on 250 quid a week?

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  • expatmag

    Jun 29, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #19

    Slank

    It is all related to the lifestyle of the NE.

    Go to work all week. Come matchday, pre match drinks in the pub with mates and afterwards, post match analysis of yet another false dawn. Back to work on monday

    The only difference is now this owner is continually making it obvious he is going to screw the working man royally without any remorse for his actions.

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  • Slank

    Jun 29, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #20

    expatmag @ 10

    ‘..Would it be feasible to use some of this years profit on paying their contracts off and getting them off our boiks considering the manager doesnt want to use them?..’

    In theory yes. I suppose the best time is after the transfer window has closed when there have been no buyers and the players are free agents.

    There must come a point in a players contract where the cost of paying him off is less than the cost of paying him to continue getting his wages but I would guess that there would be some weasly words in some clauses that would protect the player one way or another from being out of pocket.

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  • firebug666

    Jun 29, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #21

    Slank

    I will never stop supporting the team, but I understand why supporters are not renewing their tickets, It’s not about NOT winning a trophy were all use to that, this is about no even trying to win. Their is no passion or excitement or ambition left, the club have quite literally taken that away.

    Expatmag

    She’s not so bad being Turkish, just give her a nice stuffing and she’s happy. Really glad she never comes on this site like pmsl.

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 29, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #22

    Tads
    I would take Gignac so long as the fee was low. More proven season in season out than any forward we have been linked with.
    This is my point about signing proven rather than potential. We are not a big enough club to be able to keep making this mistake as we do not have the funds or squad depth of a Citeh or Chelski

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  • scout

    Jun 29, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #23

    Maybe a clear out of the dead wood then MA will go to town on the transfer market. BANG BANG BANG BANG………

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 29, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #24

    So many questions needs answering about just how the f*^k the club got in this state
    It’s easy to just blame Pardew, but not for me, he’s one problem, there’s a whole host of them that have got us here

    Pardew is tactically inept and ridiculously stubborn when it comes to much needed changes

    The players, especially those not directly in the starting 11, seem to have no fight or guts or even be able to give 70-80% on the pitch, they just come on and go through the motions

    Which begs the question why did Carr recommend them? Isn’t he supposed to scout there personality as well as there ability?

    Then when we get the players there are left in the hands of Carver and Stone and there pre historic training set up

    Couple this entire inept set up of Pardew, Carr, Stone, Carver and a squad built up mainly of freebies and bargains signed for the sole purpose of the fact they were free or cheap rather than being players we need in positions to add genuine strength and depth leading to a squad with no balance width goals but over stocked in negative minded defensive players, all under the guidance of an a owner and chairman who’s mission statement is to not compete on any level but continually turn a profit is it really any wonder were well and truly up sh1t creek?

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  • al gardiner

    Jun 29, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #25

    i remember as a kid looking forward to the season every year, looking for the sunderland fixture and looking forward to beating them. this year i have nothing to dream of and the only nightmare that exists now is that i fear we will be turned over the unwashed again. no passion on the pitch, no tactics and no players. someone tell me where any goals will come from this year 8/1 odds with most that we will be relegated. we cant even tempt gomis over swansea

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  • Shaker Shakrah

    Jun 29, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #26

    Keep supporting and enjoy the relegation battle
    next season hopeless people !!!

    that all i can say !!!
    the fact that you are attending a clowns show every home game can’t get in my mind !!!!
    our team is not playing even near the EPL level anymore

    Keep it keep it geordies you’re doing a great job
    instead of embarrassing the club and Mike Ashley
    in front of the media !!!

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 29, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #27

    I don’t think its the whole starting 11 that has no fight.
    Debs-Sissoko-Tiote go into the game with good intentions but just have the stuffing knocked out of them as there trying to carry the fight to an opposing 11 and are gradually worn down. I think that’s why Debs looks so p@ssed off at the end of every game because he see’s players like Gouffy try for the first 20 mins then run out of steam for the fight ahead.

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 29, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #28

    Here we go again lets mock the fans that still attend !!
    Well done mate….well done

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  • Slank

    Jun 29, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #29

    scout @ 18

    ‘…Will MA ever spend on some proven players..’

    Like Colo, Jonas, Cabaye, Sissoko, Debuchy, Tiote, Cisse, Santon etc – all internationals and some playing at the World Cup.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 29, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #30

    Ed

    how are ever going to attract the like of grenier, cabella, Lacazete, P.E.A with a manager who openly says ” thank god we haven’t got Europe !”

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  • Sliema

    Jun 29, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #31

    It’s strange. There was a wealth of support for Marveaux on here a few months ago. Pardew was being blamed for not playing him, people were saying he was our Cabs replacement, he was one of our best players!!!

    You all seem to have changed your minds and now those same people are chucking him in the pot with the likes of Obertan!

    I don’t mind. I cannot stand Marv. He is absolutely useless, has been given umpteen chances and never ever takes them. He’s a complete dud. But, I’ve stood by that since the beginning…. I haven’t used him to jump on Pardew all season long then quietly changed my mind after the season is over. Tut tut.

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  • Shaker Shakrah

    Jun 29, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #32

    # jazzyp

    look man i’ll come to from the end
    nothing will ever change at Newcastle until the fans
    change it .
    don’t you see what Liverpool fans did to their owners 4 or 5 years ago ?
    do you think everyone at the club would listen to what the fans says ?
    they are just reading what they are being told from Ashley presenters , that’s it .
    Ashley is happy about this situations and he is
    surely satisfied about the success that he made
    from the club all these years in his view .
    is Liverpool fans better than yous ??
    maybe YES !!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 29, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #33

    Slank

    That’s the whole point, Pardew still has some very good players and potentially great foundations but has completely missed his opportunity with his total ineptness and anti-football.

    Nobody wants to play for Pardew now and he’s alienated players, fans, coaches alike and is still in the job!! Nightmare person to be in charge.

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 29, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #34

    Shaker
    “Is Liverpool fans better than yours”
    I trust your not a Nufc fan then ??

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  • Shaker Shakrah

    Jun 29, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #35

    # Rotonda heights

    yes you reminded me
    spot on mate !
    good post .

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  • Slank

    Jun 29, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #36

    Firebugg @ 21

    ‘I will never stop supporting the team, but I understand why supporters are not renewing their tickets, It’s not about NOT winning a trophy were all use to that, this is about no even trying to win. Their is no passion or excitement or ambition left, the club have quite literally taken that away. ‘

    I too will never stop supporting the team but also the club. It’s through thick and then, high and low, good and bad times and boy have they been some bad times since I started in the early 60s.

    I know some people who have stopped renewing their tickets because of reasons nothing to do with the club but they disguise it as a protest against the management.

    I was at all the home Fairs Cup games and it was great. Winning a trophy is great and it is uplifting for everybody. I want to see them win a cup. I have been waiting a long time and during this time they have always gone out to win but you wouldn’t have known it from the performances from the poorest manager to the best, Sir Bobby.

    I agree with the club saying the Premiership is the priority and the cups are secondary. That doesn’t mean they will not try. They have never said that they will not try to win a cup. That would probably be illegal.

    I still get excited. It’s a passion that doesn’t diminish.

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  • the truth will out

    Jun 29, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #37

    scout
    how about pocket the dosh find a couple of whores and bang bang bang bang
    thats more like it

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  • Shaker Shakrah

    Jun 29, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #38

    # jazzyp

    I am a Newcastle fan from Asia
    but i am talking to the real Nufc fans in the City
    or as they called the geordies

    I am 20 years old now and i have supported Newcastle since like when i was 9 or 10 years old mate !!!!!

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 29, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #39

    Sliema
    Ive never changed my mind mate on players I have said are not good either.As I keep saying signing players on freebies or that are worth 2-3 mill when championship teams are paying more for players than us, Shows which direction we are heading in

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 29, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #40

    How can people blame marveaux for everything when he’s barely played at all.

    The goal Marveaux created for Ba at arsenal was from another planet as were the last minute assists he kept giving Cisse . A competent coach may have been able to develop Marveaux, play him in his right position and give him confidence.

    Can Cisse, MYM, HBA, Marveaux etc all have suddenly become bad players. I don’t thinks so. I would love to see this club judged under a real manager, not the current cardboard cut -out.

    As for not boycotting a couple of matches, can people not meet up with their mates and have a pint watching Gateshead? By all accounts their manager actually has them playing good football.

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