The Chronicle reported yesterday that Newcastle will probably miss out on Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, because the player wants to play in the Champions League, and there is no chance of Newcastle United being in that competition for the foreseeable future, with our ambitions being to stay in the upper half of the Premier League.
Alexandre Lacazette – wants Champions league football
Newcastle have missed out on Bafe Gomis and Pierre-Michel Lasogga so far this summer, although in those cases they did not particularly want Champions league football and Gomis signed for Swansea City, and Lasogga wanted to move to Hamburg, and that deal was announced as being completed yesterday.
The Chronicle quoted Lacazette’s agent David Venditelli as saying this yesterday:
“If Alexandre were to leave, he would leave for a team which plays in the Champions League, or at least one which is very close to it,”
With Newcastle having difficulty getting close to a top four position in England, when we go after the better strikers, they usually want Champions League football.
So our choices tend to be limited to those who will join Newcastle and be content with a club whose ambitions are to stay in the Premier League but also avoid any relegation struggle.
And the way that comes out in our goals for the season is that we want to finish in the top ten in the Premier League – and that’s it.
Forget about the cups because long cup runs can have an adverse impact on our league position, as it did with Birmingham, Wigan and Hull City.
And we get big money from the Premier League – almost £80M last season for finishing in 10th place.
Newcastle have lost three strikers this summer in Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong – and we (desperately) need three good strikers brought in.
Newcastle signed Siem de Jong last week form Ajax, and he can play as an out-and-out striker, although his preferred position is as a withdrawn striker in the number 10 position.
It would appear that Newcastle need to go further down their list of striker targets, following this announcement from David Venditelli.