Newcastle were linked with Leeds United striker Ross McCormack earlier this summer, when the transfer fee was said to be £5M, and news today that relegated Fulham have signed the Scottish International for a rather massive £11M transfer fee.
Ross McCormack – is he worth £11M?
There is just no way this player is worth £11M, and we are pleased that Newcastle didn’t spend that amount of money on a player who is unproven in England’s top league.
We need more British players in the squad, that’s very true, but you can also understand why Newcastle may be a little reticent to bring in British players when there is such a high premium on them – they are just not good value for money – at least from a financial viewpoint.
Newcastle signed Siem de Jong for just £6M last week, and that was a good deal – and Remy Cabella could cost us around £9M if we can get him in from Montpellier – and they seem much better value for money.
Maybe the way to get English players into the club is through our Youth Academy, but we have not been too successful with that over the last seven years.
It’s an area of the club that we just have to improve.
Written on a rather long train journey – while on vacation in England.