Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was fairly adamant at the end of last season that Newcastle needed to get more English players into the squad, and it seems Newcastle have tried to do that this summer.
Jonjo Shelvey – doing his (poor) imitation of a baby
But time and again it seems that ridiculous transfer fees were quoted for some of our English targets – and until now we have signed only one Englishman this summer, and that was free agent Jack Colback from Sunderland, and probably we will not get another one in before September rolls around.
Three of the players we are interested in are Andros Townsend of Tottenham, Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, who was at Liverpool, and 21 year-old Burnley striker Danny Ings, who we were linked with again a couple of days ago.
It seems that Newcastle have inquired about all three players and were told the prices of each of these English targets – and we would hazard a guess that the transfer fees quoted were completely over the top, and didn’t present good value to Newcastle.
And while we thought it was going to be very difficult for Newcastle to get some decent bargains this summer, because clubs in France seemed to be getting wise to the way Newcastle operates in these transfer windows – that’s turned out not to be true.
And in fact Newcastle have signed French International Remy Cabella for around £8M – probably not including add-ons – and we got the impressive Daryl Janmaat in for a meager £5M from Feyenoord, and Emmanuel Riviera for just £6M from Monaco – and they seems to be (very) good deals made by Newcastle.
It would be better if we had more English players in our squad, there’s no doubt about that, and we do have some good English youngsters coming through including the two Adams – Campbell and Armstrong – both of whom can score goals.
But unless things change drastically in the future, then it looks like English players will continue to come at a premium, and Newcastle will to look at countries like France, Holland and Belgium for their players.
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