Southampton paid out an amazing £12M for Hull City striker Shane Long recently, and the striker is simply not worth that amount of money, and Shane has said himself he was surprised at how high the transfer fee was – we were pleased it wasn’t Newcastle overpaying for the Irish International.
Shane Long – Hull sold this striker for £12M
The problem we have at Newcastle is to get the club to pay out decent money for good players, but Newcastle cannot be accused of not getting value for money in the transfer market – especially this summer, when we have brought in nine players for around £35M, and they are good players that have strengthened the squad.
Newcastle will not overpay for their players, and generally that’s OK – as long as we can get bargain buys through the door, but a number of Premier League clubs are overpaying for their new players with Southampton recently paying out £22M for Fraser Forster and Shane Long.
Hull City have now bid for Blackburn Rovers’ striker Jordan Rhodes, and maybe they have bid the full £12M they received for Long.
And overspending is not restricted to PL clubs with Fulham having paid out a ridiculous £11M for striker Ross McCormack of Leeds United.
And while Pardew is still after another striker in the last 10 days of this transfer window, we don’t expect Newcastle to join the ranks of Southampton, Fulham and maybe Hull in grossly overspending for new players.
This is what Alan has said today:
“I think the most important thing for us is we stay focused on what’s happening and we are.¨ “The limitations in the forward market are very easy to see.¨
“Jordan Rhodes has gone for big money and the price of the lad from West Brom (Shane Long) and the boy who went to Fulham (Ross McCormack).¨ “Do we want to bring a player like that to this football club? I don’t think so.¨
“So we have to be conscious of trying to get a player that’s right for us and who’s good enough for us.¨ “And with all due respect to those guys I don’t think they are good enough for us.”
“I am a football manager and want the best football players I can get.¨ “Whether the board can deliver that I don’t know.¨ “But they have delivered enough for me this term to warrant having a good season. And I think we can.”
Alan is right – we have to buy players who are good enough for Newcastle United – especially if our new goal is to break back in the top six clubs in England – which will not be easy.
We hope that’s the goal.
We’ve signed three Englishmen this summer in Jack Colback, Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles for around £8M, and that’s good business in anybody’s book – and around 66% of what the Saints paid out for Shane Long – just to give a comparison.
Maybe that’s the only way we can get more English players in the squad by spotting good younger players and buying them before their price goes whipping up – which we hope will happen with Karl and Jamaal by next summer, when they will join the Newcastle first team squad.
If Newcastle can get a top striker in and a good center-back through the door before September 2nd, this will have been the best transfer window at Newcastle for at least 10 years, and probably a lot longer than that.
Note: Paul Lawson is a NUFC season ticket holder living in Birmingham, and wonders if there are any other season ticket holders in the area, so they can share the car expenses to Newcastle – you can contact Paul at 07969296054.
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