Under owner Mike Ashley, Newcastle have tried to do good business in the transfer market and have been unwilling to pay out big money for any player, and with a new Premier League TV deal being negotiated Alan Pardew says today it’s going to be even more difficult for teams like Newcastle – read that as teams not in the top six in England – to capture good players in future transfer windows.
Alan Pardew – it’s going to get more difficult for Newcastle
It seems one of Alan’s jobs as the (only) mouth piece of Newcastle United is to lower expectations of Newcastle fans as much as he can, and he seems to be at it again today.
Pardew has been asked about the last transfer window and he had this to say:
“The window was very tough for lots of teams not at the very top of the Premier League because prices were very high,” “There wasn’t a lot of good product on the market, and it was difficult for teams like ourselves to secure top players.”
“I think we’re all going to find it even more difficult in the future because there’s a new TV deal being negotiated by the Premier League and prices are going to go even higher.” “It’s difficult to know exactly where they’re going to be, particularly for offensive players.”
“This market threw up a couple of players where their value was a bit of an eye-opener. That was a bit surprising, but we did most of our business early and I think we did good business with those players.”
With more money coming into the Premier League, it will make Mike Ashley more determined than ever to keep Newcastle in England’s top league, and on the surface of it you would think more money would be better for Newcastle, because we’ll become a richer club because of it.
It even seems Pardew is using the case that Newcastle will get more money in the future, and turning it into a negative.
Certainly we will become richer in comparison to clubs in other leagues, who do not get anywhere near the massive money that the Premier League gives out to clubs every May – we received £79.5M last May for finishing 10th last season.
But what Alan means is the fees put on the heads of rather ordinary players – especially Englishmen – will only increase and be even more reason why Newcastle will not pay that kind of money out, because it will be way above what Mike Ashley values the players at.
Maybe that means we have to do more deals like we did for Englishmen like Jack Colback, Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles in the summer, and we picked up all three young players at a total cost of around £4.5M.
Looking for free agents and good young players we can sign and then loan them back to their clubs and have them improve on loan before they become part of the first team squad – is one way to go in the future.
For example, because of what we did this summer, next summer we will have two new players in the first team squad in Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles, who should be ready to fight for their first team places at Newcastle.
We think more money for Newcastle should make Newcastle a richer club, and therefore a (much) better team – but it’s the way you look at things we suppose.
We need more ambition and more positivity at Newcastle United, but how long have we been saying that?
What do you think?
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