Anything can happen in the Premier League and anything can happen at Newcastle, and what’s still in our minds is our terrible slump in the second half of last season.
At the moment we are 9 points worse off then we were after 22 games played last season, and one problem we have is that we don’t have a head coach and we’ll not appoint one until the summer, from what Lee Charnley was saying yesterday – so that’s already one strike against us
Cheick Tiote – don’t sell him in January
After 22 games played last season we had 36 points, after we had beaten West Ham 3-1 away with two goals from Yohan Cabaye, who was then sold to PSG.
Charnley mentioned that it was not Newcastle’s intention to do much business in this month’s transfer market – or in any January transfer market, and that’s maybe one big reason Alan Pardew left quickly when he had an escape route open up to Crystal Palace.
And Lee mentioned that January was always a difficult window to negotiate, but it hasn’t stopped Newcastle from selling Carroll, Demba Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye in three of the last four January windows for a total of £62M and not replacing them.
Here’s what Lee said during his interview yesterday about transfer windows and Newcastle’s approach:
What will happen in the January transfer window?
I saw the stuff Gary Lineker tweeted saying we’re hanging back from appointing a head coach so we don’t have to sign anyone which isn’t correct. Are we delaying to get through the January window? Absolutely not.
In all honesty, the January window is not one we ever envisaged being particularly active in. That’s partly because of the amount of business we did in the summer but also because January is a difficult market to operate in.
There are very few options whereby a club can achieve the quality required and also get value. There is often a reason as to why a player might be available in January.
We were forced to bring players in a couple of years ago in January because of where we were in the league and some of those transactions we brought forward from the following summer at significant cost.
As a general principle, January’s not an attractive window. Another important thing to note and something often not mentioned is Premier League teams are only allowed to name 25 players – we’re currently at 25.
Will Newcastle sell any players?
I would never, ever rule out selling anyone because the worst thing I could do is over-promise and under-deliver. You will never, ever get me saying never but I would say we’re very difficult sellers.
We make it very difficult for people to get our players. We put them on long-term contracts. We are not easy sellers, despite that perception. As we sit here today I can’t envisage any player we want to retain leaving.
There is news that Arsenal are after Cheick Tiote, and Moussa Sissoko has made it clear that if any offers come in for him he would be interested in moving to a bigger and more ambitious club.
Without a manager in place there’s nobody even resisting selling a top player if the right bid comes in over the next couple of weeks.
But Newcastle have already been adversely affected by letting Alan Pardew leave – and it would be a huge risk if Newcastle sell wither Sissoko or Tiote this month.
We need both of them to help us get sufficient points so we are not in another relegation fight.
It looks like it may be boring through the rest of the season for Newcastle, but we don’t want that to change because we are in a relegation fight. 🙁
Once the summer comes is the time to look at selling players – because then we have time to replace them – and maybe the summer could be a good time to let Cheick finally leave – but not this month.
That would be reckless.
What do you think?
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