Newcastle To Switch Transfer Focus – Will It Be Successful?


There’s a report in the Chronicle live today that Newcastle will be switching their focus in the transfer market this summer, and that France will no longer be the country we look to first for players.

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Graham Carr – scouting in Germany and Spain

The belief is that Spain and Germany now offer the best value for money, and certainly our capture of Ayoze Perez from Tenerife last summer for just €2M was a great capture.

The 21 year-old had another good game for Newcastle yesterday, and went close scoring a few times against Arsenal in our 2-1 defeat.

Newcastle like to bring in players on the cheap, and then develop them on Tyneside, and that’s worked very well with young Perez this season.

But with both Manchester clubs and Arsenal said to be interested in signing him this summer, if we get a £10M bid for him, we think he will be gone in the summer.

We keep hearing that Germany is a new market for Newcastle, but we haven;t singed any players from there recently, although we did go after Hertha Berlin striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga last summer, but he preferred to move to Hamburg.

And it could be after a poor season at Hamburg, Newcastle will go back in for the 23 year-old striker who could now be cheaper than he was last summer, but whether he’s good enough for Newcastle is a good question.

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Sidney Sam of FC Schalke

We have recently been linked with 27 year-old German International striker Sidney Sam of FC Schalke,  and are supposed to be tracking 24 year-old German International midfielder Karim Bellarabi of Bayer Leverkusen – if reports are to be believed.

Newcastle are once again struggling towards the end of the season, and that’s the second time running Newcastle have floundered towards the end of the season.

Mike Ashley really needs to spend more of Newcastle’s profits on building up the squad, and trying to keep our best players on Tyneside.

Unless Mike Ashley changes his mode of operation at Newcastle, we will never have a decent team as long as he is in charge where money is the big thing, and the squad is very much second  priority.

Ashley’s philosophy at Newcastle is to buy cheap and to sell for huge profits – seemingly as quickly as possible –   whenever a suitable offer comes in for any player.

It’s like playing the stock market, and for a football club that can become suicidal if it gets any worse.

It needs to be an excellent transfer window this summer for Newcastle and the club needs to hire a top coach if Newcastle are going to have any chance of even finishing in the top ten next season.

And that would only be only the third time in nine seasons under Mike Ashley that we have been a top half club, and this season if we were to hazard a guess, we’d say we’d finish in 14th position in the Premier League at the end of May.

Trust us to get a Billionaire who doesn’t like top spend money on players.

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Mar 22, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Jail

    This is what happens:

    I think Gouffran should be dropped in place of I think Gouffran should be dropped in place of Jonas. Since he’s been back he has looked Jonas. Since he’s been back he has looked twice the player he was when he left. I was twice the player he was when he left. I was really impressed with him wherever he was really impressed with him wherever he was playing on the pitch. He seems quicker, he is playing on the pitch. He seems quicker, he is very composed, picking out key passes instead very composed, picking out key passes instead of rushing and holding it up. He did more than of rushing and holding it up. He did more than gouffran and Anita put together. gouffran and Anita put together.

    It’s funny how a team that presses high with It’s funny how a team that presses high with real commitment end up dominating a team. We real commitment end up dominating a team. We actually got players into the box and higher up actually got players into the box and higher up the pitch which is the way we can score goals. I the pitch which is the way we can score goals. I hope Carver realises this and from now on sets hope Carver realises this and from now on sets us upto attack teams and press high. us upto attack teams and press high.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 22, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #2

    tads,
    Agreed, and besides it’s an understudy to Janmaat we need. Dummet as a squad player only and a quality PL left back bought. Two PL ready CBs with STaylor and Collo shipped out, Williamson can be fourth choice. Bite the bullet on Riverie and give him to some mid table french club with good money spent on a proven striker. Obertron can go as can Anita, I think there’s far too much to be done this window so we’ll have yet another shite season next year with Honest John in charge.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #3

    IG9,
    Mmm, problematic, have you rang the manafacturer, you might have to save your data and restore to factorty settings.

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  • Vask

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #4

    Hahaha, Irish you can’t blame your bad English on technology mate… Go back to school…. Nah am just kidding… Paste…

    I think Gouffran should be dropped in place of Jonas. Since he’s been back he has looked twice the player he was when he left. I was really impressed with him wherever he was playing on the pitch. He seems quicker, he is very composed, picking out key passes instead of rushing and holding it up. He did more than gouffran and Anita put together.

    It’s funny how a team that presses high with real commitment end up dominating a team. We actually got players into the box and higher up the pitch which is the way we can score goals. I hope Carver realises this and from now on sets us upto attack teams and press high.

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #5

    Jail
    Do you think we’ll be able to offload Gouffran?

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  • Vask

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Some very astute points though… reminds me of a young me 😉

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #7

    Hang on hang on hang on

    Are you telling us it is actually beneficial to use our scouts and resources to branch out and search for players in more than just one country at a time?

    Well f**k me who’da thunked it

    Not believing a single thing until action is actually taken as we’ve had a full 3 seasons of bullsh1t and lies
    Talk is cheap Ashley, that’s probably why the club do so much of it without backing it up

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #8

    JFA
    If good old Geordie boy John is charge we could be the Barca starting 11 and still get relegated….

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #9

    Ron Knee,
    No I don’t, like I said yesterday this buy cheap sell high by taking punts on players will eventually leave you with a squad full of players you can’t get rid of, they already used the excuse of a full allocation of squad places for an excuse not to buy despite STaylor being injured and Santon leaving.

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  • lochinvar

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #10

    Sunday papers saying Martinez chatting up Ayew who wants silly money to play in the Premier.
    Clearly Everton can’t afford their own scouts.
    Only good news is that they are totally in the shadow of Liverpool so Ayew is hardly going to be impressed by that lot.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #11

    Lochinvar,
    If Gomis can command good wages on a free what chance have we got landing him.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #12

    Lochinvar
    Nearly every team in the PL has been linked with Ayew thanks to his agent not much to do with scouts like

    Also can’t see how if we’re supposedly switching attention away from France why we would be after Ayew for the money he wants

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #13

    Ed…it seems Santon among other players didn’t fit into that philosophy!

    …I think he just try to buy cheap period!

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #14

    Jail
    Why Gouffran gets regularly selected is a mystery to me. Like giving the opposition a twelfth man.

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  • Reyantoon

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #15

    Sidney Sam can be good signing. Good dribbler,fast and have skills.could be replacement for marveaux.
    May be we switched scouting from France because no more good players available there,apart from 2 or 3,like vertout, Ayew,Gignac,etc
    It’s difficult to get Lacazatte now.Although Lacazatte and Grenier are my top preferred players I would like us to sign from everybody else!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #16

    Ron…it was the same under Parsnip. Certain players just got picked regardless of performance!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #17

    …and others just couldn’t get a game! (that last part has improved under Carver I think)

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #18

    2015 and my phone is incapable of doing one of the most basic actions on a computer device. That’s why it’s such a pain when ed starts a new thread when I post.

    Vask

    We have very similar views on Jonas and when I saw your post I thought for a second it was a repost of mine.

    Thanks for making me feel young by the way.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #19

    Irish…how old is that phone? Maybe it’s time for an upgrade?

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  • Ron Knee

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #20

    jesper
    But WHY do they pick him? Objectively, what does he do?

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #21

    When I’m running the club the first one out the door will be Graham bloody Carr. I’ll get him to carry Anita, Gouffran, Riviere and all his other flops/meal-tickets out on his back and all…

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #22

    Ron…I don’t know 🙂

    …it has been the same in regards to other players before!

    *Maybe Gouf’s agent was a great negotiator? 😉

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #23

    ToF…I think it’s more a case of us breaking/ruining these players

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #24

    Jesper

    It is a Sony Xperia. I think I got it a year and a half ago so it should definately be capable.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #25

    The Overrated Frenchmen
    How do you know they were top of the list?

    He put forward Lacazette and Pea who we decided weren’t worth stumping up for, not Carr’s fault if they scan straight to bottom under the *last resort do not buy unless ambition is void* part of the list

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #26

    Irish…yeah you’re right it should be fine!

    …try reset it. I assume it has worked before?

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  • Reyantoon

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #27

    If we scouting Spain,we should look on Jesse Rodriguez of Real madrid as well.
    Strong,fast, young..
    could be a replacement for one of our wingers.In the mean time,looking forward to Barca v R.mad!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #28

    ToF…you could argue alot of the players we end up buying (I agree with tads here) doesn’t really fit our style or whatever philosophy we have!

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  • toonbrother

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #29

    Is Sam – another winger- the answer to our problems?
    i doubt it
    We need in order of priority
    1. Two central defenders one left sided, one right sided
    2. A centre forward with great hold up ability
    3. A defensive midfielder to replace tiote

    Wingers and wide forwards are the least of our worries
    We have Obertan, Ameobi, Cabella, Gouffran, Arrons, Marveaux and Perez all of whom can play out wide

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  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #30

    Good morning NUFC blog, how are we doing?

    Jesper…Of course they fit in with our philosophy. Discounted 🙂

    Irish…I’ve still not received payment for my recent copy and pasting works. Did you read the small print and Wongaesque late payment penalties?

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  • BoyDoneGood

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #31

    One Fine Day

    (From earlier thread)

    Spot on – I said we were potentially very well placed IF (and ONLY if) this clearing of the decks and hoarding of profits is in preparation for a new coach and major squad investment (in young players of course – the clear club policy). If it doesn’t happen, then I guess I expect another depressing minimalist season followed by sale of the club in 2016. Let’s hope for the “if”.

    I disagree with your view that spending more freely as we go would have meant we’d have been selling Bony at a profit to Man City. That’s a big maybe. Who knows which “targets” would have been landed. And buying from the Eredivisie is a notorious gamble. For every Bony there are a few Afonso Alveses or – closer to home – Jon Dahl Tomassons.

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #32

    Jesper

    It’s a strange one to be honest. Sometimes it pastes everyones comments on the page even though my section is the only one highlighted. I’ve tried resetting it but that was a waste of time.

    On football…

    Do we even have a philosophy? It seems Carver has just copied Pardew and just adds stranger substitutions into the mix. He even has the nerve to say he is changing it yet it is blatantly still the same. To expand even Aaron’s admitted himself nothing has changed. The funny thing is that pardew didnt even have a philosophy in place. Wait, the only thing in place was the set pieces to Williamson. Has that changed?

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #33

    Ibiza

    Good morning mate how are you?

    Ermm, yeah. About that payment. Well, it seems you have sent it to the wrong address. It totally isn’t just laying on my table. No, why would I lie? 😉

    I can see this copying and pasting getting out of hand. There’s gonna be nothing left in my safe at this rate.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #34

    BDG,
    There you go again inventing scenarios, the only way we would not invest is because Mashers intends to sell ??? What about the more very realistic and proven scenario wher he spends as little as possible to try and acheive tenth while gloating over profits.

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  • croftus5678

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #35

    gouf is not our new guti !

    he tries hard is half decent in tackle got decent speed but his main talent is getting around the pitch a lot without doing much !

    i feel sorry for him tbh as our club has ruined him as lets not forget he’s a striker and has been everywhere else ! we have played him very few times there even when we are very very short of goals like now !

    i honestly think if he’s not played where he was bought for (as striker) then his next best position is lb as he has speed an avg tackle half decent strength.
    his vision aint great nor is his crossing and he’s not that great at taking people on so imo he’s wasted at wing.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #36

    Ibiza…morning mate!

    …if they are cheap they’ll go for ’em! Maybe that is our only philosophy (would explain alot)

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 22, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #37

    Croftus,
    Gouffran would be a good striker off the bench, a squad player at best but the club for whatever reason class him as too ‘purple’ and therefore too expensive for the bench.

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Mar 22, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #38

    Jail

    Your’e probably right there to be honest.

    1 million is alot for mike ashley to fork out these days for it to be rotting on the bench.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 22, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #39

    I remember Honest John saying that he pursuaded Charners not to sell Cisse to gain some fan brownie points, the fact that they were even thinking about selling our only proven striker beggars belief.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 22, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #40

    Irish…Well, apart from having to chase non payers, I’m mostly good mate 🙂

    Jesper…That and the purple philosophy. Oh, don’t forget the let’s not be distracted by cups philosophy.

    We have loads of philosophies actually.

    Is their anyone out there called Phil Osophy? Maybe he could be our new coach and bring an end to this no philosophy nonsense!

    Jail…That’s it right there. How can Carver on one hand say he’s happy with what the club are trying to do – as he has the inside track – and also say how he had to convince them to keep Cisse at the death of the window.

    It just doesn’t add up. Well it does, just not the way we’re being told.

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