There’s a good interview in the Chronicle today with Peter Lovenkrands, the former Newcastle forward, and like a growing number of people associated with the club, he is calling on owner Mike Ashley to invest money this summer, as Newcastle have only 13 available outfield players available right now, because our squad is so small and we’ve been hit by both injuries and suspensions.
Mike Ashley – can he resist selling top players in summer?
Mike looks as fed up as the fans in this photo
And Peter has also called on the Newcastle owner to stop selling our best players for big profits, but rather try to build a good team, and as we all know you need good players to do that, so you cannot just keep selling them and make the finances look good.
This is what Peter has said today in the Chronicle:
“If John Carver – or anybody else – gets the Newcastle United job this summer then they are going to need the investment that the club talked about last week.”
“This season has exposed how thin the squad is with injuries and it has been a tough couple of weeks.” “It’s time for Mike Ashley to step up and put some money behind it.”
“Instead of selling the big players, keep hold of them and just build around them and add to it.” “Over the years Mike has earned well with the players he has sold on in Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye who bought in a lot of money.”
“Normally when Newcastle go out and buy they aren’t bringing in to the same extent as to what has gone out.”
“It’s important that Mike comes out with a little bit of a statement and invests in some big players.” “They need some good talent and some experienced players.”
“They need to get the fans back on board.” “Newcastle should still try and get the young players but more importantly some experienced players.”
“They need to look more like the bigger clubs in the Premier League – because Newcastle is a big enough club to be up there and they need the investment to get back up there.”
As it turns out we didn’t get too much for Demba Ba, around £7.5M and it cost at least a £2M signing-on fee in the summer of 2011 to get him as a “free” agent.
But Peter is right – we’ve made big money on players like Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy, and we wont even mention Andy Carroll.
But even if we have a good summer and bring in a number of good players, the proof of the pudding is what Mike does with the good players we already have on board.
And whether he can keep good players like Moussa Sissoko, Daryl Janmaat and Ayoze Perez, if good offers come in for them this summer.
That’s been a big problem in the past – not so much bringing players in, but keeping the good ones we have.
That will be the acid test for Mike Ashley this summer – can he resist the big money offered for them?
What do you think?
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