Chelsea have slapped a £10M fee on the head of their 21 year-old striker Patrick Bamford, and we hear that’s dented Newcastle’s interested in the England U21 striker, but we hope Newcastle are not going to continue their miserly ways and when they don’t get a bargain basement price on any of their transfer targets we walk away.
21 year-old Patrick Bamford – pay out the money
That’s happened too many times in the past with players who have turned out to be very good players in the Premier League and their values have gone up significantly.
Once such example was striker Wilfried Bony who we had been watching a couple of years ago, but when his transfer price from Dutch club Vitesse was £12M, Newcastle balked as they often do when big money is concerned.
Of course Bony was an immediate success when he signed for Swansea, and in his first season he scored 25 goals in 48 appearances for the south Wales club, and last January was sold to Manchester City for £28M, and that was over the twice the price Swansea paid for him in a short 18 months.
Bony ended up playing 70 times for Swansea and scoring 34 goals for them.
So if Newcastle are really going to build a top side then we have to be able to pay out the money for top players, including top young England players, if the drive is indeed to recruit more British players.
And with the Premier League money so high these days, and going to go even higher, that will have the effect of raising transfer fees, especially when Premier League clubs are involved.
If the news is to be believed then Newcastle have £60M to spend this summer, so we are going to have to pay out some big fees for some of our transfer targets.
And while we don’t want to be taken to the cleaners on the transfer fee, we cannot keep acting like misers if we are to build a top team that can win something in the next couple of seasons.
We saw what happened last season when we kept the money in the bank, and refused to spend it to strengthen an already weakened squad – we were almost relegated.
Fortune favors the brave – and Newcastle will now have to show some courage and even bravery in this summer’s transfer window and bring in some top stars.
Newcastle and Mike Ashley will have to show some bravery to part with their money in order to do that.
And we know Newcastle are the 19th richest football club in the world based on last year’s revenues, and that we have the money available.