Newcastle are lining up a number of players to bring in during the January transfer window and we would have hoped the players would be able to make an instant impact in case we are still in the relegation zone or close to it.
So with that background, it’s a bit of a surprise that Newcastle are reported (by the Chronicle) to be interested in signing Southampton’s Gaston Ramirez in the January transfer window.
Gaston Ramirez – Newcastle interested – why?
Ramirez was signed by the Saints back in the summer of 2012 from Italaian club Bologna for £12M on a four year contract and therefore his contract will come to an end next June – and Newcastle will try to get him at a cut price.
But will he be good enough for Newcastle?
It seems that Newcastle sometimes put how good the deal is ahead of how good the player is – and that’s not the right way to go about transfers.
You tend to end up with good deals and average players that way.
Gaston certainly seems a talented player and has played for Uruguay since 2010 and he currently has 34 full caps for his country.
In his first two seasons at the Saints he played 48 times with 8 goals and then he was loaned out to Hull City last season where he played 22 times with one goal.
Newcastle have to be very careful this January about who we bring in – and it seems we are going after players whose contracts run out next June and they could include both striker Charlie Austin of QPR and central defender Joel Matip of Schalke.
If we can get those three players in then they should be decent deals but what are the chances that Ramirez can make it at Newcastle, having already failed at Southampton?
Players in January should be able to make an instant impact and we have our doubts about whether the 24 year-old Uruguayan International would be able to make an impact at Newcastle.
What tells people like Graham Carr and Steve McClaren that Ramirez can be a success at Newcastle when he has failed to make it at Southampton?
Two of last year’s signings – Remy Cabella and Emmanuel Riviere looked like decent buys for us at the time – but they both turned out to be flops.
They didn’t have any experience of English football when they came in from France – but Ramirez has – and he hasn’t been a star in England and cannot get his place at Southampton.
We just don’t know why Newcastle would want to take a risk with Ramirez in January when our Premier League status could depend on bringing in the right players.
One of the reasons we seem to have such a poor squad at the moment is that in the last five or six transfer windows we haven’t brought in enough good players to improve the squad.
What do you think?