There has been lots of news in the press – it´s true it´s mainly been from the national press – about Newcastle signing 33 year-old Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes, who seems to be a player who has been squeezed out at the Red Devils by new manager Louis van Gaal.
With Tim Krul being out for the season, there has been lots of news that we should sign Victor either on loan or permanently in January.
Victor Valdes – Manchester United top goalkeeper
But we have strengthened the goalkeeping department since last season and we now have Rob Elliot, Karl Darlow and young Freddie Woodman as first team goalkeepers at the club to fill in for Tim.
The first thing the club has to do is give a chance to these players to see if they can fill the boots of Tim – and we expect Rob Elliot can do that and Karl Darlow and Freddie Woodman can push him to play very well if the Republic of Ireland International wants to keep his place in the side.
It´s a huge opportunity for 29 year-old Rob Elliot who has a contract at the club through June 2019.
Only if the goalkeepers we have cannot do the job should we look at bringing in another more experienced goalkeeper in January – probably on loan.
And we see a couple of reports saying it would be good for Newcastle to buy Valdes – because it would be a trophy signing and be good for Newcastle.
But we made a lot of those trophy signings in the past under Freddie Shepherd and most of them consisted of bringing in older players with big names but way past their best.
We paid them huge wages while they performed often at a mediocre level – at best.
Patrick Kluivert was signed in 2004 just before Sir Bobby Robson was sacked and is a good example of a singing like that.
We don´t need that kind of trophy signing and they didn´t work in the past.
Under Mike Ashley, we have gone in the other direction and try to sign low profile young players on the cheap who can potentially become good players in the future – but our success rate at that has been 50% at best.
Ayoze Perez who was signed over a year ago from Tenerife is a good example of that – we paid £1.4M for him and Spurs bid £15M for him in the summer – so some of those signings have been very successful.
The type of continental signing we need are also players like Gini Wijnaldum who are (very) good players who want their chance in the Premier League and Newcastle go out and pay out good money for them – £14.5M in Gini´s case.
Gini is looking like a very good player for us with six goals so far this season and of course he scored four goals last time out and maybe four tomorrow too at Sunderland.
The other thing we need to do is to pay a little more when necessary for British players because they don´t have such a long learning curve and in the past we´ve had to wait for continental players to adjust to the pace and physical nature of the English game.
And some simply don´t make it with Remy Cabella (and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa) being an example of one of them.
So instead of only recruiting from the continent we should also bring in more English players like we recently did with Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow.
The Newcastle United brand needs to become more global and higher profile and the best way to do that is to finish in the top six in the Premier League and we need to spend our money wisely to build a side that can do that.
Not on trophy signings and not always on cheap continental players.
It has to be a combination of those various types of signings and include players in Britain who are of known value – like Charlie Austin of QPR as one good example.
And very good continental players who can come in and adjust quickly to the Premier League – like Joel Matip of Schalke as a good example.
Trophy signings are a thing of the past at Newcastle and should remain that way – we need to spend our money wisely and not always sign cheaper players from the continent.
And we should only be signing a player like Victor Valdes on loan in January if is our current goalkeepers cannot get the job done.
What do you think?