Not Signing This Player Has Already Cost Newcastle

We were linked with signing Charlie Austin all summer and it became the long-running soap opera of the transfer window and we ended up not signing him even though the Mirror reported in early June it was a done deal.

And the Mirror is one of the papers that is a preferred outlet for Newcastle, so we assume they have an inside track on what’s happening at the club.

We had 129 articles on Charlie over the summer – approximately

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Charlie Austin – will we sign him in January?

But we didn’t sign him even though in August Steve McClaren said the club were interested in the 26 year-old proven goalscorer.

Given what’s happened so far this season we could have done with Charlie’s firepower in front of goal and in six of the eleven league games this season we have failed to score.

But in the last several games we have been creating some good chances but we just cannot seem to put the ball in the back of the net and on Saturday we dropped two points because we couldn’t score with any one of the six good chances we created.

The reason we didn’t sign Austin is that he was too expensive for us at £15M and that’s generally true of all British players – they are expensive – which is why we don’t sign too many.

We prefer to be more thrifty and buy players from the continent – some of whom simply don’t make it – but it takes at least a season to find that out.

If we had spent the money on Charlie in the summer we’d very likely be in a much better position in the league than we are at the moment with just 7 points form 11 games played and 3rd bottom.

So money on transfers means a lot less when you are looking at the bigger picture and talking about staying in the Premier League.

Next season when the new £5B Premier League deal kicks in – every place in the league table will be worth about £3M – and while we should get around £80M next May – that will be about £135M the following May if we can just stay in the Premier League.

Newcastle will have a chance to sign Charlie at a reduced fee in January since he becomes a free agent next summer and for the purposes of saving us this season and staying in the Premier League we should bring him in.

But whether we will or not is another matter – because we seem to make some strange transfer decisions at times – like spending £12M on Florian Thauvin when we really needed a center-back or another striker rather than a winger.

Who made that decision?

And a very similar player in Remy Cabella had just failed in the Premier League last season and ironically Remy was part of the deal that brought Florian to Tyneside.

We hope we sign Charlie in January – and early in the window too.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 3, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #1

    This player has already been out injured for a month this season, so it is a slight exaggeration that we wwould not be in the relegation zone. Paying the money and getting him into the club would have shown a willingness and commitment from the hierachy to, as they say put the horse before the cart.

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Nov 3, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #2

    When the window shut many of us reckoned Ed would be short of copy and fall back on the ‘what if’ or ‘why not’ non-stories abiout this player. I think my own estimate was 5 stories a week – plus special mentions . So probably 75-100 Charlie Adam ‘stories’ Only anothert 30-40 to go, yawn.
    I don’t give a sh*te about this player as he is irrelevant to our survivial, let alone the heady heights of the top ten finish for which we are allegedly aiming.

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 3, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Plus it’s not just the 15 million quid. It’s also his terms, and of course not forgetting we already had Cisse. Not to mention that hindsight is 20/20.

    Would they even sell him? Would he want to leave, being so close to becoming a free agent? And why am I bothering to post on the 130th pointless, threadbare and shopworn Charlie Austin to Newcastle story.

    Deary me!

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Nov 3, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Chalrie Austin yawn

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Nov 3, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #5

    I’ll let you into a little secret Ed, but you have to promise not to tell. Graham Carr signed Remy Cabella and Florian Thauvin, as well as Emmanuel Riviere. And now a quiz for you. Graham Carr signed these players because:
    A: They were the best players to fill our needs
    B: He stood to make money out of the deals which is always his main aim

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Nov 3, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #6

    Now the player injury issue really is important – especially as its often young guys on the fringe of breaking into the starting 11. WTF is going on ? Surely trhese guys resale value drops if they have poor injury records ? The fat man ought to be looking after his investments better. The spinoff is we’ll see better football and better performances so a win all round.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Nov 3, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #7

    The fact that Ashley has left an idiot like Charnley to run the club continues to baffle me. With the money on offer just to have a club in the PL these days, it seems unbelievable that you would entrust the job to a simpleton with no football acumen at all.

  • funlovingexpress

    Nov 3, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Most fans would say that Perez has been our best player. Who do you think would be dropped?

    It would be big boot,

    No club was willing to pay £15 million for him btw.

    It is never the size of a fee that bothers us, it is and always has been, whether we value a player at that size of fee.

    We didn’t value Austin at 15 million and neither did any other premiership club.

    So get over it.

    I am more than happy with mitro and perez.

  • Sammmy

    Nov 3, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #9

    Is Charlie Austin Jesus Christ or something? Give it a rest.

  • KevinLee

    Nov 3, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #10



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