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
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?