Newcastle have some good players in the team at the moment although you cannot accuse us of having a good start to the season – but hopefully with 7 points and two wins in the last four wins we are on our way up the league from 4th bottom place.
The latest player who is attracting attention by his excellent play is 22 year-old Ayoze Perez with the news that Manchester United and Tottenham are two big clubs interested in signing him.
Ayoze Perez – one of Newcastle’s best players
Newcastle’s lack of ambition is also said to be one reason why we may see Daryl Janmaat want to move on in the summer, although we’d be surprised if that news is accurate.
Other players we may have trouble keeping are the very impressive new signing Gini Wijnaldum and also Moussa Sissoko (I want to play in the Champions League).
As we suggested yesterday, giving our best players new improved contracts is one way we can help keep them at Newcastle, and we are supposed to be negotiating with Sissoko on a new deal – with reports that he wants £100K/week probably simply a demand the press have made up.
Newcastle are also supposed to be building a team that can win something.
If that’s really true then we will have to find a way to keep our best players, because if we are to build a top team then keeping our top players is vital.
We haven’t seen much ambition from Newcastle since Mike Ashley took over eight years ago and we can hardly accuse Lee Charnley and company of being decisive and aggressive in the transfer market.
Our failure to sign Dele Alli last January – when we were the odds on favorites to sign him – but seemed to dither on the fee of £5M and Spurs came in and signed him – is one example of that lack of decisiveness.
Alli’s now playing in the Premier League every week and looks to be a fantastic player in the making – and he’s a central midfielder – something we have lacked since Cabaye left us almost two years ago.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating and while we don’t expect to lose any top players in January next summer is another matter.
By then where we finish in the league table will be important and the quality of the players we sign in January will also be important.
How we do in those two endeavors could decide whether we have any chance of keeping players like Ayoze Perez and Gini Wijnaldum at the club in the summer.
But there’s also one thing that’s certain – the future is in our hands – and if the club does the right thing there’s no reason why we cannot build a top side in the next year or two.
When clubs like Southampton and Swansea – as just two examples – can build up very good sides – why can’t Newcastle United – since we are a much bigger name in the world of football?
What do you think?