There’s lots of news flying about that Newcastle and Steve McClaren in particular is keen to sign Jonjo Shelvey of Swansea City on the upcoming January transfer window.
But there must be little to no chance that we can sign him.
Jonjo Shelvey – Newcastle have little to no chance of signing him
The good thing is that it seems Steve wants to bring in experienced Premier League players in January and that sounds like the right thing to do – but it may be hard to get them over the line.
But Steve needs to get the agreement of the rest of the Newcastle Board to that plan.
First of all, it’s hard to see Swansea City wanting to sell one of their best players half-way through the season, especially when they are currently struggling and only 4 points above Newcastle in the league table.
Only clubs like Newcastle – who are looking for the big money, are willing to sell players at any time – if the price is right.
We’ve let players like Andy Carroll, Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye leave in the January transfer windows since 2011 and not one them was replaced when they left.
The Newcastle manager was then expected to do the best he could through the second half of the season and in the above cases that manager was Alan Pardew.
When Andy left Pardew finished his first half-season in charge by managing his depleted side quite well, but when Demba Ba left in January of 2013 we struggled against relegation and we were hit hard by the Europa League and our squad just wasn’t big enough for that tough season.
When Yohan Cabaye was allowed to join PSG last year for £20M we finished up losing seven of our last eight games as the team spirit was hit hard by letting our best player leave the club – the players had realized money was more important than the team to owener Mike Ashley.
And with Newcastle’s star continuing to fall in the world of football why would Jonjo want to leave Swansea for Newcastle?
That would hardly be a step up for him and he’s at a club that is a very well run club these days and certainly Swansea City has been a much better run club than Newcastle United over the last three or four years – there’s little argument there.
So while we will continue to be linked with Shelvey through January, there’s really no chance of signing him.
Maybe he will be a target in the summer but Newcastle will still have some convincing to do – always assuming we have managed to stay in the Premier League when next May rolls around.