For far too long Newcastle have been run on a shoestring by Mike Ashley and while that’s just great for the finances, it’s not good for the team and certainly since we finished 5th back in 2012 we have been little better than a side threatened with relegation every season.
And far too often our acquisitions have been from the continent and the players were brought in on the cheap and almost inevitably they needed time to acclimatize and get used to the English league and some just didn’t make it.
Jonjo Shelvey – Newcastle savior in more ways than one?
On the other hand, Graham Carr has made some stellar buys – like Cheick Tiote for £3.5M, Yohan Cabaye for £4M, Demba Ba as a free agent and Mathieu Debuchy for around £6M.
If Cheick leaves this week every one of those players will have been sold and earned Newcastle some big profits – and for the four of them we made around £34M in profit combined.
So Graham has at least paid for his wages and then some – and yes there have been failures too.
What has been missing from Newcastle’s transfer policy is to bring in ready-made players – something Alan Pardew wanted to do over the last three years or so but was not successful.
One of the other things missing is for Ashley to spend some big money on players and not just have stellar financial results every year.
We’ve always shied away from buying English players because of the premium on them – but Jonjo Shelvey’s transfer may change that – and for the better.
He looked just fantastic on Saturday and looks a steal at £12M and could be the one who saves us this season.
And that to Ashley means we can get the approximate £135M from the Premier League when the new three year £5B Premier League rights deal kicks in this summer.
Even now Newcastle are reported to be after another two more Englishmen with Premier League experience – Andros Townsend and Saido Berahino and we could possibly be successful in that pursuit too.
So this month hopefully Newcastle will have seen the error of their ways of the past and in the future will be willing to pay out big money for some good English players with Premier League experience who can immediately produce.
If we can get Townsend and a top striker in this month we could even do well for the rest of the season.
And rather than have negative momentum like we have had at the end of the last two seasons – we lost seven of our last eight games in 2014 and nine of the last 11 games last year – we could even put a good string of results (wins) together.
Leicester City did that last season and look where they are now.
So without going overboard and saying it’s a new dawn at Newcastle, maybe the signing of Jonjo Shelvey will turn out to not only be a terrific signing for us – but will be even more significant because it could alter the way Newcastle consider which players they bring in.
Getting good deals from the continent is still something we should continue to do, but balance that with bringing in players with PL experience who can have an immediate positive impact on the field.
Sounds good – in fact it sounds great to us.