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Why Signing Shelvey Can Completely Transform Newcastle’s Policies

9:24 am, Monday, January 18th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Jonjo Shelvey · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jazzyp // Jan 18, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    Go for Bony rather than Berahino. Roughly same price and I would have thought similar wage bracket.
    Much more of a proven striker which is what we need at this moment in time

  • 2 JDdubai // Jan 18, 2016 at 9:35 AM


    On what planet would City release their 2nd choice CF while challenging for the title and still in the Chamipons League??? Plus with the main Cf injury prone this season.

  • 3 angelswithdirtyfaces // Jan 18, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    I have a really nice luxury house and can spend a couple of grand a year in looking after it, keep it in good nick. After not spending any money for a few years it gradually deteriorates – new gutters needed but now water coming through outer wall leaf and needs big bucks maybe £20k spending on it as it has deteriorated so much.
    That is where we are as a foorball club. Neglect by Ashley over several years means he now has to invest heavily in the playing side to cover past failures, especially as he has sold off some of our better assets. £100m over two windows is about right for a team in and about the relegation zone for 3 ort of 4 years running. Especially if we have ambitions to finish tenth or thereabouts. It only looks a big number because it has arrears adding up over a good few seasons.

  • 4 WWSBRD // Jan 18, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Wasnt it 18 months where we didnt make a permanent first team signing?

  • 5 jazzyp // Jan 18, 2016 at 9:46 AM


    Bony isn’t even second choice pal.
    Kelechi Iheanacho is Pellagrini’s first choice along with Aguero. Pellegrin has already stated that the Nigerian wonder kid is the future of man city pushing Bony further down the pecking order.
    Swansea enquired last week to his availability and were not not back so why would we ??

  • 6 mike ashley for the greater good // Jan 18, 2016 at 9:47 AM

    We wouldn’t be able to spend the money we are spending if it wasn’t for the way Mike Ashley has run the club. I can’t wait to see the squad at the start of next season.

  • 7 davetoon // Jan 18, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    I hope we arent putting too much pressure on Shelvey to be the new messiah.
    His first game was outstanding but its one thing to have a blinder and another to do it every week as only the very best players in the world can do.
    Hopefully fans dont get on his back if he has an ordinary game or to and we lose

  • 8 toonincheek // Jan 18, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    WWSBRD –

    From previous thread – I suspect it’s not just a matter of matching a players’ ambition – when a player thinks he is better than he is, he has expectations beyond his abilities.

    I have strong feelings that could apply to both Townsend and Berahino.

  • 9 Jack Root // Jan 18, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Interesting chat earlier on the use of statistics to support a point and to buy a particular player. Statistics in football are only really useful, as a means to support or question formed opinion. You shouldn’t look at statistics, and then assess a player’s worth in a particular area, based on those same statistics. If your a good judge of the required qualities your seeking there’s nothing to match watching / scouting rather than viewing on television, Internet or Opta. You learn so much more and why else do managers and scouts travel and watch players over an extended period. I have always listened to a fans view of a player that they watch over a season. Clough and Taylor when scouting used to chat to fans at games because they could often provide the whole picture of a player.
    One of the main problems with statistics in football is just how many of them are dependent on the team’s style of play, the team’s overall quality and the quality of opposition. Some players are not as influential in poor sides and others could be disenchanted and look for pastures new. There are so many variables.
    Comment by most on here on Andros Townsend is based on what ? He has played a few under 21 games but not for Spurs since October. Like Shelvey he has fallen out with key personnel and will also thrive on a fresh challenge. I would hope and don’t suspect that were thinking of buying him without knowing what were eating.. I mentioned yesterday the number of clubs where he’s been on loan. Maybe not a good sign but he’s only 24.
    As far as Townsend is concerned the number of crosses statistic can also be very misleading, as, in many cases, that may merely serve as an indicator that the player plays for a team who like to play direct football utilising the wide players. I can’t imagine that any Barcelona player has put in as many crosses as Leighton Baines!
    I personally wouldn’t buy him. Why give Spurs £ 14 million so they can buy what should be our targets Berahino and Domenico Berardi. I have watched them both and Berardi would be a revelation. We should be negotiating for quality signings with proven track records Berardi is a wonderful talent and he can play wide left up front in a 4-3-3.
    We could just be stringing Spurs along whilst we secure their major targets. For that to happen we need to revamp the scouting network and have an infusion of a younger scouting network.

  • 10 Sav // Jan 18, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    We (NUFC) don’t have a good record for learning from our mistakes so I don’t expect a watershed as this article suggests. Kneejerk is the adjective I’d use for our transfer policy. With a dash of panic. Like many others on this blog I believe that would describe the purchase of Berahino and Townsend. How can you have faith in the decisions of a man who thinks horses are bolted onto carts?

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