Steve McClaren was asked yesterday if Newcastle were going to sell Ayoze Perez this month and at most other clubs that would be nonsense to sell one of your best players half way through the season.
But not at Newcastle – and we have done in the past with Andy Carroll, Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye and have not even replaced them, so it wouldn’t be something new at Newcastle.
Ayoze Perez going nowhere – well at least in January
And we wont even mention we sold Davide Santon last January on the last day of the window and then had a left back problem for the rest of the season as Paul Dummett and Sadio Haidara both picked up injuries.
Given the silly things Newcastle have done in past January transfer windows – it’s hard to accuse the club of being well run.
So we wont.
Both Tottenham and Manchester United are said to be interested in signing young Perez and McClaren was asked if he wanted to keep hold of the youngster this month.
This is how he responded to that question:
“Absolutely!” “We are not losing our best players in this window.” “He has been great. There is a lot more to come.” “He needs to be more consistent but he has great potential.”
“It is his second year. He scored a great goal last week against West Ham United.” “He needs to score more and get more assists and be more consistent.”
“But he is not going anywhere.” “We are happy with the squad at the present moment. We are concentrating on the games.”
“I think every club will be looking and going: ‘We need some more, I would like this, I would like that.’”
“Again, we will have to wait and see. There are 10 days to go, it’s a difficult window, and we have Watford this weekend.”
“But you never know in January, you just never know.” “We have always talked behind the scenes.”
“I don’t think it was rocket science to see what was required and what we are trying to do this month – given our position in the table.”
Cheick Tiote’s move to Shanghai Shenhua will probably go through this month and there has been interest in Moussa Sissoko from Italian club Naples.
But we don’t expect any good players to leave this month.
The real test will come in the summer and we’ll see then if we can hold onto the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Ayoze Perez and Gini Wijnaldum should some huge bids come in from the big clubs.
That will be the acid test and whether our policy of making money whenever we can – has indeed changed.
We have seen in the past when relegation threatens that Newcastle move into action and do things we should be doing all the time – like signing good players aggressively.
And not just when we are threatens with relegation.
And if we are to become a (very) good side again we need to keep the good players we have and then sign two or three more top players this summer.
The likes of PSV Eindhoven left-back Jetro Willems is the type of player we’d like to see join us this summer.
That’s always assuming we will still be Premier League side by then.
A win at Watford this afternoon can help make that become a reality in May.