There’s a report in the Guardian today that the main reason Newcastle didn’t go after Charlie Austin this month was that some on the Board thought he has a dodgy knee and so that’s the reason we didn’t make a move for him even though his asking price was only £4M, when the Saints snapped him up.
We are praying Newcastle can sign Loic Remy on loan
Charlie also gave Southampton an immediate return on their investment when after only 8 minutes into his debut at Old Trafford last weekend late in the second half – he powered the ball into the net with a great header for the only goal of the game that secured a valuable 3 points for Southampton.
Can you imagine if he had done that for Newcastle in his first game in black and white stripes?
That supposed knee problem meant a much bigger potential problem when Austin was up for sale for £15M than when he was priced at only £4M.
It looks like another very poor decision by those running Newcastle to lose out on who could have been the perfect solution for us this season.
And the news that Steve McClaren wanted Charlie shows again the manager at Newcastle doesn’t control the transfers.
And everybody and their mother knew that we needed a top striker brought in this this month if we were to survive relegation.
That should have been the first signing this month – the club should have been working before January to arrange a deal for one of their top striker targets.
As it turns out with only four days to go in this window there’s now a real possibility we could fail to get a top striker into the club.
As we pointed out earlier today if we get Bafe Gomis in this month – that’s very much the booby prize and he’s not the goal-scoring striker Newcastle need this month if we are to avoid relegation.
We have to hope that Saido Berahino or Loic Remy come in over the next four days, but if it’s Gomis or some little known striker from the continent with no Premier League experience – we could still be doomed.
That’s even though we have brought in three (very) good players this month, because we will not have solved our number one problem – having somebody who can put the ball in the back of the net.