Newcastle Bought A £23.5M Player In January Transfer Window

Newcastle’s £12M acquisition of Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey was deemed the best-value signing of the January transfer window, according to a study by the CIES Football Observatory.

The Observatory is a team that estimates transfer values based on over 1,500 deals in the top five European leagues since June of 2009.

jonjo shelvey in debut

Jonjo Shelvey – worth £23.5M

But we also overspent by about £4.5M on Andros Townsend as they estimate he was worth only £7.5M – it was that damned Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy!


Here are the best signings as tabled by the CIES Football Observatory.

Name               From         To                Fee   Underpaid by
Jonjo Shelvey      Swansea      Newcastle        £12M   £11.5M
Augusto Fernandez  Celta Vigo   Atletico Madrid   £5M    £2.48M
Mario Suarez       Fiorentina   Watford           £4M    £2.24M

Notice that Newcastle underpaid for Shelvey by £11.5M and yet the next best deal was underpaying by just £2.48M – so Newcastle seem to have got a fantastic deal.

Let’s hope Ashley doesn’t put Shelvey up for sale for £23.5M in the summer.

So hey – we overpaid £4.5M for Andros Townsend who we are almost sure is going to turn out to be a great signing for us and we underpaid £11.5M for Shelvey.

Now let’s think for a NY minute.

Well we are still £7M to the good and yes – that sounds good to us.

Especially when they could save Newcastle’s Premier League status this season and that approximately £140M we will get a in May next year should we survive.

As Albert Einstein was fond of saying – it’s all relative baby.


Howay The Lads!!!

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