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 – 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!!!