The Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle scouted West Ham play-maker Dimitri Payet a number of times – since he was French playing in France – but the powers that be at Newcastle decided not to sign him because he was too old.
At the time that´s what we reported last summer, as to why Newcastle would not sign him – since it´s against Newcastle´s transfer policy to sign a player over 26.
Heavens above he turns 29 next month!
Payet has been an enormous success at West Ham, whereas French midfield players Newcastle did sign – like Florian Thauvin and Remy Cabella – who were both younger – were abject failures and have been shipped back to France.
Dimitri Payet – huge success at West Ham
In fact it may be because Payet was older and therefore more mature and more settled in life that has allowed him to fit in once he moved to England, whereas for younger players like Cabella and Thauvin that´s much more difficult.
There are at least a couple of things wrong with Newcastle´s transfer policy.
One is that we only sign players under the age of 26 and therefore we always have players who are supposed to be getting better, but some just never make it.
That also means we usually have little experience in the side.
The other policy that hopefully will change is that we sign only players from the continent, because they are cheaper in both the transfer fee and the wages they want – and thought to be a better buy because of that.
But with players like Cabella, Thauvin and Riviere all failing in the last 18 months, we may now sign more English (British) players and we have already seen English Internationals like Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend making an instant impact in the side.
They cost more than continental players but they can produce immediately and we don´t have to wait up to a season for them to adjust to the physical play in England.
So in the long run they are the better buys – so it´s worth paying the little bit extra up front for them.
And while we are on talking about the Newcastle transfer policy the third thing that is fallible about it is that we never seem to buy the right players for the right positions.
We don´t seem to sit down and look at what the weaknesses in the side are and then bring players in to strengthen those weak areas.
That´s why we still have a terrible defense that´s been poor for over three years now and we still don´t have a recognized Premier League striker and we only just replaced Yohan Cabaye with playmaker Jonjo Shelvey last month – but that took two years.
That third reason is why even after spending over £80M in the transfer market this season it looks like we can still be relegated this season.
If we change those three things about our transfer policy we could start building a good side, but we may have to do that from the Championship.
We think it´s going to be very difficult to escape the drop by being lucky for a second season in succession when the club is so poorly run.
If Newcastle are relegated this season it´s simply because those who run Newcastle have been inept over the last two years in almost every area of the club.
Let´s make no mistake about that.
What do you think?