Newcastle United need to change their transfer policy if they have any intention of stability in the near future.
Since the club was promoted back to the Premier League, the Newcastle hierarchy have opted to sign glamorous potential as opposed to tried and tested, reliable players. Other than a select few, every player has arrived from outside of the UK with pedigree and that all important potential sell-on value.
These players have often burst onto the scene and became an instant hero on Tyneside. But when the going gets tough after a few bad results, these players have been nowhere to be seen as the club seems to show no sign of getting out of this downward spiral. Luckily, the club have managed to find a way out after dangerously flirting with relegation.
This season has seen similar problems. Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksander Mitrovic arrived for big fees with sizeable reputations, and made an immediate impression. Following some shocking performances and with the fans on the club’s back, performances from our two new boys got worse, with Mitrovic being dropped to the bench.
Of course Newcastle did manage to turn their form round and get a result against Liverpool, thanks to the aforementioned Wijnaldum, but how long until we sit on the brink of another crisis and see players who think they are destined for the big time hiding?
This is not an attack on players such as Wijnaldum and Mitrovic; far from it. Gini is the most talented player at the club and I’m still struggling to understand how he is playing for us and not one of the top clubs in Europe. As for our Serbian striker, he has shown enough to back up his price tag and perceived potential.
The problem lies with the hierarchy, namely Graham Carr and Lee Charnley. The desire for players with a sell-on value must end, as they won’t be worth much in the Championship.
Players like Florian Thauvin are not the reliable kind that a club in our position needs, and he and his dodgy barnet are not going to look great in the Championship.
Jack Colback is the least glamorous player Newcastle have signed since the club’s time in the second tier, but he has been one of the more dependable figures at the club. More often than not, Colback will give you a 7/10 performance.
In contrast, Champions League quality Moussa Sissoko (his words, not mine) is far from reliable. One week he could be man of the match and win you the game, then the next he can be the worst player on the pitch, leaving you to wonder how he has just managed to earn more money than you will make in a year.
Teams such as Crystal Palace have surpassed us now, which is hard to accept. Have they done it by signing stylish and fancy players? No, they signed players like James McArthur and Scott Dann. Trendy, right?
Mr Carr and Mr Charnley, drop your egos. Accept where we are.
We may have players with a lot of talent but do we have enough with the fight to match?
If this season goes to the wire like last year, we need players that are going to stand up and be counted; can you honestly say we’ve got that?
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