As you might have heard mentioned in passing this morning, the population of the UK has voted for Brexit.
By a vote of roughly 52% to 48%, the public have decided to take us out of the European Union.
Now we will all have our own ideas (small clue – I wanted to put my foot through the TV) about what this vote will lead to but it has brought up one non-political issue.
Basically, if Brexit had happened years ago, would Newcastle United have been saved from our recent years of madness under Mike Ashley?
The undoing of NUFC has been largely to do with a disastrous transfer policy which has seen Graham Carr hopping on a plane with suitcases full of cash and tour the continent looking for ‘bargains’.
In terms of Brexit, Newcastle United’s media partner The Mirror, have published a list of 108 players signed by (then) Premier League players who they claim would not have been able to sign for their respective clubs had Britain not been part of the EU when they arrived in England.
The Mirror saying:
‘It showed that players who didn’t have the requisite number of competitive international caps would not have been granted an automatic visa to work in the UK and could have been prevented from making their transfers.
Under current employment rules, any player with an EU passport is free to play in the UK without restriction, while those from outside Europe must meet specific Home Office criteria which depends on how many international appearances they have made and where their country sits in the FIFA rankings.’
The newspaper report this as though it would have been some kind of a massive blow to the English clubs but just look at the players we would have ‘missed’ out on according to them:
Vurnon Anita, Siem de Jong, Massadio Haidara, Sylvain Marveaux, Tim Krul, Gabriel Obertan, Yoan Gouffran, Emmanuel Riviere, Ayoze Perez
By my estimate the best part of £40m was spent on transfer fees, plus a fortune in wages – in return you could claim Krul, Anita and Perez as varying levels of success stories but in reality, I don’t think any of them would get in my first choice (Championship!) team next season and taking all nine together, they have been a disaster.
However, it gets far worse with this Brexit line of looking at the signings Newcastle have made.
Looking at the various players The Mirror have listed, it makes no sense as to why the likes of Florian Thauvin (never played for his country), Remy Cabella (played 10 minutes for France before arriving at Newcastle) and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (1 minute for France pre-NUFC), haven’t also been included.
This would take the spending that allegedly could have been saved up closer to £70m+ on the 12 players.