This January transfer window has been a strange one, Newcastle United expected to pounce early to ensure promotion and protect against Shelvey’s suspension and the African Cup of Nations trio, as well as the longer term issues.
Already, Shelvey is free of suspension and the likes of Atsu, Mbemba and Diame could well arrive back at St James Park without anybody new having joined the squad.
It has definitely looked a sellers’ market, a lot of clubs/money chasing too few players.
Newcastle United have been linked with countless players and Rafa Benitez has even admitted that certain players have been approached but a move(s) haven’t ended up happening for whatever reasons.
The increasing cry from local media and many fans going along with it, is that players are over priced and the market has gone crazy.
The thing is though, surely we knew this long long before we even reached January 2017.
Right from the moment Tottenham agreed £30m for Moussa Sissoko (the price of two Alan Shearers…) we knew our lives would never be the same again.
Calling prices unfair when Newcastle are now going for players, is the equivalent of selling your house and then moaning because your neighbour won’t sell you theirs at 1990 prices.
Basically, the market will decide, simple supply and demand, if you offer more than everybody else, then you are pretty certain to get your man. Even if that means the player dropping (hopefully temporarily) into the second tier, I think that will mostly hold true for the majority of targets.
Middlesbrough are said to be completing a deal to bring Patrick Bamford permanently to the Riverside and the deal is reported to be £6m up front and another £4m when hitting certain targets. Some of our local media have suggested this is a crazy price.
The negatives with Bamford are that he hasn’t scored a goal for the past year and a half but that has to be taken into context with everything else. He is just the latest example of Chelsea buying a player, never playing them, then sending them on a series of loan deals which will unsettle/demoralise most players – Patrick Bamford has only actually started two league games whilst on loan at Crystal Palace, Norwich and Burnley.
On the other hand, it was only 2014/15 when as a 21 year old he scored 19 goals on loan for Middlesbrough, was named Championship player of the season, plus now at the age of 23 still has all his best years left ahead of him.
Yes he might prove a flop but Boro are set to be paying out between £6m and £10m for a player who has shown a lot of promise, has had a wasted year and a half, but basically they are buying potential.
I don’t know who Rafa Benitez should be going for and I wouldn’t be shouting the odds at him even if I knew BUT what I do know, is that when we have just emptied Spurs’ pockets for that waster who turns up a few times a year (to an extent the same with the £25m we got for Wijnaldum – he’s doing well but that was still top dollar for a player who has only scored two PL goals and got two assists) , Newcastle have no right to be calling any player over priced.
If they think that another club is taking the Michael then just move on, don’t though moan on like Newcastle are somehow getting the worst of these transfer market shenanigans.