The transfer spend by Newcastle United has once again been highlighted by one of their promotion rivals.
Jaap Stam’s Reading trail Newcastle by four places and 11 points in the Championship at this moment in time, but there are 52 million reasons that have been key to that, according to Brian Tevreden.
The 35 year old was appointed head of international football and development at Reading in February 2016 and then three months later, promoted to the role of technical director after Nick Hammond’s move to West Brom in May 2016.
A month later, Brian Tevreden was credited with helping to bring in countryman Jaap Stam as Reading’s new Manager.
Asked whether there would be panic if Reading were promoted and whether they can stay up, Brian Tevreden told Natio Suriname (Official website for the South American football team Suriname):
“I won’t panic.
“An example: Newcastle United has invested £55m in the selection. We spent £3m.
“If we are promoted to the Premier League there will be a clear plan and there will be specific purchases.
“We absolutely won’t be throwing money down the drain.
“I have a whole team of young players with an average age of 24.”
It is easy for clubs like Reading to conveniently forget that recent seasons have seen them getting the benefit of Premier League parachute payments after relegation in 2013.
He talks of not ‘throwing money down the drain’ but that parachute money went somewhere and whilst it may pre-date much of Tevreden’s time at the club, the fact remains that Newcastle haven’t got any special favours from anybody.
Plus, the money hasn’t fallen out of the sky at Newcastle United, or out of Mike Ashley’s pockets.
The fifty thousand+ crowds give Newcastle a massive financial advantage over clubs such as Reading and then the massive sums that Liverpool and Spurs were prepared to pay for Wijnaldum and Sissoko, helped United to have that £50m+ to spend BUT also make a profit on transfers of around £30m this season.
Whilst nobody can guarantee the quality will be there if Newcastle are promoted to the Premier League, certainly the age of the players Rafa Benitez has recruited can’t be questioned.
With the exception of Murphy and Gamez, the other 10 players Newcastle brought in last summer all have most of their careers ahead to look forward to, not behind.