Well here we go, 2012 kicked off with the best result possible but also brought the introduction of the transfer window and as we all know we are a ‘selling club’ which inevitably means that we are vulnerable to the ‘better teams’ poaching our ‘better’ players.
I think it’s fair to say that we have a few players whose form has been such this season that there may be some interest in them.
My own view is that you don’t improve your team by selling your best players and even when clubs are offering money ‘too good to turn down’ it only represents ‘good business’ if you are able to reinvest in areas that improve the team and take the club forward.
We’ve performed well this season so far and are currently in 7th place on 33 points. A couple of wise investments in important positions would help us to cement our position.We’ll not hold our breath waiting for them.
The more likely scenario in many fans’ view is that the owner’s strategy will be ‘we have enough points in the bag to avoid relegation so let’s flog someone who will bring us some big money (good business in his view) which can reduce my financial obligations to the club’. Not a long-term strategy good for anyone other than Mr Ashley.
Blackpool in relation to Charlie Adams in the last January window and Spurs in relation to Modric in the summer, demonstrated that if clubs wanted to hold onto players when money was being thrown at them, it was easy enough to do.
Somehow I don’t think this will be the case at Newcastle United! I hope I am wrong.
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