Like most Newcastle fans, I was gritting my teeth in advance of the predictable deluge of transfer rubbish this Summer but in my opinion, so far so good.
When Newcastle are linked with a different player every day it can become a bit tedious but there is an underlying confidence that whatever rubbish you are reading, there are capable people in Pardew and Carr overseeing transfer targets whose strike record gives you reassurance we’ll again sign more hits than misses.
The reason I’m ‘loving’ the transfer madness so far, is the fact that I think we’ve done alright in terms of the media getting stuck into our elite players.
Yes the Demba Ba situation has been done to death but that was always going to happen unless he’d reached agreement early doors with the club to sort out his transfer clause. It’s a lazy but easy story for anybody to link any half decent club with Ba and say they are interested because of the price determined by that clause in his contract….you could almost say they were stating the obvious.
Apart from Ba there has been very little else to get you going apart from Hatem Ben Arfa creating a situation by talking too much out loud in an interview about his whole career and one small part taken out of it to suggest he’d move to a ‘big/bigger’ club if circumstances were right. Which in reality is basically the same for nearly every single player on the planet, give or take a Messi or Ronaldo.
However, it is almost certainly the calm before the storm. Once the European Championships are out of the way then that is when there could be some substance in speculation as the club still willing to flash big money will be coming out to play.
Up to now clubs like Newcastle will have been putting real work in to look for the very best value for money but when clubs like Manchester City, Chelsea and others go shopping without even looking at the price tag, that is when United’s finest could be vulnerable.
Even with pretty much all of our best players on long contacts, a Carroll type situation would almost certainly lead to us losing the player. We are often told that even if a player claims to want to stay, then once it is made clear that his club want to take the money then he knows it is time to move on. It would be nice to think some of our players would buck that trend but reality hits home.
So coming back to the remains of our Summer, it is only seventy one more days to endure before the transfer deadline slams shut. So get the tin hats on because we could be in for some serious flak, my main hope/expectation is that Mike Ashley would look a lot differently at selling a player once the season is getting under way and bringing in a replacement would be so much harder.
There is much talk of Mike Ashley having learnt his lessons from mistakes made in previous years at Newcastle United, maybe the biggest one will come from the Andy Carroll situation. Yes we massively came out of that one on top in terms of a massive transfer fee and no major damage to results in the second half of that season but we might not be so lucky the next time.