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‘Stupid Money’? Well Newcastle Started It!

9 years ago

It is great to see that Newcastle appear to be aiming at players like Luuk De Jong but Steve McClaren has insisted it would take, “Stupid money”, to stand a chance of signing him.

It is great to see United apparently aiming at players like De Jong and Debuchy who would both undoubtedly add extra quality to our squad, however the move for both players, De Jong in particular, has also brought a reality check.

When it comes to ‘stupid money’, Newcastle United landed top prize when they cashed in £35m for Andy Carroll, arguably the transfer deal that was the major reason fro Dalglish getting the boot. Spending that amount of money on a player, then using him sparingly and not in a system to get the best from him.

Newcastle are now finding that clubs aren’t willingly going to let their prize assets walk out of the door at anything less than the market price, whatever that might be in football today.

Just like if you sell your house, you might be seduced by the figure you sell yours for….only to then realise that most of that money won’t end up sitting in your bank account. Unless that is you are planning on living in a tent.

To improve a team that finished fifth will be very hard, if not impossible, based purely on bargains. This is where we will see the level of ambition Mike Ashley has for Newcastle United, paying the market price for certain key players backed up by bargain/calculated risk type players – not all of who can be expected to come through.

Expecting to pick up only bargains in the Tiote and Cabaye outrageous style is totally unrealistic.

Last season Newcastle just about got away with going into the season with two very good centre-backs and Mike Williamson who is a trier but unrealistic to expect him to play at the level we need every week.

One other centre-back of Coloccini and Taylor’s standard is essential, while the same can be said up front, certainly if Demba Ba isn’t certain to stay.

Sometimes Mike Ashley might have to pay what he sees as over the odds and as somebody who is renowned for driving a hard bargain, will he be prepared to go the extra step?



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