However, the two players seem to show the two polarities of modern footballers quite clearly. ‘It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness’.
Junior Hoilett has impressed for Blackburn Rovers over the last season or two, scoring twenty one goals in eighty odd appearances and has been looking for a new club for a while it seems, allowing his contract with relegated Rovers to run out this summer.
Luuk De Jong had an excellent season last time out, scoring a very impressive twenty five goals. Granted that was a less competitive league but it clearly was enough to impress former Dutch coach Bert Van Marwijk, now been replaced by Louis Van Gaal, who called him into the Dutch squad for Euro 2012.
It seemed that each player was angling for a transfer to a ‘bigger’ club this summer, though going it in different ways.
The Chronicle have reported that Hoilett was demanding £50,000 per week. When added to the compensation due to Blackburn, allegedly proving to be too much for Newcastle. The striker pricing himself out of a move to the north east. Sure, Hoilett will probably get his money, but will he choose the right club to develop his career.
I think he could have been a good signing for us, he would have given the team something different as an attacking option with his directness and pace. He is a player, it seems, that will be ruled by his pay cheque, fair enough…I probably would too! In Newcastle’s case though he isn’t a player who would fit in with our current bunch who all really seem to enjoy their football at the minute.
On the other hand is De Jong. He reportedly went on his own ‘fact-finding missions’ last season, scouting out the clubs and cities of teams who were interested in signing him. It seems like common sense, to research a potential new club, though in football common sense if often overlooked.
De Jong is another one who seems to have been priced out of a move to Newcastle, not by himself though. He told the Dutch paper De Telegraff that, “I almost fell off my chair when I heard Joop Munsterman (Twente club official)”. This followed Twente raised the bar, asking for over twenty millions Euros. To try and help a transfer along, De Jong even went as far as to say, “I agreed with FC Twente to drop my contracted right to 20% of the transfer fee”. That is A MODERN DAY FOOTBALLER potentially turning down around four million Euros!
It shows a marked contrast in ambition and moral worth, as well as financial value. It is a shame it looks like we will be signing neither player but as always, there are other options. For every Modibo Maiga there is a Papiss Cisse.
The latest rumour being John Guidetti, a Manchester City player who lit the Eredivise up last season for Feyenoord.