There Would Have Been No Ferdinand, Ginola, Keegan…
Newcastle United’s stated aim is to only buy players who are 26 or younger, with Mathieu Debuchy just creeping in at the ripe old age of 27 after his transfer was delayed in the summer.
At times though I worry that having such a rigid inflexible approach could backfire, especially when there are special circumstances/challenges.
If a more mature quality player is available then why not make him the exception to the rule? Or if you are in a relegation fight and can’t land a young goalscorer heading into his prime…is it not then essential to look at who else could come in and do a job, even if they won’t have a resale value?
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The cost of failure this year would be immense, both on and off the pitch, so why not buy a little extra insurance?
If Newcastle United had limited themselves to 26 and unders in the past, we’d never have seen David Ginola (28 when signed), Kevin Keegan (31), Peter Beardsley (32 – second time around), Les Ferdinand (28) or….Sol Campbell (35)!!
We were treated to the brilliance of David Ginola and Les Ferdinand and then the club even got their money back on them, while Keegan and Beardsley were absolutely brilliant and more than made up for the relative pittance NUFC ‘lost’ when they eventually left St.James’ Park.
Having a cunning plan is all very well but sometimes you do need a plan B just in case.
Which black & white ‘oldie’ would you have been gutted to miss out on?
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