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Do You Think NUFC’s Record Transfer Fee Of £16m (Michael Owen) Will Ever Be Beaten By Mike Ashley? – Vote Now

9 years ago

Michael Owen – Unbeatable?

The most important factor in making a football club successful is quite obvious, it massively depends on clubs such as Newcastle United keeping their best players and then adding even better players to keep on improving the team/squad.

Alternatively, if you lose your better players and replace them with inferior ones, well you are only going to go in one direction aren’t you?

Money, like it does in every aspect of life, naturally plays a huge part in this equation.

Money doesn’t guarantee you success (or happiness…so I’m told) but once again, it is pretty certain that if you continually spend less than your competitors then in the medium to long-term you fall behind.

There is a happy medium of course and while £15m in 1996 for Alan Shearer proved an absolute bargain, the £16m for Owen nine years later wasn’t a bargain for Newcastle United, that’s for sure.

The lesson to be learnt is that there is such a thing as a totally correct price for a player, it is all about judgement and value for money.

In the past it was heavily rumoured there was a glass ceiling price of £10m on any incoming signing under Ashley but with the likes of Carroll, Aubameyang and Bony (amongst others) supposedly transfer targets for United, it looked like both that £10m ‘ceiling’ and even the £16m Owen deal were in danger of being overtaken.

Yes we all know it is crazy the money that is paid in transfer fees, as are of course the wages that are paid alongside those.

However, when West Ham snap up Carroll at a price that probably exceeded the Owen deal and clubs such as Swansea, Southampton, Norwich and others are actively looking to pay £10m or more for players then surely the writing is on the wall if you want to compete.

Yes we hope that Graham Carr can keep up his impressive strike rate but especially with strikers there comes a time when you have to pay the price on the ticket if you want to compete.

So do you think that Mike Ashley will ever pay more than £16m for a player? When answering I think two things should be kept in mind; how long you guess he might be sticking around and then also how ambitious do you think Newcastle’s owner is in making the club successful?

So vote now;


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