The Ingenious Plan That Will Help Ensure Newcastle Keep Their Best Players This Summer
While Alan Pardew charges around telling everybody how he is willing to fight to the death to keep the players who almost got Newcastle relegated, every other club is merrily going about their business buying more/better players to ensure they finish higher in the League.
What about this problem of keeping our top stars though? or should I be really asking the question; where is there a problem of keeping our top stars?
A year ago;
Coloccini was picked in the PFA team of the season
Hatem Ben Arfa was almost unplayable for the second half of the season
Yohan Cabaye pulled the strings week in week out and went into the Euros massively in form
Papiss Cisse was like a comic book hero, never failing to hit the target
Tim Krul was immense and the rock who played every single minute of our League season
Cheick Tiote was like a man possessed and chanelled that into inspired performances such as the battering he and the team gave Manchester United.
…and so on.
This past year;
Coloccini has been average to very good on a decent number of occasions but the only club he is intent on going to is some pub team who are trying to buy him with the proceeds of a domino card at their local!
Hatem Ben Arfa has been injured for most of the season and had to play (through necessity) key relegation battles at half pace.
Yohan Cabaye has been average over the course of the season and had numerous injury & low mood/depression problems.
Papiss Cisse couldn’t even tell you which is the barn door never mind hit it in recent times.
Tim Krul has had terrible luck with injuries and ended the season with a nasty dislocated shoulder.
Cheick Tiote has had a shocker and left many fans wondering why James Perch wasn’t playing ahead of him, rather than heading into the Championship.
…and so on.
The bottom line is that not one single elite player in Newcastle United’s squad has increased in profile/ability/value in the last twelve months.
A combination of loss of form, injury and something you can’t quite put your finger on, have conspired to make Newcastle’s ‘best’ players in at least some part risky propositions when it comes to agreeing the price tag that would tempt Mike Ashley. The cunning plan has worked, I knew that back of an envelope would come in handy.
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