Bosman Signing Time For Newcastle United?
So is it Bosman signing time for Newcastle United?
The 1995 Bosman ruling made freedom of movement a lot easier for players, with out of contract footballers able to transfer to pastures new without a compensation fee normally required (there are of course extenuating circumstances regarding youth players moving between clubs in the same nation etc.).
The midfield maestro’s contract expired but Newcastle United refused to release his registration. Ultimately, the 24 year-old was allowed to move to Arsenal for £47,500, but thereafter took his former employers to court as a point of principle.
Such things are not usually an issue in 2013 of course, barring the occasional facetious lack of co-operation between associations, something that awkwardly brought Olivier Bernard’s disputed relocation from Lyon to Newcastle to an excruciating standstill in 2000.
With Mike Ashley and co. hunting for bargains, it’s worth looking at who is up for grabs, which players of note are coming to the end of their current deals and the ones we should release in the summer of 2014.
Tackling the latter first – Dan Gosling, Shola Ameobi, Conor Newton, Remie Streete and Michael Richardson are the more notable players with deals rapidly coming to a conclusion.
Gosling has done well at Blackpool, scoring a couple of goals and showcasing a range of abilities, albeit he seems to have found his level in the second tier. To renew his Magpies deal would be a waste of money with the plethora of expertise in that area of the squad, as well as the midfielder’s injury prone nature.
Shola is a dilemma, a month ago I would have breathed a sigh of relief at his departure but the big striker seems to have found levels of consistency not customary with his usual bumbling routine. A one-year deal could serve as a fair compromise for the veteran, who in any case shouldn’t be starting every contest, as is currently the case.
Remi Streete has an abundance of ability and it would be careless to allow the teenage defender to depart in the manner of Bradden Inman last summer, surely a three-year extension would suit all parties.
Conor Newton and Michael Richardson don’t leap out as players who have the calibre to remain at a Premier League club. Newton has a good thing at St Mirren and Richardson can’t hold down a place at Accrington, they should both be granted their exit.
There are several high profile players such as Nemanja Vidic, Samuel Eto’o and Bacary Sagna on the prospective Bosman list, but none of that trio fit the Toon remit of young, hungry prospects on reasonably low wages.
Younes Kaboul might be worth a pop, although Spurs are likely to tie him up before he’s a free agent. Shane Long would be an intriguing alternative to the current strikers, sadly the livewire front man is likely to have another twelve months added to his current at the behest of West Bromwich Albion.
Sonny Aluko scored a belter for Hull against Newcastle earlier this season. At 24 he’s definitely carving out a niche as a skilful, string pulling attacker with the Tigers, but isn’t particularly reliable.
Athletico Madrid’s free scoring number ten/central midfielder Raul Garcia would prove quite a coup if he landed on Tyneside, I’d snap him up in a heartbeat if the bigger clubs remained seemingly unconvinced.
Bafetimbi Gomis is a more realistic target, having been trailed all summer. In the role of central striker he could probably flourish if Loic Remy stayed to accompany Yoan Gouffran on the flanks. Tom Ince seems like another sensible purchase.
Torino’s Danilo D’Ambrosio would present a handy option at right back, even allowing for the fact that his primary position is in midfield. That could strangely develop into an ideal scenario, as even if the Italian can’t get into the starting eleven he’d be high calibre cover in more than one area.
Beyond that, I can’t see a goalkeeper or centre half worth targeting among the potential freebies… Unless you rate the currently idle Titus Bramble, or Aston Villa decide to dump Seamus Given, with the ostensibly washed up custodian returning as a player-coach on low wages.
Anyway, when push comes to shove it seems as if Mad Mike and his whacky band of misfits might need to stump up a bit of coin in order to improve what’s currently on the books.
Even so, acquiring the talents of D’Ambrosio, Ince and Gomis would be no mean feat, simultaneously retaining funds for the likes of Remy, a powerhouse centre half and backup ‘keeper, although it will all visibly depend on who the bigwigs opt to retain at the conclusion of the current campaign.
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