Permanent mid-table status is an integral part of Newcastle’s transfer policy.
The Newcastle transfer policy involves buying cheap and selling on at a profit. In what condition does the club have to be in to successfully operate such a policy. And what is the club’s definition of “successful”?
The policy of buying players on the cheap and attracting quality personnel from places like the French league, requires the club to retain Premier league status. So the club does what it needs to do to avoid relegation? But ambitions beyond that?
To sell on, there needs to be “bigger”, more ambitious clubs to transfer the players on to. Clubs that are regularly playing (or aspiring to play) Champion’s League football. These clubs aren’t just in the Premier League, but in all of the major leagues in Europe.
If Newcastle suddenly started to look like an ambitious club, aiming to get into the top four, or actually qualified for the Champions League, the sell-on policy would be in tatters.
For the transfer policy to work, low aspiration at NUFC is essential. It’s not an accident or a by-product, it’s fundamental.
This is the depressing reality for Toon fans, I just hope we can do something to change it.