Luuk De Jong Loan Fee Revealed – Shows Mike Ashley’s Total Lack Of Long-Term Plan/Interest
Rumours circulating this morning that Luuk De Jong may still be of interest to Newcastle if the price is right but the revelation that the club actually paid money to borrow him last season, sums up where Mike Ashley and Newcastle are at.
The Chronicle have stated that Newcastle paid around £1.3m to secure De Jong’s services for the last five months of last season, as well as his wages of course.
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He was of course a complete disaster and while the sum of money wasted on him wasn’t huge by modern standards, well at least not for ambitious Premier League clubs, but in Newcastle’s case it was most definitely a total waste of time, money and the opportunity cost of not bringing in a proper signing.
Now Borussia Monchengladbach’s Director of Football Max Eberl is desperately trying to shift De Jong and trying to paint a positive picture as part of that;
“We are talking about a player with great quality…in Luuk we will never throw in the towel.
“There are people interested in luul but you can’t rule anything out. It’s possible he will begin pre season training with us an dif Luuk is better in training then he will play again.”
When you take into account Newcastle also paid £2m to loan Loic Remy plus astronomical wages for a season, despite there being no intention from Remy or Ashley that the deal would be permanent, the gamble of wasting short-term cash for hopeful safety on the ‘cheap’ at the expense of long-term sensible investment becomes ever clearer.
The fact that Newcastle are regularly in the top half dozen clubs in terms of spending on agents’ fees further demonstrates the lack of expertise now at Newcastle United, without the suitable employees to handle transfers, Newcastle clearly instead fill that skill gap with a reliance on agents to do most of the work.
Mike Ashley will be no doubt looking at Remy helping to secure Newcastle’s Premier League place without having to commit to long-term investment, so I think it is nailed on that the player we will rely on most for goals next season will be a striker brought in on loan…very likely to be last minute.
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