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The Newcastle United Team Mike Ashley Sold

7 years ago

This coming season there will be two Newcastle United teams playing in the Premier League, the one we’ll be watching at St.James’ Park and another that has been scattered to the four corners of England’s top tier and beyond.

While the football club will always be quite happy to see fans abusing any player who leaves, with accusations of greed, disloyalty and so on, can it always be the player’s fault?

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Under Sir Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan it was almost unheard of for any player to push for a transfer and when it came to attracting players, they were queuing at the door to join the party.

Yesterday, [intlink id=”44702″ type=”post”]three local journalists picked the eleven players[/intlink] they hoped would start the season for Newcastle United and the stand out thing was that each of them picked a number of players they hoped would be signed before the season starts in only 38 days time. One of the three included as many as FIVE players who aren’t currently on Newcastle’s books.

With the Mathieu Debuchy departure happening any minute, just look at this team of eleven players who Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew have failed to keep at the club in the past few years. In fact many of them Ashley has happily sold or pushed out of the door. There are of course two who aren’t currently at Premier League clubs but Fraser Forster’s presence in the England squad and Cabaye’s move to PSG obviously show that they are of a certain level.

Fraser Forster

Mathieu Debuchy

Danny Simpson

Jose Enrique

Wayne Routledge

Joey Barton

Kevin Nolan

Yohan Cabaye

Demba Ba

Andy Carroll

Loic Remy

While we may be lacking a centre-back or two (as some would say the current squad is…) in this departed line-up, can anybody really claim Newcastle’s current squad/team would stand a chance against this eleven? Also, I know Loic Remy was only on loan but there clearly appeared to be zero attempt to keep him this summer.

This regression is a sure sign of the rotten state of Newcastle United, mismanagement and lack of ambition meaning wasted opportunities and a case of ‘what might have been’.

What is left at St.James’ Park now is a squad lacking in both quality and numbers, those who believe the worst we can expect is mid-table mediocrity with the current set-up are sadly mistaken.

Letting your best players leave and not replacing them is a one way street to disaster, Demba Ba left eighteen months ago and still hasn’t been replaced – despite Newcastle already being at least one striker short when he was still at the club.

The third best supported club in the country and a multi billionaire owner, yet Newcastle United only exists as a billboard for the rest of the owner’s empire and ran by a skeleton staff on a shoestring budget, with a stated policy of not even trying in the cups.

How can anybody slag off any decent player who doesn’t want to hang around this decaying football club?


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