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Is Reality Mike Ashley Won’t Pay For Any Decent Striker – From Home Or Abroad?

6 years ago
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Alan Pardew has once again bemoaned the fact that homegrown players, especially strikers, are overpriced.

Is it not the case though that the reality is that any decent proven striker, whether home or abroad, is going to have a big price tag on their head?

Forwards who score goals aren’t exactly hard to spot, any fool at a touch of a button can find out which players have got an established goals pedigree.

Surely Pardew is trying to cover up for Mike Ashley yet again, trying to divert fans and media from fact that he won’t invest in any decent proven striker, wherever they are from, not just the UK.

“We keep talking about British and English players but every time you try to buy one in Britain it is very difficult.

“They become stuck in the system and it is such a shame.

“If we had realism (price) around our own strikers then maybe  they’d have more opportunities.

“Roy Hodgson wants as many options as he can have but if you are out looking for British forwards then there aren’t many.”

I find it very hard to see Ashley ever paying a Premier League type fee and/or wages for a recognised striker. Buying from abroad now is also surely such a competitive market that it is difficult to see the Newcastle owner outbidding other Premier League clubs for proven strikers, with all clubs after these players.

Swansea’s willingness to pay Gomis’ wages when Ashley wouldn’t, means the French international ended up in Wales, the same 12 months later when the Welsh club were willing to pay the fee for Wilfired Bony. While incredibly, Newcastle failed to buy anybody that summer, or the following January window.

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In fact, we are all still waiting for a replacement for Demba Ba who left twenty months ago, with surely Riviere a support striker at best, or more likely somebody who should be third choice amonst your forwards.

These are the ten top scorers in the Premier League last time around, with the latest transfer fees they have attracted as well as number of goals scored last season.

31 Suarez (£65m)

21 Sturridge (£12m)

20 YaYa Toure (£24m)

17 Rooney (£26m)

17 Bony (£12m)

17 Aguero (£38m)

16 Dzeko (£27m)

16 Giroud (£13m)

15 Rodriguez (£7m from then Championship Burnley in 2012)

15 Lukaku (£28m)

The recurring factor is that they all cost £12m or more, wherever they were signed from. The only exception being Southampton’s Rodriguez who cost £7m after one good season in the Championship, and who would cost a whole lot more than that, now he is proven in the Premiership.

As well as those players above, you then had others such as Loic Remy who scored 14 for Newcastle last season and who would cost £12m upwards if Newcastle were willing to bid.

Shane Long  has gone for £12m, Jordan Rhodes’ starting point if he leaves Blackburn is probably at least £12m.

Everton paying that £28m for Lukaku sums up just what investment you need to make in your strikers if you have any ambition at all.

That isn’t to say you have to spend £28m on one player but you can’t realistically expect to fluke it with a £5m average French striker (Riviere) and a random loan forward (Ferreyra) with no experience in one of the major leagues.

One week to go to the end of the transfer window, no goals and only one decent shot on target so far speaks volumes.

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