Swansea and Everton Investing Extra TV Money In Team, Newcastle Aren’t – Go Figure!
Talking about the transfer window just ended, Alan Pardew has reflected on why Newcastle United didn’t buy the players, especially striker(s), that were desperately needed.
The Newcastle manager bemoaning ‘prices were very high’ and saying ‘difficult for teams like ourselves to secure top players’.
Swansea paid the wages Bafetimbi Gomis asked for and Newcastle wouldn’t, just like they paid the fee for Wilfried Bony last summer when United wouldn’t. Everton went for real quality as they know they have to have it up front and paid £28m for Lukaku, again Newcastle were mentioned along with this player in the summer but that was definitely not going to happen.
“The window was very tough for lots of teams not at the very top of the Premier League because prices were very high.
“There wasn’t a lot of good product on the market, so it was difficult for teams like ourselves to secure top players.
“I think we are all going to find it even more difficult in the future because there is a new TV deal being negotiated by the Premier League and prices are going to go even higher. It is difficult to know exactly where they are going to be, particularly for offensive players.
“This market threw up a couple of players where their value was a bit of an eye-opener. That was a bit surprising, but we did most of our business early and I think we did good business with those players.”
Newcastle were reportedly told they could have Alexandre Lacazette if they paid £14m (roughly what Bony cost Swansea and half Lukaku’s transfer fee) and that is what Pardew is referring to as an ‘eye-opener’.
We paid £5m for Emmanuel Riviere who has never played for France, has no credible goalscoring record and has now been transferred for £5m or less three times by different French clubs.
Pardew talks of the problems caused by the TV deals going up but the point is that Newcastle United are one of those twenty clubs who benefit from all that extra cash!!
The problem with Newcastle is that Ashley wouldn’t allow any of the TV money to be spent in summer 2013, then this summer it was the same again with only the Debuchy/Cabaye money used to fund incoming transfers.
Swansea and Everton are investing the extra TV money in the team, Newcastle aren’t – go figure!
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