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Naming and shaming the Newcastle transfer mercenaries

6 years ago

What kind of Newcastle transfer market activity do you want to see?

Which players tick the boxes for you?

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I would guess we want to see ability, hopefully somebody we have already heard of and been impressed by previously, most off all though I think we are all desperate for the club to bring in players who are committed.

By committed of course we mean not just on the pitch for any particular 90 minutes, but also committed to staying at the club and not pushing for a move elsewhere.

So which talented and committed players fit the bill this summer?

Well the truth is that you don’t ever really find out until they come to St James Park and you can form a proper opinion.

You then get a chance to see if they are any good on the pitch, then in time you get a decent idea of what they are like off it.

So who have proved to be mercenaries in recent seasons at Newcastle United, which players came to St James Park and were simply takers? Using the club before moving on.

For many supporters, the following players would be seen as falling into this category:

Andy Carroll

Demba Ba

Yohan Cabaye

Mathieu Debuchy

Jose Enrique

The thing they all share is that they were quality players for Newcastle United and left for more ambitious clubs.

When playing for NUFC, all five were popular players and did the business on the pitch.

Just like has happened in the past, the story then changes once they leave and many are happy to demonise them.

Under Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson though, it was funny how you never had this problem. The difference was that players believed in the managers ad could see a potential path to success at our club, rather than having to move elsewhere.

The only player who was the exception was Jonathan Woodgate and I suppose if there is one club you could sympathise with a player wanting to join (though I never did!), it is Real Madrid.

I just shake my head when I hear people who in contrast talk about players such as Shola Ameobi showing loyalty, whereas the truth was that we could never have got rid of him to another club.

You might as well say that Williamson, Anita, Marveaux, Steven Taylor, Riviere and countless others we are stuck with are ‘loyal’. If we could ever shift this level of player, exactly what type of club is going to take them?

If your best players left in their prime to go to some uncompetitive league that simply paid loads of money, such as say China or Qatar, then you could accuse them of money turning their heads.

However, when players leave a club showing no ambition for one that has a (modern) history  of winning trophies, then how can you honestly blame them?

Maybe the moves might not work out but you can’t blame them for giving it a blast.

So if say the likes of Ba and Cabaye had stayed, then last season they would have found themselves still having to play alongside the likes of Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Anita, Riviere and Williamson.

Again, how can you blame players for wanting to get away when this is the level of player they’ll be playing alongside year in year out?

If you run the club along ambitious lines then the rest takes care of itself, you don’t need to worry about players having their heads turned, except in very rare instances.

I’m sure most of us know that unless Mike Ashley drastically changes his running of the club (or preferably sells it), it will only be a matter before the likes of Daryl Janmaat and Ayoze Perez also leave.

Will many of you also be calling them mercenaries and so on, just because they looked to make the most of their career and not waste it at a club like Newcastle United under Ashley?

To me, the relationship revolves around the players doing their best whilst they are at the club and if Newcastle are a club going nowhere and they (talented players) decide to jump ship, then I’ll just be grateful for the small mercy of seeing the odd decent player hanging around for a year or two before the inevitable.


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