There are two things continually thrown at Newcastle United, one is that as soon as we buy a player we are looking to sell for a profit, the other is that we do not have any ambition.
Rob Lee said that he fears we will sell if the new signings have a good season – I have tried to find evidence of this!
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The obvious ones are Cabaye and Debuchy – it was not a case of the club wanting to sell these players but that they wanted to move on.
I concede that the reasons they wanted to leave could be the lack of ambition at the club but was it about us making a profit on them?
I look at these players now – yes they have played in the Champions League and won trophies – but one is now playing for Crystal Palace and the other is second choice at Arsenal!
The only other one I can think of where we sold on for a profit is Andy Carroll and I have to say that any club would have sold at the price Liverpool offered, our problem was that we did not spend the money on the players that we needed.
If you ask me would I like to have all three players in our squad now I would say yes but I can see why they were sold and I have to agree with the decision to sell. Saying that, in my opinion Cabaye should have been sold in the summer window not the January one.
I am struggling to find any other players sold, that are evidence of our policy of selling players when we should have kept them!
The other thing we are accused of is lacking ambition and I agree our attitude to the cups is not acceptable, though there is the same reaction when we say that we want to finish in the top 10 – I think that is the top 8 this year.
People say we are only aiming at the top 10 – we should be aiming higher!
Since the Premier League started our average finishing position is 9th – that includes a couple of 2nds, a 3rd, a 4th and a 5th – over the last 10 years our average position is 12th.
Looking at these stats, a finish in the top 8 or 10 is not a bad ambition and people seem to forget the top four places are in the top 10.
The last time I wrote an article for The Mag I was called a ‘stupid old moron’ (in the comments by other fans), those were the actual words used.
I expect more of the same but I for one will be happy with us making an effort in the cups, finishing in the top 10 AND being entertained on the way.