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Yes Newcastle need to buy British but not any old rubbish like this

6 years ago

The last 24 hours have seen further claims that Newcastle will buy Andros Townsend in January.

The ‘buy British’ calls have obviously been growing by the day/week/month as it becomes obvious to even the most naive, that solely buying young foreign players is only a recipe for disaster.

However, just because a young foreigners only policy is not very clever, it doesn’t then mean that buying any British player is the answer.

Newcastle need to accumulate a squad that is made of all kinds of elements, players from the UK and overseas, with an age range that covers young, at their peak and ‘experienced’.

To restrict yourself to only a certain age, or indeed country/countries, is counter-productive.

A case in point is that even if Newcastle were now offered Jamie Vardy on the cheap, they would presumably turn him down because of his age. The same with any number of centre-backs who could undoubtedly come in and improve our current situation, which is especially daft as central defenders can play well into their thirties and are often at their peak by then.

As for Andros Townsend, much as I think it is essential that Newcastle bring in some British players to try and move forward, just what would be the reasoning for going for a player like him?

I bet if you took away the fact that somehow he has ended up with 10 England caps (the usual for any player who signs for Tottenham!) then based on his club ‘career’ you would be baffled why anybody, including Newcastle would be supposedly interested in him.

He turns 25 in July and so far has started only 39 Premier League matches (scoring five goals), the last of those was over eight months ago.

In those eight months he has managed only 69 minutes of league action as a substitute and didn’t even get on the pitch on Thursday against Monaco in the Europa League, despite Pochettino making wholesale changes.

The Spurs manager has built up an excellent reputation for the way he deals with dressing room discipline and even dropped Andros Townsend from the squad, after the player had a public confrontation on TV with Tottenham’s fitness coach at one match.

It would be definitely a frying pan/fire situation if Newcastle simply exchange the risks of buying unproven young foreign players, with instead the risks of buying damaged goods from other Premier League clubs that Mike Ashley wants to gamble on being rehabilitated and/or finding their form.

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