The £30m Tottenham paid for Moussa Sissoko was one of the funniest things Newcastle fans have ever seen.
In fact the whole of the footballing world have come to understand just how amusing the punchline was, apart from Spurs and their supporters of course.
Just think, if they had invested that money in a decent player, it just might have bridged that gap from second to first…
Less than nine months on from that Daniel Levy blunder, an even bigger joke of a transfer fee may be paid this summer.
It looks a case of only when, not if, Jordan Pickford leaves Sunderland.
Their only player who looks capable of attracting a decent fee…however, both the media and the mackems seem to be getting very carried away with what he is likely to sell for.
Yes he has looked decent BUT what has he actually achieved?
For all of the obvious Moussa Sissoko faults Newcastle fans were so aware of, he had shown devastating form for NUFC very early on and in very isolated patches in the years that followed. At the time always in the French national squad and one of their success stories at the 2016 Euros in France.
In comparison, you have Jordan Pickford.
He has only started 30 Premier League matches.
In his entire career so far the 23 year old has only kept four clean sheets in the top tier and won five Premier League matches – drawing five and losing 20!
Conceding a massive 51 goals in those 30 games, is it just maybe a classic case of a goalkeeping playing for a shocking team, then getting loads of shots fired at him so when he makes X number of saves, people forget about the goals he does concede and don’t judge him properly.
The speculated figures go up and up, with £30m and even £40m claimed to be achievable.
If Sunderland and their fans are relying purely on Jordan Pickford to turn their club around and fund an instant return to the Premier League, surely they are going to be left disappointed.
With so little to go on so far, surely any significant transfer fee (over £15m in today’s market) is going to have to include a massive proportion of it to be paid in the future if he hits certain targets – appearances for new club, England caps, new club finishing wherever in the Premier League and so on.
Possible money in the future won’t be any use to Sunderland and their fans…and David Moyes, if he stays on to complete the job!
Newcastle got ever so lucky with Moussa Sissoko and to a lesser extent with Gini Wijnaldum – but both those players had far far better profiles than Jordan Pickford – a goalkeeper with still all to prove.
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