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Kevin Nolan at it again…”He has spent the money, Mike Ashley”

1 year ago
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Kevin Nolan has been talking about Newcastle United, again.

The former NUFC captain has seen himself in recent weeks become a go-to figure for the media when debating Newcastle United.

We have already seen some completely embarrassing comments sucking up to Mike Ashley and now he has touched on that again, as well as lazy predictable comments that we get used to from people who know nothing about Newcastle United.

Quite why he has gone down this route, only Kevin Nolan knows.

He has declared after the Joelinton signing: ‘He has spent the money, Mike Ashley.’

Well, he has spent some money and about time! Only two weeks until the end of the transfer window and a few days after that the season starts, a quite ridiculous summer with everything delayed so late.

After zero net spend allowed under Rafa Benitez, the Joelinton signing has already been funded by the sales of Perez and Josleu. When you add in the cutting of the wage bill for that pair, Rondon, Diame, Barreca, Kenedy, Rafa and his coaching staff, Mike Ashley is still quids in so far.

Kevin Nolan drops the revelation to Newcastle fans who ‘won’t want to hear this’, that Mike Ashley will be hoping to sell the striker for £80m in a few years time.

Nolan a bit slow on the uptake, that is obviously the big problem that Newcastle fans see, nothing is done for the best of reasons under Mike Ashley, having refused to allow Rafa to bring in players that the team needs, instead an insistence on the central factor being a potential resale value.

For fans it feels like a rerun of summer 2015, a Head Coach appointed with no say on transfers and then two 20 year olds, a 22 year old and a 24 year old, all brought in having no experience of the Premier League. More money spent than any previous window and an eventual profit made overall on selling Mitro, Mbemba, Wijnaldum and Thauvin BUT instant relegation.

Step forward to this summer and Steve Bruce appointed as Head Coach with no say on transfers and Mike Ashley allowing money to be spent on his choice of signings, with claims of more young overseas buys to follow.

Kevin Nolan says Joelinton is in his ‘mid-twenties’ but he is only 22 and has made only 25 starts in a league (Bundesliga) of any decent standard.

Nolan also falls into the lazy stereotyping of what life is like in Newcastle….’I think that the biggest thing for him (Joelinton) is he adapts to life up in Newcastle because it is going to be rather different from whatever he’s been used to.’

As Kevin Nolan should well know, Newcastle is a great place to live and whilst he is from Brazil, Joelinton hasn’t been playing beach football on the Copacabana these last four years, instead he has been on the books of German club Hoffenheim, playing for them and on loan in Austria for Rapid Vienna.

Germany is a great place and of any other country, it is the one most similar to life in England/Newcastle, in terms of culture and people in my experience.

Kevin Nolan speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live:

“When you pay £40m for someone and they ask for the number nine shirt, you cannot say no to them.

“I think that is the biggest thing….

“They are looking for a new number nine.

“A new hero.

“He has spent the money, Mike Ashley.

“Listen, I am certainly hoping the lad gets off the ground running and he goes off smashing it. As we have all been saying, only time will tell. I

“I think that the biggest thing for him is he adapts to life up in Newcastle because it is going to be rather different from whatever he’s been used to.

“Newcastle are looking at someone who is in their mid-twenties and is a saleable asset.

“I know the Newcastle fans won’t want to hear this but they (Mike Ashley and his minions) are hoping if he comes in and has three great seasons, then they sell him for double the price.”

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