As the seasons progress, the transfer market becomes even more inflated. Newcastle have had to learn this the hard way.
Currently, Newcastle’s transfer record lies at £21.25 million for Micheal Owen from Real Madrid. The next highest is £17.85 million for Alan Shearer and £17 million Albert Luque, all with varying margins of success (from TransferMarkt). So as you can see, Newcastle have always been fairly shrewd with their spending but this needs to change.
In a world where Gylfi Sigurdsson is valued at £50 million and Michael Keane costs £30 million (note: I’m not saying they’re bad players, I’m saying they’re not worth that much) no club looking for success can afford to spend small and expect results. Gone are the days of Brian Clough assembling a back-to-back European Cup winning team on a budget of buttons.
Some may use the argument of Leicester buying Jamie Vardy for £1 million, Kante for just over £5 million and Mahrez for £500k. No disrespect to those players but finding them was a massive fluke. Newcastle have learned their lesson from buying Ligue 1 players (Saivet, Cabella, Thauvin, and Riviere have all been massive flops).
As much as the board may hate it, splashing on a few experienced Premier League players like Gibbs wouldn’t be a bad thing. In a season where promotion is absolutely vital for future success, the board cannot afford to haggle over every single penny like they normally do.
Newcastle have already missed out on the signing of Willy Caballero and Tammy Abraham at cheap prices (Abraham not so much) and must act quickly to avoid being left in the dust by other clubs. Whilst Lejeune is a good start, it’s simply not enough to stay up. I choose to stay optimistic but the transfer window has been painful with the amount of players we’ve been linked with and not managed to sign.
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