Nothing more than a feeder club?

Bassong and Carroll - Part of the feeder machine?
Recent events at Newcastle United, as always, could be viewed in different lights.

A while ago the club released a statement claiming that the ethos of the club had to change, no more trophy signings for massive fees and earning big wages. This obviously made a lot of sense, but the statement continued and stated that cheaper, younger signings with sell on value would be the way forward for the future. Where does this leave us? What is the plan?

The sale of Sebastien Bassong was a great bit of business. £500,000 to £8-£10 million in one season is a tidy profit, as was selling Andy Carroll for a whopping £35 million, but is this now the blueprint for the club? Are the long term contracts being handed out simply a way of fattening up the players for the transfer market?

If more of our top players are to be sold then we need good replacements, not just stop-gap’s to plug the holes. If Mike Ashley had time in January to replace Carroll, would he have reinvested some of the hefty transfer fee? Should he have to? He has put the money in to keep us afloat and will want his money back. Maybe he will sanction more sales of players until we are out of the red and back in the black, would that be good or too risky? Would the ethos then change once we have broke even or made profit? Or would the sales continue?

Personally I don’t want us to sign players to simply sell and make a profit. I want us to sign players, build a decent team and move forward. But if a bid comes in, and if the player in question wants to move, then by all means sell for the healthy profit, but please don’t just put them in the shop window for a bidding war.

Put simply, we need to keep our top players. Selling Andy Carroll would not have been such a bitter pill to swallow had another decent young forward for a fee of maybe £10-£15 million pounds been brought in to replace him.

I also feel that we could struggle to keep hold of Cheik Tiote and Jose Enrique if a decent offer comes in. Surely they would both command a fee way in excess of the £3.5 and £6.3 million that we paid for their services? But we can’t just become a selling club, talent needs to be brought in.

Carroll out and Kuqi in? No thanks, but if we brought in somebody like Llorente, a good young prospect already doing well then I could have forced a smile on transfer deadline day. After all, that’s what the club was supposed to be doing…..

According to themselves!

25 thoughts on “Nothing more than a feeder club?

  1. Great read Jay, one thing it shows is how our scouts are and that they are doing a great job. One way we can avoid becoming a feeder club is by becoming a team that competes for Europe regularly, and with some more good signings we should be able to do this seriously next season.


  2. I’m not so sure on that. I reckon that the gap from us to Europe is much bigger than what it looks like this season. It’s been a funny season, and teams like Villa, Everton, even Liverpool are unlikely to have such shyte season in comparison next year.

    Of course, we could have another belter season and sneak up there, but I think it will be a lot harder than what is being made out.


  3. If you look at our potential first team for next year our midfield will be awesome and we will hopefully have a nice budget to spend on a couple of ST’s RW and LB. And if we sign Ireland a midfield including HBA JB KN CT and SI and Jonas would be the best outside Chelski Citeh Manure Arsenal and maybe Spuds and Liverpool. I think we could definitely be better than Villa and Everton next year.


  4. Both Bassong and Carroll handed in transfer requests so poss players think we’re a stepping stone to supposed bigger clubs
    Any club outside the top four will struggle to hang onto players if they want to leave to play chamnpions league footy.
    Carroll was prob persuaded more by the money he was gonna get and Nolans liverpool fan delusional idea of thinking they were still a top four club


  5. Depends on strikers. I actually think, even without Ireland, our midfield is ok. We are still creating a hell of a lot of chances, but we aren’t finishing them off. This is why we need a striker, two even, to strengthen us.


  6. good read jay jay ,your the best writer on this blog but marktoon the drink dodger is a close 2nd 😉


  7. I think Enrique’s statement made it very clear why you just cannot expect to keep attracting decent players if you then sell them. If you’re a Tiote or Benny and you have offers on the table, who are you going to sign for – the club that’s been consistently living up to its word and building towards cups and glory, or the club that’s made it clear that it will sell any player that does well enough to increase their value?

    I hope the club now realise that their little honeymoon period is over, and that the AC sale marked the end of it. They have just a few weeks at the beginning of the next window to get seriously good players in, or the ones we have already will be out of the door. I have no doubt that many already have their agents lining up the offers just in case. I said on a post yesterday – this is the real cost of selling Carroll; the player’s value had nowt to do with it. The impact of the decision is what matters, and it could still be a lot more than £35m.


  8. toonsy you should keep hold of this lad jay jay ,he reminds me of a guy who used too write on org ,u best get him tied doon on a long term deal unless he will be off on a freebie 😆 😆 😆


  9. Does anyone else have the same concern as me? Basically:
    1. We have a sensible but challenging recruitment policy that tends to lead to last-minute deals; often for relative unknowns who then tend to come good (Willo, Tiote, Simpson)
    2. The club were using that model to build slowly over 5 years.
    3. It was working, so the players were going along with it. The club probably had another 2-3 seasons to get into a position to genuinely challenge for the Champs League. Slow but sure.
    4. Selling AC has blown that. Jonas, Nolan, Jose and Barton have all said as much.
    5. If the club don’t sign some very high quality players in the first month of the window, these players will be out of here. And I wouldn’t blame them; they have careers to think of and won’t want to be part of ‘a selling club’ that exists to survive in the prem and make money from player development.
    6. So all they need to do is sign known, quality players, early in the window. See point 1. Oh, lordy.

    Seriously – anyone else see this?? 😯


  10. I agree it does all depend on the strikers, the key to a successful team is a 20 goal a season we desperately need a 15 goal a season striker at least ans then we can compete for European spots


  11. Why am I delueded batty?

    thats still quite a lot less than £35M, we might get another £8M for Enrique yet.


  12. I try to look at this as a big picture. First of all, while the team is thin in depth, the players on the field are first class. No one holds their breath when the ball goes to anyone on the pitch.

    Second, I believe NUFC is emulating the Olympic Lyon model. THe club is learnig how to do that, and if they master it, regular European football is in sight.

    Third, I think MA has twin ambitions of winning and financial realism. The financial ship is leveling and looks good compared to other stories I read about other teams finances.

    So yes, sell at top dollar, but have replacements purchased or coming up through the ranks. You never know when someone will get itchy feet, or a wildly overinflated offer will come in. Be prepared to capitalize on sellers markets.


  13. look at spurs, it is only now they have got in the champions league they can hold off big bids for their stars. Until then they had to face up to the fact they couldnt guarantee to keep their top players if a huge bid came in from one of the big guns e.g carrick and berbatov.

    if that is what you call a feeder club than that is what we are until we are back in regular european compeition its not the same as being a wigan or a bolton


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