One thing Newcastle Manager Alan Pardew likes to remind fans at every opportunity is the fact that as a club we are ‘vulnerable’ when it comes to interest in our star players from elsewhere.
Of course Alan will deem it wise to always cover his back when it comes to outgoings, lets be fair he spent months telling the press and the fans that Andy Carroll would not be sold. We all know what happened on the transfer deadline day that followed, Andy got his move to Liverpool whilst Pardew was forced to eat his words and faced the daunting task of explaining why the sale was sanctioned.
The Andy Carroll saga was a long time ago and looking back on it most will see it was best for business, even at the time. For £35 million there didn’t really need to be much justification as to why the player was allowed to leave Tyneside, but of course there is a principle. At the time the player was in sensational form and was loved by the fans who loved nothing more than having a local lad donning the number nine shirt at St James’ Park. The player demonstrated there is little loyalty in the game and sold out at the expense of living his boyhood dream of playing for the Club he adored.
Pardew has since spoken regularly and truthfully about the possibility of losing big name players if bigger Clubs come in for them. We have heard how we can’t compete financially with the giants of the game and if valuations are met we risk losing players. Over the past couple of years we have nervously looked on as players such as Cheick Tiote, Colo and Yohan Cabaye have been subject to interest from other teams. This last transfer window was the same, Arsenal’s pursuit of Cabaye became a bit of saga and consequently unsettled the player himself whilst the fans could only speculate whether the Frenchman would still be at Newcastle beyond the summer.
With the transfer window set to re open in January there are more reports of potential departures. Newcastle’s in form goalkeeper Tim Krul has been linked with several Clubs with Italian giants Juventus being his latest admirers in a long list. Tim has been the subject of much discussion in the last week or so following his world class display in Newcastle’s 1-0 victory over Spurs at White Hart Lane. Newcastle boss Pardew reacted to the performance by branding his number one as’ one of the best in the League’.
Timmy is contracted until 2017 and would therefore command a large fee to tempt Newcastle into selling. The Dutchman has always spoken of his love for Newcastle and I assume he remains happy at the Club. It is being reported that the hierarchy have valued the keeper at £20 million in an attempt to discourage bids and keep the player at Newcastle. The Mirror claim that Juventus are not put off by the fact Krul is under a lengthy contract but whether they would be willing to stretch to United’s asking price remains to be seen.
The worry would be that Tim would have the opportunity to be understudy to one of the game’s greats in Gianluigi Buffon before eventually becoming the veterans successor. But as stated before Tim loves it here and has spoken of his fondness for Newcastle United on multiple occasions. With the 25 year old striving to be Holland’s number one in the World Cup next year he needs to be playing each week…..he knows he will be guaranteed this if he stays on Tyneside.
What do you think?