Journalist claims NUFC flop wants outrageous ‘£80,000 per week’ to stay on Tyneside

If Lee Ryder’s latest Nabil Bentaleb claims are true, we should forget about a potential permanent deal and send him straight back to Schalke.

He writes that the Algerian’s current wage demands are an outrageous £80,000 per week, meaning we may have to make him our joint highest paid player alongside Jonjo Shelvey to keep him at St James’ Park.

If there was any indecision around whether we should pursue him or not, I hope this has made our mind up.

It’s been reported by German outlet BILD that our option to sign him for around £8.5m expires next week, and The Chronicle have today suggested that his salary could be a stumbling block – you’re not kidding!

Given how erratic his performances have been since arrived in January, I’d be wary of signing him full stop, never mind spending £8.5m and handing him a wage packet that could see him earn the best part of £4m per year.

Calling him a ‘flop’ may seem harsh when he’s played more than some of January loan arrivals have in years gone by, yet there’s been far more bad than good from the former Spurs man.

He was impressive in our 4-1 win at Bournemouth and looked slick in his second half cameo against West Ham. That’s about it though. His performances on the whole have been far from convincing.

Off the ball he doesn’t get about the pitch well enough and seems easily bypassed when opposition players run at him (making him a luxury alternative to Isaac Hayden) and on the ball he’s taken far too many risks, often giving it away in dangerous areas or lacking the discipline needed in that holding role.

He’s clearly got ability and can look good one his day, but he’s looked more of a liability who you wouldn’t trust in a midfield two at this level, making talk of his ‘£80,000’ demands seem ludicrous.

I don’t expect us to spend big this summer if a takeover fails, with COVID-19 impacting on budgets up and down the country, so a £8.5m move for Bentaleb now seems like a complete non starter if these really are his wage demands!

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

3 thoughts on “Journalist claims NUFC flop wants outrageous ‘£80,000 per week’ to stay on Tyneside

  1. Shouldn’t matter if the reports are false = he’s been awful in every game so far and a total waste of money!

    Send the Lazy clown back ASAP

    If he is here next season the fans will know that Bruce has done a deal with the players to keep his position!

    WE NEED new owners – so Bruce can be shown the door as it’s been luck and no management involved in being safe!

    If new owners come in and make the mistake of keeping Bruce – they will need to have enough money to get another 11 players in after sacking Bruce 10 games into the season as they see what a waste of space he is

    Gets his drinking Bud’s to keep bleating on about Rafa = WAKE up and have some coffee – it’s a completely different squad. It’s been dreadful to watch this season!!

    As we all see Charmless and Bruce stuffing up the deal

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  2. I was recently offered a job in Manchester. I didn’t want it but didn’t want to say so, so I just jacked my salary requirement up way above what I knew what was reasonable for that job. If they gave me the money, I’d go live in Manchester. But I was hoping they wouldn’t.

    They said “sorry, we couldn’t possibly go that high”, and I got to stay here.
    Bentaleb’s not been our worst player but nowhere good enough to demand 80K.

    Sounds like a man saying “I’d prefer to be back sitting on the bench in Germany, but if you pay me 80K a week I’ll stay here.”

    And based on that, let him go. He’s pretty much only a replacement for Hayden, which hardly makes him a big earner.

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  3. Yes I agree with sum fan’s. Send him back he just can’t control a ball look at his stats he giving more free kick away in the premier then most player

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