The Chronicle’s Andrew Musgrove has taken a bunch of ex-Newcastle players and considered what they would cost if bought in today’s market.
Some remarkably interesting figures indeed and I guess it says a lot about the players ranking at Newcastle United as well, with him believing Alan Shearer would fetch a whopping £200m if sold in this day and age.
Andrew Musgrave’s article picks out the following players, puts price tags on them and gives the reasons why. Like I’ve already said this is one that could be debated all day and night long.
This is Musgrove’s take, followed by my thoughts on the price tags he’s gone for:
Alan Shearer – £200 million. Tops his charts and rightly so. Hard to disagree with that. Not the greatest all-round player I’ve seen at Newcastle BUT probably the one player that did his particular job consistently better than any other and for that reason deserves to be top.
Jackie Milburn – £40 million. Personally, I think I’d have had this one closer to £100m! An England international that scored goals consistently deserves more than £40 million.
Bob Moncur – £30-£50 million. Going to agree with this one as he was a real leader and a ball playing defender. Possibly lacked a bit of pace but always rock solid and reliable.
Malcolm Macdonald – A minimum of £80m. Definitely and at least. A phenomenal Centre Forward and the best we’d had for a long, long time until Andy Cole came along.
Chris Waddle – £90 million. Creative, two-footed and could score a goal or two. Hard to disagree with such a pricing given what he achieved.
Peter Beardsley – £120 million. Until he came along Tony Green was the greatest player I’d ever seen in a Newcastle shirt BUT Beardsley is my all-time #1 now and at £120m might even be a bargain.
Paul Gascoigne – £130 million. A fit, non-distracted Gazza in this market? Priced at £130m but I’m going to drop that by £11million to bring him to £119 and just below Beardsley!
Terry Hibbitt – £30m-£35m. Probably and might even been a bit more. Left footed so added balance and a wand of a left foot. Superb passer of the ball and a real engine.
Tony Green – A starting bid of £35 million? I’ll add £15 million to that on the evidence of what I saw. If his career hadn’t been cut short it might have been even more. One of the absolute best.
Glenn Roeder – £50m – I’d be happy to get such a player for that price given his leadership qualities, “the shuffle” and his eye for a goal.
There are so many others. From “The Entertainers” how much would Les Ferdinand, David Ginola, Robert Lee or Phillipe Albert cost you? Then there’s King Kev himself and a player we plucked from Bury for £25,000, none other than Terry McDermott.
What about the creative Nolberto Solano? Or right up to date, ASM from who’s transfer rumours and speculation Musgrave’s article probably comes. How much would you demand for Maxi? I’d say £75 million at the least.
One final thought though. Has any player anywhere ever had a priceless rating? Now that is a debate!