After questioning the expectations of Newcastle fans just a few months ago, talkSPORT pundit Darren Bent has now named £40m man Wilfried Zaha as a player we should be looking to sign this summer…
It’s recently been reported that Bruce may be working with a summer budget of around £12m plus player sales, with Mike Ashley unwilling to spend big while he waits for a final decision on the stalled Saudi takeover, but that hasn’t stopped Bent throwing the Crystal Palace star into the mix for his former boss.
Bent, who played under Steve Bruce during their time together at Sunderland, believes we could be the perfect move for the Ivorian winger – feeling he’d thrive on a ‘bigger pedestal’ at St James’ Park.
When asked where he could end up this summer, here’s what he had to say – comments that don’t quite make sense when you consider what he was saying a matter of weeks ago!
“Zaha has not been that consistent this year, but we know he’s a talent.
“We spoke about him going to Everton, two years ago Everton would have snapped at the chance, but I don’t think he’s a player they want.
“Newcastle would be a great team to go to. He needs a bigger pedestal to play on and better players around him.”
A few months back, I remember sticking talkSPORT on through my headphones as I went for a walk, only to hear Bent talk about Steve Bruce, Newcastle fans and our expectations.
He made a few fair points but claimed Bruce could ‘never win’ and was the victim of our unrealistic expectations.
Fast forward to May and Bent is suggesting we go out and sign a £40m-rated player who is not only out of our budget, but unlikely be tempted by the offer of a club who aren’t actually much better than Crystal Palace.
The funny thing is, I wouldn’t be surprise if Bent and his friends on talkSPORT slated us had a Newcastle fa called in and suggested we sign him!
Don’t get me wrong, the thought of ASM and Zaha either side of Wilson is quite something, but it’s worrying how out of touch and uniformed some of these pundits are when they can question our expectations in one breath and then suggest we sign a player who, for now, would be a totally unrealistic target for a whole host of reasons.