At the time of writing, we have not long completed the signing of La Liga winner and England international, Kieran Trippier.
As the move grew closer the night before an official announcement was made, I must ask how many of us were sat fearing that Brentford would come in and offer less wages to steal the right-back away from us?
Well, according to comments from Gabby Agbonlahor in November, Newcastle should’ve been genuinely worried this would happen. We don’t stand a chance when it comes to signing players over the likes of Brentford because, apparently, no-one wants to live in the North-East.
Of course, Trippier’s arrival shows how rotten and poorly aged Agbonlahor’s comments are, with the 31-year-old swapping Madrid for the marvelous city that’s Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Here’s a reminder of what Agbonlahor said just a few months ago:
The fee for Trippier is a bargain at £12m and it seems we haven’t had to offer silly wages to convince him to come either, with The Mail reporting that he’ll earn £100,000-per-week. Big money, yes, but it’s very reasonable in this day and age for an England international and La Liga winner who’s just been named in their team of the year.
Put plainly, Agbonlahor’s idea that a team such as Brentford will be able to attract top players over us and are able to do so with fewer wages, is ludicrous.
The former Villain will have to get used to the fact that Newcastle is going to be an even more attractive prospect to players.
Of course, money is a factor, but the idea that the North-East is some inhospitable wasteland is stupid and ‘pundits’ are going to have to get used to ambitious players wanting to play for us.
If Trippier will join us when we’re in the bottom three, there’ll soon be a queue of top players keen to arrive on Tyneside before too long…