Following the multi-million pound buyout of their club by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, Newcastle fans can be forgiven for looking in astonishment at all of Europe’s star players as potential arrivals from the winter window.
After suffering for years under Mike Ashley, the Magpies now have the vast wealth of their new ownership group (worth hundreds of billions of pounds) as they look to reshuffle their underperforming squad soon. as possible.
While a sufficiently strong core already resides in St. James’ Park, the overall quality of the team is still somewhat better than its promotional campaign a few years ago.
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Allan Saint Maximin, Callum Wilson and Martin Dubravka are undoubtedly quality in the Premier League – but while Manquillo, Ciaran Clark and Jonjo Shelvey remain – Newcastle as a whole are not.
Naturally, fans will now be clamoring for quick fixes and glitzy signings – after all, which lottery winner has waited years to cash in their winnings?
But given the financial restraints of the post-COVID era, football’s nouveau riche (of which Newcastle is now a part) will be wise to exercise restraint and spend long term. An example to be avoided as such is Manchester City.
Now accustomed to winning most national trophies, there was a time when the blue half of Manchester, like their cousins in North Tyneside, were new to the club of the rich English. The initial over-excitement leads to such dismal signings as Roque Santa Cruz, Jo and of course Robinho for a ridiculous € 42million.
It really wasn’t until their third summer window that the money stopped bleeding and the core of their winning team was brought together. The likes of Edin Dzeko, Yaya Touré and David Silva arrived with price tags that, while expensive, weren’t the exorbitant overpayments of yore.
Eventually, millions were inspired to revamp the academy and the Scouting networks, from which they only benefited recently, with Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho becoming full-fledged internationals in England (although the latter as as United player).
Newcastle must learn from this
If Newcastle learns from this, they will buy wisely and build gradually, while initially spending more on infrastructure than players. This way, they can build organically and support accelerated future growth.
If they do, they can settle down much better than City ever did and build a lasting dynasty faster than their Mancunian rivals have.
All of this, however, will mean Newcastle’s long-suffering fan base will have to temper expectations of the newcomers – at least for a few more transfer windows – for long-term success.
Sorry Toon Army – for the immediate future at least you’ll have to settle for more Joelinton and Dwight Gayle rather than Mbappé and Neymar.