The big fat red herring served by Eddie Howe on Newcastle United summer plans
Eddie Howe must have found it hilarious, reading the nonsense after his Thursday press conference.
The lack of insight/understanding by journalists covering Newcastle United, absolutely laughable.
Eddie Howe having spoken about the next summer transfer window.
These are just a few of the headlines that followed…
“The richest club in the world can’t spend big!”
‘Eddie Howe says Newcastle spending will be limited this summer’
‘Eddie Howe provides startling insight into Newcastle United’s summer transfer window planning’
‘Howe dampens hopes of Newcastle spending spree’
‘Newcastle United are not planning big spending this summer’
So what did Eddie Howe actually say…
“With financial fair play we have constraints, we have things that we have to work with.
“So we can’t just go out and spend money on players like maybe teams could have done in the past and totally switch teams in one transfer window.
“It’s not an option for us.
“The more money you spend in one window, the more it impacts your ability to spend next in future windows.
“The rules are there to govern the game properly and we have to go with the flow, so that impacts what we can do this summer.
“That doesn’t mean we’re totally unambitious…
“We want to try to bring in the right players who can make a difference.
“Everyone wants to go fast (in terms of changing teams/groups) and that’s very difficult to do.
“These are smart decisions.
“We are well aware that we have to change the team and we have to make improvements, but it will be a difficult balance.”
Honestly, an absolutely big and fat Red Herring served up by Eddie Howe on Newcastle United’s summer plans.
The head coach of Newcastle United says absolutely nothing to the media BUT yet the journalists will then write it, as if he had revealed everything!!!
You literally couldn’t catch up.
Eddie Howe just tells you the basics that apply to any Premier League club at any time.
FFP (Financial Fair Play) rules obviously apply to all clubs, but these rules can repeatedly be stretched and twisted in various/countless ways. Howe stating the obvious otherwise, of course what you do or don’t spend in a transfer window must then have an impact on what can and cannot be done in the future.
In the end, of course, Eddie Howe was never going to say anything to reporters, even though they were all keen to say they had extracted some big reveals from the NUFC boss.
Eddie Howe told them absolutely zero about the level of ambition and investment in players that is expected this summer.
In other words, think back to December 2021, what was Eddie Howe saying about the January transfer window?
What the head coach was saying was that he was hoping Newcastle could maybe sign a few players who would strengthen the squad but January was a very difficult month everyone had to be realistic about what was going to happen. happen. Impossible to change teams overnight, no ridiculous money to spend, etc.
Newcastle United broke their transfer record, spent more in a January transfer window than any Premier League club had before, in the process changing half of the ten first-choice players AND that included signing almost a new first-four pick.
Not one journalist saw the above coming.
Likewise, this summer could see anything happen, within limits.
However, these are not within the kind of certain limits that journalists want to tell us.
It’s not Mike Ashley and one of his puppets talking. Mike Ashley is left alone with his shrewd plan, which involved buying all the players with full payment made up front BUT during the sale, only taking a small deposit, with most of the transfer fee to be paid in the years to come.
This fundamentally put Newcastle United at a disadvantage, sometimes selling key players for big transfer fees BUT then Ashley making sure only a small part of that transfer fee was then available to help buy replacements. In addition, this small part of the transfer fee for players sold, to cover the full transfer fee upfront for all players purchased.
The reality is that if Newcastle United want to make major progress, such as signing half of a new first team (like they did in January…), then they absolutely can and almost certainly will, in my opinion. notice.
Reporters have speculated that something like £60-80million could be spent this summer by Newcastle United and indeed they may well have been told that was the case.
However, while ‘only’ £60-80m may well be paid this summer, this could translate to the amount being paid up front in installments, representing only a relatively small fraction of the cost of global transfer agreed to be paid longer- term by Newcastle United.
Is it impossible that Newcastle United could buy five £40million players this summer? I do not think so.
Especially if, in addition to the vast majority of rumored existing player sales, you had players like Allan Saint-Maximin sold for perhaps £40m himself. I think we can get half decent transfer fees for the likes of Lascelles, Shelvey, Hayden, Almiron and a few others, maybe even Dubravka and/or Willock, very few will be considered absolutely not for sale, not fortunes generated but certainly will rise to around £30-40m extra. Maybe a little more if these first current members are traded.
Nice boy Eddie has already shown himself to be exactly like Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson, in that he comes off as a really cunning bloke BUT at the same time ruthless when it comes to making key decisions when it comes to the NUFC. Whether it’s team selections and players dropping out, or his recent comments about how “much loved” players will end up being sold this summer, Eddie Howe will do what’s best to the football club and team/team. Sentiment out the window when it comes to the current and future health of Newcastle United.
Obviously there are always risks associated with buying players, but that goes for all clubs. You can’t judge everyone on how the idiots at Everton have done things, wasting countless hundreds of millions on so many poor players in recent years.
Indeed, Eddie Howe and his recruitment team at Newcastle United will have already banked so much goodwill due to January’s transfer activity, which will surely lead NUFC owners to genuinely believe in their ability to spend wisely this summer. This means that as a result, they might be much more willing to support larger expenses than would otherwise have been expected.
Eddie Howe’s style shows great promise but hopefully delivers great style, the summer transfer window is fast approaching and I can’t wait to see who follows the likes of Kieran Trippier and Bruno G at through the door.