January 28, 2016 at 10:31 am #825164
So Steve McClaren has gone and spunked 12 million quid for Andros Townsend. That is about the same price Palace paid for Cabaye and a million more than what they paid for Zaha. Riyad Mahrez cost 400 000 quid for Leicester a while Andre Ayew was free for the Swans. 12 million for Andros Townsend.
Chelsea just sold Ramirez for 25 million, a player who has hardly played for them this season. Ramirez will be 29 very soon and is a water carrier really, he’s gone for the same price as Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay (he was very hot property when he signed for United), Suarez was also around the same price as well. How the hell do Chelsea keep doing this?
Can anyone else remember any of the greatest muggings of their clubs? Maroune Fellaini at 27 million comes to mind.
Anyways, kudos to the transfer negotiators at Spurs and Chelsea – something tells me the biggest loser here is McClaren,January 28, 2016 at 10:44 am #825197
Didn’t Spurs pay 8m for Jermaine Jenas from Newcastle? Revenge at last, I think! Was it 8m for Bassong as well?January 28, 2016 at 10:59 am #825251
@Johnny. Good shout mate. Paying 8 million quid for Jenas is nearly as bad as paying 10 million for Borini.
Hell maybe Bebe is the worst. Fergie was mugged, 7 million for a vagabond!!January 28, 2016 at 11:36 am #825341
I reckon a lot of Chinese and Arab clubs would be willing to pay top money for some premier league players. However, they will only pay top money for younger players, and not necessary for older players who tend to move their in the twilight of their careers. So a player still playing in the premier league would have to want to go and play in China despite the fact he can still cut it in the premier league.
It would appear Ramires doesnt have the passion to continue his career, and is happy to go to China and earn 200k a week rather than play a few more seasons of competitive football.
Arsenal, United or City couldnt sell Coquelin, Schniederlin or Fernandinho for 25m to China or an Arabian club, because unlike Ramires they still want to play football at the highest level, rather than take an early retirement on a good pension.
Ramires just showed what a mercenary he is.January 28, 2016 at 11:52 am #825377
I wouldn’t even pay 6 million for andros townsend let alone 12. It is daylight robbery, but this is the price (forgive the punn) we’re paying for not representing the right balance (in this league) of English and continental players.
Okay, might sound a stupid question, but cast your mind back 20 years ago: how much would Newcastle have picked up Townsend for?
A classic case of supply and demand. Personally, I don’t rate the guy, but I’m not going to let that get in the way in wishing Newcastle well with both Shelvey and Townsend because in McClaren’s defence, he’s had a lot of injured players to deal with and perhaps one could argue that they are in a false position of the league table.January 28, 2016 at 11:52 am #825383
What’s Mahrez worth then? 😉January 28, 2016 at 11:57 am #825398
Better get used to it with the new TV deal.
Trouble is, a lot of the people who bemoan ridiculous transfer fees are the very people who have introduced rules making English players so expensive.
I’d even venture that if we didn’t have these silly quotas, more English players would be bought and given a chance, rather than buying much better value abroad.January 28, 2016 at 12:33 pm #825506
7m for Set Johnson. Awful. 18m for Phil Jones. SWP 21m. Stones possibly 50m, 20m Downing, Shaw 35m a left back? Lescott 22m, 35m Carroll, 18m Glen Johnson, 50m Sterling, the price of English players is embarrassing.January 28, 2016 at 12:58 pm #825596
Stones touted at 40 million as well. This is a ridiculous premium. I’m in ICT, clearly I am in the wrong business.
Either way though, McClaren has sanctioned a terrible de in my eyes. He signed Townsend on a 5 and a half year deal!!
If Townsend bails Newcastle out I will gladly admit my fault but to me this looks like a death warrant, McClaren has unknowingly fallen in his sword. Shocking transfer.January 28, 2016 at 1:09 pm #825644
McLaren spent 12m on Florian Thauvin as well who has been a complete disaster.January 28, 2016 at 1:18 pm #825692
Shocking. Just shocking.
McClaren is the epitome of Newcastle over the last 15 years or so. Incompetency, lack of perspective, and unrealistic expectations.January 28, 2016 at 1:31 pm #825719
This thread could just be about the toon, 12m on Jean Alan Boumsong lolJanuary 28, 2016 at 1:31 pm #825722
Johnny-lol,F.Thauvin.Forgot he still exists.lol.What a waste.Balotelli,Adebayor,CuadradoJanuary 28, 2016 at 1:33 pm #825731
Johnny-you`re on fire mate,first F.Thauvin and now J.A.Boumsong.lol.January 28, 2016 at 1:37 pm #825746
Obertan.lolJanuary 28, 2016 at 1:46 pm #825758
Titus Bramble 5m. Sorry Newcastle fans.January 28, 2016 at 2:18 pm #825827
Let’s not forget Micky Owen at a cool 17 million. Also, anyone who pays Geremi to play football is a mug. Just to round off (not really) the incompetency at Newcastle, Mike Ashley was also happy to pay 10 million quid for Albert Luque.
Newcastle need a prayer.January 28, 2016 at 2:20 pm #825839
Oh heaven, I forgot the huge waste of money that chap Xisco was at Newcastle as well.
Sorry to the Newcastle fans.January 28, 2016 at 2:22 pm #825842
Hugo Viana 8mJanuary 28, 2016 at 2:22 pm #825848
Seems from some examples highlighted on here, it’s not just English players that’s an issue with the pricing.
El Hadji Diouf in 2002 for 10 million was one of the worse I ever came across.
I don’t like money being wasted like that when you consider teams lower down the leagues who are having to cost-cut week-by-week. Some players are lucky to take home even £500 a week and have a second job to make ends meet.
The valuation ultimately is what somebody out there is prepared to pay.
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