Saturday, January 16, 2021

Why the Newcastle United paid £40m for a player seen mostly isolated on the sidelines?

Even the head coach cannot make the sense of bringing Joelinton to Newcastle?

When there is a club recorded signing, there are expectations of watching the player more in action on the field than being benched in most of the fixtures. But the situation is somewhat different in Joelinton signing.

Newcastle United sign the Brazilian forward by investing £40m as a club-record signing on June bringing him from the Bundesliga side Hoffenheim on a six-year deal.

Since his arrival, he is rarely seen touching the ball on the pitch and spotted more watching the match by being on the bench.

On Saturday, during the clash with Brighton, he was a subject of frustration. He was completely isolated when the head coach Steve Bruce employed the defensive lining that excluded him.

The question that arises here is, why Newcastle pay a huge amount for him when he is rarely seen as part of a team?

I asked Steve Bruce he couldn’t clearly answer about the signing. The main cause of it is wasn’t his decision to make.

Mike Ashley was busy on insisting the head coach train and coach the team while the decisions of buying the players were left on unknown others.

The whole problem can be concluded to the fact that the signing of Steve Bruce and Allan Saint-Maximin was completed long before the new manager arrived at the club. It further gets more clear that how can a head coach or any manager were up a team when players are just imposed on him.

However, even for the shortest period of being a new manager the authority to choose any new signing must be given to him rather than  Mike Ashley, Lee Charnley, Dennis Wise or whoever. Because nobody knows who has a final say on which player is to be signed.

The club-record signing of Joelinton was indeed a key of Rafa Benitez stay or leaving the club.

Mike Ashley clearly stated in a PR interview about the massive issue after Rafa Benitez refused to have a club-record signing of Joelinton imposed on him.

Benitez also confessed that the whole issue wasn’t of investing the money on buying the players but it was about the director of sports refusing Rafa to allow the Spaniard to whoever he wanted to buy within the budget and also the rejection he received to move quickly to transfer windows and secure his favorite targets.

Rafa Benitez or any other manager would always prefer to choose their own signing based on the type of players needed by the team and bring them in the transfer window as soon as possible. By doing this he can get much more time to work with the players and add them in the NUFC squad.

The heart of the problem was created by Mike Ashley who refused for the early signings in the Transfer Window. For some unknown reasons, he preferred to make lat signings that created problems when preparing for a new season in January.

In April it was reported that Rafa would have a lump sum amount of £61m to spend the summer plus the money he’ll get from the players sold. However, it was told that he had to accept far less control over transfers.

It was later revealed that there were two players including Emil Krafth and Willems who were included in the recruitment policy of Mike Ashley.

Newcastle was looking for potential winger backs when playing with three center-back. But because of the flawed transfer policies and last-minute signings Newcastle could put their hand on Krafth and Willems as a loan player both being really poor in the defensive skills.

Author’s Take:

Mike Ashley can be concluded as control freak person who simply wants to keep all the authority in his hand. Managers and head coach are known to do this job. He needs to understand the consequences of investing the money on the wrong players who lack experience. If he expects NUFC to bring trophies he must let the champions League top-class manager choose and sign the players of his choice without interfering into it.

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