Newcastle have never done anything the easy way since Mike Ashley took control of the club over a decade ago, which is one of the main things that frustrate and anger fans about him.
Transfer dealings drag on for months due to penny-pinching in the boardroom, Rafa Benitez’s contract negotiations, and even player’s bonus talks at the start of every season.
But surely the one deal that everyone can see is an absolute no brainer, is the one to make Salomón Rondón’s loan deal a permanent one.
Well, at least you would think so, anyway.
Not at St James’ Park, of course.
He has been outstanding for the black and whites this season, and has often ploughed a lonely furrow up front doing a manful job holding the ball up, when Rafa has deployed his ultra-defensive tactics against the big sides.
The Venezuelan has never complained, he has never spat the dummy out, he has just got on with the job in hand.
This unselfish attitude, and willingness to do whatever the team needs, is another reason, on top of his stellar displays, to get the bloke tied down for the next few years.
The report claims that Manuel Pellegrini wants to overhaul his striking department this summer, and sees Rondón as the ideal target man to come in.
With interest in the player growing week by week, thanks to the same performances that should have seen Newcastle have the deal done long ago, there could potentially be a bidding war for the player’s signature at the end of the season.
The player has told Newcastle they will have first refusal to sign him, but that opportunity may be taken out of his, and their, hands, should rival clubs start trying to outbid each other.
Why they have not learned any lessons from leaving deals until the last minute, no one knows, or underdstands.
One possibility, according to many fans, is Lee Charnley’s inability to handle the day to day running of a football club.
The argument being, a managing director with a football background — whether it be at boardroom, management or playing level — would know what makes a good deal, and knows what it needs to get it done.
It is hard to argue with the fans’ opinion, when time and again, he messes things up.
The consensus of the manager, fans, pundits and sports writer is that Newcastle cannot let Rondón get away.
Surely Ashley and Charnley can see that too… but don’t hold your breath!
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