It’s been pretty apparent for the past couple of years that Newcastle United have been reluctant to sign players over the age of 30 as proved by the Salomon Rondon saga.
However, in just the last week alone, club veterans Matt Ritchie, Jonjo Shelvey and Federico Fernandez have all signed new contract extensions.
The Chronicle’s Ciaran Kelly seems to think Magpies boss Steve Bruce has had a key part to play in the change in transfer policy.
“I thought the issues might be Fernandez or would Matt Ritchie will get a new deal? Well he’s got a three-and-a-half year new deal and I think you are seeing Bruce’s influence in that.”
“Bruce had an influence in Andy Carroll coming in last summer.”
“I think he has argued the case that okay if the policy in the summer is going to be to continue to look at young players on the continent, then Newcastle need to have those kind of players who understand the culture of the club, know what it feels like to play at St. James’ Park, and who understand the expectation of the fans.”
In fairness to the 59-year-old, he knows a thing or two about what it takes to build a successful squad and understands the importance of balancing talented inexperienced youngsters with seasoned veterans. Bruce won the Premier League a whopping 5 times with Manchester United, adding 3 FA Cups and 2 League Cups to his trophy cabinet during his playing career overall (Transfermarkt).
Previously the board decided not to offer loan signing Rondon a permanent contract despite the 30-year-old bagging 12 goals and 7 assists in 33 appearances for the Black and Whites (Transfermarkt).
In contrast, Bruce played a key role in bringing the 31-year-old Carroll back to St James’ Park on a pay-as-you-play contract last summer and has been impressed by the local’s influence behind the scenes on the younger strikers.
Whether or not the club continues to follow this change in transfer policy in the future remains to be seen but it is certainly a step in the right direction if the Magpies can bring more exciting prospects like Allan Saint-Maximin into the experienced dressing room.
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