It’s no secret that Newcastle United were in the hunt for a more proven goalscorer at St James’ Park last summer.
Manager Rafa Benitez was less than convinced with both Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dwight Gayle who just hasn’t built on the early promise he showed at Crystal Palace whilst in the Premier League, and both departed with Yoshinori Muto and Salomon Rondon arriving.
Neither with great success so far admittedly, as between them both they’ve only managed two goals – although definitely in Rondon’s case his efforts are being more appreciated by fans.
With speculation linking us with a move for Alassane Plea last summer, the player has basically confirmed that he received decent offers from both us and West Ham United, but he wasn’t sold on the sporting projects presented to him so he turned those offers down.
He was bang on with his choice then. We're going nowhere fast whilst the fat man is here. Good luck to the lad.#AshleyOut
— phil bolam (@bolam80) 10 October 2018
Perhaps if the club was democratically run by the fans then #NUFC would have some ambition making it an attractive prospect to some players again.
— The Geordie Folkdom (@Geordiefolkdom) 10 October 2018
— Craig Futers (@misfitvandal) 10 October 2018
when the head of the department who would sell the project to the player is Lee charnley you know youre not going to get anyone.
— Bri???????? (@Bri2889) 10 October 2018
He's scored 5 in 7 if only we had a bit of ambition
— Anderson (@k1ando2) 10 October 2018
Obviously wasnt impressed with the holiday bonus scheme
— scott lowden-mason (@LowdenScott) 10 October 2018
Can’t blame him , and it looks like he’s made right decision.
— Alan Jones (@jonesyall3) 10 October 2018
Some fans point to Mike Ashley and penny-pinching as why the deal, but in fairness Plea’s decision doesn’t seem to be money based – at least not in his direction. What it does show again, as the above comments imply, was that the overall running at Newcastle is clearly having a detrimental effect on the way the club is being viewed around the world of football.
Having moved to Borussia Monchengladbach – and the Bundesliga shouldn’t be overly compared to the Premier League in many instances – but he’s scored eight goals in eight appearances across all competitions from a quick search of www.soccerbase.com.
Not like we could’ve done with him or anything is it.