Steve Bruce is reportedly eager to take advantage of the available transfer kitty at Newcastle United by recruiting a number of new players once he is confirmed as Magpies boss.
The manager will apparently begin with Yannick Bolasie and James McCarthy — two players he has often tried to sign in the past for previous clubs. During his time with Aston Villa, Bruce was keen for the club to land Bolasie on loan, and they ultimately managed to do so after he had been sacked.
James McCarthy has just 1 year left on his contract and Everton are trying to offload him this summer. Yannick Bolasie has 2 years remaining on his contract but has just a £10m release clause in his contract.
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1 Posted 15/07/2019 at 20:30:17
2 Posted 15/07/2019 at 20:39:51
3 Posted 15/07/2019 at 21:01:11
4 Posted 15/07/2019 at 21:05:03
5 Posted 15/07/2019 at 21:14:09
6 Posted 15/07/2019 at 21:14:17
7 Posted 15/07/2019 at 21:16:53
Peter Johnson was much better. He at least would let managers spend. The downside was he'd recoup the money by selling other players behind their backs. TBH if this is true I feel a bit bad for Newcastle.They've enough problems without blowing their kitty on these jokers. I guess there's no chance we can con the RS into buying them?
8 Posted 15/07/2019 at 21:23:08
In all seriousness a shame neither worked out, Bolasie looked bright but wont be the same after that injury and James McCarthy used to be essential but has grown out of the side due to injury.
Good luck to both if they go 🤞
9 Posted 15/07/2019 at 21:33:09
10 Posted 15/07/2019 at 21:56:07
11 Posted 15/07/2019 at 22:35:32
12 Posted 15/07/2019 at 22:53:12
Let's see what happens.
13 Posted 15/07/2019 at 23:03:16
14 Posted 15/07/2019 at 23:17:00
15 Posted 15/07/2019 at 23:49:48
16 Posted 15/07/2019 at 23:52:39
I mean as it's turned out I would be very happy with £10m, but imagine Bolasie was actually a successful signing!!!!
How did Walsh ever get his job?
17 Posted 16/07/2019 at 01:35:36
Both suffered extremely serious injuries that kept them out over a year. Both of them were decent players before their injuries, and both of them have regained fitness and are still international players.
The implied undertone of comments suggesting they are wasters who dont try is pretty disgusting to be honest. Why not just just accept it didnt work out, wish them well and be glad you never suffered a snapped Achilles or a multiple leg fracture whilst playing for such mean spirited fans?
18 Posted 16/07/2019 at 02:14:42
For us his return of 2 goals and 4 assists in 31 games wasn't good enough. For Palace his return of 9 goals in 60 appearances wasn't good enough either, even with 9 assists, he's supposed to be an attacking, creative player, his numbers simply don't add up.
19 Posted 16/07/2019 at 03:29:42
I think Newcastle could be in for a rough season. I felt like Benitez was keeping them up with scotch tape and tinfoil half the time.
20 Posted 16/07/2019 at 06:04:48
Bolasie was undoubtedly a costly mistake but his attitude, like McCarthy's, to me was never in question; he remember tried to play on with his cruciate ligament either gone or about to and probably made it worse. McCarthy's injury was like something you expect to sustain in a motorbike crash.
Someone described them as wasters? There really is hundreds of ways to describe their times at Everton... but 'wasters' is not right – no matter how much money they have cost in transfer fees or wages.
I, like others, hope we can recoup or save money and the two players can start again at a good club.
21 Posted 16/07/2019 at 06:36:48
22 Posted 16/07/2019 at 07:19:20
I have great affection for both these players on effort alone.
23 Posted 16/07/2019 at 08:18:56
24 Posted 16/07/2019 at 09:50:30
25 Posted 16/07/2019 at 10:25:32
26 Posted 16/07/2019 at 10:44:52
Surely no-one could negotiate a £10 million release clause from a £28 million signing.
Unless maybe they misread the contract, thought we were paying £10 million and thought the release clause was £28 million!!
27 Posted 16/07/2019 at 11:36:59
28 Posted 16/07/2019 at 12:24:18
From making his debut for Hamilton one day before his 16th birthday,wanted by Liverpool not long after his debut with Hamilton, was on the verge of signing for them before changing his mind.
Played over 200 top class games with Hamilton and Wigan before being transferred to Everton. Scotland tried in vain to switch his allegiance from Southern Ireland to them.
Outstanding in his first season with Everton, again in my opinion only, then he was struck with continuing hamstring injuries, he wasn't helped by Martinez playing him too quickly after these injuries. To be honest I don't think James helped himself with insisting on playing for Ireland when he wasn't properly fit and listening to Martin O'Neill too readily.
I think he could have been a top-class midfielder only for these repeated setbacks. I think Arsenal and a couple of other top-flight teams were interested in signing him after that first season, he was getting back to his best form when he suffered that horrendous leg break. Every player needs that bit of luck with injuries; plenty get it... James hasn't and is maybe running out of time.
29 Posted 16/07/2019 at 12:25:39
30 Posted 16/07/2019 at 12:35:37
Bruce himself once said that, when he signed Titus Bramble, he told his Dad... who just replied, "Why?"
31 Posted 16/07/2019 at 12:52:04
He was inspirational in his first couple of seasons and was forced to play through injury by Martinez resulting in a prolonged period of injury. When he returned (rem game against Man U, booed when he came on but resulted in rising the crowd by not kow-towing to opposition). Then broke his leg playing for the club by preventing a certain goal. Shame on you deadwooders.
Now, we are selling him and buying the also injury-prone Delph on £100,000 per week. Not good business sense to me but somebody must know what they are doing.
32 Posted 16/07/2019 at 12:54:53
33 Posted 16/07/2019 at 13:04:44
We still haven't signed a goalscorer and look like letting Arsenal get Everton. The clock is ticking. Once again we look like we will be bedding new players in for the first two months of the season.
34 Posted 16/07/2019 at 13:16:04
I have to smile when people mention a player giving good service there here because they are extremely well paid, nothing to do with service. Sentimentality never won anything; when they are past their best move them on.
Our priority is still the same as when the season finished: we need 2 forwards, one to play up top the other to play wide left. Maybe if we sell the players not wanted we could see if Palace would be tempted by £50 million for Zaha.
35 Posted 16/07/2019 at 13:34:04
36 Posted 16/07/2019 at 14:02:56
Your recap of McCarthy's career since his senior debut with Hamilton (are you and I developing a fixation on them??!!) aged 16 and the number of games he played at an early age is something I've referenced myself in the past.
I've speculated if playing so many games, so young, proved detrimental to his long-term health and that he started paying a price for it at a time you would expect him to be coming into his prime years as a footballer.
Jack Wilshere – not much liked by some on these pages – was/is an extremely talented footballer, but he also played a lot of senior games when younger and similarly, that may have taken its toll on his later career.
Just one more thought, Dave... are you up for a Karaoke evening? A group rendering with you, me, Rob Halligan, Peter Mills and Gerard McKean (and others I may have missed) of 10cc's 'I don't like cricket - no! I love it!'
[walks away, hands in pockets, casually whistling the tune].
37 Posted 16/07/2019 at 14:18:20
38 Posted 16/07/2019 at 14:41:52
A £28M asset over 5 years will amortise to Zero at a rate of £5.6M a year; so, with 2 years left, he would be worth £5.6M x 2 = £11.2M; so a £10M release clause is not too far off.
I can't see Ashley paying £10M for Bolasie though; unless it includes add-on clauses for winning the Premier League and the Champions League.
39 Posted 16/07/2019 at 14:50:50
40 Posted 16/07/2019 at 14:53:36
41 Posted 16/07/2019 at 14:55:13
The early start burn-out argument is worth investigating and has been touted since Fergie's young Aberdeen team in the 80s all flaked out in their late 20s. However, there are people who seem to undermine that argument.
Case in point: James Milner. He was the youngest EPL player until James Vaughan, he is a contemporary of Rooney. It was said by many including Paul Scholes, that Rooney lost it when he was at Man Utd because having started young his "cycle" was over by the time he was 30.
Another way of looking at it would be that Rooney is a smoker and drinker -- just like Wilshere. Milner on the other hand is ridiculed for being "boring" based on his clean living, football-focused, non-controversial lifestyle. My thought is that his lifestyle was the difference between him winning the Champions League at 32 versus Rooney making do at DC United.
Other youngsters who had durability include Giggsy who had a 20-year career at the highest possible level. I am not suggesting McCarthy has lifestyle issues, I've no idea if he drinks or smokes. I think he has just been hammered with injuries but I am skeptical about the wider "career cycle" argument.
42 Posted 16/07/2019 at 15:23:14
Then you have the psychology behind it as well. Potentially, driving a kid too young can destroy their love of the sport at an early age.
There is a myth that a child needs 10,000 hours of practice time to be outstanding in any field, let alone sport. Here are some articles to debunk that:
One from US Youth Soccer on the dangers of over-training and over-playing kids.
Another, referencing the Aspen Institute, encourages that kids should enjoy multiple sports, rather than pursue a single sport, to be both more rounded and happier individuals AND to reduce the risk of injury by repetitive stress injury by following the same training and fitness regimes of one particular sport.
A similar opinion is expressed about the psychological impact on a child, never mind the physical, in this article from Psychology Today.
There is, then, a lot of scientific and medical research behind the risks of over-training and over-playing adolescents in particular at a crucial stage of their biological development.
43 Posted 16/07/2019 at 15:28:44
Jay, cricket is a good game to watch, one day cricket is even better. Michael / Lyndon thats mefinished with cricket - - - - until the next time.
44 Posted 16/07/2019 at 15:34:55
And if I may suggest another point: I worry a lot less about a player's injury history if it's a variety of different injuries (Delph) than the same one over and over (Macca). The latter is a sign of a specific physical weakness that often cannot be overcome. The former can sometimes be simple bad luck.
45 Posted 16/07/2019 at 16:07:12
I don't believe these rumours - there is no way that they are true. It's just speculation. I hope we can sell both and that they can play regular football again, but I expect that it will be in the Championship or abroad. Bolasie could be a late buy for a Prem team of course, as his release fee is decent.
46 Posted 16/07/2019 at 16:07:53
Good point. Another thing too is recovery time. There is the actual healing of the injury and then the returning to match fitness. Coleman essentially had the same injury as McCarthy. Once the actual injury was healed it seemed like no time before he was first team ready --albeit he took some time to find his best form. McCarthy on the other hand, seemed to have a similar healing process but it's taken a long, long, long time for him to work his way back into the team. Silva brought him into the squad early last season, then he was omitted for quite a while with Silva sighting his match fitness. Delph seems like one who gets injured, has the expected rehab and is back to normal asap. Similar to Harry Kane or Beckham. McCarthy is more in the Darron Gibson mold.
47 Posted 16/07/2019 at 16:44:02
All I would like to see is if he can perform at same level before we sell.
One injury aggravated by playing when injured has had plenty on time to heal. Second injury got from putting his leg in where most players fear.
If he cant reach that level then by all means sell. My reasoning is I recall for much of last season this site was full of criticism of overpaid players not putting in the effort in a game. With McCarthy you certainly get that.
48 Posted 16/07/2019 at 18:07:01
Macca has missed extended time with SIX pulled hammies since 2014. That's not bad luck, it's an incurable disease.
49 Posted 16/07/2019 at 18:15:50
50 Posted 16/07/2019 at 18:47:24
51 Posted 16/07/2019 at 19:15:48
52 Posted 16/07/2019 at 19:37:18
53 Posted 16/07/2019 at 19:44:12
Before people start about giving McCarthy a chance, keep in mind more than one Everton manager in recent years has had a look and decided no thanks. Clearly not good enough. Should have sold to Celtic 2-3 years ago when we had the chance. If the barcodes take him loan and cover his wages for his last year that'll be good enough for me.
Same with Bolasie, all be it well need a 2 year loan I think.
Cut losses on both and just get them off the wage bill - any transfer fee would be a bonus [steal]. Combined they cost the club about £7m a year as it is.
54 Posted 16/07/2019 at 19:49:04
Sell Vlasic, clear out some wages on loans
Sell Robinson, clear out more wages on loans,
So now we sell Lookman, clear out more wages on loan (hopefully), then buy someone
55 Posted 16/07/2019 at 20:23:37
56 Posted 16/07/2019 at 20:56:06
57 Posted 17/07/2019 at 08:28:10
58 Posted 17/07/2019 at 08:33:24
59 Posted 17/07/2019 at 11:25:38
Things are always easier to call retrospectively, I remember about 4 years ago posting that if we signed Bolaisie from Palace and Mane from Southampton we could challenge for the Champions League. I thought them both quality, dangerous players at the time and would improve any team.
60 Posted 17/07/2019 at 11:51:55
Jimmy Mac was always 100% committed and like Bolasie has had to overcome bad injuries. However I always thought the latter was a kick-and-run winger with the occasional good cross, we have far better on the books now.
61 Posted 17/07/2019 at 19:28:09
With their serious injury record though I'd expect both will go out on loan as they will be seen as high risk by other clubs.
62 Posted 17/07/2019 at 23:40:58
63 Posted 17/07/2019 at 00:25:08
Bolasie was never worth the money we paid and, even before his injury, wasn't cutting the mustard.
As Liam #38 points out, amortisation reduces a players valuation year on year so £10m for Bolasie would be a good deal and also make room on the wage bill.
64 Posted 19/07/2019 at 09:06:18
65 Posted 24/07/2019 at 18:32:46
66 Posted 24/07/2019 at 18:43:49
I thought it was McCarthy, trying to rectify giving the ball away Gerry, but he probably gave it away because Schneiderlin hid/ignored him, which is a crime in itself for a professional midfield player imo.
Different slant, but I still left the stadium feeling cheated by Snides, and this was possibly when he started to go right through me, and be only the second player to do this in my 44 years of watching Everton.
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