When NUFC sold Fraser Forster for a fee of around £2 million in June of this year, I wasn't happy. Not one bit. For Newcastle United to develop a young local goalkeeper through our youth system, reserve team and by loaning him out to other clubs for first team experience, to then just sell him for a measly fee was ridiculous and needless. The reason it was a poor piece of judgement is because Forster, in my mind, had future England goalkeeper written all over him. So you don't sell future England goalkeepers for £2 million.
Watching local lad Fraser Forster's performances against Barcelona home and away is a little sickening for NUFC fans. He was outstanding. He showed the whole of Europe what he is about. Yet he does it as officially a Celtic player with no ties to us except a former club on his CV. As I have already mentioned, he had 2 years left on his contract and for the fee that was agreed between the two clubs, it just wasn't worth it. How much is Fraser Forster worth now? How much would Celtic have to pay now to make Forster a permanent member of their squad in the summer? Even though he would only have one year left, more than £2 million. If they couldn't afford it then I have no doubts a Premier League team would be able to. I am fully expecting Celtic to be making a nice profit of Forster some time in the future. Like I say, sickening.
Another reason I didn't like this sale is what if a big, rich club fancies Tim Krul and writes Mike Ashley a large cheque to take him off our hands? Then where would we be? Who would we replace Krul with? There aren't many keeper's out there that are a) as good as Krul, b) would be available to sign, c) would be affordable and d) would be remotely interested in signing for NUFC. If we had kept Forster at the club for another year and merely loaned him out like the previous few seasons, then the replacement would be straight forward. We'd thank Tim for all he has done, cash the cheque and then be safe in the knowledge that a keeper who has with stood the might of Barcelona home and away would take over our goalkeeper position.
Roy Hodgson has announced his England squad and it involves Forster once again. I always knew Forster would make the England squad, but I didn't think it would be quite this soon. This one is a real kick in balls for our football club. Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias love a good deal so they should be asking themselves, 'we sold an England goalkeeper who shut out Barcelona for £2 million?', and be drinking a large brandy as they are doing so. Well done boys. Cracking deal that one.
Forster has been trained through our system. He has gone onto play in the Champions League and beat Barcelona. He has gone onto become a member of the England squad. And what do Newcastle United get out of all this? £2 million. Ridiculous, laughable, pointless mistake. I didn't like the sale at the time, it made no sense to me. I just plain hate it now. The fact we replaced Forster with Rob Elliott for £500k is just embarrassing.
All the best Fraser I hope you go on to accumulate countless caps for England and who knows, maybe even come back to us one day. Geordie boy did good.......for somebody else. Where have we heard that before?
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