One of the many strikers Newcastle were linked with in the summer was Alassane Plea.
According to the Chronicle, the Magpies offered £20million for the French forward, a fee that would have made him Newcastle’s record signing.
Of course, that deal didn’t happen, and we got Salomon Rondon in on loan. While the Venezuelan has been brilliant, he’s only on loan so we’ll be in the same position next summer.
As for Plea, he secured a €25million move to Borussia Monchengladbach.
Plea proves he was worth the money
As always in the big transfer pursuits, Newcastle fell short and didn’t break their transfer record. As it stands, Michael Owen is STILL Newcastle’s most expensive player from way back in 2005.
But since arriving in July, Plea has proved that he was worth the money Nice wanted for him, and Monchengladbach are reaping the rewards.
As it stands, Monchengladbach are third in the Bundesliga, competing for a place in next season’s Champions League. While brother of Eden Hazard, Thorgan, is a key reason behind their success, the impact of Plea can’t be understated either.
The 25-year-old has scored nine league goals since arriving, making him one of the highest scorers in the division.
Meanwhile, Newcastle are floating in the bottom half of the Premier League table, battling to avoid relegation. If we had signed Plea, who knows where we’d be. However, by no means are we discrediting the work of Rondon.
Plea won’t regret missing out on Newcastle one bit. Another example of Newcastle getting involved in a transfer race that they had no intentions of actually winning.