Newcastle United have been a bit of a basket case for some time now and one summer decision by Mike Ashley looks like a foolish one.
Conor Gallagher was linked with a move to Newcastle during the summer, with Chelsea keen to loan their midfielder out.
Ashley did his usual trick and presumed Newcastle would be okay without any reinforcements in midfield.
Gallagher went to Crystal Palace and on Monday night, the Magpies got a glimpse of what they missed out on as the 21-year-old made his England debut.
The ball-playing midfielder was called up from the Under-21 ranks after Declan Rice was ruled out through injury.
He was thrown into the action at half-time and helped the Three Lions thrash San Marino 10-0.
It was The Telegraph who claimed that Chelsea offered Gallagher to Newcastle in the summer; making Ashley’s decision all the more bizarre.
The Chelsea owned player has scored four goals for Palace and claimed two assists during 2021/22.
He is the club’s joint leading goalscorer and his form hasn’t gone unnoticed in the eyes of Gareth Southgate.
With Palace performing well under Patrick Vieira, Newcastle have toiled under Ashley and Steve Bruce, languishing without a win in the relegation zone.
Newcastle will be kicking themselves over Gallagher
PIF have to ensure they surround themselves with football minded people and the sporting director appointment is arguably the most important of all.
Newcastle must revamp their recruitment model and that starts right at the top with a high profile director.
Not signing Gallagher looks like a particularly poor piece of summer business.
It always seemed likely that Newcastle would fancy palace to be in competition for a similar sort of season.
Letting him go there seems bizarre and Newcastle should have snapped Chelsea’s arm off when they wanted to discuss Gallagher.
This deal is one that firmly got away and PIF will hope to not make equally catastrophic mistakes when they enter the transfer market.