Is Kylian Mbappe going to join Newcastle United? That’s what the media will tell you.
Since the deal went through, Newcastle have been linked with anyone and everyone. There’s been sensible rumours, intriguing rumours, ambitious rumours and ridiculous rumours.
Toon fans are drowning in a sea of rumours. From players to managers to sporting directors, there’ll probably be a report in the Daily Mail soon about who is going to be the next tea lady at St James’ Park.
Before the takeover, fans had to remind everyone else that they don’t expect to win the Premier League and Champions League every season – amid the media myth that we have ridiculous expectations.
The new message is this – we don’t expect to sign the best players in the world just because we’ve got a bit of cash.
Why would Kylian Mbappe come to Newcastle right now?
Most big media outlets have posted ‘what if’ Newcastle XIs, naming a completely new Magpies team for the coming years amid our newfound wealth.
They’ve got the usual suspects: Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland, Philippe Coutinho, then sometimes there’ll be a Sean Longstaff or a Javi Manquillo thrown in there too.
Where is this coming from? Lest we forget, Newcastle United are currently 19th in the Premier League.
We haven’t won a game this season. Our first ambition this season has to be survival. While we aren’t far away from escaping the bottom three, the fact remains that we are in the relegation zone right now.
For that reason, big players aren’t going to come to Newcastle right now. There’s no European football, so why would someone like Mbappe swap challenging for the Champions League for scrapping to survive in the Premier League?
While we have the money to go to the top of the game, it will take time. It has to be a project.
There is a long way to go in this journey. You need more than money to attract the best players in the world.
Yes, money is a big part, but it’s meaningless if you’re nowhere near challenging for honours or competing in Europe.
Mbappe, or anyone else of his calibre, won’t be coming in January, or summer 2022.
Maybe 2023 though…