There may be more fitting examples of Newcastle United’s questionable recruitment policy in recent years, think Emmanuel Riviere, Remy Cabella (above) and Henri Saivet, but ignoring one of England’s most promising starlets in favour of the club’s current forgotten man surely earns a place near the top of the list.
According to the Daily Star, out-of-favour Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw is mulling over a summer exit from Old Trafford after being restricted to just seven Premier League starts this season.
The publication claims that the 21-year-old, who signed from Southampton for £30 million, is a target for Newcastle as well as Crystal Palace and Stoke City for half the price.
Given the obscenely overinflated state of the current market, particularly when English players are added into the equation, paying just £15 million for a player who still appears destined to develop into a key figure for the national team over the next decade represents a hugely enticing opportunity.
However, The Chronicle claims that Newcastle scout Graham Carr was a huge admirer of the then-17-year-old who, by January 2013, was just starting to make an impact in the Premier League.
Instead, The Magpies signed a little-known Nancy left-back called Massadio Haidara. The 24-year-old has not played a single Championship game all season and appears to have no future in Rafael Benitez side.
And you thought Shaw was up against it.
Although if Newcastle fans are hoping their club attempts to rectify their previous misjudgement, think again. The Chronicle reports that, if the Championship leaders are going to spend an eight-figure sum on a player next season, it will be on a midfielder or a forward.
It looks like they’ll have to make do with Paul Dummett for now.