The Magpies finally managed to land their top defensive target for several months in the form of Botman who has signed a long-term deal with the Magpies who’ll be hopeful of taking last season’s form into the new campaign.
It certainly wasn’t a straightforward deal for Newcastle and PIF to complete as they had to fight very hard against AC Milan to land the Dutch defender, and while it does look to be a major coup for the Magpies, not everyone is liking the signing.
Talbot believes that Newcastle being able to beat AC Milan to a signing such as Botman shows what is wrong with football and the Premier League.
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(4:05) “There are wider ramifications for that, I really don’t want to go into it but, I do think there is something seriously wrong with a club like Newcastle, as big as they are and with the investment and they are able to beat the Italian champions [to the signing of Botman].
“I just don’t like the European discrepancy at the moment and elitism of the Premier League is just way too high for my liking.”
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Talbot does raise a valid point that realistically, Newcastle, who fought against relegation last season and have much less pedigree across Europe, should not have been able to prise Botman away from the clutches of AC Milan.
However, a lot of praise must go to Eddie Howe, Dan Ashworth, Steve Nickson and PIF for ploughing ahead, potentially against all odds, and finally managing to land their top target who could perhaps go on to rack up 100s of appearances on Tyneside if his upwards trajectory continues.