Football: Who should Newcastle United Sign?

Adrian de León
4 min readJun 22, 2022
Photo by Abigail Keenan on Unsplash

The answer to this question is best answered by answering another question: who should sign for Newcastle United? The moral, ethical, and humane answer should be no one. The reality, as we all know, will be rather different.

We have entered the month of June 2022, which marks almost four years since the last men’s football World Cup in Russia. In normal times — which may never come back or may never have existed— we would be getting ready for the ceremonial and commercial upheaval of WC fever. However, because we have succumbed to a reality that seems more akin to a parallel universe of cynical proportion, we will be the first generation of fans to witness a major football tournament in the Northern Hemisphere’s winter.

Therefore, all we have to aliment our insatiable appetite for all things round kicked about on a green pitch by pretentious and overrated boys and men is the summer transfer window. The ultimate ifs and maybes embedded within gargantuan sums of money, whose narrative and exciting unfolding is the only thing keeping most football journalists on the pay-roll.

The world of football has always been keen to insulate itself from any of life’s ills and sins — there is no corruption, no teams or players have ever used Performance Enhancing Drugs, and there has certainly never has been any institutional evidence of human trafficking or sexual abuse. However, until recently football never really felt political — the father of all taboos (and sex being the mother in this awfully binary metaphor). Of course, in the past, we have had intertwined connections between clubs and politics. Berlusconi and Macri both used their stints at AC Milan and Boca Juniors respectively, to amass enough cultural capital on their way to the Presidency.

Today, with the acquisition of football clubs by sovereign wealth funds; aka states trying to amass more profit with the profits amassed from exploitation and greed; it has become a whole new game. We have now entered a world in which football has pulled the curtain of naivety from under our noses, and proudly exclaims its soft power in the realm of geo-politics. Who knows when it truly began, but in the footballing zeitgeist it would be fair, if not accurate, to assume this all began with the purchase of Manchester City by the Abu Dhabi…

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