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Newcastle tousled with Shearer inheritor who’d be price greater than Wilson right now

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Newcastle United and their supporters can boast that they as soon as had essentially the most prolific goalscorer within the historical past of the Premier League in Alan Shearer.

The now-retired former England worldwide scored a staggering 260 objectives in 441 appearances all through his profession within the division, at the very least 47 extra than every other participant has managed within the historical past of the league to date.

A knee damage compelled the unbelievable marksman to retire on the finish of the 2005/06 marketing campaign, and Newcastle confronted the extremely tough activity of changing their legendary centre-forward.

Sadly, they splashed the money on 21-year-old Inter striker Obafemi Martins, who took on the long-lasting quantity 9 jersey from Shearer, and he endured an underwhelming time at St. James’ Park.

How a lot Newcastle paid for Obafemi Martins in 2024 cash

Per Completely Cash, the Magpies spent £14.4m to signal the Nigeria worldwide in 2006 and, should you regulate for the inflation of switch charges in soccer over the next years, he would have price a whopping £49.7m in 2024.

This exhibits that Newcastle had been keen to spend large to exchange Shearer, with The BBC reporting on the time that Martins was seen as a substitute for the English legend, nevertheless it didn’t translate to worthwhile performances on the pitch.

The previous Inter whiz was not an entire and utter flop at St. James’ Park, with 35 objectives in 105 appearances in all competitions. Nevertheless, the Nigerian ahead didn’t hit double figures for objectives in two of his three Premier League seasons and by no means managed greater than 11 league strikes in a single marketing campaign.

Premier League type for Newcastle

Obafemi Martins

06/07

07/08

08/09

Appearances

33

11

4

Objectives

31

9

3

Assists

24

8

2

Stats through Transfermarkt

Whereas, Shearer plundered ten or extra objectives in seven Premier League seasons, and 20 or extra in 4 phrases, throughout ten years on the membership.

In the end, Newcastle spent some huge cash on a striker who failed to attain objectives on a constant foundation, no matter excessive the bar was set by his predecessor.

They then made a loss on Martins as they bought him to Wolfsburg – per Completely Cash – for a payment of £9.4m that may be price £21.8m in 2024 cash, which exhibits that that they had a nightmare with the attacker.

How a lot Newcastle paid for Callum Wilson

Martins’ report compared to present Newcastle striker Callum Wilson, who was signed for £20m from Bournemouth in 2020, additional illustrates how a lot the membership tousled once they spent big cash on the ahead to exchange Shearer in 2006.

The England worldwide price lower than half as a lot because the Nigeria worldwide – in 2024 cash per Completely Cash’s index – and has racked up 46 objectives and 11 assists in 104 appearances in all competitions.

Callum-Wilson-Newcastle-United

Which means the 32-year-old marksman has scored 11 extra objectives for the membership in a single fewer match than Martins managed throughout his three years on Tyneside.

Wilson has additionally hit double figures for objectives within the Premier League, with 12 and 18, in each of his two full seasons with the Magpies, and will nonetheless do it this time period with seven objectives to his title to date.

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This exhibits how a lot of a blunder Newcastle made with the signing of Martins, who price significantly extra – relative to the time of the deal – and delivered much less on the pitch.