With the greatest of respect to Newcastle, what did they expect was going to happen? Danny Rose is a serious player – a man who played in a Champions League final at the beginning of June – and those kind of players don’t come cheap. There’s nothing wrong with having a wage structure, or being savvy with your finances, but at some point you have to reassess the targets that you are looking at and only try to bring in players that fit those parameters. Any move for Rose was always going to be ambitious to say the least. His stats for last season may not make particularly scintillating reading, registering just 1.7 tackles and 0.8 interceptions per game, for instance [Whoscored], but the full-back has the pedigree and the experience to be a success wherever he goes. Does that mean the Toon Army should take a gamble on him and pay the extra wages? Not necessarily, but if they get desperate and other targets don’t materialise, who knows what could happen.