Sam Allardyce and Newcastle fans will be a lot happier than they were last week at this time after an excellent week in the transfer market.
On Friday Sam and his team arranged four transfers to the club. Alan Smith and Lyon center-back Claudio Cacapa signed and two others, 21 year-old Spaniard left-back Jose Enrique and 31 year-old Serbian center-back or left-back Ivica Dragutinovic (thank goodness we can call him Drago) have agreed to join the club and will do so later this week.
Official: The mood on Tyneside has lifted.
Super Sam Allardcye – Newcastle Manager
Friday could also go down as the day new management at Newcastle proved to fans they wanted to take Newcastle back to greatness.
Sam has been frustrated over the last several weeks that no signings had been made at the club. He has repeatedly stressed that speed is essential. Looks like Newcastle management took that to heart and we hadÂ a first-class week last week bringing in four new players for a cost of around â‚¤10.5M
26 year-old Alan Smith cost â‚¤4M from Manchester United and Brazilian Claudio Cacapa was another reasonable deal by Sam for â‚¤0, alsoÂ known as a free transfer. 21 year-old Jose Enrique will cost â‚¤4M from Villareal and 31 year-old Serbian Drago will cost us around â‚¤2.5M from Sevilla.
Don’t be surprised if we have just signed our new club captain in Brazilian Cacapa who captained Lyon to the French League title these last 5 years and has vast experience in the European Champions League.
Chairman Chris Mort has no experience in football management and this job will prove a lot different than his previous lawyer job in London. But like all good people he is a quick learner and it looks like he is learning very fast under Big Sam and we still feel the pair can become a great team at Newcastle. Chris must give Sam his head in the transfer market, however, and trust him because Sam’s record with Bolton Wanderers was first-class and we think he will continue to sign great players for free or for low fees.
To be fair to Chris he also has directions from owner Mike Ashley to get a handle on the club’s debts so he is juggling a few balls in the air right now. However heÂ now understands we have to spend money to build the squad before the end of August – and that’s very good.
Sam Allardyce said yesterday:
“It’s been one of the most ferocious summers in the transfer market I’ve ever known.”
“It’s been a real free-for-all – but it gives you a massive lift when you bring players in.”
After these four players are all into the club we still probably need a couple more players to round things off. We think a right back and quality midfielder would really be the icing on the cake and expectÂ we’ll have those by the end of August.
Now to take Bolton apart next Saturday â€“ whoops getting carried away again Â 😀
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