It’s a good time for Newcastle United supporters right now.
The summer transfer window was very successful and Sam was able to bring in 9 players capturing Habib Beye and Abdoulaye Faye right at the end of the transfer window on Friday evening â€“ or should we say early Saturday morning
We’ll take a look today at the squad Sam has put together for less than â‚¤10M net in transfer funds.
Sam Allardyce - made a strong start to his Newcastle career
We think he’s done a fantastic job and has been ably assisted by chairman Chris Mort and Mike Ashley – who is becoming very popular with Newcastle fans as gets into the grip of their undoubted passion.
We’ll try to get it right this time because when we did this Saturday morning we missed out Albert Luque, who moved to PSG but we don’t know for how much.
We brought in these players with their ages, previous club and transfer fee:
Mark Viduka â€“ 31 – Middlesbrough – free
Joey Barton â€“ 24 – Manchester City – â‚¤5.8M
Geremi â€“ 28 – Chelsea – free
David Rozehnal â€“ 27 – PSG – â‚¤2.9M
Alan Smith â€“ 26 – Manchester United – â‚¤6M
Jose Enrique â€“ 21 – Villareal – â‚¤6.3M
Claudio Cacapa â€“ 31 – Lyon – free
Abdoulaye Faye â€“ 29 – Bolton – â‚¤2M
Habib Beye â€“ 29 – Marseilles – â‚¤2M
That’s a total outlay of â‚¤25M for 9 players.
The following 10 players moved away from Newcastle during the summer:
Bramble â€“ Wigan – free
Srnicek – free
Moore – free
Bernard – free
Onweyu â€“ Standard Leige (after loan)
Parker â€“ West Ham – â‚¤7M
Dyer â€“ West Ham – â‚¤7M
Huntington – Leeds â€“ undisclosed
Solano – West Ham â€“ undisclosed
Luque â€“ Ajax â€“ undisclosed
If we assume we got at least â‚¤2M for Huntington, Solano and Luque then that’s only â‚¤9M net Sam spent and in reality probably even less than that.
Here’s what the squad looks like â€“ we’ll put each player down in their preferred position and then have that player in brackets if he’s available to play in other positions. The first names isn’t necessarily first choice in that position and we’ll put the squad in a 4-4-2 formation.
Goalkeepers Given, Harper, Foster Back Four Beye Cacapa Rozehnal Enrique Carr* Taylor Faye Babayaro* Edgar Ramage (Edgar) (N'Zogbia) (Taylor) Midfield Milner Butt Barton N'Zogbia (Smith) Emre Geremi Duff Troisi (Faye) Smith (Troisi) Pattison Forwards Owen Viduka Martins Ameobi* (Smith)
That’s 27 players and we have Carroll and Krul out on loan until at least January.
We also believe that the wage bill is now probably more in line with what it should be. That’s because we’ve lost players such as Dyer (â‚¤80K/week), Luque (â‚¤60K/week), Solano (â‚¤40K/week ?) and Parker (â‚¤55K/week) who were probably some of the of the top earners at the club. Since most of Sam’s recruits came from European clubs we think their wages will be a lot less than the players who left. That’s an opinion as we’ll never really know who’s earning what. But if these figures are close to being correct we’ve freed up â‚¤235K/week in wages with just 4 players leaving.
One thing that’s for sure is that Sam has a lot of choice in nearly every position, and will be able to swing games for us with good substitutes performing off the bench – as we did on Saturday. We do look a little light on the right wing with James Milner the only one who is a natural in that position, now that Nobby Solano has left us.
From the squad above the asterisks are for players who are probably under pressure and may eventually be moved out of the club for new arrivals in January or next summer. For example Babayaro’s contract ends next summer and we don’t think it to be renewed.
As to what Big Sam does in the January transfer window it will depend on hos the team does until then. However, we still expect Edmilson to join is from Barcelona, and then others depending on how those with asterisks perform through December.
What do you think about the squad – and how it can be improved in the future – who should go and who should come – please let us know.
Comments always welcome.