Newcastle Got The Job Done In January


At the risk of  jumping the gun and that Newcastle may still bring somebody in during the next 90 minutes, that’s in addition to Leon Best, Newcastle have now brought in 6 players in this  transfer window, including four permanent signings.

Mike Williamson – looks great acquisition for Newcastle

Up until the January transfer window we had three players on loan at the Newcastle club.

Marlon Harewood from Aston Villa
Zurab Khizanishvili from Blackburn Rovers
Danny Simpson from Manchester United

In the January transfer window Newcastle have signed the following four players:

Player            Fee      Former Club

Danny Simpson     £0.5M    Manchester United
Mike Williamson   £1.2M    Portsmouth
Wayne Routledge   £1.0M    QPR
Leon Best         £0.6M    Coventry City

No fees have been disclosed, and the fees shown above are estimates that have been published in the press.   In total it looks like Newcastle have paid around £3.2M for the four players – if that.

In addition the club has brought in two players on loan.

Fitz Hall from QPR on a season long loan, and Patrick van Aanholt  from Chelsea on a one month loan, essentially to stand in for the injured Jose Enrique.

It says something for our new players  that all three new players in the side last Saturday were voted to be Newcastle’s  best players by our readers.

van Aanholt got 39% of votes, Williamson 33% and Routledge 10%  – the poll is still open by the way.

So that at least suggests that Newcastle have improved the squad, which we think is true.

And we shouldn’t forget that Fabrice Pancrate was signed on a deal through the end of the season in late November, as a free agent.

Four more than decent players – all at good prices – and two good loan players is good business by the Newcastle club.

And Newcastle finally had Geremi leave the club – so that saves £60K/week in wages – and around £1.5M through June, when the Cameroon’s contract would have run out.

We think Newcastle have got the job done this transfer window – and we say – well done!

The one disappointment was not getting 19 year-old Victor Moses into the club – who would have been a great capture – but it’s time to get over that now – he didn’t come – and we  have to look forward to hopefully a successful conclusion to the season.

It’s certainly the best transfer window under Newcastle owner Mike Ashley – that’s clear.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.



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49 comments so far

  • NewcastleMole

    Feb 1, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #1

    “And Newcastle finally had Geremi leave the club – so that saves £60K/week in wages – and around £1.5M through June, when the Cameroon’s contract would have run out.”

    Unless we’re paying some of wages still :/

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  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Feb 1, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #2

    woh ed, dont praise Ashley too much he will think he has done something right.

    I think over the last couple of seasons we have always struggled with a small squad so the main thing we needed was players in but none out, which is what we have done (besides Geremi, but to be classed as a player you need to actually play)

    Not a bad bit of business and hopefully the lads who have come in will prove to be enough.

    Already I would like to see the deal for Van Aanholt extended as he looked a class act on Saturday,.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Feb 1, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Yes – that’s true – but I hope not. Also the 600K for Best was a guess.

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  • ToonAsia

    Feb 1, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #4
  • Ed Harrison

    Feb 1, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #5

    NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Right!

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  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Feb 1, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #6

    ToonAsia – Its not!

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  • NewcastleMole

    Feb 1, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #7

    @NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    What do you think of the prospect of playing Van Aanholt & Enrique together on the left?

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  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Feb 1, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #8

    I would like to see that

    Enrique at LB and Van Aanholt in LM

    He showed on Sat that he aint scared to take people on, and he is a decent crosser of a ball and not selfish like Jonas.

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  • Raffo

    Feb 1, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #9

    Vukic should be given a chance when he regains fitness. whats the point in having really good youngsters and never giving them a shot?

    I want to see Guthrie and Barton in the CM too, Vukic playing off Ranger/Best with Wayne and Jonas out wide.

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  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Feb 1, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #10

    Raffo, you would drop Smudger and Nolan?

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  • Adcodga

    Feb 1, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Wonder what this has done to our wage bill? Gone down?

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  • Oba

    Feb 1, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #12

    ——————-Harper————————

    S.Taylor – Coloccini – Williamson – Enrique

    Routledge — Smith —- Guthrie — Jonas

    ———————Nolan————————

    ———————Anyone———————-

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  • yemozone

    Feb 1, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #13

    @NUFC-0809-Oh Dear Lol! who is smudger?

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  • Raffo

    Feb 1, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #14

    I would defo drop Nolan for Barton as I think he offers more in terms of creativity. Smudger is a workhorse and I think he has done really well, but he has looked tired of late and I think that Guthrie is assured on the ball and I think he is wasted on the RW. I think it would be worth giving him a go in the CDM role during this month as it is a busy period and Smudger certainly cant play all the games coming up and Id rather play than have Butt in there again!

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  • boater

    Feb 1, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Van Aanholt will be gone by the time enrique returns!? Our all new look side, should hughton dare stray from the policy of 8 leggy, hard-working central midfielders in 1 side—

    the more I think about it the less I understand the reasoning of bringing in BEst – seeing as we have 4 decent enough options and the problem has been lack of chances created – a goalscoring midfielder seemed a MUST.. ambrose would have been more logical.. damn it.

    harper/
    simpson/colo/williamson/Aanholt
    routledge/barton/smudge/jonas
    best/lover

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  • cam_toon

    Feb 1, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #16

    toon aisa…. 32 million. harharhar

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  • Adcodga

    Feb 1, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #17

    On second thoughts, Hall and Best look like poor signings. Why were they signed anyway?

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  • Raffo

    Feb 1, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #18

    ——————-Harper————————

    S.Taylor – Coloccini – Williamson – Enrique

    ————————–Guthrie————————

    Routledge ——— Barton —-——- Jonas

    ————————–Vukic————————

    ————————-Ranger———————-

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  • Smithy

    Feb 1, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #19

    I’m happy with the signings could be good or bad.Would’ve liked an attacking mid but we are in the championship and wont attract anything that outstanding.Still hate arsely but we have made the squad bigger at least

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  • van-damn-bad-man

    Feb 1, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #20
  • boater

    Feb 1, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #21

    Smithy… you say that but Ambrose surely would have been very realistic,, 16 goals from midfield he got for palace.. 1mil would do it.

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  • Daftus Doofus

    Feb 1, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #22

    We think that we have purchased 4 players who will not make the grade as regular first teamers should we gain the expected promotion. We think that the club will have to build an entire new team for the Premier League so we do not see the point in offering such obvious Championship class players 3.5 year contracts. We think it is madness.

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  • lesh

    Feb 1, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #23

    Looking at ToonAsia’s posy @ 3 and van-damn-bad-man’s at 20, we seem to be getting mixed messages here. Could his agent be encouraging his club to think of a Chelsea bid?

    As far as Ranger’s concerned, I’ve a sneaking suspicion that Dave Whelan (Wigan’s chairman who has a festering fued with Ashley) may have been trying to encourage to outbid Wigan’s £2.5m and had his bluff called.

    £2.5m for a relatively inexperienced youngster may turn out to have been a huge gamble that costs Wigan dear.

    All in all, I think it’s been a good window and CH’s problem’s getting the best mix and an attacking one at that.

    The influx of players calls for lots of training and experimenting to get the right attacking mix. Could he play 4-3-3 with waht we’ve got and stop this potentially disastrous game of playing for an away point mentality?

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  • lesh

    Feb 1, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #24

    Daftus Doofus – first buy to get us out then sell and buy as appropriate for the Prem.

    This window could’ve repeated previous ones with outgoers and no incomers so let’s just learn to live within the means available to the club – or it may be the means MA’s prepared to subsidise the club with!!!

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  • Smithy

    Feb 1, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #25

    I.ve seen players crap at 1 team and great at another maybe the atmospere or other players.Imagine that we have bought a player who only cost 500k and 2 years hes worth 10 mil u never know.

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  • toonfan

    Feb 1, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #26

    Does anyone think like me that when we get promoted which we should this season that the value of the players including those just bought in the window will be worth a lot more than if they were still in the championship for the monies spent approx as mentioned above there is a lot of potential to make good profits on these players but hey we have to give them a try in the premiership at least they will have 6 months together as a team and maybe will gel in the premiership. butt will be gone next season as will a couple of others on high wages hopefullty the club sold and restructured without having to pay the fast sums of maoney that has almost run this club into the ground.

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  • lesh

    Feb 1, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #27

    Looking at ToonAsia’s posy … posy? Posy?

    I meant to say post and not to infer he/ she’s proffering flowers or gifts on site!

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  • yemozone

    Feb 1, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #28

    Yes, i agree with u. why 3.5 years???

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 1, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #29

    Good article, Ed – if you take a step back and see us for what we are, this window has shown a remarkably level head from CH and the management team.

    Credit where it’s due – we’ve got exactly what we needed, which is a set of players who mitigate the risks of losing too many players to injuries during the run-in.

    The total cash risked (i.e. amount paid minus amount regained should we sell them in the summer) is probably less than a million.

    This is a good article which sets out exactly why I’m chuffed but rather embarrassed by the classic ‘deluded Toon’ outbursts we’ve seen around the place calling for a return to the bad old days: http://www.blogonthetyne.co.uk/2010/02/no-bling-in-sight-at-newcastle.html?

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  • cgrizzly87

    Feb 1, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #30

    Yay, we have something resembling a squad!
    As long as they can drag themselves across the finishing line after 46 games, and we’re in the premiership next season, i’ll be happy.

    At the risk of being controversial, i’m glad to see our club not throwing money at people anymore. At least not while we’re in this crap league 😀

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  • Toon1978

    Feb 1, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #31

    Quite a good window for us but still gutted about Moses. I looked at Wigans position in the table today and imo he has made a terrible move. He hasn’t weighed it up properly. Whats not to say Wigan go down and we go up, that would sicken Moses and rightly so,anyway we move on his loss. As for Simpson a very good signing for this league not sure about the PL though. Williamson has proved in the last few games that he is a PL defender and will be good for us overall a good signing. As for Hall, i have not seen him play much but a back up for any injuries quite sensible considering our luck with injuries in the past. Aanaholt, wish it was permanant. Routledge a good signing as a little pace and width is added. Our last signing Best, don’t know what to think really, aint seen much of him, finger crossed on this one. All in all we have added quantity rather than quality and maybe that is what we need for promotion. Things will need to improve drastically if we get PROMOTION as the current squad is still not good enough to play in the PL.

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 1, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #32

    yemozone: 3.5 years is pretty much the standard in a January window. You need at least 3 years on a contract to get 2 years of value (either playing or selling on) before Bosman rules kick in and they’re worth nowt. The 0.5 is just to the end of this season.

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  • tdt

    Feb 1, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #33

    Our best team when fit:

    ———————–Harper———————-
    S.Taylor—Coloccini–Williamson—Enrique
    ————————Smith———————
    Routledge———————————Jonas
    ————————Nolan———————
    ————Lovenkrands—–Best————–

    Subs: Krul, Simpson, Kadar, Aanholt, Barton, Gutherie, Vuckic, Ameobi, Carroll, Ranger.

    Butt should retire with immediate effect.

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 1, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #34

    Doofus – the reason for the contracts is to make sure we can get most of our money back – or more – if we need to sell them in the summer.

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  • tdt

    Feb 1, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #35

    Or

    ———————–Harper———————-
    Simpson—Coloccini–S.Taylor—Enrique
    ————————Smith———————
    Routledge———————————Jonas
    ————————Nolan———————
    ————Lovenkrands—–Best————–

    Subs: Krul, Williamson, Kadar, Aanholt, Hall, Barton, Gutherie, Vuckic, Ameobi, Carroll, Ranger.

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  • Raffo

    Feb 1, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #36

    ———————–Harper———————-
    S.Taylor—Coloccini–Williamson—Enrique
    ————————Smith———————
    Routledge———————————Jonas
    ————————Barton———————
    ————Lovenkrands—–Best————–

    I want to see Vukic coming on for Barton on 60mins or so and Ranger on for Best too. I think Nolan doesnt offer enough creativity

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  • Robby Bobson

    Feb 1, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #37

    Was reading oin my phone people moaning about Best. I really couldnt believe it. He’s a young nippy striker.

    Unless you splash out 20 million you arent gona get a big strong, fast striker with a good touch…from what ive seen from Best hes useful.

    I think he got a tad lucky but at the ricoh earlier in the season he shrugged off Enrique, the only player i have seen do that this season.

    I know a cov fan who in the summer said Best is the best striker in the division. Abit optimistic but he certainly rates him.

    None of our strikers have got 10 goals in the team top, but best got 10 goals in a team struggling.

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  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Feb 1, 2010 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #38

    Reasonably happy with the lads brought in, over the moon on the player leaving. Could have done with the Chelsea lad staying all season as back up and to push Jose.

    Williamson in two games has looked solid long side Colocinni. This for me gives us so many options at the back as it could also play S, Taylor at RB as I like him there marurding up the line.

    VanAarnholt looks a good young player and would be really good as back up and competition for Jose as mentioned.

    Simpson solid RB and being young can only get better especially with pressure from R Taylor (not impressed at RB) and like I say maybe S Taylor being but out there.

    Routledge Looks good so far hope he plays well and can give a bit more balance across the middle.

    Fitz Hall only brought in as cover. Will he play? I;m not so sure but will have to wait and see.

    Best well this is one I cant really comment on, seems to have played well this season after being poor in previous years. Hope he scores a few in February with the amount of games we have and we will see what he is about.

    We also have Xisco to come back, when ive seen him he looked well. He was the best player when we got beat off hull in the FA cup. He is quick but the noises he is making he aint done anything to catch anybodies eye for a permenant deal. So in the summer we will have.

    Ameobi
    Best
    Carroll
    Lovernkrands
    Ranger
    Xisco

    six strikers and not sure if they will cut it in the prem but will have a sell on value.

    Would have really liked Moses but Whelan was never gonna let Ashley win that one was he. Moses sold for 2.5M and he will of been told prove yourself here and if a big club come in for you your free to leave and possibly will have sell on clauses in his contract. A number of things we could not compete with. could never see us being happy to say “play well and we’ll let you go to Man U or Chelsea” not a snowball in hells chance. And Beckford was never gonna be allowed to leave leeds.

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  • Edd Case

    Feb 1, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #39

    Im chuffed to bits with out transfers this window.

    They will all help us win promotion, of that I have no doubt.

    Time will tell if they are Prem class but I think with a summer of good transfer activity, we will be a solid looking mid-table team for next season with a sound financial bed to build on.

    Cheer up those who are not happy, I think we’ll be fine.

    Well done CH and the team up there.

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  • Mikey25

    Feb 1, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #40

    To be honest I reserve judgement on signings until I see them….remember a certain bassong, trial after trial with clubs, everybody saying “what the hell if he’s not good enough for trial teams he sure ain’t good enough for us” turns into our best defender!
    Great young signings and best at 23 is a good age! If he gets another 10 goals this season well all be happy. All I hope is that hughton gives some of the youngsters a go!! Oh and stops playing the likes of nolan, ameobi, butt on their name alone!

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