Newcastle Must Spend Wisely This Summer


Newcastle will not be spending large amounts of money in the transfer market this summer, but they don’t need to, if they are to improve the current squad, as long as they continue to make some savvy buys.

Chris Hughton – wise spending necessary this summer

And the history of that is on our side right now, since we’ve made some good signings over the last couple of years or so.

Chris held his meeting yesterday to talk about the transfer season coming up, with Mike Ashley, and he was apparently told he’d have up to £15M, if he needs that much.

But the players he wants in, and those he’s thinking of moving out would also have been discussed, as well as how much money is available.

This is what Chris told the press after yesterday’s meeting.

“As per normal these talks are ongoing with the chairman and the owner but we know they are different times these days,”

“I think certainly the days of the sums of big transfers and the big transfer kitties – not only for Newcastle but for everybody – they are a thing of the past. I think you have to spend and look to improve but you have to do it wisely.”

“What I am conscious of is that we have a real competitive squad that has generated a really good momentum this season and what we have had is players who have also developed this season.

“There is a group of lads and a squad that I have that deserve an opportunity.”

Quite a number of the Newcastle players have improved a lot this season, most of them in fact, even though we always have to remember it’s the English second division, and the Premiership is so much tougher.

We are all for Newcastle spending wisely and getting in bargain buys like we’ve done in the past, like Seb Bassong, Mike Williamson and Wayne Routledge, to name just three in the last couple of years. Those three cost the club about £3M in total, and we’ve already sold Seb to Spurs for £8M.

The club have also brought in some great youngsters, and of course our U-18 Youth team will be in action tomorrow night at St. James’ Park – 7:00pm KO – against Aston Villa in the second leg of the semi-final.

Win that game and the lads will be in the final for the first time since 1985, and they will meet Chelsea in the two-legged final.

There’s probably only one club spending silly money (again) this summer, and that would be Manchester City, and that seems to be because the owners seem keen to show how much money they have.

But the transfer nonsense that has gone on for far too long in the Premiership, will soon be brought under control by UEFA President Michel Platini, who will soon only allow clubs to spend tranfer amounts based on what they make via their incoming revenues.

Newcastle have almost the same home gate average as Manchester City this season – we’re about 2,000 short – so you see what we mean. We’d be surprised if City even make a profit this year.

Spening money that you make in a business is only sensible and it’s of course what most businesses do. It’s called living within your means, so football clubs will not become bankrupt like Portsmouth did recently.  They were only one of a number of English clubs that have gone belly up, but the first one in the Premiership.

So the big transfers may become a thing of the past, and while it was exciting spending big money on presumably good players, it never quite worked out for Newcastle, and we never won anything because of it – that’s for sure.

Newcastle spent £40M on a certain super-star Michael Owen over the 4 years he was on Tyneside, ending last year, when he slipped out of Newcastle for nothing, two days after the famous Tyneside club suffered the humiliation of relegation. He was hopeless for Newcastle – just our opinion.

Newcastle will spend up to £15M this summer, if that, but we’ll improve the squad a lot more than the £17M Michael Owen improved the squad, when he arrived from Real Madrid in August of 2005.

You can go to the bank with that one.

We look to Chris to continue to make some good buys in the summer, to build on the four players he brought in during January, for about £4M.

Comments welcome.


39 comments so far

  • danuneek

    Apr 15, 2010 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #1

    I think the rumours about £15m is newspaper rubbish. Its not the same club and they wont disclose that info. Hughton will go about his business quietly until its announced on nufc.co.uk. I dont think anyone has given anyone a budget, Hughton clearly knows and agrees we shouldn’t spend big on trophy signings and will look to regain our policy of signing cheap young players with potential. Perhaps with one or two premiership class players ie. striker and creative mid.

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  • Bucks mag

    Apr 15, 2010 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #2

    It is true to say that there are quality players out there for little money, as we have proved, and outlandish expenditure must be reduced.

    But, £15m is stil too little in my opinion, unless we can get 2-3 players on a Bosman.

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  • Toon1978

    Apr 15, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #3

    15 million is not enough. It will be anoter season of struggle if Ashley does not put his hand in his pocket. Hope this aint true and i hope Ashley learned the last time that we need to spend in the big boys league. Nobody is asking for superstar signings all we ask is for enough to compete in the EPL and more in the region of 25 million would do that.

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  • The Entertainers

    Apr 15, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #4

    There needs to be a means tested budgets for all UEFA clubs………Man Citeh included.
    It should be on the clubs income (which would put Newcastle in the top 20 of all European clubs)

    There should be a wage cap of 60% of the clubs income too…………..so if you want to pay Terry 100,000 a week then do so, but it just means other will have to do with less.

    Football needs to wake up in this era of global recession!

    Its not rocket science and i’d rather see clubs like Portsmouth and Leeds still being able to compete, rather than have some big-headed footballer claiming human rights and freedom of contract for that matter.

    £15 million………..bet Portsmouth and Leeds could do with even a third of that!

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Apr 15, 2010 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #5

    look lads i get it, the days of throwing ten million pounds at a has-been are over at newcastle (thank God). Unless we are getting alexander pato i don’t think we need to spend that kind of money. Having said that if this is true about the 15 mil then Mike Ashley hasn’t learned a flipping thing. He shouldn’t put such a small limit publicly on our Gaffer. People already dislike him for what he has done for to our club. If it wasn’t for chris the fat man wouldn’t be allowed in SJP. 25 million is where the kitty should be. Chris may not even use that much but if it would have came out that the fat man gave chris 25 mil then we would be like, that’s a fair amount to start with, maybe this guy is serious about making things right at newcastle. Instead we are saying, this dude thinks Newcastle is a joke and really doesn’t care about anything but getting his money back….

    HWTL

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Apr 15, 2010 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #6

    I am begging Newcastle to sign Jozy altidore from hull. He fits the bill, young(20 i believe), cheap(im sure it would be around 2 mil), and potential( he already is starting in the prem, he has work to do but he will be a star). The kid is the real deal…

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 15, 2010 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Sgt Heagerty- Sounds great but he plays for Villareal and is on loan to Hull and Villareal always want big fees for players

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Apr 15, 2010 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #8

    Shite!!!! i forgot

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Apr 15, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #9

    Wonder if we are evn looking at him, Villareal is known for high transfer fees? I don’t keep up with la liga much…

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 15, 2010 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #10

    Yeh

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 15, 2010 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #11

    I follow la liga a bit and from what i know Villareal are a tight bunch and expect above par fees for all of their players

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Apr 15, 2010 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #12

    damn, thanks for the info man, what do you think about the 15 mil, too little?

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 15, 2010 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #13

    for me 15mil is fine, i beleive we only need 3-4 players to keep us up and roughly 4mil for each player is enough when you consider Hughtons clever buys, i think a big lack of team spirit and too many injuries, i think we need cover to prevent these injuries but when you think of players like Van Aanholt which can come in on loan and do a brilliant job and all the freebies out there, kris Boyd? Seb Larsson? Gamst pederson? so I think with clever buys we’ll be fine

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Apr 15, 2010 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #14

    Juventus offered benitez 16 mil over 4 years to come to juve and a kitty of 70 million to spend on transfers, now im not saying newcastle should spend anywhere close to that. But the toon is in the top 20 biggest football clubs in the world. Sure the fatman can cram his fat cheetoe eating fingers a little deeper in his pocket. To think i was starting to believe in him a little and here we go again…

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Apr 15, 2010 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #15

    I agree that chris can get it done for 15 mil, i just think it would have been nice to see ashley give him a bigger figure. Whether he spent it or not it would have showed his seriousness about the club you know..

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  • baro

    Apr 15, 2010 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #16

    Hopefully Chris Hughton can get it done with just 15 million. I think he will find the right players who will keep their head up.

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  • MacToon

    Apr 16, 2010 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #17

    What a load of %£$£&$%£*^s. It’s talked about like it’s a fact and it’s just rumour, how many more headlines will we have with £15 million mentioned, too many already imo.

    If it’s that easy then every club would be doing it! We are a selling team with this owner and with little ambition but I’d loved to be proved wrong. Get a srtiker on a budget and you end up with Best.

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 16, 2010 at 5:00 AM

    Comment #18

    God NUFCELITE gos away from 1 day and doom and gloom hits the blog.Think a few here should consider this, how many teams in the prem do you think will have 15 million to spend on players.I can think of maybe 4 clubs Chelsea,Man City,Arsenal,and maybe Man Utd.The rest of the teams are all going to be selling players this summer.Mactoon i agree with your first paragraph then in the second paragraph you turn into macgloom do you think wba and the other team thats coming up are going to have 15 million to spend on players i think not. danuneek i agree with all your points bar the creative midfielder,think its more like a defensive midfielder myself.Turkish Magpie agree i think 15 million would be enough but remeber this is just press talking here.Sgt. Heagerty you think Mike Ashley would tell the press what we will be spending in the summer cause i dont, and you should know what the press is like mate,anti newcastle most of the time. baro agree if it was only 15 million think Chris could do the job with that if needs be. So comon fellas chins up and a bit of optomisim please.

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  • fongct

    Apr 16, 2010 at 5:02 AM

    Comment #19

    I say we need 20 M minimum, unless we can really get a few bosmans like Larsson, Senderos, Boyd, Ledley or even Simon Davies

    frankly I m not ask for trophy signings, not R.Keane, not Bentley

    we need a proven young striker in PL, I read some of the people in here consistently mention Fletcher, how much will be he cost?5-6M, How about C.Cole?..5-7M?..Doyle…7M?….so 5-7M for a striker I assume, if so, we will only have 7-10M left for a right back, a winger and a centre midfielder, that isnt enough….

    according to the rumours, the asking price for Ohara is 5M, so for me, 20M is enough for us to build a good enough squad to survive… expecting around 5M per player is about right

    Birmingham spent 20M this season, Stoke spent 20M the season before, if they can afford it, we also can, I think by spending 20M, it is enough to guarantee a PL place next season

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 16, 2010 at 5:13 AM

    Comment #20

    fongct dont think we will be going for ohara mate

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 16, 2010 at 5:17 AM

    Comment #21

    Doyle…7M no thanks mate

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  • NUFCELITE

    Apr 16, 2010 at 5:29 AM

    Comment #22

    Try boyd get you more goals and costs nowt Doyle has hardly hit the heights with wolves 28 matchs 7 goals,thats a goal every 4 games,sign doyle we will struggle next season

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  • fongct

    Apr 16, 2010 at 5:59 AM

    Comment #23

    I dont want to go specific on who will we sign or dont sign….

    what I m saying is every PL striker has a price..I think 5M is a cheap price for a PL striker already, that why I think 15M isnt enough

    and a decent midfielder in PL will also cost 5m, I just use Ohara as an example, Hughton has dismissed this rumours already, but we can still go for Roe-coker, Sidwell, or even Boateng etc, so for me, around 5M for a PL centre midfielder is about right

    Frankly, Doyle cost Wolves 6.5M last season, they arnt going to sell us with 7M, and Wolves wouldnt sell him anyway, coz selling Doyle is like selling their PL status away

    if we can get Boyd, ok, but he is heavily link with Birmingham, and I think he will choose Birmingham instead of us….so I always expect we will have to spend that 5M+

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  • Toonmania

    Apr 16, 2010 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #24

    The transfer figure is probably closer to 20m anyway IF the 15m is true (and i doubt it somehow!!) hughton will probably have the money from any sales he makes i.e Best and 1 or 2 others so the figure maybe £20 or £25m

    why does everyone jump on the bandwagon until the truth is known?? lord some of you are already comdeming ashley from what you have read in the papers, one thing us newcastle supporters should have learnt over the last 18months or so is to ignore the complete tosh that the papers write about us.

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  • nightfa11

    Apr 16, 2010 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #25

    i agree with some of you.. there’s shouldnt even be a limit on how mch hughton can spend..cos he’s not stupid & he wont spent anywhere near 20 mio +..

    as for 5 mio per player..that sounds about right, but there are also some good players out there who are free…

    personally i wouldnt spend any money on RB, cos defence is where we’re the strongest and also..taylor and colo can also play there. i’d get a RB on loan personally.

    we’re probably gonna sign albin for free to play with carroll up front..

    so 15 mio for creative midfielder and a winger who can play on both side…i’d be ok with that =)

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  • Kevin Nichol

    Apr 16, 2010 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #26

    First and foremost i’d sign Curtis Davies from Villa. Your probably looking at 5-6 million. We would stand a chance of getting him to as Villa need to sell; he is not first choice and is behind both Dunne and Collins.

    Secondly; we need a PL striker who can score sufficient goals to keep us in the division. The obvious choice despite him now being 29 is Robbie Keane. 6-8 million and i believe tottenham would sell. If robbie just wants to play football and isn’t motivated by money then he is our man. 35k per week and first choice football infront of 50,000 passionate fans for the next three seasons could sway the deal.

    In’s;

    Robbie Keane; 6-8 million – Guarentee’d goals

    Curtis Davies; 4-6 million

    Joe Ledley; Free Transfer

    Tom Cleverly; Loan

    Those four players would add to the squad; for me.

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  • Mags

    Apr 16, 2010 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #27

    Who in authority says we will have £15m for transfers?????

    Some daily mail journo?????

    Nowt from the club that is for certain. Get a grip.

    Can you not just enjoy the remainder of this season first? It should be party time a week on Saturday, having finished our home campaign and crowned as CHAMPIONS and with 100+ points.

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  • Ericles

    Apr 16, 2010 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #28

    The rumour machine really is in overdrive. We must not accept anything written in the Mail, the Sun, or many other media pundit rags. We are going to have to trust CH doing his best to improve the squad. Why? Cos the fat man will not fork out enough to fund transfers. It matters not whether it is 15 million pounds of 15 thousand pennies – the fat man has the mentality of a market trader and we must not forget it. Also, yesterday police surrounded, in force, a house in Buckinghamshire. Has anybody heard of Ashley today?

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  • G

    Apr 16, 2010 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #29

    In my honest opinion, first, this story is bad journalism, second, if the figure quoted is correct, then yes, I believe the funds would be sufficient to keep us in the prem. Thirdly, trying to second guess who we will or won’t sign seems to be flogging a dead horse these days. Think of all the players we got linked with in Jan, and we didn’t go for any of them (possible exception for victor moses?). I certainly never predicted signing routledge or one-size?

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  • UTD111

    Apr 16, 2010 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #30

    Did you pick that headline on purpose Ed? LOL

    Thank god Wise is no longer with us – the little twerp!!!

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  • Whumpie

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #31

    Blimey, what a load of unreconstructed, learned-nowt garbage on here.

    All you “spend big” mongers are the same ones who were clamouring for 8-figure spending in January. Look what happened and how UTTERLY WRONG you all were.

    Two things:

    1. 15M is press garbage. If there is a figure (and I doubt it) then we won’t hear it. Stop slagging people off based on false accusations by the press.

    2. Listen to CH. He has told us clearly what the strategy is for a long time now, and in January we saw how brilliantly executed it can be. This group of people (notably minus the tumour of Dennis Wise) know what it takes to achieve specific goals and we have every reeaon to expect another excellent transfer window this summer.

    Just sit back and enjoy it, and TRY to listen and learn a bit!

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  • Paul P

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #32

    Like what myself, G and Whumpie were saying yesterday, we have to build up the machine, just like what keegan and robson did. 4 or 5 players in the summer would be a great start, but they have to be quality.

    Have been looking into players which maybe available and that potentially we could get. I think they would improve the squad most definately. The potential is there for everyone to see at Newcastle.

    Stephen Ireland – Man City

    Not getting his game for Man City this season. Quality midfielder, who would be outstanding in a team like ours. Maybe get him for 6/7 million. Could be an option

    Shaun Wright Phillips – Man City

    Not a first team regular at Man City now with the arrival of Adam Johnson. Would add pace to the right side of midfield and premiership quality and would be great competition for Routledge.

    Fabio – Man Utd (Loan)

    It is expected that Fabio is to go out on loan for a season to give him more experience. Would be great on the right side of our defence and competition for Simpson.

    James Perch – Notts Forest

    If Forest do not get promoted, we could get this player for 2million possibly. Never gave Guittirrez much at all when the 2 teams met just recently.

    Yakubu – Everton

    Not a regular at Everton and would give us vital premier league experience. Only issue I have with him is his injury proness. Keep him fit and sharp and he will score 15-20 goals.

    Gary Cahill – Bolton

    Great defender, tipped to be future england captain. Has had a good season at Bolton and would be a fantastic signing for newcastle, if we could get him.

    Patrick Van Arnold – Chelsea

    On loan for Newcastle middle of the season and from what we saw, he looks a very good player. Would be good to get him on loan again.

    Tomas Rosicky – Arsenal

    Is unlikely to be offered new deal at Arsenal in the summer and may be allowed to move clubs. Good on the ball and is a creative player, who could come in and do a good job for newcastle for 2 seasons.

    Gael Kakuta – Chelsea

    Another player who could be loaned out. Is a rising star and a youngster also.

    Eden Hazard – Lille

    Played against Liverpool in Europa Cup. Is a promising young player coming through and would do well in the premiership.

    It would be good if we got Cahill, Ireland, Yakubu, Wright Phillips with our money £20 million, maybe get Rosicky on a free, with Fabio, Van Arnold on loan. I think that would be a good starting point for us.

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  • howay man

    Apr 16, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #33

    have we forgotten skjelbred?
    and what about belhadj?

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  • howay man

    Apr 16, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #34

    paul p, I like your optimism but its ludicrus to think that we can be competing for the likes of wright phillips, ireland, yakubu, rosicky, hazard etc.

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  • Ericles

    Apr 16, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #35

    I agree Howay man – have we forgotten Skjelbred? He is the type of player we need for next season. And – he wants to play for us and is a fan too!.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 16, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #36

    For 20mil (which i belive we will get altogether with sales and maybe money from other places such as TV money) how about-

    Stephen Ireland/ Per Ciljan Skjelbred – 5mil-8mil

    Shaun Wright Phillips- 5mil-8mil

    Tuncay Sanli/ Juan Albin- 5mil

    Nadir Belhadj- 2-4mil

    Sebastian Larsson- FREE

    Morten Gamst Pederson- FREE

    Kris Boyd- Free

    Patrick Van Aanholt- Loan

    Eden Hazard- Loan/1-2mil

    I don’t know how accurate my prices are but i do know we’d have at least a 70% chance of getting these players

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  • nightfa11

    Apr 16, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #37

    i thing’s for sure..i dont want yakubu..even for free..

    i like skjelbred..he’s nufc fan…but the fact he doesnt score & that we dont have profilic epl strikers, i’d take ireland ahead of him..

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  • Ezedoesit

    Apr 16, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #38

    We are NOT getting Ireland, Wright Phillips, Robbie Keane, or Pederson. Ireland and Wright-Phillips, and Keane will all cost too much (transfer fee and wages), and I believe Pederson will also want a high wage…. I still say Fletcher but given our budget constraints that signing may be more than Hughton is willing to spend given he wants to bring in a couple of people… Any British Premiership Strikers are gonna cost too much so when it comes to strikers we should look abroad or in the lower leagues.. Why has everyone forgotten Darren Ambrose aswell!

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  • The-Ciaran8

    Apr 16, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #39

    I would like Personally Like to See

    O Hara Or Scott Brown

    Thoose two Would change the team

    But we need to get alot fo free’s and loans

    The more the better

    No matter what the age if there a free.

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