It seems that most Newcastle fans are pleased with this summer’s transfer window at Newcastle, with 5 good players having been recruited for a total transfer fee of only £5M to Newcastle.
James Perch – rapid improvement at Newcastle?
We were told in that very strange statement released by the club at the end of May, that there would be no new capital outlay on players coming in.
What that seems to have meant, in retrospect, is that the club would not invest a capital outlay in players, meaning they would not pay the fee over multiple years. So the £5M we have invested in James Perch and Cheick Tiote, has been paid upfront by the Tyneside club.
One thing owner Mike Ashley seems determined to do is to put the club’s finances on a more solid financial footing, and since lots of clubs are having finanical difficulties these days that seems OK, as long as we continue to do bargain deals in the transfer market.
One thing that we have been impressed with the Newcastle club in the last two transfer windows, is their ability to get a good deal completed.
Few Newcastle fans will doubt that Wayne Routledge and Mike Williamson were great buys in January, and both have started the Premier league in excellent form, and this summer the club picked up Dan Gosling and Sol Campbell on free transfers.
Add to the what could turn out to be an excellent signing for the Newcastle club in 24 year-old utility player James Perch, who seems to be improving rapidly at the Newcastle club.
And, apart form his first game at Old Trafford, James has hardly looked out of place in the Premier League so far this season.
And of course the young whiz kid Ben Arfa, who has expressed how determined he was to come to Newcastle, and said yesterday that nothing else mattered to him over the last few weeks, and he’s another potential tremendous acquisition for the Tyneside club.
So, all in all, the last two transfer windows have significantly strengthened the Newcastle squad, while keeping the financial situation well under control at the club.
And the likelihood is that Newcastle will further strengthen the squad in January, to either help us in our relegation fight, or to push on and finish just as high as we can in the Premier League next May.
For the record these are the players who came in and those who left – with approximate transfer fees.
James Perch (Nottingham Forest, undisclosed – estimate £1.5M)
Dan Gosling (Everton, free)
Sol Campbell (Arsenal, free)
Cheik Tiote (FC Twente, undisclosed – estimate £3.5M)
Hatem Ben Arfa (Marseilles, loan)
Nicky Butt (released)
Fabrice Pancrate (released)
Fraser Forster (Celtic, loan)
Kazenga LuaLua (Brighton, loan).
After this transfer window and the first three games of the season, we’ll keep our feet firmly on the ground, but we’ve been surprised - on the up-side - by the Newcastle performances so far this season.
Long may it continue.
Howay The Lads!!