With all the fury surrounding Andy Carroll moving to Liverpool yesterday we should recap who came in and who left in January.
Stephen Ireland – on loan deal
Xisco was sent out on loan for the rest of the season to Deportivo, his former club, but in the wake of Carroll leaving and not being replaced, sending a striker out on loan was another daft thing Newcastle allowed to happen yesterday.
In came Stephen Ireland for a season long loan deal from Aston Villa, and we think this lad could be a huge hit on Tyneside, but he will have been under-whelmed by his welcome at the club as he experiences first hand sees the furor surrounding Andy Carroll’s departure.
He could become a great player for Newcastle, but hopefully not too good – otherwise Ashley will sell him.
The great Ben Arfa signed on full time at Newcastle earlier in the month – and again this lad could become a great signing for Newcastle United.
And Andy was sent on his way of course.
And we almost forgot – we sent Wayne Routledge on loan to his former club QPR, and didn’t replace him either.
And some of the desperate deals Newcastle tried to do in the final hours of the window, were just mind-boggling as attempts to sign Bendtner, Crouch and of all people Charles N’Zogbia, were all turned down.
By their actions the Newcastle club looked completely desperate late last night, and even a laughing stock because of their incompetence, and have now lost their best player – their icon, and he wasn’t even replaced. Oh my!
If Newcastle had resigned Charles, it would have made things even worse , we would be going backwards, and we’re sure Charles would not have agreed to return to Tyneside.
The only deal to us that made sense was trying to get Crouch, because at least Newcastle could keep their current tactics of Joey putting high balls into the box, but whether we continue that now is a good question.
The conventional wisdom is that clubs strengthen their squads during transfer windows, but Newcastle, though total mismanagement and incompetence, managed to weaken their squad.
And finally, we are concerned about manager Alan Pardew, because he’s been let down big time by the Newcastle hierarchy, and we look forward to Alan saying something this morning.
Alan seems a good guy, and he cannot be a happy man today.