It will not have gone unnoticed that Newcatsle have brought in three good players and let one good player go – but the net transfer outlay so far this summer is zero.
Alan Pardew – £35M will be reinvested
Newcastle brought in Demba Ba and Sylvain Margeaux on free transfers, and paid around £4.5M for Yohan Cabaye, but that was offset by the £4.5M Newcastle got from West Ham for their former captain,Kevin Nolan.
Newcatsle got £35M for Andy Carroll and fans have been told that money will be reinvested into the club in terms of transfers into the club, as well as stuff like underground heating at the Benton training facility.
One distinction is that the money will also be used to pay the wages of players coming in, but we would also have hoped they would have been used towards the transfer fees, to bring in some good players.
Of course it is very very early in the market still, and most transfer activity takes place in August and late August at that.
But we’d like to see at least a couple of good players brought in for sizable transfer fees, since that’s what we think fans were promised, at least by by Alan Pardew, after Andy Carroll was sold.
But it’s also looking like with some unexpected departures – like Kevin Nolan and maybe Joey Barton, and Jose Enrique could still leave for pastures anew – it would appear the net transfer money this summer, will not be too much on the positive side, if it’s positive at all.
When you say the money will be used for wages, that could take up a large proportion of Andy’s £35M.
For instance if Cabaye is getting £30K/week over five years, there’s around £7.5M wages for him over the length of the contract, and £30K/week is a low estimate for what the Frenchman is getting.
Four players like that and the wages paid to those four players will be getting close to that £35M.
So what did Alan Pardew really mean that the £35M will be reinvested.
At this point, that would be a good question.