Newcastle did not fare well in the January transfer window.
Tranquillo Barnetta – new target to replace Barton?
That was when Newcastle sent Wayne Routledge out on loan early in January, and then had trouble bringing anybody into the club,.
And to cap it all they sold Andy Carroll on the last day of the window, and then sent Xisco out on loan to Deportivo on the very same day, to ensure they had no cover, and of course it was too late to bring in another striker.
The player Newcastle did bring in was Steven Ireland, who was injured at the time, and ended up making only two substitute appearances for the club because of his many injuries, which he seemed to get one after the other.
So January was not a good transfer window for Newcastle.
And it seems this summer will be no better, and that Newcastle will once again weaken their squad and it looks certain that three more top players, captain Kevin Nolan (already gone to West Ham), Jose Enrique (Liverpool) and Joey Barton (Arsenal or Everton?) will be sold.
Aren’t you supposed to strengthen the squad in a transfer window?
Newcastle got £4.5M for Nolan and that paid for Yohan Cabaye to come in from Lille, and it looks like we’ll get anywhere from £5M or £10M for Enrique, and £2M for Wayne Routledge who has joined Swansea City.
Joey Barton will go for nothing, and so Newcastle will be £7M or £12M to the good (they have made money) in the transfer market so far, depending on what amount they receive for Jose Enrique.
The fact that Newcastle told fans they would fully invest the Carroll cash into the club last February makes that statement a nonsense, at least so far this summer.
But there are now exactly four weeks left in the transfer market for Newcastle to sign some good players to replace those who have left.
There was news that Newcastle will try to get Tranquillo Barnetta of Bayer Leverkusen in to replace Barton, and Wayne Bridge seems to be the left back to replace Enrique, who seems to be joining Liverpool this week.
But Newcastle still need another striker and players of high ability to match three of Newcastle’s very best players, who will have left the club come September.
There is still time to strengthen the squad but Newcastle must move quickly and boldly if the Tyneside squad is not to be further weakened for the second transfer season in a row.
We need to see some bold moves in the transfer market and we need to make them soon.