Newcastle Need To Make Bold Moves In Transfer Market

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.

Comments welcome.

85 comments so far

  • eplforecast

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #1


    barton is a twat!

  • NotAGhostToon

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #2

    This article is kind of true, we do have a habbit of removing players and not replacing them at the time, its almost like we want to see how we’d do without them. However in spite of who we sold in January, we still finished respectably and if we hadn’t bottled our last game of the season it would have been very respectably!
    I think what people don’t realise is the plan here is if you invest a lot more heavily in scouting, ala pay someone as good as Carr to go out to all these different places regularly, and watch and re-watch players you’ve got a much stronger chance of bringing back someone who you know can hack it in the premiership. I like that and I like the players we’ve brought in. The youth is looking like its coming to fruition now as well. I’d just like to see a little less unrest and moving more quickly to replace players than we have already seen then i’d be happy.

  • Starnufc

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #3

    yeah i bet barnetta doesnt come here he sounds too good

  • JackButler

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Someone needs to tell Coozy that enough is enough and he needs to let Barnetta out of the hotel rom

  • iTz.SpudZ

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #5

    f you ppl are fast i when 4 a piss and this on here we need to sign PLAYERS sooner rather than later

  • Dannyo

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #6

    If i’m gonna be optimistic, then i’d say this’ll all get us moving in the market again.
    With gaining £2 mill for Routledge and £5-10 mill for Enrique, and get Joey off the wagebill, i think this should free up allot of cash really.
    But this is pure optimism.
    With those three gone, we should get a Striker, RW, and LB, if theres more after that, then it’s a bonus.
    After that we should get a CB, at the least.

  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #7

    How can anyone say our side is weakened when there is still a month left to go. Pardew was told he had to sell to buy well Enrique, Barton and Routledge all for a fee of around 7million. Plus with Joey on about 60k a week and Enrique the same thats 6 million saved for next year. Also its not as though Ashley hasnt tried to bring players in. Erdinc, Gameiro and Gervinho all show that we must have some sort of ambition.

  • thetoonarmybarracks

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #8

    The simple truth is that new signings will be thin on the ground untill ashley finalises the sale if the club. he wants to recoup as much as possible before signing nufc over.

  • ryanteah94

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #9

    So losing our best midfielder of last year Joey Barton
    Selling our top scorer from midfield last year Kevin Nolan
    The best buy of last season Cheik Tiote cant get into the country
    And Our potentially best player Ben Arfa cant play 2 games in a row. and we cant even offer him treatment, has to go to france!
    What the hell is going on?
    We have to be getting replacements in, Barnetta for Barton would be brilliant
    Mbengue in for Enrique, gamble but hopefully works, dont want to see bridge anywhere near our club, Shola will shag his Mrs 😉
    Bassong as cover for the injury prone steven taylor and out of form Mike Williamson .
    And that elusive Striker! Sell perch, get rid of xisco and smith, cant see why he doesnt do the same to them as with barton.

  • ochytoon

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Yh, we were so strapped for cash at the begining of the transfer window we have to sell to buy. There was no bid for Erding/Gervinho as confirmed by their clubs and we only offered half of what was asked for Gamiero. Then they can use the we tried excuse

  • Solaidback

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #11

    So the fact that we’ve already signed Ba, Cabye, Marvueax & Abeid, plus we have HBA, Gosling & Vuckic back from injury & the young lads like Sameobi, Tavenier, Richardson, Fergison & Dummett coming into the 1st team this season makes out side weaker because we lost Nolam, Routy, Jose & now Barton…mmmmmm interesting!!!

  • NotAGhostToon

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #12

    Oh, is that the truth? I mean i’d have thought it was just guessing but, you do have hard facts on this yeah?

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #13

    well i think the next statement from derik will be that the money which came from ENRIQUE and wayne will be spent On training ground improvement


    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #14

    4 of our best players will be gone and people call this moving forward

    I would like someone to explain to me where the 29 goals which were scored by Carroll,Nolan & Barton are coming from?

    We had a very thin squad last year and have not strengthened it.I am sure some on here will trawl out the same rubbish that theres still 4 weeks of the transfer window left and we are well covered with our youngsters coming through.Well we have lost the spine of our team and its going to be a long hard season.

  • dak76

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #15

    Anyone believing ashley will spend money on players believes pigs can fly…

    Asset stripping is the name of the game this summer, that 35mil is going straight into the books and not the squad. the youngsters will be brought into the 1st team for numbers in the hope that they come good to be sold on for big profits.
    lets face facts, ashely is a business man, not a footballing man, profit is his game.

  • toonarmy1986

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #16

    Pointless article! It is clear to see we won’t be bringing in any new players. If we’re lucky we might get an average player on loan but even that seems unlightly. Once again Ashley will gamble with the bare minimum to just about get by for next season, meaning more tv money come May etc presuming we survive lining his pockets further.

  • NotAGhostToon

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #17

    It will come from a more fluid game providing more chances for the strikers. Ba will score plenty, best will score several and then the others will pick them up as we go. I think our midfield will grab a few each and given we now take set pieces well and collocini and taylor are both good at getting their heads on it as well as williamson or whoever else fancies it. Also the new striker i prayyy we sign.

  • Dismayed_Irish_Magpie

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #18

    First time poster, so go easy on me for a few posts at least!

    I asked my German friend about Barnetta and he said that he is not blown away by him. He said the guy is average to good but nothing special. He only scores about 4 goals a season and doesnt have too much pace.
    Also Bayer may be reluctant to sell as they already sold one of thier best midfileders already in pre season and dont have fat mike as their owner.
    That said I hope we sign him.

  • Brettoon

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #19

    So depressed!

    I reckon we’ll get one more in and that’s all. To be honest we’re lucky if we get that

  • seadoo

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #20

    Just seen on Kop Talk we are selling Luis Enrique to Liverpool ! 🙂


    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #21

    I remember Ardiles putting too many youngsters in the team before they were ready and we were on course for relegation until KK saved our bacon

  • shearerno9

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #22

    Personally im sick of trying to argue the case for the club, that a younger better player in cabaye and were better off than we were with nolan… enrique doesnt want to be here so a hungry young player is also a better option, and then Carroll, well if he wasnt happy being the geordie number 9 in his home town and wanted 80k a week for the pleasure, goodbye to you too sunshine.

    But the simple fact is the only player that has any experience in the prem that we have signed of late is young gosling, and he doesnt have all that much. What happens to cabaye/ben arfa/marveaux on a cold away day at the likes of stoke/wolves?? nobody knows yet. Its the games like them that are important, not home or away to any of the big teams.

    Im so close to just simply not caring what happens any more – for me the fun is nearly all gone from even talking football anymore, from looking forward to the team playing and trying to figure out who we end up getting in the windows. It has taken alot away from the sport for me…. The club cant be honest at any given time, is it Pardews fault?? no, he says something then the lads upstairs turn the knife again, its almost as if they enjoy building a slight bit of hope and ripping it away again.

    Thank you kindly Mike and Derek.

  • Aye Aye How

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #23

    There is still 28 days left in this window!!
    We have excellent youth coming threw and Vuckic, ferguson and Sammy all deserve a place on th bench next season for me like…
    We still have Ben Arfta to come back ( Praying he stays Injury Free )
    And i honestly believe will wont spend any of that 35 mill from Carroll, BUT will reinvest the Routladge + Enrique Funds!!….So be patience everyone…it will happen, just unfortunately not how we want it to

  • Malaysian Toon

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #24

    Routledge – $2M
    Barton – Free
    Enrique – $7M

    Insua – part exchange from Enrique deal
    Dos Santos – $4M
    Barnetta – $5M

    I hope….

  • Dismayed_Irish_Magpie

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #25

    This is all getting very depressing!

  • Magforlife

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #26

    You cant write this script !
    2 weeks to go and we are again in turmoil, That fat Bas***d must really hate us.
    Who would sign for us at the moment, ask yourself would you join a company in free fall and risk getting made redundant if you where in a safe job ?


    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #27

    i wonder how long a contract Barton gets when he moves?

    To give a player of Bartons class/experience away for nothing is surely the stupidest thing thats been done in football


    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #28

    How is Barton a twat?
    He speaks the truth imo.. What a man, hope he goes to Arsenal and scores opener be fantastic!

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #29

    KK’s words are eerily coming true now. There seems to be an exact echo of what he said ” a few will go” big names, and he will sell the club.
    Hoping that he does sell this part would be great!! But the fact is we DID NOT bid for Erdinc, the club has said so!! We haven’t bidded for anyone!! bar a 1m defender from Swansea that we couldn’t even sign!!

    I’m frankly sickened that Enrique is going to Liverpool, we may as well just give them our best players. Remember when we beat them 3-1, the performance we put in, heart, guts,? well now we wont have 4 of the main stars in that display.

    I honestly wonder what the f Cabeye is thinking!!Europe/new signings hahah you have well and truly been done sunshine.

  • ochytoon

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #30

    Why would you want him to score against us, clearly not a true fan

  • geoff777

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #31

    lol … love the optimism

    We’ll be lucky to get a couple of loan signings and they’ll probably be crocks.

    Ashley’s looking to make profits every window … amazing some fans still support him and his regime.

  • Aye Aye How

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #33

    I hope he joins MAn U, perfect replcement for Scholes, and a bargain for Sir Alex, saving 35 mill instead of sneijder!

  • Brettoon

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #34


  • Stuart

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #35

    How come AP usually gives an interview once every two days maybe but since the Joey thing we havent heard a peep from him. Also where’s Tiote? I know the club are hoping hes back before the fiorentina game but it seems like he’s disappeared off the face of the earth?

    Would love a miracle to happen and we blow our whole budget before the window closes on 4 or 5 players but it just isnt going to happen. 1 at the most.


    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #36

    MA had the perfect chance to show he cared for NUFC.He got £30 mill for Carroll and all he had to do was keep the squad of last year together and spend this windfall on 3-4 class players.

    What he has done is show total contempt for NUFC and its loyal fans and how some on here cannot see it is quite amazing really

  • mushy

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #37

    @shearerNo9. Be careful, putting forward a view that contains points both For and Against will get you banned. (Well said).

    Some of the neggers have even decided that August now has only 2 weeks in it.

  • Edd Case

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #38

    On the official site for Liverpool now, Jose to them for £10million

  • OttersPocket

    Aug 3, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #40


    I had this argument yesterday, there is more than one stupid part time fan that wants Barton to score against us, not just score in fact, score the winner.
    Hopefully these are the supporters the boycott games cos we are better off without these mongs going.


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