Alan Shearer doesn’t see Newcastle owner Mike Ashley changing his frugal ways at Newcastle anytime soon.
Alan Shearer – that’s how Ashley operates
The net spending at the club over the summer was a big net zero, with these permanent ins and outs at the club:
Sol Campbell – released
Shefki Kuqi – released
Kevin Nolan – £4.5M – West Ham
Wayne Routledge – £2M – Swansea
Jose Enrique – £5.5M – Liverpool
Joey Barton – free agent – QPR
Yohan Cabaye – £4.5M – Lille
Demba Ba – free agent – West Ham
Sylvain Marveaux – free agent – Rennes
Mehdi Abeid – free agent – Lens
Gabriel Obertan – £3M – Man United
Davide Santon – £5M – Inter Milan
Rob Elliot – £300K – Charlton
So if those figures are accurate Newcastle spent around £300K this summer, so it was really a wash, since those figures are best estimates.
This is what Alan Shearer had to say to the Daily Telegraph on Friday evening about the summer spending at Newcastle:
“When you look at it and what’s going on and how they’re operating the club now, that’s the way they do things,”
“It will be extremely tough for them to get back into the top six or seven because of the finances. When you compare Newcastle to other clubs I think Newcastle will be all right.”
“But there’s nothing between seventh and bottom, only millimeters. The difference is maybe getting a goalscorer who is going to score 22-23 goals a season.”
“They want to establish themselves in the Premier League without spending ridiculous money.” “I can understand Alan Pardew’s frustration.”
“People were maybe looking for a marquee signing because of Andy Carroll leaving, but in fairness they’ve started the season well.”
There were no apologies either from Derek Llambias in his statement of Friday to Newcastle fans.
Derek basically said Newcastle will not make any panic buys, and pointed out the club had brought in some good players over the summer.
We think Alan Pardew may think he’s joined a very poor club in December, and a thrifty one for sure.
The Tyneside club have made £35M in transfer profits this year, and have failed to replace the player they got that money for – Andy Carroll.
It really seems quite plain now that Ashley is more concerned at balancing the books at Newcastle, than in creating a good team, and that’s why Jose Enrique and Joey Barton have left Newcastle in the last few weeks.
That seems to be the simple truth.