Newcastle fans fans liked the big signings we made under Freddy Shepherd, although very few of them turned out to be any good.
Freddy Shepherd – made some bih money signings but few were good ones
Mike Ashley has set a strategy in place which concentrates more on youth, and looks to make some very good bargains in the transfer market, and Mike will probably never pay more than around £7M for any player.
But in truth, based on the last 18 months to 24 months Newcastle have brought in some great players like Mike Williamson, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Ben Arfa, Davide Santon and Sylvain Marveaux, to name only a few.
The fans would like Mike Ashley to spend more money, that’s also true, but we have done quite well since last season with our new acquisitions, that fans may even be warming to Mike, well maybe just a little bit. 😀
The bottom line is that Newcastle fans want to see a very good team again, that’s back playing in Europe and challenging in the top six, but it’s not too clear, at least to us, what Mike Ashley wants for Newcastle.
Newcastle have a first class scouting network, with Graham Carr as the Chief Scout, and we’ve made some bargain buys of late, and some bargain sales as well – like Andy Carroll to Liverpool for £35M in cool cash.
Newcastle will concentrate on checking out free agents (like Demba Ba, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux and Mehdi Abeid) and getting some very good deals in the transfer market, and also continuing to bring in top youngsters to the club.
And so far it seems to be working quite well.
We’ve spent almost nothing of the £35M in cash we received for Andy Carroll, and that’s both good and bad, depending on how you look at it.
The summer transfer market for Newcastle was one of the best for a very long time, when we managed to acquire Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, David Santone and Mehdi Abeid for around £13M – and that’s good business in anybody’s book.
When you consider we received around £12M for Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Wayne Routledge, then the club spent very little net transfer money last summer, but we still have a much better side than last season – so go figure.
The proof of the pudding is in how good the new signings are, and based on that criteria Newcastle did very well indeed last summer in the transfer market.
There was news this morning that Newcastle officials have been in Paris negotiating with various agents, and they were said to be interested in four or five players.
So we have to hope we’ll have just as successful a transfer window this coming summer, with perhaps a couple of very good players – a center-back and a striker – arriving in January.
If the club can do that then we may be challenging seriously for a top six position next season, or even this season for the matter.
Howay The Lads!!
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