Newcastle Put Big Spending Clubs To Shame

Newcastle are in joint 5th place in the Premier League this morning on 50 points from 30 games and 14 wins.

Newcastle have found thrifty way to build top side

Chelsea are the side above them in the league table in 5th position, above the Magpies on goal difference,  and Liverpool are the side in 7th spot, 8 points  behind  Newcastle.

But when you compare what Newcastle have spent in the transfer market compared to those other  two clubs, Newcastle’s high position in the league table puts both those clubs to shame.

At least in their dealings in the transfer market.

Kenny Dalglish has spent big money since he took over at Liverpool a short 15 months ago, yet Liverpool have been beaten by bottom three sides in their last two league games and have not looked good.

Yes, to be fair,  they did win the  Carling Cup and are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, so they’ve had some return form the big money they have spent, but they have not performed well in the league this season.

Newcastle have won nothing since the Inter-City Fairs Cup in 1969, and every Newcastle fan is only too keenly aware of that fact.

Liverpool have brought in Stewart Downing (£20M), Charlie Adam (£8M), Jordan Henderson (£16M), Jose Enrique (£6M), Andy Carroll (£35M) and Luis Suarez (£23Mm).

So that’s about £108M  spent since Kenny took over at Liverpool.

Chelsea have spent money in the same period on  Romeu (£5M), Juan Mata (£23M), Romelu Lukaku (£18M), Fernando Torres (£50M), Ramires (£19M) and David Luiz (£21M).

That’s about £136M spent by the London Club.

In the same time frame,  Newcastle have  brought in Ben Arfa (£4M), Yohan Cabaye (£4.5M), Demba Ba (free), Gabby Obertan (£3M), Papiss Cisse (£9M), Sylvain Marveaux (free)  and Davide Santon  (£5M).

That’s a total outlay of around £25.5M for Newcastle.

Newcastle have spent about 24% of what Liverpool have spent,  and about 19% of what Chelsea have spent since January of last year.

But Newcastle also have  a positive cash flow in their transfers over the last 15 months,  when you consider the fees we got for the sales of Carroll (£35M), Enrique (£6M) and Nolan (£4M) leaving the club last year.

The figures used above are only approximate, but they make the point.

And with the new Financial Fair Play Rules being introduced, and football clubs in Europe literally being  forced to balance their books, the new Newcastle way is an astute and thrifty way to build a team, while balancing the books at the same time.

And you don’t have to necessarily shell out millions and millions to build a good team.

Newcastle lost only £3.9M in their last financial year, and as a comparison Chelsea lost £70.9M over the same financial period.

The Magpies should be able to turn a profit this year through June 30th, and how many clubs in the Premier League will be able to say they made a profit this year?

Note to Chelsea and Liverpool – Demba  Ba could be available for £40M in the summer, and he’s scored  more goals than Carroll and Torres combined this season.

And we’re not even going to mention how much Manchester City have spent since August of 2008, but we know it’s north of £800M, but at least they are currently above Newcastle in the league table.

We have to think some clubs will be taking a hard look at what owner Mike Ashley has done at Newcastle over the last couple of years, and it seems a decent blueprint for building a top side, with very little capital outlay in the transfer market.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 26, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #1

    He Will Rise Again

    Lads Beattie is coming back to the blog.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Mar 26, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #2

    Yea he has to come back. The performance of our attacking trio was mercurial.

  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 26, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Hows about this:


  • donegalmag

    Mar 26, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #4

    From Colo in the Gazette:

    It’s disappointing,” Coloccini told the Gazette. “I don’t know how bad it is yet. I have a scan on Tuesday, and I hope it’s not bad. We’ll see.

    “Maybe I will miss the Liverpool game. If it’s a little strain, it’ll be 10 days, but I will give everything to be there on the pitch.

    “Of course, I don’t want to take a risk. Maybe I get a worse injury if I take a risk, and could be out for three or four weeks.

    “We’ll see what happens. I always want to play – we’ll see what the scan says.”

    maybe not a bad as we thought..

  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 26, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #5


    Yeah i read that article too mate, sounds good, but then Pardew did say that he s 100% out if Liverpool so…..Guess we will see

  • donegalmag

    Mar 26, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #6

    This would be my team for Liverscum…

    Simpson Willo Perch Santon
    Cabye Jonas
    Ben arfa
    Cisse Ba

    Reverting to a 442 with benarfa on the left if we are being pegged back….

  • donegalmag

    Mar 26, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #7

    I ment Ben arfa on the right…

  • Rowan Milsted

    Mar 26, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #8

    Losing Colo is a huge hit for us, there’s just no hiding away from it. But at least there are some positives.

    One one of our best assets over recent seasons, including when Hughton was in charge, has been our team spirit and our fighting quality. Even when we haven’t played well this season (spells of the Norwich game, the 2nd half against Wolves, most of the Blackburn game) we’ve still been able to pick up points, with a few exceptions of course. Our grit, steel and determination, and our players’ desire to work for each other on the pitch, had been a huge part of our success this season. Loosing Colo is a massive blow for sure, but we’ll fight even harder without him.

    Perch is another plus. I’m still not going to totally revert my opinion of him yet, but in the last 3 or 4 games he’s been so much better, especially yesterday where he was my 3rd choice man of the match. Never thought I’d say that. To turn his recent performances around after being, to be honest, pretty awful before that, shows that he has strength of character and the ability to improve. If he can keep growing and take this chance to show everyone exactly what he’s capable of then hopefully we won’t suffer too much. It’s a shame he’ll have to drop back in at CB though, which is where he’s looked his weakest, but he is a CB after all and I’m sure Pardew will be drilling him hard in training all week.

    Tiote coming back is exactly what we need after losing Colo. He’ll make a huge difference. It’s a real shame that as Perch has improved in recent weeks Guthrie has been awful the last 2 games. I don’t know if he’s moving on in the summer and he knows it, or if he’s just having a sudden blip in confidence and form, but he just didn’t look interested yesterday and he was non-existent against Norwich. Tiote coming back will really sure things up in the middle.

    Williamson looked slightly better yesterday, which is good, and that sloppy goal we conceded was more Krul’s fault in my opinion. Pards played it down very well so hopefully they won’t dwell on it and he’ll improve again next week. It’ll be a lot harder for him without the skipper to marshal his performance, but that’s what we’ve been all about these last three seasons – spirit, drive and belief!

    The other big positives are Cisse and HBA, who have both been outstanding recently. Ba came close to scoring again but the work he does off the ball and in defence is pivotal. When he’s not scoring he’s still having a massive contribution to the game, so for me those 3 players up top are 3 of the most dangerous in the league on their day.

    We’ll be oozing confidence after 6 points from 2 games; Liverpool will be exactly the opposite. So, like I say I’m gutted about Colo, but there’s a lot to be glad for!


    Mar 26, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #9

    PARDEW SAID DIS – “If we can get
    Coloccini back it will really boost us
    as well.”



  • Rowan Milsted

    Mar 26, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Sorry to re-post, blame Ed ‘the word weaver’ Harrison and his speedy fingers!

  • donegalmag

    Mar 26, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #11


    I think perch will do ok anyway..seems to be alot more confident on the ball and in the tackle…

    With Tiote in front of the defence and Liverpool having to use 3 players to mark Ben arfa I think by Sunday evenin we will be 11 points clear of them….Never thought I would say those words…The rest of my faimily are liverpool fans so it makes it even sweeter..

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #12

    That headline NUFC will be buoyed by the return of Tiote and Raylor v Liverpool. If raylor had been fit, would benny have started yesterday?

  • He Will Rise Again

    Mar 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #13

    Like a leaping salmon he will rise, like a bankers bonus payout he will rise, like James Perch defending a corner he will rise.

    Judgement day cometh, come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant.

    Do you believe?

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #14

    Colo – Sus ….Beattie, the bloke who slags off Pardew all the time?

  • obatoyou

    Mar 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #15

    hehe Ben Arfa 4M and Ba free,
    Don’t rate Ba meself too much
    I reckon anyone playing up front for Newcastle will always have a decent number of chances and score plenty, as we always field a great midfield, players like Gutierrez, Ben Arfa, I forgot who played last season, Nolan Barton, who was on the other wing. thats why carroll scored heaps and cisse will score heaps, ameobi is shot in confidence and will never be them tho. any half decent forward will score many goals for newcastle. nothing against Ba, he is awesome, but just no messi

  • geordiejamie89

    Mar 26, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #16

    My team against Liverpool on Sunday.

    ———Ben Arfa—–Cisse——-BA————

    Subs:Elliot—R Taylor—Guthrie—Obertan—Shola—Vuckic—Fergie.

  • toonincheek

    Mar 26, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #17

    I wonder how motivated the ‘Pool will be.

    There’s always pride, of course, and maybe that means the pressure could be off them.

    All this because they have already made it to the Europas and have no chance of the CL.

  • Thump

    Mar 26, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #18

    Me and my mate worked it out yesterday, Liverpool have spent around £119m for their current squad using ESPN’s figures. Quite disturbing really.


    Mar 26, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #19

    obatoyou – you dont rate ba? what the fcuk u on about u clown

  • RonVanDam

    Mar 27, 2012 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #20

    He Will Rise Again you are a Chris Jericho wannabe with your cryptic messages


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