Disappointing If Newcastle Transfer Business Is Over


From what Alan Pardew has said today, it doesn’t look like there will be any new signings before the transfer window slams shut at 11:00 pm on Friday night, and that’s a little disappointing.

Gael Bigirimana – could become great player at Newcastle

Newcastle kept around 15 clean sheets in the league last season, so on that stat there’s nothing wrong with our defense, but we also were hammered 5-0 at Spurs and 4-0 at Wigan, and at times it seems the Newcastle team doesn’t turn up.

We would have liked to have seen a couple of defenders brought in, to increase the competition at the back, but we seem to be very well placed for midfield players, so there’s no problem there – and we have brought in Bigirimana, Amalfitano, Good and Anita – four excellent young players.

But we are short of strikers, and we hope Newcastle can get in another striker before Saturday, but if you listen to Alan Pardew  today, he doesn’t seem too hopeful:

“We’re watching the market.” “We know the one’s we’re watching. If there’s any movement on them, we may trigger ourselves.” “But the targets we have seem secure at their clubs.”

And sicne there have been reports that Newcastle are still hoping to bring Andy Carroll back to Newcastle, he was asked is it was still a possiblity:

“Not as far as I’m aware.”

So that doesn’t sound very positive.

However, don’t get me wrong, Newcastle can still do very well and we have to hope that youngsters like Sammy Ameobi, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Gael Bigirimana, Curtis Good, Haris Vuckic, Adam Campbell and Mehdi Abeid can come through and press for a first team place.

It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that at least three of those youngsters could do that in the coming season, and then we’ll be in good shape.

It was a chance to strengthen the side with some new players in the summer, but if we don’t get anybody in, it’s not the end of the world.

Newcastle can still do very well this season – no doubt about that.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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659 comments so far

  • colwell

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #1

    AP comments on being offered loads of players but we scout our own.

    He added after we identify our targets we make offers far,far less then there actual value, this shows that we have tried but don’t want to spend any actual money.

    We are looking forward to a great season and being the only team in the premiership to not have improved our current starting 11.

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  • colwell

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Hasn’t Remy been transfer listed? Shoes we weren’t after him then.

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  • bollance

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #3

    Has anyone seen the 3rd kit picture on nufc.co.uk

    http://mobile.nufc.co.uk/default.aspx?s=news-display&aid=2903328

    Santon and raylor have over done the make-up. Looks like they are about to hit the bigg market.

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  • Kyo

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Worst summer window ever?

    We had a real chance of strengthening the squad to push for top 4. 🙁

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  • Therapyman

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Why do we always end up in this position!!?

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  • bollance

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #6

    Clubs would be daft to sell their best player for the price we want to pay so it is easiest to pick up frees or players with release clauses. That is the way it is. Not complaining as it one of the only ways we can build a good squad capable of competing with big boys while balancing the books

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Kyo, worst summer window ever?? Remember xisco, nacho gonzales?? Keegan quitting, resulting in relegation. Takes it hands down imho.

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  • bollance

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Relax. We are keeping the power dry for January

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  • ajcrawfs

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #9

    calm down people! i remember when fans were outraged only last January and the summer before this!

    Have a little optimism!

    also people are so short termist! We shouldn’t just pay whatever to whoever just to appease the fans! what would that prove? I think we have had a really good window as we haven’t lost any of our big names! and we have added youth to our growing reserves!

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  • ajcrawfs

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #10

    anyone notice kieron dyer played for QPR the other night?

    wonder how long it is before he gets injured!

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  • alex84

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #11

    He is bluffing, I mean he has to be.

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  • rainrix

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #12

    All well and good keeping 15 clean sheets but ending up with a GD of 5? Consistency is the key tbh.

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  • toonLYF

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #13

    Zero – okay, going by what you’ve just said, Man City dropped points against Sunderland last season, when it should’ve been a routine 6 points, does that mean they had a rough season?

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  • Zero

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Kyo far from being the worst window ever, and pushing for the top 4…erm that went out the window when Chelsea spent +80 million.

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  • SupaToonKid

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #15

    We’ve brought in 4 top quality players this summer but still we are 2-3 short (FB, CB & FW). It has been in part a good window but still very underwhelming. People who say we haven’t improved as a squad are mistaken but we haven’t strengthened enough. I pray for atleast 1 signing but it’s unfortunately unlikely.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #16

    Ah, we’ve got an owner who’s intent on spurring us on to the achingly boring echelons of mediocrity, it’s all becoming apparent now.

    Stand still you go backwards – 7th at absolute best this season, which will set eyes of our better players, prying towards pastures new.

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  • Zero

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #17

    toonLYF you carnt expect to get results at every match, and yes City did have a rough season considering the amount of money they have in their squad, to win the league by goal difference after having a 12 point gap then falling behind i think fits the definition of rough season.

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  • toonLYF

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #18

    basically, i just think it was a stupid and un-thought-through thing to say, claiming our season would be a failure if we lost Tiote or Cabaye, what about the other 5-6 first rate players we have?

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  • Tyneside

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #19

    If we don’t buy anyone else it’s a right bloody joke, and all you twats who always call people neggers can f off

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  • Les Grossman

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Oh well.
    Lets hope for a top 8 finish.
    I am disappointed having backed the Managment to back Pards this window and it doesnt seem they have!! I recall beginning of window that Pardew wante 2-3 players that could take us to the next level. IMO we dont have any new players who can curreently take us to the next level. Even Anita would have been last on Priority list judging by the performances of Bigi pre -season. I honeslty think they baought Anita because they thought Tiotie was off and they would have used the money to Sign Pards 2-3 players. But it seems to have backfired somewhat.

    Oh well.
    Lets just hope that the lack of signings does not affect the teams confidence and morale eh?

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  • bills-son

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Did LPool improve their team by buying Carroll, Henderson, Downing and Adam for £80M? If signing players meant constantly improving the team NUFC would have won a cabinet full of trophies in the last 20 years – as we all know we’ve won nowt. Fans who believe spending = certain improvement are either ignoring history or just jumping back on the Ashley bashwagon.

    Fact is we have definitely improved our squad in the past two years and we’ve done it by sticking to a plan that works. The days when Shepherd spent money for the sake of it and saddled us with debt wont occur under Ashley. Strange how solano reappears with his doom and gloom about signings but fails to acknowledge that ambition is also shown by not selling most of our top players as he predicted.

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #22

    According to twitter, Yacine Brahimi is on his way to Villa.

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  • Zero

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #23

    toonlyf i didnt claim that i claimed itd be a rough season not thatd we get relegated, seriously you were the one who spouted nonesense about our squad being fine without toite and cabaye lol

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  • toonLYF

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #24

    now you’re just contradicting yourself, you summed up a rough season as dropping points against teams you shouldn’t and taking some heavy defeats…now you’re saying you can’t expect to get results every match? (which is true, everybody loses against teams they maybe shouldn’t, however it doesn’t make the season a failure)

    i’m not having a go, just think things through more thoroughly before commenting

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  • Kyo

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #25

    I was joking. Of course we’ve had worse!

    Though it hasn’t been the best. Nowhere near.

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  • SupaToonKid

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #26

    Lads we can still get top 4 this year. It’ll be difficult but can be done. The Manchesters & Chelsea are ahead but can be beaten & we’re on a par with Spurs, Arsenal & Everton (maybe Liverfool as well but I like to see them struggle). This is even if we don’t sign anybody but if we do sign CB, FB & FW I think we’ll get top 4 easy (well easier than without)!

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  • Zero

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #27

    @22 thats be an awesome signing for them if the price is right.

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  • ajcrawfs

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #28

    no i think he bought anita to partner tiote and cabaye is allowed to push further forward!

    you watch guti will go to left back and santon to rb and we will have 4-2-3-1 with anita, tiote, cabaye, marv/ba, arfa and cisse

    I think that is decent!! with the backup we have i really do think top 5 is still on the cards if we don’t sign anyone else

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  • colwell

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #29

    @ajcrawfs

    Its not of case of us paying stupid money out, if we bid 5m for a player they value at 7m why should they sell?

    How pi#sed off we would all be if Arsenal bid 8m for Tiote? Its fine for us to under value other teams players but want a premium for ours.

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  • toonLYF

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #30

    our squad WOULD be fine without Tiote/Cabaye, we wouldn’t get relegated, and we would probably finish top half fairly comfortably.

    i love our two central midfielders, but they weren’t responsible entirely for our good season last season.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #31

    Tynside, wtf is that about? Did you feel the need to just come on and be a keyboard warrior, and make an inflamitory comment to anyone who would call you a neggar? (which you clearly are, quite frankly). Pointless, totally pointless! We’ve managed on less resorces before, and done well.

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  • Les Grossman

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #32

    Bills-Son
    So are you saying our squad is strong enough and that the FACT that our Manager said he wanted 2-3 big players to push the squad to the next level is wrong?

    If so, I suggest you get your CV into MA and try and get the job bonny lad, as you can obviously do it better than the Manager of Year is doing!

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  • Spreadthetoon

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #33

    toonlyf
    Cabaye is our play maker in midfield and Tiote the best defensive midfielder in the premier league. Wenger was furious when Newcastle landed Cabaye…that’s how good a player he is. So if we did loose our most influential players it would not bode well.
    Like I posted last thread, I cannot think of any other team that states that any of their players are up for sale! The only case where that would happen is in the case of Europe where clubs are in financial difficulty. Our team thanks to MA is on a good foot hold. That said “Its not a shut down sale, where you say everything must go!”

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #34

    Tyneside- well said! How can people not grow impatient with such a lack of transfer activity! 🙁

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  • Zero

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #35

    Ok toonLYF im going to bite, heres what i posted earlier:
    Im just waiting now for the typical ridiculous bid on the last day of the transfer window with no hope of it going through and the good ole comment ”We tried but we just couldnt get it over the line”
    If we lose Toite or Cabaye this season with no significant signings to come we are in for a rough season.
    Oh well roll on January for more of the same.

    which implies if lost them we dont have significant cover/replacements leaving us exposed.

    Some how i dont think that needs ‘thinking through’

    where as your comment in reply about our squad with losing BOTH Tiote and Cabaye still being better than Stoke WBA and Fulham, well words are lost from me to describe whats wrong with that.

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  • Les Grossman

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #36

    Toon LYF
    anothe rwho thinks he can do a better job than Manager of the year!!

    AP at talk in – Central Midfield is where games are won!

    Oh dear ToonLYF
    You are talking crap when you say we would be aright without Cabaye and Tiotie.
    Stick to netball

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  • ajcrawfs

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #37

    @29

    Ah but your forgetting Graham Carr has scouted these players and if he for instance thinks the max you should pay for a player is 5 million and no more then why should we pay extra? do you doubt that our scouts will have put serious consideration into how much these players are worth? This is exactly the reason clubs nowadays are paying 20 million plus for mediocre players i.e. downing

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #38

    LYF- well without Tiote playing, how much games did we lose, and how much did we concede in the process!

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  • colwell

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #39

    Arsenal,Spurs,Liverpool have all improved, Chelsea and the Mancs have moved miles ahead.

    Everton also look great this season, with European football Top7 would be a decent finish.

    A serious lack of ambition on MA’s part if he doesn’t want to push us further on.

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Aug 29, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #40

    I think it is enough.

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