Are You Satisfied With Transfers? Is Magpies Squad Stronger?


Now that the transfer window is over it seems a decent time to put a couple of polls out and ask first of all – are you satisfied with the transfer business that Newcastle have conducted this summer?

Gael Bigirimana – one of the players brought in over the summer

And then an almost follow on question is whether you think the Newcastle sqaud is stronger than it was at this time last year.

Here is the list of the players who left and came in over the summer months.

PlayerClubFeeStatus
Romain AmalfitanoReimsFreeIn
Alan SmithMK DonsFreeOut
Peter LovenkrandsBirminghamFreeOut
Danny GuthrieReadingFreeOut
Ryan DonaldsonGatesheadFreeOut
Tamas KadarRoda JCFreeOut
Leon BestBlackburn Rovers£3MOut
Fraser ForsterCeltic£2MOut
Gael BigirimanaCoventry City£1MIn
Curtis GoodMelbourne Heart£0.4MIn
Vurnon AnitaAjax£6.6MIn

Think about both these questions, and then let us know what you think.

Are You Satisfied With Summer Transfer Business?

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Do Newcastle Have A Stronger Squad Than Last Year At This Time?

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59 comments so far

  • toon smart

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Using transfermarkt data, it is interesting show the spend (+ or -) of each club:

    Manchester City -35.112.000 £
    Manchester United -47.163.600 £
    Arsenal FC +13.244.000 £
    Tottenham Hotspur +1.742.400 £
    Newcastle United -3.489.200 £
    Chelsea FC -86.460.000 £
    Everton FC +748.000 £
    Liverpool FC -28.292.000 £
    Fulham FC +17.318.400 £
    West Bromwich Albion -2.200.000 £
    Swansea City +5.693.600 £
    Norwich City -9.213.600 £
    Sunderland AFC -13.728.000 £
    Stoke City -10.419.200 £
    Wigan Athletic -30.800 £
    Aston Villa -19.562.400 £
    Queens Park Rangers -16.794.800 £
    Reading FC -5.192.000 £
    Southampton FC -33.176.000 £
    West Ham United -16.539.600 £

    It will be interesting to see how well the clubs do especially the ones that have spent the most.

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  • tarie4

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #2

    repost

    catchy in norway //

    Dmt knw if U have noticed (or maybe U can’t count ) we did sign 4 players haha..

    And oberton was brilliant on Thursday… He took on their fullbacks and they had to put 3 players on him!!

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  • NUFCIndonesia

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Not satisfied

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  • davybtoon

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #4

    We’re stronger not in term of numbers but we are stronger got rid of dead wood n brought in better players u can’t deny it

    Pardew didn’t lie we signed 4 players like he said we would

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  • ppb

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #5

    yes and yes.
    marveaux > loverman (not really new)
    bigi> smith
    anita > guthrie
    amalfitano extra.
    Campbell – best (we’ll see)

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  • tarie4

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #6

    We obviously have a stronger squad than last season. Cabaye and the others have a years experience in the pl. And if U look at the team and bench against spurs and compare it to the one that started against arsenal last season, it absolutely beggers belief when someone says our squad is now weaker. I do not understand that reasoning at all. Could someone who thinks we are weaker elaborate for me please.

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  • ppb

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #7

    and we’ll see about good too

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  • Beardsleys Love Child

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #8

    what a complete and utter waste of an opportunity…we have money…we need cover as we are playing in four competitions and are 3 or 4 injuries away from disaster. short up front and defence….what kind of ambition does this show to tiote..cabaye etc. you wabt to keep hold of them long term? no fu#cking way.outspent by the southamptons and swanseas of this world…thin squad…replacing experience with kids…who im sure will come good in three years..but this is the premier league results mean everything TODAY….im sick at the total lack of ambition abd penny pinching ways..sick

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #9

    I am happy that we kept all our players,although now I’m wishing we’d kept hold of Best,but I think that keeping Cabaye or Tiote effectively cost us strengthening in the places we needed most as imo Mashley was never going to spend unless money came in,we probably wouldn’t have seen Anita if Forster and Best had of stayed,somebody said our targets clubs messed us about,so in eight months we only identified four possible targets,we’ve been duped lied to again,as Danyo said I hope the players arent as gutted as the majority of people on here seem to be.

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  • stephen30

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #10

    You could look at it this way did the players that left have any chance of playing , no. Do the players that have come in and the younger lads coming through look like they could be good players , yes

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  • deeeeeeano

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #11

    It’s the depth issue that I’m sure is pee’ing everyone off, myself included. Pardew stated how we needed defensive cover and never brought anyone in. Unless they gave seen more in good than we believe but if that was the case why hasn’t he made an appearance or been on the bench yet?

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  • Slank

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #12

    For a comparison and putting things into perspective, take our nearest rivals Spurs as an example.

    They lost arguably their best two players in VDV and Modric and we kept all ours. So whilst it may appear that they have done great business all they have done is replace those they have lost and it may take time for the new players to bed in.

    How about ManCity. They have added to their squad, as they can afford it as they have a bottomless pit of money, but how many of their new players will play regularly.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if we add to our squad in the winter transfer window.

    I’m quite happy with the clubs business as we have some fantastic and much sought after players in Tiote, Cabaye, Ba, Cisse, Krul and Colo.

    I have been impressed with Anita, Bigi (and only 18 years of age!) and Amalfitano. The only player I was sad to see go was Guthrie but he would never have replaced Tiote or Cabaye.

    Score 7 out of 10

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  • calvinzolamakongo

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #13

    Basically the same as last summer window cabaye 5mil Anita 6 santon 5 good 400k marveux free amalfitano free bigi 1mil ober 3mil all we brought extra last year was Demba so don’t see y ppl are moaning we will make are big signing in jan probaly and international defender ie.m’bwia

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  • tarie4

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #14

    Also, have been reading last nights comments and please please someone tell me!!! How is arsenal a stronger side than last season?? The lost vpersie and song,?? Carzola is good yes.. But poldoski?? He only scores for Germany. The French guy?? Remember chamaki tearing the French league before arsenal bought him.

    Spurs?? They lost 2 worldclass players!!! If modric played against us. We would have lost. Spurs had no creativity on that day. Vdv scored 24 goals and 16 assists in 2 years. And they replaced him with sigderson, (who I believe was good at Swansea cuz they built the team around him) dembele is good yes, but can U compare him to vdv and modric?? Spurs are in noway stronger than last season. If anyone saw the westbrom spurs game. Vertigen was caught out for pace and strengh by lukaku. ( thats the reason avb v us played gallas. BA and Cisse would have had a field day.
    I will not mention adebayo as he was at spurs last season.

    Liverpool have weakened
    Everton pretty much have the same team as last year. So how have the strengthened again?? They just have had a great start to the season.

    I believe pple are just moaning for the sake of it.

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  • deeeeeeano

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #15

    I put no and yes, If we brought in a good defender I would have put yes and yes, but we needed a fullback or centre half or both atleast and everyone in the world can see that. Our youngsters are starting ti look the part just a pity the likes of sammy, Vukic and fergie seem ti spend too much time on the treatment table

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  • hoppernufc

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #16

    I just don’t get it, where’s our 8goal centre back? Why didn’t we sell Simpson who has a year remaining and recoup some money for him now well have to let him go for peanuts in jan? Why Did we not buy a striker which we are desperate for but we bought Anita who we didnt really need?

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  • hoppernufc

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #17

    I just don’t get it, where’s our 8goal centre back? Why didn’t we sell Simpson who has a year remaining and recoup some money for him now well have to let him go for next to nothing in jan? Why Did we not buy a striker which we are desperate for but we bought Anita who we didnt really need?

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  • hoppernufc

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #18

    I just don’t get it, where’s our 8goal centre back? Why didn’t we sell Simpson who has a year remaining and recoup some money for him now well have to let him go for next to nothing in jan? Why Did we not buy a striker which we really needed but we bought Anita who we didnt really need?

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  • hotdog

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #19

    Tarie4 – totally agree that we are stronger now than last season but to keep us in the top six I would have liked to have seen a top rb and cb. Remember parts saying it was hard to attract players because we could not offer European football? Well we can and we didn’t!

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  • hoppernufc

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #20

    I just don’t get it, where’s our 8goal centre back? Why didn’t we sell Simpson who has a year remaining and get some money for him now well have to let him go for next to nothing in jan? Why Did we not buy a striker which we really needed but we bought Anita who we didnt really need?

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  • sirtoongospel

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #21

    I am pleased we kept our stars, but can see why people are disillusioned. £3m ish spend is not enough considering our achievements last season. Pards deserved more I think. And so did we. I followed our boys all over the country with thousands more, and would like to think we helped them in a small way. Last season we thought we lacked depth. Norwich away highlighted our need for a centre back. We went for mariappa as we needed cover desperately. Again we haven’t brought in a first team CB or FB. Midfield looks fine to me, but up front we are woefully short. I think that if we had brought in 3 cheap players, for cover, but players who could slot in when needed, we would have all been very happy. I just worry that too much faith will be put in the youngsters for European games when they aren’t streetwise enough yet. All in all we are stronger I suppose, but we could have taken a mighty leap forward. Missed opportunity? Let’s see in may. Bit frustrating when championship teams spend 3 times as much as us though!

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  • hoppernufc

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #22

    I just don’t get it, where’s our 8goal centre back? Why didn’t we sell Simpson who has a year remaining and get some cash for him now well have to let him go for next to nothing in January? Why Did we not buy a striker which we really needed but we bought Anita who we didnt really need?

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  • rainrix

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #23

    Im disappointed to be honest we needed defensive strengthening. Once it became clear around august we werent getting our main targets we should of moved on to new ones but no we dalied and dalied and we brought no one in

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  • hoppernufc

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #24

    I just don’t get it, where’s our 8 goal centre back? Why didn’t we sell Simmo who has a year left on his contract and get some cash for him now well have to let him go for next to nothing in January? Why Did we not buy a striker which we really needed but we bought Anita who we didnt really need?

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  • Rossy G

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #25

    Very very poor window…..I’m not interested in those saying stop being negative we didn’t lose any big players are very naive for our lack of ambition will almost make January a certainty to lose at least one. Here are the problems:
    – we have the extra money last yr from our finish in league, extra Televised games, qualification for Europe, as well as the sponsorship deals.
    – This summer the likes of Everton, Liverpool, and Chelsea had to do something in the market to step up which they all have …leaving us behind.
    – European football means more games and therefore the need for more players, needless to say the fact we made Europa was a big opportunity to interest some higher standard players.
    – we had a huge chance to consolidat as a 5th th 7th team but Everton have made some great signings and could now edge us out.

    Predicted outcome….out of Europe at group stage due to injuries, and mid table finish, we will ten lose the likes of Cabaye and Tiote and probably receive about 20% of the fees to rebuild. Ashley has made a huge error hear, huge!

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #26

    Strong yes. Stronger than last year, seemingly so. Strong enough??????????????????????

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  • hoppernufc

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #27

    I just don’t get it, where’s our 8 goal centre back? Why didn’t we get rid of Simmo who has a year left on his contract and get some cash for him now well have to let him go for next to nothing in January? Why Did we not buy a striker which we really needed but we bought Anita who we didnt really need?

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  • hoppernufc

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #28

    I just don’t get it, where’s our 8 goal centre back? Why didn’t we get rid of Simmo who has a year left on his contract and get some cash for him now well have to let him go for next to nothing in January? Why Did we not buy a cf which we really needed but we bought vurnon anita who we didnt really need?

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  • Spuggy

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #29

    Hard to understand why we didn’t even bring in a striker for cover or a loan deal. Ba and Cisse play for the same international team! If the beat Ivory Coast we will lose them both for a number of weeks, ok we hold on to tiote but we only have Ameobi up front who is injury prone.

    However, we have shown a lot of patience in transfers in the past and have proven that when the deal is right (and if you’r patient they do come along), we will strike. With the Raylor injury we look very thin for cover, although with Marv being fit we can deploy Jonas at FB and of course Anita can cover too. Perch is first choice cover, I’m not sure Tav is ready for PL.

    We were in for some big names really and at that level it’s hard to pull them away from teams playing in the CL, that’s the top and bottom of it. At least out reserves will get their chance through the cup and Europe. We should emerge come the end of this season with a much stronger more experienced squad.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #30

    Hopper,
    Refresh your screen and read the comments you dingbat.

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  • tarie4

    Sep 1, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #31

    I also read the argument that we were lucky this season as arsenal where shit, spurs lost the plot and Chelsea were rubbish?? Lads, look the the past few seasons league standings and it will show U that a team that got 70 points where normal guranteed champions league footie. A team that got between 62-68 got 5th or sixth.

    Have a look urself lads.. It was no fluke. Spurs had by their previous standards a normal season in the points the had at the end of the season, so to arsenal. They got their normal points tally as the previous few seasons. I dnt get that argument too.

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  • stevetoon85

    Sep 1, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #32

    If a few months back NUFC fans were told come the 1st September we had not sold ANY of our big names, signed 3/4 new players, of which one is a Dutch International midfielder for just £6.2m….everyone would have been happy!!!!!!

    Of course our squad is stroner than last season FFS!!!!!

    S.Taylor is back, Marveaux is back. We have both the Demba’s from the start of the season (People seem to forget we just had Ba as our main striker for the first 5 months of last season!!) Players like Santon, Cabaye, Cisse will only get better after adjusting to the Premier League, our younger group of players will be better also….

    Some ‘supporters’ need to get a grip!

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  • lancaster_geordie

    Sep 1, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #33

    Thank you first poster. That proves that actually a lot of teams didn’t have huge outlay from their funds. Just looked busier because they sold more players.
    Also surely we are better than at this point last year. Mostly due to Papiss Cisse

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  • toon smart

    Sep 1, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #34

    @ hoppernufc

    8 goal centre back – steven taylor??
    couldn’t sell simpson until we had a senior rb coming in, which didn’t happen.
    tried for striker – either not available or didn’t want to come or didn’t bid enough
    Anita – wanted by pardew and made himself available

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  • carrollsinger

    Sep 1, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #35

    Taylor back
    Marv back
    Vuckic coming though
    Bigi looks very good at 18
    Almi looks class
    Campbell looks class
    The youngsters are all coming though

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Sep 1, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #36

    ToonDownSouth // Sep 1, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    Athletic Bilbao completely sacrificed the league last season finishing 11th, and got to the final of the EL and the final of the Copa Del Rey. I’d take that every day of the week, personally.

    I agree, TDS. Football is about taking risks, competing & winning trophies (not that you’d notice any of them at Newcastle), it is not about playing safe & ending up between 7th & 5th every season (as if).

    It sickens me that we have already written off the League Cup (a trophy we have never been good enough to win) simply because we have drawn Man Utd Reserves! We almost flunked Europe on Thursday – and would have if not for a lime green specced ref. Where’s the spirit in that?

    Ironically, after all this caution, we will probably not even manage 7th this year. So the only ‘competition’ now as far as I can see is do we finish above Liverpool or not? And how difficult is that going to be? The Kop will be howling for Andy back by Xmas, as Brendan Rodgers’ predictable chain gang football produces predictable one point snooze-fests week in week out.

    (This is not Portugal, Brendan, folks need to stamp their feet and get excited about something when it’s minus 3 in a gale in mid-January! Oh, have it your own way…)

    I’m off to the lower leagues to see some real guts & endeavour.

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  • ramajama

    Sep 1, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #37

    stevetoon85

    Absolutely agree with you mate, so many people are all doom and gloom and forget where we are at.
    Well said and now lets just all get pumped for the villa game!

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  • Spuggy

    Sep 1, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #38

    I think we are potentially underestimating the difference Anita will make to our season. One he settles, watch the sparks fly.

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  • seancavaz

    Sep 1, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #39

    Agree that we’re stronger, happy with the business ethos of the club and trust under the current regime that we’ll still be a club and a stronger club for many years and not do a Rangers or Pompey, can’t say the same for others who keep paying stupid fees and wages. Be interesting on UEFAs stance on financial fair play and what penalties will be incurred because I don’t see how the likes of Chelsea man city qpr and spurs can balance their expenditure….just a thought! With keeping our top players, the youngsters one year on(krul, santon etc) the impressive Bigi, Amalfitano the “new” signing of Marveuax(it’s like a new signing just hope he stays fit) I honestly feel we’re in good shape and don’t be surprised if we don’t bring in Debuchy and Douglas in January just like we did with Cisse when we held our nerve and got a cracking deal! So yeah there maybe disgruntled fans but I trust Pardew, Ashley, Llambias and Carr. Howay the Toon!

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  • Klatoon

    Sep 1, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #40

    ok, can we now move on and think about the future starting with thumping A.villa? Hope pardew finds room for Marveaux in the starting 11 as th midland-misfits are a shambles defensively.

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