Newcastle Did Well To Hold Onto Top Players This Summer

One great thing about the transfer window is that Newcastle didn’t lose one of our top players to a bigger club, and also Demba Ba decided to stay on Tyneside, even though he could have picked up a bigger wage package if he had activated that now famous £7M release clause in his contract.

Alan Pardew – happy yo keep his players

Alan Pardew must have been relieved to have kept all his top players on Tyneside, even though the news this morning is that Ryan Taylor has indeed damaged his ACL in his right knee, and will be out at least six months. Ouch.

This is what Alan said in the local press today:

“I think keeping our best players makes a strong statement, from Mike in particular.”  “He’s had a fair bit of criticism here for perhaps not investing in the club or not being fully focused or wanting to sell it and so on.”

“But if that’s the case why didn’t he cash in on one of the big hitters if he didn’t have some ambition to do well for the football club? I think he does, he shares a belief with myself that we’ve got it right here.”

“That the coaching staff are good enough, the manager and all the backroom staff are doing the best jobs they possibly can to get the maximum out of the players.”  “That’s all we can do.”

It’s very good that Mike Ashley put £25M on the heads of both Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye, but we’d have been happier if Newcastle had also brought in a center-back and a striker.

But with the Papiss Cisse signing in January, and Danny Guthrie being the only player we lost this summer we would have preferred to keep – and Vurnon Amnita was brought in to replace him – the squad is now probably stronger than it was last year at this time.

And we finished 5th last season, so we have a decent chance to have another excellent season on Tyneside, and do well in the Europa League to boot.

What do you think?

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69 comments so far

  • pizzicatochan

    Sep 1, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #1

    This is good right?

  • Widowmaker

    Sep 1, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #2

    A strong statement of what? Tiote and Cabaye are still here because no body meet Ashley’s target price. Simple as that.

  • toon smart

    Sep 1, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #3

    All i can hope from this transfer window is that it leads to a seige mentality and pushes the players to work at 100% and especially push the kids to perform on the big stage.

  • Les Grossman

    Sep 1, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #4

    Widow maker
    Spot on!

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 1, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #5

    You know that because?

  • Widowmaker

    Sep 1, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #6

    Because I don’t live in Mars.

  • DarloGeordie

    Sep 1, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #7

    Same complaints different season

  • stu.toon

    Sep 1, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #8

    Let’s not mix things up here Ashley didn’t keep the big names for the clubs benefit. Other clubs just simply didn’t stump up enough cash. Would be interesting to see what sort of money was offered forthe

  • Dennis Twice

    Sep 1, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #9

    so lets go on….all i can say is: “Attack Toon attack attack! ATTACK!!


    Sep 1, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #10

    Delighted Danny is still with us, people go way to pathetic about him, he’s a good player just not an attacking wingback that’s all.. Good player

    Yeah its good to keep the big names at SJP may it be cos nobody met prices I don’t know but its great for us fans, I for one am happy with that transfer window. Mind you City have some quality added

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Sep 1, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #11

    I was fuming last night just thought we missed a great chance to kick on think my heart took over my head last night, we do have enough i think. A nice win tomorrow for the lads i hope everyone just gets behind the team for 90 mins cos thats what matters.

  • gaz 44

    Sep 1, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #12

    after reading the blog last night im now of the opinion there’s two options.. suicide or drink.. luckily for you guys i chose the latter.. so body
    movin body groovin into town for an all day sesh

  • stu.toon

    Sep 1, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #13

    Let’s not mix things up here Ashley didn’t keep the big names for the clubs benefit. Other clubs just simply didn’t stump up enough cash. Would be interesting to see what sort of money was offered for the players that other people were interested in. I’m glad we have our big names still though but the club saying that doesn’t make up for the fact all in all it was a very poor showing by us. A net spend of £3m from a club expecting to reproduce a top 5 finish is laughable. Where is the tv rights money? Where Imis the money from finishing 5th? The club has a massive following which buys into a lot of merchandise where is thing money going? I’m not saying bring back days of old bad spend what we don’t have but surely we had more than £3m.

  • Magpie from Lithuania

    Sep 1, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #14

    we are nuch stronger, but i’m still not happy with the transfers window. Although lack of investment in new senior players is a good news for youngsters development, i would have liked to see Striker and LB/RB and CB signed.

    Now it’s most likely that Jonas will play LB more often this year (and i think it’s not that bad)

    We still have options:

    4-1-2-1-2, only weak link is LB.





    ——————————Ben Arfa———————-



    4-2-3-1, can switch Jonas and Anita, but one of dembas on the bench.






    4-4-2 or 4-1-2-3 if Ba is moved on the left, benny RW and Marv CAM.





    And we still have some depth:

    Fergie, Vuckic, Perch, Simpson,Williamson, Amalfitano,Obertan, Gosling, Bigi, Abeid, Good, Tav, Sammy ( i know he is injured now), Shola (when fit), Harper and Campbell. And it’s a shame we’ve lost Raylor for several months.. We are no Chelasea and no City to pay cosmic wages for players to sit on the bench and shut their mouth. We have players and those players will play, that’s a normal thing. We can’t have 20 first teamers in the squad. Our squad is thin but can cover a lot of positions because of the versatility of the players.

    GK: Krul, Harper, Elliot

    RB: Santon, Simpson, Perch, Tav, Anita, Gosling (he have played there for Everton a few times)
    LB: Santon, Jonas, Anita, Fergie, Good.
    CB: Saylor, Colo, Willo, Perch, Tav, Good

    CDM: Tiote, Anita, Perch, Jonas, Cabaye, Bigi, Abeid
    CAM: Cabaye, Marv, Vuckic, Benny, Gosling, Amalfitano

    RM/RW: Benny, Obertan, Santon, Sammy, Jonas, Gosling, Vukcic
    LM/LW: Marv, Obertan, Fergie, Jonas, Sammy, Ba

    ST/CF: Cisse, Ba,Shola, Campbell, Sammy, Vukcic,Obertan

    Don’t panic

    We just need some luck with our CB fitness.

  • yorkshire_magpie

    Sep 1, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #15

    We will be lucky to finish in the top 8 this year. I can see fulham, swansea, everton, finishing above us. Purely because of the fact that they have all invested.

  • Toonfan_Ew Ew

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #16

    We were too stubborn with the Debuchy deal. No doubt I’m relieved we’ve kept Ba, Tiote and Cabaye but if we were to only bring Debuchy in after the others I’d have been relatively content.

  • Robby Bobson

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #17

    Clubs afound us have spent but lookat their business….spurs sold modric and havent replaced him, lost kaboul to injury and king to retirement and so go into season with 3 centre halves and brought dembele for 15 million dembelefor 15 million?!. Arsenal sold rvp and the replacements havent scored this season and sold song without replacement….everton signed a few players but unproven and its unfair to compare to chelsea, who by the way have one striker!

    So stop whinin about other teams spending

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #18

    Being told to thank Mashley for keeping our players after saying time and time again any player will be sold if their valuation is met,this after saying the people up here aren’t as thick as what the press make out or words to those affect,well by the sounds of it either him
    or Mashley think we are.

  • Ben3arfa

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #19

    shut up Pardew!
    always coming out and defending ashley
    we’re not morons

  • Robby Bobson

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #20

    Widowmaker yer doesnt that suggest we would only sell for stupid money? Not a good thing no?

  • stu.toon

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #21

    MFL how are we “much” stronger? I don’t think we are much stronger we’re about at the same strength as last season at this point maybe worse off. We’ve seen a squad striker in Best leave and not replaced him. In other areas we’re probably at a similar strength that at this point last term, but the fact we’re in another competition and have more games for me means out squad will be weaker.

  • steveno7

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #22

    I for one have no doubt that if we do not make a significant statement in jan we will lose our better more ambitious players.
    Every player wants feel there club are looking to win things .


    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #23

    Magpie from Lithuania,

    Good post right but why not Simpson? Santon LB Simmo RB simple

  • stuart no9

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #24

    all that shows is fat ash is a greedy BAS…D. he didnt get loads of money for them ,so he didnt sell them, – not because he didnt WANT to sell them. Think back a few years ago, a time when ash was looking to sell the club. he wanted nearly £350-£4oom for it, It was worth nowhere near that amount , needless to say they told him where to go, GREED! Its the same now, he would sell at the drop of a hat, and not give 2 hoots about us If he was getting LOADS OF MONEY.time for ASHLEY OUT CAMPAIGN

  • Robby Bobson

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #25

    Yorkshire magpie, they could spent 200million doesnt mean their team is better.

  • Robby Bobson

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #26

    Some of the comments on here are ridiculous, im off….dont drink too much pop

  • stu.toon

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #27

    Robby Bobson is another dog taking the biscuit, if we did sell a player for silly money would it of got reinvested like Arsenal and Spurs did? No it wouldn’t. You know it, I know it everyone knows it!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #28

    People say that at least we didnt panic buy at the last minute like we nearly did with Ruiz and Insomnia,I still find it incredible that people believe that we actually tried to sign them and having just read cements my opinion that they where truly ficticious attemps
    to somehow try to appease the fans.

  • Widowmaker

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #29

    Jail for Ashley,

    I don’t want to crticise Ashley, but he really has disappoined me. Can’t see when he will ever back the team with actions.

    Robby Bobson

    Not sure on that one. After all, players will demand to leave no matter what Ashley say once a big clubs does come knocking. On the other hand, he is not making this statement for the club, but his pocket.

  • Toon_boy89

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #30

    Well a disappointing window is now over let’s not dwell on it and get behind the lads for tomorrow 3 points will do nicely never mind what everyone else done let’s crack on

  • Magpie from Lithuania

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #31


    last year this time, we have not had Cisse, Anita and Marveaux was injured. There was Best, Guthrie and Loverkrands and Smith.

    Think we are much better know because

    Cisse> Best
    Marveaux > Lover


    yes it’s a good point and logical too, but i thought we should have more attacking FB in some formations, that’s why i put Jonas at LB and i thought Santon is a bigger threat going forward on the right overlapping benny. That’s a less of the threat loosing the ball there then cuting inside.

  • spitfire_

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #32

    Does anybody see this crab… One word for Pardew SPINELESS!

  • Grafton83

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #33

    This transfer window isn’t really that bad at all. It’s been ages since MA really did something to upset us such as renaming the stadium or sacking/selling someone important.

    Either he’s calmed down or we are about to change our kit colours to a red and blue sports direct theme.

  • Spreadthetoon

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #34

    The really disappointing thing is to think some of our players heads were turned by other clubs coming in for them. They’re contracted to us so it was not their choice to stay. All the momentum that’s been built is this the turning point? I hope not but £3m net spend is a completely derisory spend for a club with “ambitions” of getting into the top 4. On the positives we do have Marveaux back and I am excited at the prospect of cabaye, marveaux and HBA up front supporting a sole striker. Anita could play in a defensive position, Tiote as one DM and free up santon to the other side. The future still has promise…even if its not as promising as we would have liked. C’mon get behind the players and lets make the best we can!

  • ppb

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #35

    why are people so high on fulham. they’ve sold their best players and were average before that. i predict 13th for them

  • GeordieDan

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #36

    And what if a bid had came for £25milion for Tiote if Cabaye? Good money granted, great even but make no mistake it 100% wouldnt have been spent on new players yesterday

    Ashley might be willing to part with £5-6 million in January maybe but that would only be for a player worth at least twice that, a tactic which will BLATANTLY not work anymore seeing as the entire world now knows what were up to. The fact we wouldnt budge a fee hundred to get Debuchy in is just pathetic frankly and I doubt Cabaye was too imoressed by the none effort to get his best friend here either!

    What a fantastic opportunity to aim for the CL missed yet again by Ashley’s miserly attitude. I dont care what all the other fools with short memories think on here. Ashley is and always has been a greedy, gambling arsehole who no interest in ANYTHING other than lining his own pockets. He’s just had q very lucky run at the table so to speak so far. It wont last.

  • yorkshire_magpie

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #37


  • Tiote4PM

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #38

    Ashley but high valuations on players for personal greed?

    Nice one.

    He could have said:

    Cabaye – 9 mill
    Tiote – 7 mill

    Doubling your asset value in business is incredible. He didn’t. He set the bar higher so that we could get five to six times the outlay we paid. That is good business, as it was with Carroll and will be with players in the future.

    We have NEVER made significant money on transfers in the past. We are looking to now. We have NEVER had a financial strategy, we do now.

    Your expectations are high because the current regime has enabled them to be.

    Would you rather Freddy was back.

    We are in a really strong position. Some people are too naive to realise this and want to shit on the people that have made supporting NUFC pleasurable again.

    I am delighted Ashley in post and I am sure many other clubs fans would be also.

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #39

    They did do well to hold onto their top players considering they lost their games of brinkmanship in the transfer market. Can’t see said top players wanting to hang around if the same mistakes are made again. Who knows maybe one or two of them have already changed their mindset.

  • stu.toon

    Sep 1, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #40

    MFL are we not supposed to build a SQUAD though? Not just replace what we loose? At the moment we have a strong 11 players, not enough depth in strength to be called a squad.


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