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Newcastle Did Well To Hold Onto Top Players This Summer

9:40 am, Saturday, September 1st, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 69 Comments

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.

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69 responses so far ↓

  • 1 pizzicatochan // Sep 1, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    This is good right?

  • 2 Widowmaker // Sep 1, 2012 at 9:42 AM

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

  • 3 toon smart // Sep 1, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    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.

  • 4 Les Grossman // Sep 1, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Widow maker
    Spot on!

  • 5 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 1, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Widowmaker
    You know that because?

  • 6 Widowmaker // Sep 1, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Because I don’t live in Mars.

  • 7 DarloGeordie // Sep 1, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Same complaints different season

  • 8 stu.toon // Sep 1, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    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

  • 9 Dennis Twice // Sep 1, 2012 at 9:48 AM

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

  • 10 AMEOBI // Sep 1, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    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

  • 11 eaststandgeordie1982 // Sep 1, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    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.

  • 12 gaz 44 // Sep 1, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    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

  • 13 stu.toon // Sep 1, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    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.

  • 14 Magpie from Lithuania // Sep 1, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    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.

    ——————————–Krul——————————

    ——————-Saylor————–Colo——————-

    Santon———————–Tiote—————-Jonas/Fergie

    —————-Cabaye——————Anita————–

    ——————————Ben Arfa———————-

    ———————Cisse———————Ba———-

    ———————————————————————-

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

    ———————Saylor—————-Colo——————

    Santon—————-Tiote———Jonas—————Anita

    ————Benny————–Cabaye————–Marveaux

    ————————————-Cisse—————————-

    ————————————————————————–

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

    ———————Saylor—————-Colo——————

    Santon————————-Tiote—————–Anita/Jonas

    —–Benny——————–Cabaye—————Marveaux

    ————————Cisse—————–Ba———————-

    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.

  • 15 yorkshire_magpie // Sep 1, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    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.

  • 16 Toonfan_Ew Ew // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    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.

  • 17 Robby Bobson // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    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

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Widowmaker,
    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.

  • 19 Ben3arfa // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:02 AM

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

  • 20 Robby Bobson // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:03 AM

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

  • 21 stu.toon // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    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.

  • 22 steveno7 // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    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 .

  • 23 AMEOBI // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Magpie from Lithuania,

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

  • 24 stuart no9 // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    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

  • 25 Robby Bobson // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:06 AM

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

  • 26 Robby Bobson // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:08 AM

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

  • 27 stu.toon // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    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!

  • 28 Jail for Ashley // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    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 NUFC.com cements my opinion that they where truly ficticious attemps
    to somehow try to appease the fans.

  • 29 Widowmaker // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    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.

  • 30 Toon_boy89 // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    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

  • 31 Magpie from Lithuania // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    stu.toon@21

    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
    Anita>Guthrie
    Marveaux > Lover
    Bigi>Smith.

    Ameobi@23,

    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.

  • 32 spitfire_ // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:13 AM

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

    http://www.journallive.co.uk/nufc/newcastle-united-news/2012/09/01/61634-31741065/

  • 33 Grafton83 // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    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.

  • 34 Spreadthetoon // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    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!

  • 35 ppb // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:16 AM

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

  • 36 GeordieDan // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    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.

  • 37 yorkshire_magpie // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    @20.

  • 38 Tiote4PM // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    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.

  • 39 jawballsaswallwell // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    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.

  • 40 stu.toon // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    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.

  • 41 Les Grossman // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Guys you know I support the current regime, however, the failure to address shall we say weak areas of the team has seriously brought my loyalty to the management of the club into question!

    My reasons are:
    Alan Pardew stated we need 3-4 Quality players to take the club forward! Then 2-3, then 1-2 then 1! Then 100% happy with the squad!
    I’m afraid he has lost a bit of respect and credibility in my eyes! IMO

    Last season is now the past! History! It matters how we go forward! We have less numbers in the squad now an have failed to replace in the positions we have lost! Noticeably up front! Surely this is as blatant to management as it is to me?

    1 player seriously injured and the manager needs to speak to the chairmen to replace? 100% happy with the squad Alan? Oh free sleeping on it yes! ( ooook)

    Dress it up how you will but I believe Anita was bought to replace Tiote who they expected to sell this window for approx 20m !! This is just my opinion! No EPL team plays with 2 defensive midfielders! We have 3 who would walk into any team in EPL! Plus 2-3 who can fill in there!

    Mike Ashley should be given all the credit for holding onto his stars? They have said all along if an acceptabl offer comes in the player will be sold!!! It is expected that the chairman of a football club should want what is best for the team IF they have ambition, which would be to build on previous semi successful season and NOT dismantle! So no, I disagree that he deserves any credit this window!

    These are my opinions! I’m not a negger, it’s simply the way I see things

  • 42 GeordieDan // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    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 on a couple of hundred thousand to get Debuchy in is just pathetic frankly and I doubt Cabaye was too impressed 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.

  • 43 croftus5678 // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    just because you buy a player does not mean you will do better !!!! they have invested in players yes but most players take time to gel if they gel at all and toon know the players they have and know the hard work with them is already done!

    i would rather keep one of our “star” players than sign a replacement who may not do as good.

    amal/anita/good/bigi apart from good they are all first team contenders and great squad players and those out we lost maybe guthrie and best who were ever any good to us.

    arsenal and totenham seem weaker this year as garoud and padolski dont seem to be the “great players” that people say they are and tot have lost van-der-vaat who was there best atk mid imo.

    the only teams pulling away from us are manc/manu/chelsea but we were never in there leagues anyways with there “we will just buy the best players in the world” routine when they look a little shaky in one of there games.

    pards is not stupid he fields a second team to concentrate his main team on the prem as we have seen so i still think we will finish top 6 if not aiming for 4th with luck on injuries and form but if we get into europe again next year we should all be happy.

    and stop moaning about transfer windows you forget we are not long out of the championship and look at where we are they must be doing something right !

  • 44 GeordieDan // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    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 on a couple of hundred thousand to get Debuchy in is just pathetic frankly and I doubt Cabaye was too impressed 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 a**ehole 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.

  • 45 ppb // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    can’t wait for us to keep getting good results then the people who only show up on here during the transfer windows to complain will slowly disappear.

  • 46 Robby Bobson // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Am i really reading comments moaning at ashley about a scenario that never happened? If we sold someone there would have cbeen uproar, now we didnt sell someone hes getting critised for what people think we would do if we did sell someone. Everyones gotta price at the club but im pretty sure pards said that 6months ago and yet ya moaning about it after thewindow has shut.

  • 47 Cool Hand Luke // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    This is all beginning to sound like the Ministry of truth from 1984!

  • 48 stu.toon // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Tiote4PM while I agree with the way Ashley handles finance, do you think that if we received £20m for Tiote and he accepted that that whole £20m would go on players in this window? It wouldn’t. Arsenal received big money and spent it back on decent players. Ok MA has left us financially strong but out club is worth a lot more than a summer spend of £3m is it not? We finished 5th where’s that money gone? TV rights where is that money?

  • 49 numba9 // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    If we had of sold any do u really think he would invest it to the team ? They just tag u along 4 a couple of windows until u forget about it and use things to distract u like the Gary speed death came at a good time for him as he was shitting on us with rename of s j p we had to pay respects to a real football man !

  • 50 The_Toon // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Optimism is the key here! .. Let’s have the young players mixed with the seniors in Europa and the cups ( a max of 4 senior players only during each game). Let’s just hope we don’t get hit by serious injuries! Hwtl

  • 51 stu.toon // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    WELL SAID LES GROSSMAN

  • 52 croftus5678 // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    @48
    would it matter if not all the money was spent ?
    amal was free but if we payed £5mil would that have been a better transfer window ?
    bigi £1mil =todays market he could have easily be sold for £5mil would that have made it a better market for us ?
    anita £5-6mil a standout performer at the olympics he could have been worth £10mil maybe

    if we had waaaay overspent on these players i can see there not being so many complaints so why not try looking at what we have signed and ask yourself what you think they should be worth and not what we got them for just because he spent net of £3mil does not mean we got £3mil’s worth of players

  • 53 jawballsaswallwell // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    All in all we’ve done great under Ashley, he deserves real credit for that. Mistakes will be made of course, have been made in this transfer window, but so far they have essentially learnt from their mistakes. but Numba 9 is correct, the renaming of the ground is genuinely unforgivable and should never ever be forgotten.

  • 54 ppb // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    tottenhams net spend was 3 million. does that mean they lack ambition?

  • 55 Les Grossman // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Croftus
    It’s all your opinion and your entitled to that. Respected.
    A question? Do you think we have the strength in depth to last until January?
    Alan Pardew blatantly does not! Otherwise why did we need 3-4 quality players at beginning of window? And none at the end? Did we sprout more quality players? Ps this statement came after the signing of Amal Bigi and good who he said were for development squad!!

  • 56 The_Toon // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    @52 well said.
    What people don’t recognise is that most of our so called young and new players are between the age of 18 to 22. 21 or 22 isn’t young and in some teams are considered seniors. I think this season these players will need to step it up and I’m looking forward to it!

  • 57 ppb // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    fulham spending was -9million. they’re doomed!

  • 58 Les Grossman // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Ppb
    I would suggest then tottenham have done a lot better than is this transfer window by a country mile!!!!

  • 59 numba9 // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Difference is spurs reinvested straight away. Had some targets and got them in. We take donkeys years dilly Dally and penny pinch. We ain’t made a hole in the carol cash really plus there is tv cash and what he should put in for stadium debacle name u do the maths

  • 60 ppb // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    @les tottenham have done ok but lost 2 of their best players. imo they’ve moved backwards. sideways at best.

  • 61 jawballsaswallwell // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    croftus5678 – point taken, but by the same rationale if we had spent ten million might we not have then got really great value in the market with one or two more canny buys.

  • 62 Ketsbaia9 // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Yeah, they’ve done well, but the players will want out in January as we haven’t signed anyone. We’ll finish 10th this season. Sunderland have had a better window. Fletcher and Johnson were good signings.

  • 63 ppb // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    i think ill just have to agree to disagree with quite a few on here. les i respect you as you give your opinions straight and debate well (sometimes a bit aggressively lol).
    what i don’t like right now is the stirrers who come on now argue call people names then disappear when results are good only to reappear when we lose 2 in a row or at the next transfer window.

  • 64 ppb // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    @ketsbaia ooh mentioning the scum to get a bite lol

  • 65 Munster Mag // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    An appalling lack of transfer ambition shown by Ashley, and anyone on here who is stupid enough to say otherwise needs to wake up. We now have very few strikers and STILL cant seem to get a centre half or full back. It was embarrassing watching Sky last night and please, for those who say that Spirs had money because of Modric – well we had 35 mill from Carroll. You wont hear Spurs bleating about agents fees ! What you will see though is AMBITION.

  • 66 croftus5678 // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    @55
    you answered the question yourself
    bigi amalf ect was brought for development throw gos perch who’s improved abied vukic who’s beggining to be a bit better sammy as well and yes the squad is much stronger than last year and would not insult them by saying they were for the development squad more a brink 1st team squad.

    what i do not understand is how imo we have a great 1st team so with people talking about depth do they mean squad players ? in which we have ! or 1st team players ? which will push what we have atm out and upset those we have in our 1st team not getting a regular game !

    i would only personally change simpson as a first team position not because he’s not good but because he is only good and my other would be williamson as defensive cover as i personally think he makes too many mistakes and i would push perch and tav ahead of him

    perch has been amazing so far and has proved he is a prem cb/lb/rb and dm if we did not have him then we would be a weaker team for sure

  • 67 Munster Mag // Sep 1, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Kets, all those players u dreamed about – up in smoke!! How come Sunderland can spend money without fear of “doing a Leeds” and we cant , despite that fact that we made so much on Carroll ??? This was a chance to build on what we have – a chance totally lost. For those members of the MA Supporters Club ( accountancy division ) who told people like me to wait till the end of the window – well, I have waited. And you now have your answer. Lots of errors of judgement made by the blind optimists on this site, time to admit as much boys. But most of you arent capable of that.

  • 68 croftus5678 // Sep 1, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    @67
    we got more than a replacement for carrol in ba/cisse/cabaye/marv so you can not cry about past tenth’s wether his money was all spent or not the team has greatly improved because of it.
    @65
    ambition for what ? we allready have our team in place and players capable of the euro’s ! so maybe the ambition you are talking about is selling there better players to gamble on others ?

    spurs are weaker this year than last same imo with arsenal as garoud and padolski dont look that great

  • 69 Sav // Sep 1, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Delighted about Ba staying. That passed off more in relief than celebration but ‘Yay!’ And he’s looking good although I’m concerned part of the deal is he isn’t keen to play out wide left where he (and Cisse) was so successful last year. That is a worry and I was shocked we played the 2 of them up front at Stamford Bridge.
    But given we are in Europe, need a striker for the ANC another CB and a RB – and we have for ages, then yes, it has been disappointing. If we het a bad run of injuries it will look reckless more than disappointing, but Mashley loves to go all-in on a spin of the wheel, so here’s hoping…




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