Sky Sports – Excellent Transfer Window For Newcastle

Sky Sports did an evaluation of the transfer market just completed, and rated each club as winners or losers,  depending on how they think they fared in the summer transfer window, and Newcastle came out as winners – and thanks to reader Ben Wheeler for pointing this out to us.

Vurnon Anita – £6.6M buy from Ajax

And it may surprise some that Newcastle were winners, not particularly because we brought in a lot of new players, but we kept the ones we had.

This is what they said about Newcastle’s transfer window:

Newcastle failed to land their top targets, Vurnon Anita of Ajax aside, but we still regard their summer window as a success, why? Simple, because the likes of Tim Krul, Fabricio Coloccini, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse all remained and they did not sell a single player they did not want to. Excellent work from the Magpies.

Ins: Romain Amalfitano (Reims), Vurnon Anita (Ajax), Gael Bigirimana (Coventry City), Curtis Good (Melbourne Heart)
Outs: Leon Best (Blackburn Rovers), Fraser Forster (Celtic), Danny Guthrie (Reading), Peter Lovenkrands (released), Alan Smith (released)

And clubs who were labeled as losers included Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool – what again? 😀

We have to get away from thinking that spending £100M in the transfer market is necessarily good – that’s the way it used to be at Newcastle and it did us no good at all.

And especially if the UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules have some bite in them, we should see a leveling of the playing field in the next few years of the English clubs.

We hope to see a leveling of the playing field in the next few years of the English clubs.

Here’s the full article from Sky Sports.

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20 comments so far

  • lesh

    Sep 5, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #1

    Repeated post from an earlier article but nevertheless, relevant…… I think!

    Maybe the FSG letter to Liverpool fans has been commented on already but it’s still germain to this article about MA.

    It appears to me that Liverpool are in the same position as we were and FSG are taking the same approach to its correcting past wrongs and sorting the club’s finances?

    What’s noticeable here though is that FSG have had the nous to explain its motivation for holding on to the purse strings as MA BUT the difference is that John Henry has had the sense to explain the situation to fans!!

    Had NA done so when he first tightened his grips on the finances, I wonder if our fans would have been a bit more understanding over recent years??

    Just a thought but I do feel that there’s a difference between watching the finances with an eye to our progress and just being short sighted and not buying the players in the positions we need and the possibility that some would see the club as having taken a step back and showing no ambition?.

  • yorkshire_magpie

    Sep 5, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #2

    We don’t deserve it!

  • Toonboy_84

    Sep 5, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #3

    I agree it was a good window. BUT! Could have been far better with a little investment in defence. Although Anita looks good at the back so I still remain positive!

  • TorqToon

    Sep 5, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4


    Good morning gents! Still on my strict blog diet to try and avoid the idiots that have surfaced on here recently.

    Ince is a cracking player, a top prospect and would be a fantastic signing for us ! Yes we have several people who can play that position but competition for places is always and good thing. I believe that ince is a better all round player than Hoillet is and we all know how much people wouldve loved him at the club.

    And on big AC – cant help but feel sorry for the lad himself, however do not feel sorry for west ham who threw moment they just can’t afford at the deal in order to get him. He was their best player last week and without him the long ball simply won’t work.

    Lesh – wages would be the issue their mate. Weren’t they both on something like £160.000 per week or something?! Whatever it was its an amount that we simply won’t pay – drogba at the toon would be mouth watering mind you. Whatever people think of him, he’s a hell of a player and won the champs league final pretty much single handedly.

  • lesh

    Sep 5, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #5

    It would appear that the way Citeh, PSG, QPR, Spurs, some Russian clubs et al are just ignoring the Fair Play rules and if UEFA threatens their inclusion in the Champions League, then they’ll just set up an alternative competition!

  • lesh

    Sep 5, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Torq, wages would indeed be an issue unless they came for free!!!!

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 5, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Ed’s going to be in trouble for implying that fans would have perceived good investment at £100m. All they want is 2-3 players in at “fair” value Ed, not Man City or Chelsea spending 🙂

    Now, on to SS….what do they know? 😉

  • lesh

    Sep 5, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #8

    Nice ad Ed (Lose 2 stone in 4 weeks), does it show MA before and after?

  • TorqToon

    Sep 5, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #9

    Didier drogba playing for us for free?? I’d be happy with that! However even without a transfer fee involved, we wouldn’t pay tht kind of money to anybody. For a season paying tht kind of money the outlay would be anything between £7-9mil ! Liverpool or west ham might pay that…but not us! 🙂

  • AndyMac

    Sep 5, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #10

    Surely if players are wanted by other clubs and you make money by selling them, you get your wonderful scouting system to find a replacement ?

    This is just more propaganda spun by NUFC as the Fatman feels the pulse of the Geordie nation and realises even his stooges are not happy with a 22 man squad (including 3 keepers).

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 5, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #11

    Andy….Are you saying you would have preferred one of our star players had been sold and then new players in to give the squad further quality in depth?


    Sep 5, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #12

    Well i see the scare tactics used by the club worked pretty well.Pardue is happy with the squad and we never lost any star players.

    We all know that we need a cb,fb and striker and have done for the last year but we are still waiting.
    There is a difference between being prudent and just too tight and that is what MA is.
    We have had a great opportunity to make a statement and i feel we have blown it.In the not to distant future our best players wont stand for making up the numbers and will leave.
    The Debuchy saga would have shown Cabaye what this board is all about .

  • wynsleap

    Sep 5, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #13

    Come on Ed – no one has ever suggested we should be spending £100 mill. in the transfer market.
    A little sensible investment eg paying the extra mill for a central defender or full back or taking a good backup striker was all we asked.
    You’re now starting to quote extremes like some others have done on this blog. You surprise me.

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 5, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #14

    Wyn, I have long argued this and most sensible fans now see the sense of the argument. Of course, the window has been good in that we kept some fine players, for now. Apparently if we had paid 1 mill more for a player like debuchy for whom we originally offered 3mill, we would be seen as a soft touch in the market. Bonkers. I hope we get him in Jan ( losing half a season however ) because with a little more investment ( say 10-12 mill on two v good players ) , we could push for the Champions league. But watch out, the mini accountants will be after you now with their Balance Sheets and P+L accounts!!

  • Sav

    Sep 5, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #15

    Wynsleap is right, Ed. Its not hysteria. Pardew targeted Debuchy before the end of last year. Amazingly, despite a stonking Euro showing by the lad, we had no rival bids to speak of. Yet we still didn’t get him.
    We are featuring Xisco for Pete’s sake in a squad of 22 players just to pad out the numbers. Our 2 strikers are likely to be away for 3 – 4 weeks after Jan 1st. We have known that for months. And at CB we have lack of class cover. Even our first choice pairing have their doubters.
    Yes, it is great we kept our main men. But the way things have started for Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool, there is a real chance of that 4th spot if we showed some ambition to grab it. That’s all anyone is saying.

  • wynsleap

    Sep 5, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #16

    MunsterMag – it won’t be the first time – or the last I’d imagine.
    The problem I continually have is I can’t understand why any fan who loves this club and just wants it to compete, would be happy with an overall spend of only £2.5 mill. straight after a fabulous season ending in a European place.
    As you say £10-12 mill. could have put us on the next level.
    Surely the Toon’s fabulous fans deserve that at least from Ashley. He gives out more in bonuses to his staff at S.D.

  • bills-son

    Sep 5, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #17

    On Debuchy – we don’t know the facts but what appears to be the case is that we had an offer accepted and then Lille either asked for more or decided not to sell. Exactly the same happened with Maiga last year. In both cases Ashley walked away. You either cave in in these situations or you stick two fingers up – Llambias and Ashley don’t have a habit of caving in.

    Which brings me to the next point. Why have we got such a great record recently in the transfer market? Because we carefully research players, identify who we want and a price and wage we will pay for them. If the club and player accepts we sign them, if not we either forget them or we wait until the next window and try again. Cisse is a classic example.

    Our transfer policy might be frustrating but it has worked fantastically well now for two years. To say it is unambitious though is completely wrong. Even another million or two saved each season is another million or two that we can use to reward our top players with improved contracts. Ashley has already done that with Tiote, Krul, Colo and Guti.

    Next up probably HBA and Cabaye.

  • veto

    Sep 5, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #18

    kept what we had , moved alot of dead wood out , and brought in anita and Bigirimana(who’s looking first team quality already)
    great stabilising window .

    i agree that we have to stick to ashleys current negotiating style , if someone tries and bleeds more money from us we must stand firm and walk away if needs be , thats how we will keep on picking up bargains and stop clubs from trying to ask for premiums since we have had a cpl of success story transfers .

  • thebionicMAG

    Sep 5, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #19

    Spot on bills-son

    When I was selling my house, the buyer accepted the price then at the last minute tried to get more money, a tactic some buyers enforce holding the sellers to ransom (when all the paperwork and thousands had already been spent in legal fee’s). I like Ashley & Llambias told him to fluck off!

  • 89Norcal

    Sep 6, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #20

    I think we can omit Smith and Lovenkrands as losses at this point. Those two would not even have played in the Europa league games, I’m sure.

    Probably should not have offloaded TWO strikers though, if we were not heavily pursuing at least ONE replacement!


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