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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