Joe Kinnear is relocating to Newcastle, so if he wants to walk the City Center in peace so to speak, he had better start doing his job at the club and bring in some really good players to help Alan Pardew take the side back up the league to some respectable position.
Joe Kinnear – 16 players for £60M in last two years
Maybe we are being too negative, but the first two performances by our lads have been so bad that we’ve downgraded how we think we’ll will do this season, and now if we make the top ten that would be decent.
That’s because other clubs like Swansea, West Ham, Norwich and Fulham have all strengthened their sides this summer, and Newcastle haven’t.
And Joe is talking again and he had this to say yesterday to the press:
“Alan Pardew has signed 16 players costing £60M in the last two years, Newcastle United’s wage bill is now comfortably in the top 10 in the country, and he will continue to get all the support the club can reasonably provide.”
“Before the season started, we had sat down and agreed the squad was big enough, and strong enough, to finish in the top half of the table. But we are working together – not plotting against each other.”
“There seems to be a perception, from outside the club, that we are at loggerheads, but I don’t know why people are jumping on the bandwagon because it’s a false picture.”
Let’s see how many players we have brought in over the last two years, starting in the summer of 2011, when we signed the following players:
Demba Ba – free
Sylvain Marveaux – free
Mehdi Abeid – free
Yohan Cabaye £4.3M
Gabby Obertan – £3M
Davide Santon – £5M
Elliot – £0.7M (£700K)
Total – £13M
That was a good window for us – it’s a pity we couldn’t have done the dame thing last summer and this summer, and by now we would have another great side.
In the following January we signed Papiss Cisse for £9M
Last summer we signed Vurnon Anita for £6M, Gael Bigirimana for £1M, and Romain Amalfitano on a free transfer, and then last January we signed five Frenchmen for a reported £18M, and 17 year-old Kevin Mbabu for a nominal fee – let’s say £400K
This summer we signed 16 year-old Olivier Kemen for a nominal fee – let’s say £300K and Loic Remy on loan – so we’ll count that £2M loan fee.
So by our reckoning we have signed 19 players – including youngsters and loan players – for around £49.7M – but that includes players like Amalfitano, Mbabu and Kemen, who are hardly part of the first team squad .
So if we leave those three out it’s – 16 players for £49M.
The fees reported for January were usually listed at £18M but there were some local reports that the fees were as high as £32M – so that would put the figure over £60M – if £32M is the accurate figure, which we seriously doubt because Sissoko and Gouffran had contracts running out in the summer,
We’ve also sold some players during the two-year time-frame including Jose Enrique (£6M), Kevin Nolan (£4M) and Demba Ba (£7M) and of course James Perch this summer, and Andy Carroll for £35M, two and a half years ago.
Joe isn’t too far off – maybe £10M too high for total outlay, – and it’s always difficult because we never get to know what the real transfer prices are.
We need a top striker brought in and if we can keep Yohan Cabaye at the club – or sell him and bring in a good replacement, we should have a decent enough squad for the coming season.
But this is all taking place while other middle of the table clubs are strengthening big time this summer – that’s the concern,.
What do you think?
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