Newcastle Have Had A Good Year In The Transfer Market


When you look at the signings that have been made this year by Newcastle, and forget about the frustrations of not being able to bring in another striker over the summer, the acquisitions made by Newcastle have actually been very good, if the truth be told.

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Moussa Sissoko – has looked good for Newcastle

We started the year off badly when we lost Demba Ba to Chelsea for a rather measly fee of only £7M, and we made the same mistake we made when Andy Carroll left the club in January of 2011 – we didn’t replace him, and we struggled to score goals for the rest of the season.

But here  is the list of players we have brought in this year.

PlayerFeeClub
Mathieu Debuchy£5.5MLille
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa£6.5MMontpelier
Yoan Gouffran£1.5MBordeaux
Massadio Haidara£2MNancy
Moussa Sissoko£2MTouolouse
Kevin Mbabu£1MServette
Olivier Kemen£0.4MMetz
Loic RemySeason loan - £2MQPR

The table includes a couple of youngsters we brought in – Kevin Mbabu and Olivier Kemen –  who are ones for the future.

But from the six Frenchmen we have brought into the first team squad,  four have become starters at the club – Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Moussa Sissoko and Loic Remy – and when you bring in new players and they become starters, that’s a good indication that you have indeed strengthened the side.

And Yoan Gouffran has shown what a good player he can become at Newcastle, and if he doesn’t start,  he can always come on and score the winner, like  he did so brilliantly last Saturday at Villa Park.

And young Massadio Haidara has been missing this season, but he looked good in the first team earlier in the year, and he’s also one for the future.

The summer business wasn’t good, and we should have brought in Bafe Gomis, but the Loic Remy acquisition looks a great one now, and of course we couldn’t sign him permanently, because of the rape charge hanging over his head.

But if he is found not guilty  of that offense, we may be able to sign the French International striker permanently in January, but it could also be his trial is further delayed past January, and at the moment it’s scheduled to be held in November.

So while it was a very frustrating summer for Newcastle fans,  and there’s no doubt about that, we still have done well this year in the transfer market.

And if you believe the five senior players were brought in for £18M (Pardew says it was over £30M), and Loic Remy cost a £2M loan fee for the season, then the deals have all been very good – even if the five Frenchmen did cost around £30M.

And if they did cost £30M,  then we paid a lot more for Moussa and Yoan than shown in the table.

And with the uptick in form of the side, with three wins in a row,  things are starting to look up on Tyneside, and in short – that’s great!

What do you think?

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134 comments so far

  • Mark

    Sep 18, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #1

    Repost:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Kinnear

    Someone’s been messing with Joe!

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 18, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #2

    Lilongwe

    Stadium name and trophies are not synonymous though. I think they’ve adopted their new home and love it. Times change…virtually every club is playing at a different ground to the one they started in. Didn’t Everton play at Anfield first?

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  • archaeomag

    Sep 18, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #3

    . . . And only 103 days till the window opens . . .

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  • Slank

    Sep 18, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #4

    What’s more important is the quality, not the money spent or quantity.

    Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Moussa Sissoko, Loic Remy and Yoan Gouffran all look Premiership quality.

    This looks like very astute business. The only downside is that they are all French. Nothing wrong with French players but there is a limit.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 18, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Ok. I’m off now. Interesting to see that there are differing opinions on all of those topics. And good to see that the conversation wasn’t dragged down with petty insults and people failing to respect others’ opinions! 🙂

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  • toonincheek

    Sep 18, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #6

    We have a significantly stronger squad than last year, so we can’t complain too much at our activity in the transfer market.

    I’m not too unhappy with not signing Gomis – I reckon we offered even more than he is worth, but it was only the agents demanding fees, and us being expected to pay, that scuppered the deal.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 18, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #7

    TDS,
    Yes, but they have been told for years they can’t spend because of the new ground. That (and Wengers reluctance to spend last 2 years) has led to them losing ground.

    Geordie Rob,
    I wouldn’t want to bulldoze SJP and build flats, but the only way I see naming rights feasible for any club with a big history is by building a new stadium. I haven’t spoken to anyone that does want that to happen, hence my thoughts that you were aiming that at me following my response.

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  • Spoof

    Sep 18, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #8

    A good year in the transfer market, perhaps but it could and should have been better, taking Ba and Perch into consideration it’s only about £10m spent, that that that matters but as we have just been debating on the previuos thread another striker and left sided midfielder would even with 2/3 injuries still allow Pardew to keep the same tactics which were so effective against Villa, as it stands when it comes to the front 3 we only have Gouffran who is good enough to slot in and allow us to keep the same format, so as I said it could have been a lot better year in the market.

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  • Spoof

    Sep 18, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #9

    LG

    your spot on m8, I have a m8 who is a Man City supporter, changing from Eastlands to Etihad made no difference to him or the majority of City fans as there was very little attachment to the name, it’s the same with the flat pack Stadium of Light, if that was changed would they be that much bothered, probably not, but if they were still at Roker Park and they we to rename that stadium then there would be hell on, St James’ Park as with Anfield, Old Trafford, Villa Park, Hillsborough and hundreds of other grounds have so much history associated with that name that they should always leave the name as it is.

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  • Slank

    Sep 18, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #10

    Lilongwe Geordie @ 7

    What is possibly more interesting than the debate about renaming the stadium is about renaming the club. The new owners of Hull have broken through almost a taboo by renaming their club.

    Although the new owners of Cardiff City have denied that they will rename the club Cardiff City Dragons, which also happens to be the name of a gay amateur team in the city, they have however changed the colour of the home kit from blue to red and altering the badge, adding a dragon and making the traditional bluebird less prominent.

    Looks like we have got away lightly.

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  • Rooster

    Sep 18, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #11

    Yea players have been bought, we need these players to fully step up to the plate though!!!

    Two wrongs don’t make a right and that last Window was a sham from start to finish and made fools out of all us fans, I have been in the pro MA camp for a long time, stability and financiality, I still feel is very important, but I have to add the fact that I am now hovering around the take it or leave it concerning him and Pardew n JK they really done a job on us fans in the summer, they knew they were not bringing anyone in but tried to patter us up with one over the line every week, and how we needed this one and that one, knowing full well it was most probably the winter window when we will go after a couple, im still really peed at them for that act of despicable dishonesty, not to far fetched in those words in my opinion either.

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  • MacToon

    Sep 18, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #12

    Strange how some people can make themselves the centre of attention and believe they have the answer to each and every point raised on here and more infuriating believe because they shout loudest and longest theirs is the only opinion that counts.
    I agree with WW that the blog is stale but for very different reasons.

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  • wynsleap

    Sep 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Spoof @ 9
    Did your mate tell you what the City fans’ reaction was to the name change of the stadium from Maine Road which had been the ground for 80 years? Just interested.

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  • scottoon

    Sep 18, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #14

    Hey Lads! Bit of a shout out to a couple of posters who contacted me with info about accommodations and things to do in Newcastle. Excited to say that my family and I are making our first ever trip to the Toon over Christmas – looking to get to the Stoke match on the 26th and the Arse on the 28th. Anyone with advice about securing tickets – please let me know. Also…where to go (family friendly – son 14 and daughter 12) before the match for some atmosphere and a good pint.

    HOWAY THE LADS!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 18, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #15

    Slank,
    Hull City were nicknamed the Tigers though weren’t they, which is why I think the owner felt it was acceptable to do so. I see a small semblance of flawed logic in there. I doubt Hull fans like it, and to me it makes it sound to much like a crappy American sports franchise.

    Cardiff fans aren’t complaining so much after splashing a fair bit of cash this summer. How closely correlated it is though who knows.

    I don’t think we got off lightly. The only plus point is no one wanting to actually be the company to take advantage of it, other than Mike. But it does show that the Fat controller has competition for the title of ‘the worst owner’ out there.

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 18, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #16

    MacToon
    Oh u cheeky mate calling out individuals?! Dems fighting words

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 18, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #17

    Wynsleap,
    Maine Road wasn’t renamed. It was demolished…

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  • Spoof

    Sep 18, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #18

    wyn

    they were not happy but a lot of them were philsophical about it, Maine Road was and had always been there home, they were hoping that redevelopement would be the way forward, but it would have been to costly so a new stadium was what was done, no different to what the Sunderland and Arsenal fans felt about their new stadiums, people by nature do not like change, but they do adapt as I’m sure we would if we ever moved to a new stadium.

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  • MacToon

    Sep 18, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #19

    WW 🙂 I know mate but it’s every friken day now for frikin hours, over and over….. ha ha Some people need to get a life 😉

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  • daztoon

    Sep 18, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #20

    was pretty much a straight No on the naming rights from everyone and so it should be,didn`t see a any different opinions as some seem to do.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 18, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #21

    Hi Mactoon…You posted a list of the Ashley mishaps since he took over the club a little while back. Do you still have a copy?

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  • JackButler

    Sep 18, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #22

    How does £18 million become £30 million???

    Now I’m no accountant, but thankfully there seem to be plenty on here 😉 so are the club saying that the total fee for these players including tranfer fees, agents fees (that are extortionate as we all know) and wages cost the club £30 million???

    Or was more wool being pulled over the eye’s………….again?

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  • jimmysmith

    Sep 18, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #23

    Was accused earlier on the blog of looking at the world through rose tinted glasses in reference to wanting Ashley to sell up and on the premise that what we had before was worse.

    Well for all their faults I don’t recall Shepherd and Hall renaming the ground, or sticking the logo of a loan shark on the famous old jersey, nor appointing Joe Fuggen Kinnear DOF. I do remember nearly winning the title though, making consecutive cup finals, beating Barcelona in the Champions league, bringing home a Geordie legend to wear the no 9 for a world record fee, along with Ginola, Robert, Ferdinand, Ferguson et al. and having a majestic stadium built to watch these great players in.

    But what has the past got to do with this ownership anyway, other than to highlight how hopelessly unambitious it us and how far we’ve fallen.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 18, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #24

    JB,
    I’d say if wages and agents fees are to be included it will have been a fair bit more than just £30million. To be honest, we don’t know what the fees were as they were all undisclosed. Ed could be way off the mark, as could many of us. I think the Times (in an article in Feb) had it down that in transfer fees and agents fees we spent close to £33million (not including wages) so it is all just guesswork on everybody’s part.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 18, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Jimmy,
    A lot of the good points were Sir John though. Shepherd made a mockery of Sir Bobby, appointed Souness, purchased Carl Cort, Boumsong, appointed Allardyce, had us sliding down the table faster than Aurora at Diamond’s Strip joint in town etc.

    Anyway, like you say, the past is irrelevant, could we do better now? The answer is a resounding yes. (We could also do worse, but better change and hope then not change and continue in our unambitious state.)

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  • JackButler

    Sep 18, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #26

    Lilongwe Geordie

    Thats what I thought mate and thats why the £30 million doesn’t make any sense to me. I can understand the press being out by a few million either side of the reported figure but £12 million? I don’t buy that, neither do I buy into the fact that they all cost a combined £30 million

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 18, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #27

    JB,
    Yeah, something doesn’t add up. Unless they are all on incredibly low paid contracts, maybe Goofy and Haidara, but not Yanga, Debuchy or Sissoko I wouldn’t think.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 18, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #28

    daztoon

    There was at least one yes that I saw mate and several possibles. Also interesting how some people would be less bothered about a new ground than a rename.

    I’m in the no camp, but sadly there may come a day when it would be necessary to compete in the PL.

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 18, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #29

    Ooops , looks like I pasted too much ! Sorry!

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  • JackButler

    Sep 18, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #30

    Lilongwe Geordie

    Perhaps they are all on zero hour contracts that Ashley seems so fond of and he only pays then for the hours that they train and play 😀

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 18, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #31

    Ok, so the £30M could be
    – £18M transfer fees
    – £8M wages in year 1 (around £30kpw average between 5 players)
    – £4M for agent’s fees, signing on fees etc.

    So that’s a £30M investment in a year. Not that hard to work out.

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  • MacToon

    Sep 18, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #32

    Sorry Ibiza can’t lay my hands on them atm, will have a look later.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 18, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #33

    Cheers Mac 🙂

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 18, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #34

    jack

    unless they just counted the wages for one year

    18mil transfer fess and 12 mil wages? makes more sense.

    say you have 5 lads on average of 30k a week…thats 1.5mil x5, 7.5 mil…then add agent fess…be there or there abouts.

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 18, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #35

    TDS, are you the guy living in Croydonia, home of of Tesco ex Swan and Sugerloaf, or am I confusing you mate? By the way, Weatherspoons are talking about bringing about 50 pubs to Ireland. Lord save us!!

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  • JackButler

    Sep 18, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #36

    Transfer Sage

    Probably right, but are they so desperate to be seen to be investing that they are now adding on the wages when they talk about how much they spend?

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  • Wiz

    Sep 18, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #37

    Well, what I think, Ed, is that this breezily insane blog shows that you live thousands of miles away in time and space.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 18, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #38

    munster

    nothing wrong with weatherspoons in terms of good variety of drinks and low prices, just kills other pubs.

    they had a decent atmosphere but never do much more, no live music, etc etc, just a plain, standard pub.

    Jack

    That could be it, just a guess mind you

    And on renaming the stadium issue. I don’t mind that if it brings in significant results to our on field play. If it gets us better players and it’s with a respectable brand I’m ok. Not ideal but seems to be the way a few are going (albeit with new stadiums).

    I don’t think anyone likes change but eventually people get used to it.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 18, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #39

    Munster Mag

    No idea what you mean mate so not me! Never lived in Croydon either.

    But it will be a sad day when Wetherspoons open up 50 pubs in Ireland…there are plenty of good pubs in Ireland already, why do you need to put in crappy Wetherspoons?!

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 18, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #40

    MacToon
    Haha aye mate not wrong but am not one for getting into arguments 😉

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