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.
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.
|Loic Remy||Season loan - £2M||QPR|
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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