This Is Why Newcastle May Not Sign Any Players This Month


There is more news today on French midfielder Gueida Fofana, and there were initial reports yesterday that Newcastle were interested in two 22 year-old French players, defensive midfielder Fofana of Lyon and striker Cedric Bakambu of Sochaux.

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Gueida Fofana – Newcastle impressed by his performances

From their records it looked like Fofana was the more accomplished player, and news today that Newcastle are indeed interested in the player, who has been impressive for Lyon this season, and if the price is right  then Newcastle could potentially go in for him this month.

But there is also news that because Newcastle are not in any relegation trouble, like we were at this time last season, there is no real rush to sign any players this month – and that may turn out to be the case.

Newcastle have 33 points from 20 games, and we have to believe we can get 7 points from those games and avoid relegation, which is always the number one priority under Mike Ashley.

That’s so the club can pick up between £60M and £100M every May, which is what The Premier League will be paying out for the next three years.

The second priority seems to be to finish in the top 10, and then after that – the lowest priority – is to finish high up in the league table – when anything is a possible.

Some top clubs like Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, the two Manchester clubs and others make that the top priority, and go from there – and maybe that’s why they end up at the top of the league – that’s what their target is.

So in the light of those Newcastle priorities with relegation threatening, it’s not too surprising that Mike Ashley paid out around £18M (Pardew keeps saying it was £30M) last January to sign five players to save us from relegation.

That was successful, but we again didn’t bother too much in the summer to add to the squad, and we brought in Loic Remy on loan, and he’s been a huge success.

If Newcastle were again in relegation trouble this January, we could have seen another big influx of players, but when Newcastle are not in any danger we don’t seem to bother too much, and it’s true we haven’t needed to use some players this season in the squad – yet.

It’s just a pity we don’t have a burning desire at the club to become really successful again, but unfortunately that seems to be the case, and we could see no transfer business again this month.

That’s a reading of the tea leaves to be true – but we don’t think we are too far off the truth, and maybe that lack of ambition at Newcastle is one reason why top players like Yohan Cabaye want to leave the club.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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13 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 10, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #1

    Even WBA have got themselves a new Spanish manager now. When will our day ever come?

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jan 10, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #2

    we probably want. Pardew comes out and constantly lies about transfer meetings when un truth the club is not interested in strengthening.

    cockney crooks

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 10, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Any upward trajectory will be very gradual.

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  • Slank

    Jan 10, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #4

    Yet another pathetic article from Ed. As usual full of tripe making assertions based on false assumptions.

    He really should see a doctor as his mind is obviously on the downturn.

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  • runheed

    Jan 10, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Burning desire? What does that mean? I know me and thousands of supporters feel it, but I don’t know if anyone who earns their daily bread through it has the faintest.

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  • lesh

    Jan 10, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #6

    Slank @ 4.

    Your comment is tactless and totally uncalled for.

    If you are able to look towards the top right of this page, you’ll see a little article headed ‘Health Update – 25 July 2913’.

    Hopefully you have had an will continue to live without such health issues.

    You might consider that an apology for your utterly thoughtless comment is appropriate?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 10, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #7

    I’m not to sure about this Cabaye story at all, but I can’t believe that supposedely intelligent posters think that Cabaye would have 6M lying around to buy himself out, I don’t doubt he could raise the money but the club willkng to pay 11M will of course pay the money in the way of a signing on fee, use ya brains people.

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  • Mag52

    Jan 10, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #8

    Well said Lesh re Slank. A particularly dumb piece of blogging!
    I feel that Ed has it just about right in this piece. We’re comparatively safe now with regards to relegation. We have no interest in cup competitions, and a finishing position in the league somewhere in the top ten, while marking a significant improvement on last season, would be about right for a club with no real strength in depth and no ambition to achieve anything memorable.
    Those bloggers who blame the manager for this state of affairs are totally misguided as only when Alan Pardew is given control of the purse strings and allowed to strengthen the squad as he would like, (which, of course will never happen) should he be judged on the present policy of survival in the premiership being good enough.

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  • bobby mango

    Jan 10, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #9

    Slank, although I agree some of the articles on here are poor you can always stop reading them.

    Forgetting the health issue remember no one is asking you to read the blog and Ed doesn’t charge us for it.

    He’s just a guy passionate about NUFC. He never said he was an authority or qualified journalist.

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  • Sav

    Jan 10, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #10

    The truth is, even with large investment by Ashley, we would still be well behind City, ManU, Chelski etc. While Mashley is a billionaire, he’s only a small billionaire and heavy investment is still no guarantee. Look at what the top clubs have spent and they still get whupped by German and Spanish sides.
    It isn’t pleasant to be told to ‘know your place’ but that is where we are at. Mind, knowing that makes our lightweight tilt at the 2 domestic cups all the more annoying.

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  • tynesidetommo

    Jan 10, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #11

    Slank you are out of order. Man up and apologise ffs

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  • toonicle

    Jan 10, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #12

    Boooo Slank. Go somewhere else with your garbage comments ffs.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 11, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #13

    The only liars I can see are not Pardew or Ashley but some of the bloggers on here and elsewhere
    Nowhere have the club stated or even hinted that survival is the basic requirement.
    At the last fans forum it was reiterated by the clubs representatives that,

    10TH PLACE IS A MINIMUM REQUIREMENT,

    however people still trot out the old chestnut that survival is enough for Ashley no wonder NUST were binned – they are the liars or maybe they are just thick and have problems with English comprehension.

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