Newcastle fans are hoping that some of the £78.8M the club received from the Premier League, plus the £20M we got for selling Yohan Cabaye to PSG in January, will be used to bring some good players in during this summer’s transfer window.
Alan Shearer – huge decisions to be made
With the new three-year deal with TV, Premier League clubs will be receiving anything from £60M to £100M, largely determined by which position in the league the clubs finish in, and since Newcastle were just in the top half we got close to £80M.
It’s got to be a good transfer window for Newcastle, and we must start to bring players in early this summer – and the goal is to have all transfer business tied up by June 12th (26 days to go), when the World Cup start – but that will be difficult.
This is what Alan Shearer told the Shields Gazette about this transfer window:
“I think everyone knows that they need to buy players.” “That doesn’t necessarily mean they will get them. But there have been two transfer windows without a permanent signing, and it can’t be three.”
“The fans, over the last four or five months, have had nothing to shout about.” “I think it’s been so disappointing. It’s been a really difficult second half of the season for everyone involved – the manager, the players and the fans.”
“The fans are the ones who need to be entertained, and they haven’t been for the last four or five months.” “That’s why they’re so disappointed.”
“There are huge decisions to be made in terms of the playing staff.” “I’m not party to what is going to be done. Only one guy can answer that, and that’s the owner.”
“But I’m sure he’s aware players need to be brought in. Only he can tell you how much will be spent – no one knows.” “We all know what should be done, but we don’t know whether it will.”
Alan’s right there are some huge decisions to be made – and they probably have already been made – with one of them being a huge clear-out of players – and that will include Ben Arfa.
It wasn’t Alan Pardew’s fault that Newcastle have not brought in one permanent player in the last two transfer windows, and that we also sold our best player in January.
That explains some of the complete collapse of Newcastle this year in terms of results, but Pardew should have done better with the players he had available, and he was lucky to keep his job – and he knows that.
Newcastle fans are not happy at the moment, and that’s putting it mildly – so Newcastle have an opportunity to lift Geordie spirits by starting to bring in some really good players to the club this summer – and soon too.
Whether they can do that, as Alan Shearer points out, is another matter.
But whenever things look really bad – and they do now – for sure – there’s always a big opportunity – and there’s one now in the transfer market.
We hope the club takes it.