Even though Mike Ashley is still at the club – and that’s a bone of contention for many fans – this summer’s transfer window could well turn out to be the best one we have had in a long time, and certainly the best we have had under Mike Ashley.
Mike Ashley – deserves at least some credit
The two best windows we have had so far under the Londoner was in the summer of 2011, when we got the likes of Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux and Davide Santon through the door.
And then 18 months ago, Mike Ashley showed he was simply scared stiff (weren’t we all?) in case Newcastle were relegated, and after our terrible 2-1 defeat at home by Reading, the owner seemed to take control, and in the following week we saw Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara, Moussa Sissoko and Yohan Gouffran all come through the door, and they joined Mathieu Debuchy – who had been signed earlier in the month.
And by the time this window closes, we will probably have only Moussa and Yoan still at the club – and there’s a hope there that Moussa will still be with us, although we think the French International will have been impressed with the signings we’ve already made.
It’s sometimes difficult to give owner Mike Ashley any credit at all at the club, given the many mistakes – by his own admission – he has made in the seven years he has owned Newcastle United.
But after two mediocre seasons, and two transfer windows where the incompetent Joe Kinnear could only get two strikers in on loan, its refreshing and even uplifting that Newcastle have already signed six new (good) players this summer.
And we give most credit for that to our new Managing Director Lee Charnley – a man who has garnered a reputation at the club for getting the job done – and we are starting to understand why that’s the case.
And while some will (always) want to pot a negative twist on anything that Mike Ashley does at Newcastle, this summer has been great so far, although we still need three or four players to fill the striker, center-back and midfield play-maker positions.
If Lee Charnley can continue to lead the charge and get those players into the club in the next six weeks, this has to be the best transfer window we’ve had in the last 10 years.
Lets face it, Newcastle fans haven’t had too much to celebrate over the last two years – so we can at least enjoy this transfer window – and maybe even start dreaming again, although that could be dangerous. 😀
But let’s not put any artificial negativity on what Newcastle have achieved so far this summer, the club have done great – and that’s a fact not an opinion.
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