It’s been a bad week for Newcastle fans, and rather than get two new players through the door on Monday on the last day of the transfer window, we lost two players and once again Newcastle have let a player go without replacing him – and that’s not the first time that’s happened.
Mike Ashley – money, money, money
We had thought that Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa would only be allowed to leave Newcastle if were able to bring in another center-back, and we had been linked with players like Virgil van Dijk, Toby Alderweireld, Michah Richard and others, but we were unable to get a center-back through the door as Southampton seemed to beat us to Toby Alderweireld, the Belgian International.
But in order to save around £3M this season, Newcastle still went ahead and allowed Mapou to go on a season long loan to Roma, leaving us with just three experienced center-backs – when that had been a weakness in our side for the last two seasons.
We have to admit that money is a lot more important than the team – or success on the field – and that was proved in January when Yohan Cabaye left and wasn’t replaced, and our season went to hell in a hand basket – just in case anybody wasn’t clear about the importance of money at Newcastle these days.
It’s getting alarming that not only can we not compete with the top six clubs in England – Chelsea, the two Manchester clubs, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham – but clubs like Everton, Southampton, Swansea and even Hull City now seem to have more ambition than Newcastle United. 🙁
And the event that has shocked and angered Newcastle fans this week is that our manager fell out with Ben Arfa earlier this year, and literally railroaded the Frenchman out of the club late on Monday night, and Ben Arfa actually signed a loan deal at Hull at about 1:45 am on Tuesday morning.
The rumors are that Geordie Steve Bruce has been dancing in the streets of Hull ever since – the Hull fans certainly have been.:D
And it’s not clear that Newcastle have as a strong as squad as we thought and we could be struggling a bit this season in the Premier league.
The heady days of Kevin Keegan and Bobby Robson seem far too distant memories now, and they may never return any time soon at Newcastle.
They will certainly not return as long as Mike Ashley is the owner – that seems to be a cast-iron certainty.
We hope we are wrong on all of this, and maybe this is the low point of the season, and things will start improving from now on?
We hope so for the good of the club.
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