If Newcastle don’t bring in at least one experienced player in the January transfer window, it’s a decent bet that one of the major reasons Alan Pardew left Newcastle in early January was that the Newcastle Board refused to back him in this transfer market.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley at Newcastle
We have been short of one striker all season, when we failed to replace Loic Remy in the summer, and we started the season with only three experienced center-backs – and now Steven Taylor is out injured for the season.
Any normal club would have ambitions to bring in a striker and center-back in this January transfer window – but it doesn’t seem like Newcastle are interested.
Maybe we have 5 points too many for Mike Ashley to spend the cash – because if we were further down the table and a couple of points above the relegation zone, we know Mike Ashley would act and probably get personally involved too.
That’s exactly what Mike did after we were beaten 2-1 at home to Reading two years ago on January 23rd, and we were only 2 points above the drop zone on 21 points from the 23 games played.
In the following week we brought in four players – Massadio Haidara, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – and we had already signed Mathieu Debuchy earlier that month.
And would you believe it but we won our next two games – a 2-1 win at struggling Aston Villa, and then an historic 3-2 home win over Chelsea – what a game that was – when Moussa Sissoko scored two late goals to give us what was a sensational win.
But Mike Ashley has only one motivating factor as owner of Newcastle United, and that’s to keep us in the Premier League so we get the big bucks every May.
There are 13 days left in this January transfer window, but it’s noticeable we have not been linked with many players this January – we have 5 points too many – that’s the reason.
And if Mike needed another excuse for not spending any money in January – it’s that we have no head coach and when he’s appointed – if he’s appointed – it will then be too late to bring in any new players.
Yes, we are being cynical, but we are also close to the truth.
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