Maybe Newcastle fans shouldn’t hope too much that we have a good first half of the season as we did last season, because then we will likely sell our best player in January, and because we are presumably safe – it really doesn’t matter if we have a bad run – or even a terrible run in the second half of the season – last season we lost seven of the last eight league games – including six in a row – but who cared – we were safe.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
And as every Newcastle fan knows only too well, that’s the one thing that motivates owner Mike Ashley – to keep Newcastle in the Premier League and in the big money.
And what about building a great side – give me a break – please.
This season we made a poor start to the season with only 4 points in the first seven games and no wins, and then we recovered to win five league games in a row, and for the second time this season we have gone on a run of seven games where we have picked up only 4 points.
We have 27 points from our first 22 games played and at 8 points above the relegation zone we are (probably) fairly safe – although we’re still worried about getting in a relegation scrap this season.
But that’s the way Newcastle operate, and if we had been in the bottom five say a year ago, there’s just no way we would have allowed Yohan Cabaye to leave the club.
And of course two years ago, we were in the bottom five after we had been beaten by Reading on 23rd January, for the first time ever – and at home too.
When that happened Mike Ashley got personally involved in the transfer deals and brought four Frenchman in the following week – and that made it five Frenchman brought in during that January transfer window.
In Lee Charnley’s words of last week:
“We were forced to bring players in a couple of years ago in January, because of where we were in the league, and some of those transactions we brought forward from the following summer at significant cost.”
So sorry Newcastle had to spend extra money.
As for this January transfer window, there’s still a chance we could sell Papiss Cisse this month – and maybe that’s why we have recently been linked with his Senegal team-mate Dame N’Doye.
Lee Charnley said he didn’t expect to sell any Newcastle players, when asked if any players would be sold this month:
“I would never, ever rule out selling anyone because the worst thing I could do is over-promise and under-deliver. You will never, ever get me saying never but I would say we’re very difficult sellers.”
“We make it very difficult for people to get our players. We put them on long-term contracts. We are not easy sellers, despite that perception. As we sit here today I can’t envisage any player we want to retain leaving.”
Let’s hope that Papiss Cisse is a player we want to retain this January.
The only way Newcastle will get relegated is when we are caught by surprise – and that will be after January – when it’s too late to bring in new players.
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