Newcastle managed to spend not a single penny in the January transfer window, but made money by sending six players out on loan, selling Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to Roma on a permanent deal (£5.5M) and getting seven players off the wage bill.
Mike Ashley – perfect transfer window
Not a penny spent
Good work if you can get it.
But we did nothing to strengthen the Newcastle squad and lost 18 year-old Dele Alli to Tottenham, and the news about bringing in Daniel Wass from Evian yesterday was all hot air – but maybe he’s a target for the summer?
We’ve been short of a striker and a center-back all season, yet we made no attempt to strengthen those two positions, so we’ll have to continue to get by, and in fact we sent young center-back Remie Streete to Rangers on loan – so we hope we can recall him in case of an emergency.
There were also rumors that Curtis Good was also going out on loan, and that would have been stupid, but the club didn’t send the Australian out on loan – to our great relief.
At one time yesterday it looked like Daniel Wass could be the replacement for Davide Santon, who went on loan to his former club Inter-Milan with a possible permanent deal at the end of the season, and maybe Newcastle knew what they were doing by bringing in Wass.
But we were dreaming again – and it wasn’t to be – and so Newcastle helped out Inter-Milan, Roma and Rangers (and Tottenham?) in this window – but did nothing to help out Newcastle United.
With Alan Pardew making noises about needing a striker in his last few weeks on Tyneside, it’s almost certain Alan left the club suddenly because he was told there would be no investment in the January transfer window.
And of course we managed to get as much as £4M compensation for Alan from Palace – we are nothing more thana financial clearing house parading as a football club – we get money for our managers as well as our players.
And while we didn’t sell Moussa Sissoko, we think Alan had enough of Mike Ashley’s frugal financial ways – and he left for Crystal Palace where they at least are making an honest attempt to improve their squad – although the don’t have the money of a Newcastle United.
But if you will not spend the money we have on players – what’s the advantage of having great financial results?
This shows that Newcastle have very limited ambition under Mike Ashley – but we already knew that.
It’s now obvious, if it wasn’t 100% obvious before, that Mike Ashley is not the right man to be the Newcastle owner.
He must start to spend the money Newcastle have available and build up the team, and mark our words the financial results are going to be staggeringly good when they are issued this month – but it will not do us any good.
Fans should probably lower expectations on who the new coach will be in the summer- not many top coaches will want to work in the financial clearing house environment of Newcastle United.
It will probably be Steve McClaren if Derby County don’t get promoted – or else John Carver if he does a decent job in the last 15 games of the season.
Both of those coaches can be adequately controlled.
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