Newcastle went into the January transfer window one striker short and two center-backs short – since Steven Taylor is now out for the season, and Yanga-Mbiwa had been allowed to go on loan to Roma for the season.
The bottom line is that we didn’t bring in a striker or a center-back to fill those gaps in the squad, and in fact we brough in nobody – and therefore it’s (yet) another case of getting by until the end of the season.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
And that’s what we seem to do most of the time with Mike Ashley owning the club.
But just to make things interesting we loaned out five young players to Rangers, allowed Davide Santon to move on loan to his former club Inter-Milan ,and sold Yanga-Mbiwa to Roma.
And just to round things off and therefore make it more risky for the club through the rest of the season – we even allowed Alan pardew to leave the club once Crystal Palace agreed to pay £4M in compensation fees.
It’s a cavalier and dangerous way of running Newcastle United.
We were hopping to get Dele Alli in from MK Dons, because we were said to be leading the pack for the top 18 year-old England attacking midfielder since early December.
But for whatever reason, Tottenham moved in a few days before the window closed and signed him on Monday night.
That didn’t seem to be too difficult at all for Spurs, but we know it seems very difficult for Newcastle to close deals to get good players into the club.
So it’s another transfer window where we have failed to strengthen the squad, and in fact it’s worse than that, because we have weakened the squad.
Let’s hope we can get enough points on the board so we are not dragged into the a relegation fight – and that’s one reason the win last Saturday at Hull was massive for us.
But with the above summary of what happened in this transfer window, it’s not too surprising that 87% of Newcastle are dissatisfied with what Newcastle did (or didn’t do) in the transfer window that’s just closed.
The only way for Newcastle to go now is up.
That’s true – isn’t it? 🙁
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