There was some good news today in the Mirror that Newcastle are willing to spend £60M in the summer transfer window, and if that’s true – that would be good – and we think the report could even be accurate.
Mike Ashley – can he resist big bids for his star players?
And this week Newcastle will now in all likelihood be brave enough to announce the financial results of the last financial year – from July 2013, through June, 2014 – and the results will be excellent.
They will the best ever for Newcastle United in terms of both revenue and profits.
But the question will be why we didn’t spend some of that money in January to strengthen the squad, and it even makes sense that Newcastle would leak a report they will be spending a lot of money in the summer, just before they release their stellar financial results.
Newcatsle fans are not happy at the moment, and yes – that’s an understatement – with the way the club is being managed from the top.
Newcastle will be bringing in some new players in the summer, both for the first team squad and the development squad, but the key for Newcastle this summer is can we keep our best players?
Or will Mike Ashley keep running the club like players are like stocks and shares, and are bought for a low price and sold later for a big profit.
The players who Newcastle could get bids for in the summer include Cheick Tiote, Daryl Janmaat. Moussa Sissoko, Rolando Aarons and maybe Papiss Cisse.
Of those we expect only Cheick Tiote to be sold, and it’s probably time for Tiote and Newcastle to part ways.
There’s news all over the internet in the last few days that top clubs will be trying to buy 19 year-old Rolando Aarons in the summer – but he still has one year left on his contract at Newcastle, and we fully expect Rolando to be at the club in September.
One thing Rolando would need to do before the end of the season is to prove his fitness, and if he doesn’t come back this season, there’s little likelihood top clubs would bid big money for him.
Daryl Janmaat has had a great first season at Newcastle and could even be our Player of the Season, so we expect some bids to come in for him – maybe from Manchester United and his former Dutch coach Louis van Gaal.
And Moussa Sissoko has had a good season as has Papiss Cisse, and the Senegal striker has shown he can score goals in the Premier League, so we could get bids for those two.
If we keep selling our best players, we will never be able to build a top side, and therefore we hope Ashley puts ridiculous prices on our best players – like he did for Andy Carroll.
And only sell them if we get silly money for them.
Here’s hoping that Mike will have changed his ways and now wants to build a top side at Newcastle rather than just make money.
Leopards can change their stripes – can’t they?
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