Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has so far kept his promise made on Sky Sports an hour before our last game kicked off against West Ham on May 24th, when we could have been relegated having taken only one point from the previous ten games played.
Ashley said that we would make our luck from now on, and since then the club have fired John Carver and Steve Stone and hired in Steve McClaren who has brought in a very good coaching staff.
We have also spent big money on bringing in three very good players a defender, a creative midfielder and a striker.
Mike Ashley – during Sky Sports Interview
Newcastle have spent a cool £35M on top talent Gini Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba and even though hopefully the spending is not yet finished, that’s the most we have spent in any transfer window since Ashley arrived in the summer of 2007.
And how do we feel right now about the upcoming season?
It seems we still need a defender, midfielder and another striker bought in and we have 26 days left to do that.
But it’s a case of so far so good with the transfers.
This is how Stan Collymore recently summed things up:
“Signings, intent, a feel-good factor, Hallelujah! It looks like Mike Ashley’s few words on TV at the end of last season actually carried some truth behind them.”
“Aleksandar Mitrovic and Georginio Wijnaldum offer no guarantees – players can be hit or miss – so it’s vital that the Geordie public stick with them.”
“After such a long time without anything to crow about, I’m sure the Gallowgate is delighted with the potential quality and the sums involved.”
“Investment into a club that was hemorrhaging talent has been sadly lacking.” “Comfortably safe. “But little more unless that wallet opens further.”
The other thing we don’t know yet is which players will leave.
So even though big money has been spent so far – there’s still work to do to ensure the squad is good enough to finish comfortably in the top half of the table.
If we can get three more good players in then this could be a water-shed transfer window for Newcastle.
And we need it after the disasters of the second half of last season, when we were the worst performing side in the whole of the Premier League.
Here’s exactly what Mike Ashley said back on May 24th when we were in the grips of possible relegation from the Premier League.