With th signing of Florian Thauvin today Newcastle have brought their gross spending to over £50M this summer, and it is certainly a crucial transfer window for the club, after we only just avoided relegation last season in the very last game of the season.
It seems that Mike Ashley was shocked by our fall down the table under interim coach John Carver, and before the last game against West Ham he pledged to spend big money this summer – and he’s done that.
The latest arrival – Florian Thauvin for £14M
John Carver and Steve Stone were fired in June after their very poor performance in charge of the team, when John Carver seemed to argue with most players and said some ludicrous things in front of the TV cameras.
Those comments embarrassed John but also since he was representing Newcastle – it embarrassed the club too.
Steve McClaren has come in to take over as the permanent head coach, but it will not be easy for McClaren and his impressive coaching staff to turn things around.
We saw some of that when we were outplayed at Swansea on Saturday – so we still have work to do to start turning things around and fans will have to be a little patient – which is never easy.
But Newcastle, maybe for the first time under owner Mike Ashley, are showing some ambition and intent – and we just hope the new players gel with the team quickly, so we can start picking up some wins – sooner rather than later.
Here are the transfers so far this season – they are estimates – but they come to a gross of £50.35M.
|Transfer Fees Out||£56.6M|
|Remy Cabella||Season loan||Marseille|
|Sammy Ameobi||Season Loan||Cardiff|
|Adam Armstrong||6 month loan||Coventry|
|Freddie Woodman||6 month loan||Crawley|
|Haris Vuckic||Season Loan||Wigan|
|Shane Ferguson||6 month loan||Milwall|
|Ryan Taylor||Released||Hull City|
|Jak Alnwick||Released||Port Vale|
|Adam Campbell||Released||Notts County|
|Remie Streete||Released||Port Vale|
|Transfer Fees In||£4.0M|
Newcastle’s signings this summer – so far
We should be able to get some money back so that the net spending is less than £50M.
Mehdi Abeid signed for Panathinaikos today for a fee thought to be about £1.5M, and once Remy Cabella plays a certain number of games for Marseille, the transfer for around £7M will be triggered automatically.
Others could also leave for fees before September including players like Mike Williamson, Haris Vuckic, Sylvain Marveaux, Gael Bigirimana and Yoan Gouffran.
There’s also a chance Newcastle can still bring players in – and we’d love to see a top center-back signed in the next 12 days.
What do you think?