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How Newcastle Can Become More Competitive In Premier League

7:17 pm, Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 93 Comments

There is plenty of money to spend by Premier League clubs,  with the current £3B TV deal running out next summer, and the new even bigger deal of £5.1B starting at that time for the next three years.

Newcastle have finally started to spend some of the money we are making from the PL, but we also saw smaller clubs like Crystal Palace spend around £21.5M net in the summer.

lee charnley close-up

Lee Charnley – spent £52.6M wisely over the summer

So just like a rising tide lifts all boats, the increasing money available in the Premier League should improve the squads of all the Premier League clubs, with the emphasis on should.

What we witnessed in the summer transfer window were some of the top six clubs in England paying out massive fees for some players, who didn’t seem to be worth the money,  and in some cases it looked like it was even a competition as to who could spend the most of the top clubs in England.

We are quite happy to see clubs like Manchester City pay out almost £100M for two players – Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne, and Manchester United after last year having shelled out a massive £59.5MM for Angel Di Maria, this year paid out £36M for 19 year-old Frenchman Anthony Martial.

Angel Di Maria was sold to PSG for £44M this summer so that’s a loss of over £15M in one year by the Red Devils on just one player.

And Liverpool paid out £29M for Roberto Firmino and £32.5M for Christian Benteke – so a massive £61.5M for two decent players.

Most people would think those clubs overpaid for those players, and they were not worth that much, but we were extremely happy to see the top clubs seemingly wasting a lot of their money by overpaying in the transfer market.

The top six clubs in England – the two Manchester clubs, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham – get more money than clubs like Newcastle do.

But if they continue to spend huge amounts on their players, the smaller clubs by some savvy and wise spending  can create (very) good sides who could then challenge them in the Premier League.

We have seen that over the last two years with Southampton and Swansea, and this year even Crystal Palace (that big club Sissoko wants to join?) have brought in some good players.

Palace beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last time out, and they are now second top of the league to Manchester City at the moment.

So it could be that the big money in the Premier League over the next few years, rather than favoring the big clubs, can actually make the competition even stronger with clubs like Newcastle spending money wisely and building up a very good squad.

That could happen if the top six clubs continue to waste their money advantage, by grossly overspending on their players.

Newcastle had the second biggest net spend over the summer – for what Lee Charnley says was £52.6M, and we brought in Gini Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba and Florian Thauvin for that amount.

Compare that to the £100M Manchester City paid out for Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne, or the £61.5M Liverpool paid out for Roberto Firmino and  Christian Benteke.

And who did the better business over the summer transfer window?

It wasn’t City or Liverpool.

Here are the net spends of the Premier League clubs this summer – as published by Sky Sports – with total spend and net spend amounts.

Notice that Newcastle sold very few players in the window,  so we kept some experience in the squad.

It’s good that Mike Ashley did what he said he would do – now we have to keep that up for the next two transfer windows, and then see how we are doing.

transfer net spend 2015 summer

Comments welcome.



Tags: Financial Fair Play · Financials · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target




93 responses so far ↓

  • 1 the truth will out // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    is shelvey penfolds love child

  • 2 Jib // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    Waiting for the Canadian Heaton reject to have a pop.
    Talk about thongs or honey badgers you d0ck head

  • 3 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    Jay…I do get what you mean but why doesn’t more kids in the UK go abroad?

    …for me that is what really separate England from the likes of Portugal, Holland, Argentina, USA, Brazil !

  • 4 the truth will out // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    woy just calls him an outstanding substitute a far cry from englands best

  • 5 welshgeordie9 // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    the truth will out

    Couldn’t give a rats arse if he is.

  • 6 welshgeordie9 // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    What would Hodgson know anyway, that’s like having a dig from savage.

  • 7 welshgeordie9 // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Ouststanding substitute, i rest my case.

  • 8 welshgeordie9 // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Routledge should be in the squad as well, not just because he plays for swans, he done well since he joined the club.

  • 9 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    It seems if you want to be competitive in the PL with the TV deal in place then you need to spend more than £38M which is the average spend by a club this summer!

  • 10 welshgeordie9 // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    You play on form, well you should do but it never happens.

  • 11 the truth will out // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    give yer heed a shake
    oops you cant it so far up yer

  • 12 the truth will out // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    reggie blinkered

  • 13 Jib // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    Jesper
    Please discover water polo or something – you offer nothing to an English soccer blog you ignorant Scandinavian twerp.

  • 14 Lindisfarne // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    welshgeordie9

    Sorry if you have already seen this.

    http://www.theguardian.com/football/picture/2015/sep/08/david-squires-on-the-wales-football-team

  • 15 the truth will out // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:43 PM

    i dont come on here to hear you bleat on about your swans fantasy and your purported love of the toon

  • 16 welshgeordie9 // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    I’m not talking about swans, I’m talking about those two players playing for England.

    Calm down dear.

  • 17 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    Sorry Jeff I don’t speak monkey!

  • 18 dok - the horrid colonial // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    jib,

    put down the pint of your girly drink, you cant handle even that.. every post is slagging off someone…

    god youre a dolt…

  • 19 welshgeordie9 // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    Lindisfarne

    Very good.

    Ha ha ha

  • 20 toonking // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    jesp

    I would say myself the children of england are the very same type of children as those seen in USA. both countries are jam packed with kids who’ll constantly stuff there gobs with junk food and spend massive amounts of time sitting infront of the computer, It’s very hard to imagine why a country with so much money and such a large population can’t produce a football team ranked like that of brazil, had it not have been for david beckham himself the soccar league itself would still not have been known to many brits especially those who don’t follow football.

    They do manage to perform very well at indivigual sports like athletics where only that person himself needs to make the effort and the attitude (i’m the best) especially helps there.

  • 21 toonking // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    simular type to american children*

  • 22 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:52 PM

    toonking…maybe there just isn’t a pride in representing your country in England?

    …not like you have seen from the likes of Terry, Gerrard and Lampard!

    Maybe the money are just too big for the kids to care?

  • 23 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    Going aboard as a kid would definitely help I think!

  • 24 sing in the corner // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    I think the best way to become competitive in the league would be to really commit to finding and developing young local talent. Dunno what the budget is for the academy etc but double it and go for it. Overhaul the coaching system like we are doing with the senior level. Get the best in. Where I live (closer to the Toon than Sunderland) all I ever see are initiatives from the mackems trying to get youngsters involved. SAFC scouts are everywhere. Too many bright northeast talented young uns end up elsewhere.
    Its a no brainer in these days of huge transfer fees. Grow yer own! We need to get better at it.

  • 25 dok - the horrid colonial // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    toonking,

    unfair to lump all American children… my son has been playing since age 4…

    soccer has taken off in popularity since the success of our natl teams… English football wasn’t brilliant at a day, and our program needs to be grown as well…

  • 26 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    dok…does the young Americans find any pride in representing their National Soccer Team?

    …when will your son be eligible? 😉

    *Is it Uni drafting as with American Football?

  • 27 Jib // Sep 8, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    Strangely Dok I was going to mention the fact that the USA contributors although they have no soccer tradition seem more au fait with footy than Jesper.
    Rather than taking sides and calling folk dolts you should read what Jesper posts.
    The guy is a f0ckwit

  • 28 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 8, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    Jeff…dok doesn’t speak monkey either!

  • 29 toonking // Sep 8, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    I’ve began to describe the England team as just a bunch of mercuneries. These england bench warmers always seem to act like that a bench warmer, lower PL clubs and top championship clubs will offer more playing time but sadly they don’t provide the cash and tiny percentage of ossible CL therefore it’s a no. These so call super stars like rooney play nowhere near a superstar during the england games, he might have broken the bobby charlton record but as a striker made out to be the star he is, that record should have been broken already, bobby charton is most certainly still the best player ever IMO.

    It’s not just defined to the main team, you also get lots of U21 putting club before country as well.

    I might be a an enlgand fan but i’ll say it myself, “wales are a better team than england” most of them will be worse of in terms of skill but what they do have a set of players who put there heart into the national team and play as a team instead of playing for themselves

  • 30 the truth will out // Sep 8, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    top banana

  • 31 Jib // Sep 8, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    toonking
    Interesting opinion
    It’s major flaw is it’s complete bollix

  • 32 the truth will out // Sep 8, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    sliced open good save

  • 33 dok - the horrid colonial // Sep 8, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    jesper,

    absolutely! my son has his home and away kits and will wear them appropriately.. he wont miss a match with me, ever… his academy is a member of the us development academy, and he is touted as the number 1 keeper in his age bracket… I preach to him that the natl badge is the most honored you can wear… we also watched the England vs Monaco match, and he said that as long as they don’t play the US, he will cheer for England, and I support that stance…

    his coaches seem to think he is a natural at keeper, and do rave about him, and they are setting up a workout with the keeper coach of the SA scorpions, who would be like a championship side in England… not the quality, but the level, one step down from the mls…

  • 34 toonking // Sep 8, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    dok

    It’s not been said in a racist sort of way if that’s what you thinking and besides i did say BOTH countries are jam packed with kids and the word jam pack wouldn’t mean all of them just a lot.

  • 35 toonking // Sep 8, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    maybe that second piec about england team will make it even clearer

  • 36 dok - the horrid colonial // Sep 8, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    no worries toonking,

    I was just stating that there are a lot of ppl here who are as fanatical about the game as you over there.. wanted to show you were not all obese here haha

  • 37 Novocastrian66 // Sep 8, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    The match is like playing on a sloping snooker table.

  • 38 toonking // Sep 8, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    dok
    sometimes it’s hard not to be risist fat and risk obese like, just had a nice pizza myself, bar.B.Q base pepperoni, bacon onions and pepers lovely, also those Mcdonalds milkshakes are nice so tomorrow shall be exercise time.

  • 39 the truth will out // Sep 8, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    uphill pool bed

  • 40 the broons // Sep 8, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    Peoples thoughts on Milner? Personally think he’s the most overrated player in the prem.

  • 41 toonking // Sep 8, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    ressist*

  • 42 Mister Tuff // Sep 8, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    broons – completely agree on Milner. He’s fit and does a lot of covering for others and probably gives 100% each game but in my opinion he’s never aspired to the promise of his youth. Definitely over-rated.

    onm another note I see the new hero of mister multiple is slagging off most people tonight – probably sozzed again.

  • 43 dok - the horrid colonial // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Sir Tuff,

    how are ya? I hope this finds you well, and looking forward to Monday 🙂

  • 44 welshgeordie9 // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    Well this match is boring, put shelvey back on.

  • 45 welshgeordie9 // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    Oh i forgot any news on Charlie Austin.

  • 46 welshgeordie9 // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Just as i say this match is boring Kane scores.

    Ha ha ha

  • 47 welshgeordie9 // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Actually that was a good move and a good goal by England.

  • 48 the truth will out // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    inspired sub the clogger off

  • 49 toonking // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    tuff
    supised you’ve came on yourself, I was beginning to feel like doing tsunki, them lot had got rib of the main bloggers.

    broon
    i’d say myself milner is another of these english players who is a player over rated like most, you’re playing for a top class CL team so you must be world class.

    the least over rated player in this current team is hert, providing Harry Kane can continue to play as he does he could be the next player to deserve decent credit but i’ll not give him full credit just yet because he did make himself not available for the U21s a couple of months ago.

  • 50 welshgeordie9 // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Whatev trev.

  • 51 toonking // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    the player we miss more than anything mind is another john terry, he made an exception captain, was excellent defending and always give it his all whilst playing.

  • 52 toonking // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    exceptional captain*

  • 53 welshgeordie9 // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    toonking

    He plays for Chelsea.

  • 54 toonking // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    for an england player who has just broken the record for all time england goal scorers he certainly didn’t show much celebration.

  • 55 the truth will out // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    wooney wooney

  • 56 Novocastrian66 // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Not a fan of Rooney the man, but congratulations.

  • 57 toonking // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    welsh

    please oh please give the england FA instructions about producing a passionate star with the quality and passion of bale, i’m begging you. m(-_-)m

  • 58 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Dok
    How old’s your lad?

  • 59 welshgeordie9 // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    toonking

    There’s no player in the England squad is in the same league as bale, apart from shelvey.

    Ha ha ha

  • 60 toonking // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    I tried to put begging smiley on my last post and it failed.
    how do those smileys get put into text, can a smiley be put in when doing my comments via PC?

  • 61 Belfast // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    Dull as ferk watching England especially at Wembley.

  • 62 Ian Toon // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    England cricket and football win double.

    Welsh- what odds the 36 year old Monk as the next England manager?

  • 63 Belfast // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    Trumpet carrying England fans… Oot

  • 64 Novocastrian66 // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    Welshie; what you need to remember is; Wales’ best player would be nowhere without English clubs.

  • 65 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Bobbybee
    England or Newcastle? No brainer. Geordie before English.

  • 66 Belfast // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Welshie I like that bit in the Welsh national anthem where they go laaaaaaaaaaaaa laaaaaaaaaaa but that’s about it

  • 67 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Belfast
    As an atheist and republican, I cannot stand God Save the Queen. I refuse to stand for it, even at formal dinners. It’s highly political and divisive – not to mention funereal.

  • 68 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    …. God and the Queen at formal dinners.

  • 69 Mister Tuff // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    dok -evening how are things. I think that some may be surprised in a few years in respect of football (soccer) in the US -bearing in mind it is not the main sport -currently.
    Beckham must think so- inview of the fact he’s trying to set a new team up in Florida – probably there because of the Hispanic interest in football.

  • 70 welshgeordie9 // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Belfast

    It’s Gwlad not laaaaaaa you doughnut.

    Ha ha ha

  • 71 Mister Tuff // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    toonking -fear not the scumbag/knacker triumverate will not succeed – good posters will challenge these tricksters and scumbags.
    God Save the Queen and the Toon.
    High Five!

  • 72 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    … Grace and the loyal toast … all wrong

    We should have a national anthem that’s inclusive … for all players to unite behind

  • 73 welshgeordie9 // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Ian Toon

    Monk would do a cracking job no doubt about it.

  • 74 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 8, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    dok…that’s very impressive mate 🙂

  • 75 dok - the horrid colonial // Sep 8, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Blacklie,

    he’s only 9… but since last season, been playing a year ahead already

  • 76 Tsunki // Sep 8, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    Toonking, sorry but what did you mean?

    Jeffs got the top off the nitromors again I see. There you go Ian – there’s the undervalued contributor that you championed earlier on today. As predicted, he’s thrown you right under that bus

  • 77 the truth will out // Sep 8, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    he is at the parafin thinking its blue wicked

  • 78 dok - the horrid colonial // Sep 8, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Sir Tuff, you should change your name to that haha..

    if im not mistaken, becks is part owner of Orlando FC…

    Jesper, thanks… hes been playing non stop since 4, except for the 5 weeks off between turkey day and xmas… he just has this odd, yet humbling passion about it…will play inside, outside, during recess at school, and when I tell him to relax a bit, he streams keeper videos and watches those…

    to see him in a toon shirt, holy fcuk… id buy the whole bar a round on tyneside before his 1st start

  • 79 dok - the horrid colonial // Sep 8, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    toonking

    colon and pahrenthesis…. 🙂

  • 80 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 8, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    Dok
    Nice one. Good luck to him.

    One of the big things with keepers is that very few can kick well either from the deck or from the hands. Even big strong lads. The other thing is that so many keepers play second fiddle for so long to someone else. It’s a tough position, the toughest I reckon.

  • 81 jane // Sep 8, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    was I alone in wanting Rooney to miss?

  • 82 Tsunki // Sep 8, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Looks like Ian’s retiring to the shadows to rethink his theory of blog bullying and the injustices of peer judgement, while the totally misunderstood wunderkind Jeff is struggling to contribute now he’s probably face down in a pool of vomit, not necessarily his own of course. Once he is conscious and finds his trousers again I’m sure he’ll be back to his usual search engine greatness.

  • 83 Jail for Ashley // Sep 8, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Blackas,
    I love the Queen but I’m dyslexic and don’t believe in dog, I still love my national anthem though !

  • 84 welshgeordie9 // Sep 8, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Tsunki

    Nice to see that you are in a good mood this evening.

  • 85 dok - the horrid colonial // Sep 8, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Blackley,

    thanks… I will pass that on to him, so he can be working on kicking and getting to his teammates, always good to have input as what to work on…

    I think what I enjoy the most is seeing how happy he is on the pitch, I never have to drag him out to practice, he shakes his fist at the rainclouds and takes it personal that it rains on his practice or game days haha, he feels its a personal vendetta agasint him

  • 86 dok - the horrid colonial // Sep 8, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    tsunki,

    face down with a pink umbrella or two in his respective orifices 🙂

    maybe google had an upgrade today and he cant log in to it, hence the caterwalling against everyone

  • 87 Tsunki // Sep 8, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Welsh why wouldn’t I be?

    Dok – Ian’s got to be a disappointed sponsor tonight, he copied a post from Jeff/Jib earlier this evening as proof that he was merely misunderstood, a victim of blog judgement, and a towering intellect, an insightful contributor etc. It turned out like it does for the man who says to a small child as his Rottweiler runs towards it ” he’s alright, he’s only playing”.

  • 88 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 8, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    I can’t stand the way that that commentator gets excited whenever Rooney has an effort on goal: ROOOOONEEEEE!

    That said, it does bring back fond memories of when I started work many years ago. We had an office caretaker called Tom Rooney. The old aristocratic senior partner, Mr “Ian” as he was known, used to climb the steps of the office with his prosthetic leg and brief case. As soon as he got in, he would shout “ROOOOONEEEEE”! The deferential Rooney would take the brief case and help the old man in. Those were the days.

  • 89 Jib // Sep 8, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Tsunki and Dok

    First off it’s caterwauling.

    Second I had a pop at the Danish dickhead (who spouts arrant nonsense most of the time) and told Toonking he was talking bollix (which in my humble he was)

    So how is that caterwalling (maybe that’s right in the states) against everyone and blog bullying .

    You lot are so precious – what a bunch of big girlies !

  • 90 Jail for Ashley // Sep 8, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    Did we not have a situation before where accounts were being hacked, we had a welshies sheep etc and Jib was apparently being hacked, the new jeff/Jib knows how to post links to his own photos and throw Sunglasses into the smiley mix ???

  • 91 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 8, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Tsunki @ 87
    Hahahaha. “He’s alright. He’s only playing” Some dog owners take the biscuit.

    “He’s a bit randy. Just brace yourself for a couple of minutes … well it’s your own fault for struggling… just relax mate … he’s a big softy … you’ll get your pants back when he bored …”

    Sorry, I must be still on a high from the large latte this afternoon.

  • 92 Menelauos // Sep 9, 2015 at 1:12 AM

    Decided to do a £5 challenge, ive worked my way up to £153 so far, Current bet is Brazil to win at 01.15, £277 potential winnings, if anyone wants to get in now I’ll try to post a update on here every bet.

  • 93 Menelauos // Sep 9, 2015 at 1:12 AM

    Game is USA vs Brazil, at 01.15 GMT




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