How Newcastle Can Become More Competitive In Premier League


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.

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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

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93 comments so far

  • the truth will out

    Sep 8, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #1

    is shelvey penfolds love child

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  • Jib

    Sep 8, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #2

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

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 8, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #3

    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 !

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  • the truth will out

    Sep 8, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #4

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

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 8, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #5

    the truth will out

    Couldn’t give a rats arse if he is.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 8, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #6

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

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 8, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #7

    Ouststanding substitute, i rest my case.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 8, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #8

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

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 8, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #9

    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!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 8, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #10

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

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  • the truth will out

    Sep 8, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #11

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

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  • the truth will out

    Sep 8, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #12

    reggie blinkered

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  • Jib

    Sep 8, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #13

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

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  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 8, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #14
  • the truth will out

    Sep 8, 2015 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #15

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

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 8, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #16

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

    Calm down dear.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 8, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #17

    Sorry Jeff I don’t speak monkey!

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Sep 8, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #18

    jib,

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

    god youre a dolt…

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 8, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #19

    Lindisfarne

    Very good.

    Ha ha ha

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  • toonking

    Sep 8, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #20

    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.

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  • toonking

    Sep 8, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #21

    simular type to american children*

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 8, 2015 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #22

    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?

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 8, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #23

    Going aboard as a kid would definitely help I think!

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  • sing in the corner

    Sep 8, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #24

    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.

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Sep 8, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #25

    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…

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 8, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #26

    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?

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  • Jib

    Sep 8, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #27

    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

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 8, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #28

    Jeff…dok doesn’t speak monkey either!

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  • toonking

    Sep 8, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #29

    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

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  • the truth will out

    Sep 8, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #30

    top banana

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  • Jib

    Sep 8, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #31

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

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  • the truth will out

    Sep 8, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #32

    sliced open good save

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Sep 8, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #33

    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…

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  • toonking

    Sep 8, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #34

    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.

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  • toonking

    Sep 8, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #35

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

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Sep 8, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #36

    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

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  • Novocastrian66

    Sep 8, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #37

    The match is like playing on a sloping snooker table.

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  • toonking

    Sep 8, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #38

    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.

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  • the truth will out

    Sep 8, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #39

    uphill pool bed

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  • the broons

    Sep 8, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #40

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

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