There´s a very interesting piece in The Sun today that reports that not only are Newcastle in negotiations to sign Marseille top striker Michy Batshuayi, but that Mike Ashley is willing to pay out a fortune in January in order to save Newcastle from relegation.
Mike Ashley did say last May that from now on Newcastle would make their own luck only an hour before we only just survived relegation on that last day of the season.
Mike Ashley on Sky Sports last May
But after splashing out £52M last summer on transfers we are still marooned in the bottom three of the Premier League.
If it´s one thing Mike Ashley wants to do it´s to keep Newcastle in the Premier League – that seems to be his overriding ambition for the club.
And when the club keeps saying they want to finish in the top ten (and even top eight this season) – that´s code for keep us comfortably in the Premier League but try to avoid any relegation problems.
Hence – the top half of the league would presumably do that.
But it hasn´t worked out like that at all in the time Ashley has owned the club – since the summer of 2007.
And there have been only two times we have finished in the top ten – and one of those was in 10th place – and this is our 8th season in the Premier League under Ashley.
|2008-2009||34||18 - relegated|
|2009-2010||102 *||1 - promoted|
|2015-2016||37||18 - relegated|
* After 19 games played
It would not surprise us if Ashley does spend a lot of money this month, but the problem is going to be to attract top players to a club when we are 3rd bottom of the league table.
Ashley may have neglected the Newcastle squad for too long to save us now – in these last two transfer windows that included this one.
We hope that´s not true, because we want to see the great Newcastle club stay up this season – it´s the only thing that matters right now.
But it is looking tough at the moment.