Stellar Transfer Window Now Newcastle´s Big Hope


When we were hoping in these holiday games that we could pick up a couple of wins and move out of the relegation zone –  the opposite has happened.

We lost every game and Newcastle have given up ground to clubs like Sunderland, Norwich, Bournemouth and West Brom to name a few.

In the last four games Norwich for example have gained 8 points on us with three wins a and they are now 6 points above us – seven if you take into consideration goal difference.

This is the first time in the Premier League that we have been fighting in the relegation zone from the first few games of the season and 17 points from the first 20 games is our lowest points ever in the Premier League at this stage of the season.

Mike Ashley Sky Sports West Ham Match May 2015

Mike Ashley in May of last year on Sky Sports
We will be making our own luck from now on


So we are in a very serious position after the holiday fixtures having now lost over half our Premier League games.

The three people who have really put Newcastle in this jeopardy – Mike Ashley, Lee Charnley and Graham Carr – ow have to identify and sign which players will come in during January.

It´s a pity that manager Steve McClaren seems to still be on the outside – but that´s the rather foolish way the club is being run – and we are now paying for that.

Charlie Austin seems to be the perfect striker for Newcastle at the moment but there are rumors in London that Crystal Palace are now the favorites to sign him.

We missed out on the chance to sign him in the summer for £15M and we have paid for that big time with only 19 goals scored in 20 games so far, and yesterday was a great example of a game Charlie could have won for us at Arsenal.

Not paying out £15M for an admittedly overpriced Charlie could now cost us £135M a season if and when we are relegated – so you always have to think of things in the bigger picture.

The leaders at Newcastle simply don´t do that – they are far too thrifty and it looks like the massive spending that was done in the summer has come too late, and we are now paying the piper for not improving the squad  in past transfer windows.

That cannot be done in one swoop – which we tried in the summer.

We are now in worse shape than when Ashley brought in four Frenchmen in one week three years ago, after we were beaten at home 2-1 by Reading in late January and had only 21 points from 23 games played.

It´s going to take something like that – but even better players this time around – if we are to survive in the Premier League this season.

Who would have thought last summer we would be in this position at the start of 2016?

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Comments welcome.


111 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 3, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #1

    check out the cricket, unbelievable stuff

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  • Nufc-83

    Jan 3, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #2

    http://youtu.be/P4FBDES3zRI

    Best video I have ever seen on YouTube he just speaks so much sense it’s quality I have been watching him since he started.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 3, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Based on Austin’s goals per shots last season he would currently have the whopping tally of 4 goals, compared to Mitro’s 3 from the shots Mitro has had. Austin would be pointless. A quick centre forward that can stretch the game and offer us different options for different opposition and game plans.

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  • juan

    Jan 3, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Obi Wan Kenobi maybe our only hope

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 3, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #5

    Rotonda

    Unbelievable stuff isn’t it.

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  • Jib

    Jan 3, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #6

    Malta Mag
    Just a personal opinion
    Northumbria police because of the drink situation don’t like 1500 KO’s.

    In March it will still be a relegation dogfight so Sky , as well as it being a derby will want to show it.

    I think it being the early match on Sunday is a knocking bet.

    However Sky seem to allocate about 6/7 weeks ahead so the best you can hope for confirmation is late Jan early Feb.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 3, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #7

    Lilongwe

    I disagree slightly with you…those stats don’t like but I don’t think Mitro get’s himself in the right place enough. Same with Perez. They are not natural goal scorers in my opinion.

    I don’t think any striker would have 15 goals with us now but I do think somebody like Ba might have more than both mitro and perez combined.

    Wijnaldum doesn’t seem to have problem finding the net from midfield.

    I do agree though that we need a quality playmaker in the centre of the pitch.

    I’d play a 433 with Tiote holding (looks very good again, I know just a couple games) then have wijnaldum and de jong in front to pull the strings.

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  • NoahJ

    Jan 3, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #8

    I agree with the True Geordie, this transfer window could determine the next 10 years for this club.

    If we just get even one proven goalscorer (and, for a bonus, decent defensive cover) and play the formation we did yesterday, then I am convinced we will be fine.

    Paying £30m this window is a drop in the ocean for the hundreds of millions we’ll miss out on next year if we don’t get a chunk of the new TV revenue

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 3, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #9

    Noah

    I agree there,but I think we need to add 3 quality players. A CB, playmaker, goal scoer (potentially even a left back).

    If we go down the few decent players we have will leave and we’ll be left with the rubbish who have no fight in them and we could easily languish in that league with teams like Charlton, Blackburn, etc.

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  • stuart no9

    Jan 3, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #10

    stuart no9 // Jan 3, 2016 at 12:35 AM

    thre most frustrating thing tosday for me was that we played well, in parts i thought our counter was better todat than what it has been for a long time, the counter had a bit of zest in it which has been lacking in a lot of games this season , however , a centre forward cant carry on missing like that time and time again .
    has probably cost us 7 points in the last 3 -4 games , that would have put is in a healthy postition . for the game against man u- but it dosnt now , and w’ell struggle,
    a goal scorer is a must in january , mito goes on the bench and observes yhem maybe just maybe we might sneak it , if we ignore this fact then we are down . but pleased with some of the football today , but we are carrying and we cant afford to that in our position

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 3, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #11

    sadly noah its just not next seasons loss of the mega dosh it will be missed for years to come
    thats what we get for putting up with crap

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 3, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #12

    Sage,
    I think Mitro is a natural goalscorer, his past record backs that up. Yes, a quicker centre forward would possibly have done more, but surely if you have a centre forward who is best suited to a style of play, then you play to it. The fact Thauvin didn’t click immediately is probably the big problem that we have had with Mitro. The UEFA talent id set up stated he was a natural goalscorer with good hold up play and an ability to bring players in to the game when he was crowned player of the tournament at a youth international comp a couple of years back.

    His movement in the box is good, but we don’t put in good crosses, we over hit, float them, too close to the keeper etc. Austin and Dost would be struggling just as much.

    I’d play a 433 as well, with Thauvin and Perez either side, pulling into the channels to cross, Gini and one or the other getting in the box as well with a top playmaker on the edge for the second ball. Even without the playmaker, I think McClaren needs to try a 433 and attack teams. Draws aren’t enough anymore, so time to go for the jugular against teams in and around us.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 3, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #13

    sage

    i do find it frustrating like with wijni’s miss yesterday that so many players just hit as hard as they can straight at the keeper. it was crying out for a chip.

    Desperately disappointed with mitro both on the deck and in the air when it comes to finishing and Austin isn’t the answer either.

    We need, as Lilo points out, a striker with pace and mobility who knows where the net is and can get in behind. A bellamy type if you will.

    Sage

    I’ve never seen that in my life in one session in a test match!!!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 3, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #14

    sage

    sorry, so good i named you twice!!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 3, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #15

    343 would be my favourite but next best has to be 433

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 3, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #16

    rotunda he could have done better by going round him or passing the buck

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 3, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #17

    How does that True Geordie rant for so long undcripted, quite a feat.
    Couldn’t find the game last night as Man U were on at the same time, good game from what I gather though.

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  • hibbitt

    Jan 3, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #18

    its not the love of the club that will make ashley spend its the TV money + the high profile advertising the prem gives SD round the world its now a case of how big a gamble ash is prepared to take with the riches of the prem or the crumbs of the championship

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 3, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #19

    positives of going down is it may, big may, finally see the back of and get rid of this awful regime. Is that a price worth paying? I don’t know.

    Hugely annoying on yesterday’s evidence is the fact we are possibly only 3/4 quality players and a good manager away from being half decent.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 3, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #20

    Rotonda

    Well thank you. I think that comes from the form though, they are just desperate to hit the target…if we have a few more wins and playing better players tend to take the smarter (although slightly harder) shot instead of just hitting the target. It comes through fear I think.

    It was a crazy innings, superb, had half on radio then half on tv….Stokes is a player who hasn’t got great stats but has such a big influence on some games he is worth his place. Frustrating at times but he is worth having for days like this.

    Lilongwe

    I haven’t seem Mitro before he came to us so you might be right. I just don’t see great movement or quality in front of goal from him. He misses very easy chances.

    It is also catch 22, if you don’t get good service you don’t waste energy bursting that extra yard sometimes as you know the pass won’t come. It’s difficult really but as you say we need a quality player or two who can create.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 3, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #21

    hibbit

    who cares as long as he just does it.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 3, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #22

    Jail

    Very good but once again frustrating. Why on earth can we not play that well against teams around us.

    We are getting to the point of the season where we now need results, we can’t just keep saying we gave the big guns a run for their money then drop points against sides around us.

    Hopefully we can recreate these displays against sides in the second half of the season.

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  • hibbitt

    Jan 3, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #23

    rotonda total agree but its the gamble bit that worries me??

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 3, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #24

    hibbit

    400mil was wiped off the sports direct shares a couple weeks back….so not like he needs the money NUFC brings. Sports direct is a huge brand now and he no longer needs UK advertising.

    World wide he could easily buy Ads in a lot of the prem league clubs, especially newly promoted ones to get the exposure if we go down and he needs to sell.

    He won’t ever lose from us, or not in a way which will cause him any hardship.

    I just want rid. Although there are plenty of terrible owners out there as well. Just hope we get a bit of luck with the next guy who takes over, whenever that may be.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 3, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #25

    sage

    I know SA have lost a few players and don’t have Steyn this match but they are still ranked number 1 and playing at home against the number 6 team playing away.

    Sometimes though an innings like Stokes just throws the logic and rulebook out the window.

    Good video from true geordie. Some people may think he’s just a blowhard but in between the foul language he makes some very valid points.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 3, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #26

    Bit left field
    I would take a punt for Ross McCormack scored 13 goals in 25 games in a poor Fulham team. I know he is 29 and not played Premiership football. Also why not go for Remy again did OK for us when here

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 3, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #27

    John tudor

    That was my other suggestion , you rarely see anyone go round the keeper these days, but either that, chipping, curling or dummying the keeper are way better than just belting it straight at the keeper and hoping for the best.

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  • NoahJ

    Jan 3, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #28

    My biggest fear is Ashley, though obviously not happy, will be content with going down because he might forsee that we would come straight back up- in the easy way we did last time. Times have changed; if we go down this year, I think that we will stay there for a long while.

    It does come with the benefit of stripping out the deadwood, but that’s a small benefit from an otherwise countless cost

    PLEASE SPEND, ASHLEY!

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  • Toonfan8

    Jan 3, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #29

    Mitrovic is good of the ball, he had some very good chances.. But he lacks luck sometime. To those who criticized Perez, he set up two great chances, one for Wijnaldum and one for Mitrovic.. If they scored those, he would be Motm and everybody would be talking like he set up two great goals… We miss player like Shelvey, Xhaka type, we miss lb, even Dummett is playing quite good, but he isn’t an answer there and we miss quick striker Lacazette, Batshuayi type… Also Redmond would be great acquisition…

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  • Bambams

    Jan 3, 2016 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #30

    I have just watched ‘Big Bash ‘ cricket in a Test Match !

    Stokesy take a bow fella ! It was like watching Beefy or Viv in their prime !

    Can’t wait for the next session.

    On a football note I was hoping we would of got off to a flyer and have a good signing early to show other targets we mean business.
    What’s the betting we only make one signing in the last couple of days of the window

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  • Toonfan8

    Jan 3, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #31

    I think we need cb also, strong and tall one, but Colo and Mbemba are playing good now and they have good understanding between them..

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  • hibbitt

    Jan 3, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #32

    sage i hope your right but this guy will only sell us at the top of the market SD shear price will recover sooner rather then later he will look at that as blip buying ads with other clubs is a possibility but not likely it could cost more on ads then it would to save us plus he would get that back selling a pren team as i say its a gamble

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  • cyprus

    Jan 3, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #33

    Wini’s was an easy chip, he showed he has that, maybe he panicked. Mitro is a natural and all that but he’s getting chances and not scoring. Had that been Rivi he would’ve been excommunicated by now.

    Mitro’s a kid, he ain’t getting the roll, he’s on a dry run, I don’t know I don’t care right now.

    Get me a gritty, pacey, angry, arrogant, tricky goalscorer. Get me (a) Bellamy.

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  • cyprus

    Jan 3, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #34

    Or an Aguero. Man is he good.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 3, 2016 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #35

    We need a different type of striker than Austin in my opinion although if Austin was playing yesterday we probably would have won.

    Remy would be great but that’ll never happen.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 3, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #36

    Ed…I am beginning to hope someone else snaps up Austin and that he fails miserably!

    …and I’ll gloat believe you me 😉

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 3, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #37

    Ideally we need 2 players in by the Man U game at a minimum. The sooner the better. It will take a lot of work to convince top level players to come and join given how we have performed the last few years though.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 3, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #38

    It’s about time we stop talking about how ”unlucky” we are. We are in deep deep trouble after this defeat. Anything less than a bare minimum of 3 points in the next 2 games, and the 17th place will be out of sight. I’d say if we don’t get 3 points in our next 2 games, we are going down. There’s no 2 ways about it.

    we can go on talking about how ”unlucky” we are and we SHOULD have won etc etc.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 3, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #39

    Stokes and Birstow 300 run partnership

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  • geordieboy83

    Jan 3, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #40

    Toonfan

    Don’t think people are criticising Perez overall display, just he was at fault for the goal conceded that’s all. Mitrovic that chance off his thigh I don’t think he could’ve done muchore to be honest. The ball was at a horrible height and hit with a fair bit of pace at him.

    As a short term how about huntelaar for up top I can dream. Also whilst on schalke whatever happened to Jefferson farfAn

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