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We May Be Seeing Some Real Ambition From Newcastle

8:35 am, Monday, January 18th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 21 Comments

Newcastle on Saturday in those first 25 minutes or so looked a really (very) good side and we played West Ham off the park and we even scored goals in the first 15 minutes to go 2-0 up at half time.

It could and should have been more.

And West Ham are not just any side these days – and they were unbeaten in their last 9 games so that first half performance was the best we have played all season.

Mike Ashley Sky Sports West Ham Match May 2015

Mike Ashley – shelling out the cash now

Yes – we gifted them a goal after five minutes in the second half, but led by a rejuvenated and inspired captain – Fabricio Coloccini – we held out and got a great win – only our fifth of the season.

Jonjo Shelvey had a great game and simply transformed Newcastle into looking like a good side – and Gini Wijnaldum in the number 10 position is a different player and once again looked terrific.

Did I say he looks like poetry in motion when he runs with the ball?

And Henri Saivet came in to replace the injured Paul Dummett in the second half and quietly and efficiently got into the game to gain valuable experience in a Newcastle shirt and is now likely to start on Saturday at Watford.

Mike Ashley promised fans Newcastle would make their own luck from now on – that was  just before our last game of the season on May 24th against West Ham – when we could have been relegated.

But not much seems to have changed this season and we were second bottom before the game on Saturday with  our worst points total ever after 21 games in the Premier League – just 18.

Ashley did spend a massive £52M on new players in the summer and until recently it hasn’t looked like a great investment, although Wijnaldum and Mbemba are (very) good buys and Mitrovic is showing signs of coming through.

We spent more than any other PL club last summer – well other than Manchester City of course – the best team money can buy.

This month we have already spent around £17M on Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet who  look great acquisitions – and we are supposed to have bid a massive £25M for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette – a long-term target.

The news is that we are trying to sign Andros Townsend and Saido Berahino this week and that will cost us over £30M.

So let’s assume we can get these two players through the door, and that would mean we will have spent close to £50M this month to go with the £52M we spent last summer.

That’s over £100M in the last two transfer windows.

Mike Ashley has made huge mistakes over the last 103 months or so he has owned Newcastle.

But maybe he has seen the error of his ways and is now willing – when necessary – to spend big money on good players.

If we can get Townsend and Berahino in this month then it well could be that Newcastle do have a new sense of ambition.

True – it’s been created by another serious relegation threat – and we all know Ashley’s biggest fear would be another relegation and lose out on all that huge Premier League money.

But on the other hand maybe things are starting to look up at Newcastle after all.


Any neutral looking at Newcastle over these last two transfer windows could even think we were an ambitious club again.

Comments welcome.

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

21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 18, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    Whatever happens this window it dosn’t take away the absolute dross and mismanagement of the last 7 years. The neglect of the first team and the lack of backing managers.

    We are getting excited but really what is happening now should be standard in this day and age in the Premier League. We have watched promoted clubs and others which we know are not as big a scale as Newcastle drift pass us with little to no effort involved at all.

  • 2 Spoof // Jan 18, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Is it ambition or are we panicking again and trying to buy survival

  • 3 jazzyp // Jan 18, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Edd I think it’s gonna take a lot more than 2 excellent transfer windows to win over the fans.Its a starting point and long may it continue.
    Providing we stay in the Pl, the summer should be very interesting as we are set to lose a number of fringe players

  • 4 JDdubai // Jan 18, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Toon prodigy

    Yes we all agree with that.

    But what to do now? They admitted things had been messed up before and said from last summer we would try to do things the right way from now on.

    Since then they are keeping in line with what they said.

    Either keep being angry for the past or open up to things maybe looking brighter after years of crap.

  • 5 sparky55 // Jan 18, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    There’s only 1 reason he’s doing what he’s doing right now…he’s scared of losing out on the sky deal incomes starting next year if he gets related…it’s always about the money with Ashley…he’s a greedy fat b@stard of the worst kind…the Gordon Gekko of the new millennium who only gets up in the morning to make more money.

    He’s not doing it because he’s all of a sudden realised he’s mismanaged the club for the last 7 years and wants to turn over a new leaf…he’s doing it because of the money and the global audience of SD.

    One thing you can completely rely on is there’s no way he’ll spend all this money without cashing in on someone…and that someone looks to be Sissoko because his floored player recruitment policy and p!ss poor management over the last 7 years has left him with only one asset of any real value in the squad and that’s sissoko.

    Everything points to him going IMO

  • 6 will die for the toon army // Jan 18, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    I still believe in Mitro and he should stay our no. 1 striker the goals will come.

    Hope we can get a prolific championship striker as back up to Mitro. Jst like Gustede of Aston Villa

  • 7 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 18, 2016 at 8:56 AM


    Until this transfer blue print changes we will always struggle. This all could of been avoided if so. Ashley shifted all the high earners off the books and destroyed the spine of the first team doing so. One decent season since with a normal amount of injuries and no decent back up.

    It’s been pathetic. He only acts when the our Premier League status is in doubt. He should be executed, this last 7-8 yrs has been torture.

  • 8 Ron Knee // Jan 18, 2016 at 8:57 AM



  • 9 beermonkey // Jan 18, 2016 at 9:09 AM


    sissoko wants out has done for a while
    think he has said he wont move till the summer you cant blame the lad for wanting champs league footy

    problem with us is not reinvesting and replacing the player
    I don’t blame any player for wanting to play in the top of there sport, we all have had a bit of a snigger maybe a laugh at canaye but at least he went and had a go

  • 10 defenders needed // Jan 18, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Berahino will not be a Newcastle player after this window I just can’t see it happen. He’s too big a player either Shteve will have to change his system to 4 3 3 with Gini playing just behind the two strikers or one would have to be a bench warmer if he was to stick to 4 5 1 which would mean we have over 25 mil just on two players on the bench being thavin and mitro Ashley won’t have that.

  • 11 defenders needed // Jan 18, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Beer monkey if Norwich go down in the summer I would love to see us replace sissoko with Redmond, Young British premier league proven he’s good and only going to get better and I imagine he will want to play in the premier league next season, that would be a good replacement for me.

  • 12 WWSBRD // Jan 18, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Not sure Berahino is the answer if am honest but then again not sure who we could get who is

    3 English players coming in within 1 window though would be very impressive (assuming Townsend and Berahino both sign)…all potentially England internationals in a few seasons my word

  • 13 defenders needed // Jan 18, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Wwsbrd I think he’s a threat to the dressing room berahino if things aren’t going his way too. He’s doing it now at west brom

  • 14 beermonkey // Jan 18, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    defenders needed

    I have not seen a lot of Redmond but there are a few England u21s I wouldn’t mind bringing in
    will hughs at derby that young leeds defender there is prob lots of them and most wont cost the earth

    it seems a market we ignore

  • 15 WWSBRD // Jan 18, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    So was HBA, Cabaye, Barton, Mitrovic etc etc players with attitude tend to be available and cheaper haha

    If we matched his ambition then his attitude wouldnt be a problem tbf but ur not wrong he could be trouble in the long run

  • 16 the broons // Jan 18, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    defenders needed

    Redmond is a potential top class premier league winger. He is similar to what Townsend is but better in my opinion.

    On new signings, I would prefer to sign players to fill the gaps where we are obviously weak this season. left back, wingers, striker is obvious to all. However despite Colos top notch performances in recent weeks. I would still like a centre back.

    Won’t ever happen because they are so much higher than us but Shawcross is what we are crying out for.

  • 17 mike ashley for the greater good // Jan 18, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    We wouldn’t be able to spend the money we are spending if it wasn’t for the way Mike Ashley has run the club. I can’t wait to see the squad at the start of next season.

  • 18 defenders needed // Jan 18, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    The broons yeah your definitely right he is much better than Townsend, and I’m not denying we definitely need a CB and a lb now in this window but I’m talking about when sissoko leaves in the summer to chase his cl football dream, replace him with Redmond would be a perfect replacement for me but again you are right there is excellent u21 we do not give any looking at in the transfer market.

  • 19 defenders needed // Jan 18, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Sorry beer monkey that was to you too lol

  • 20 nufc 11 // Jan 18, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Didnt Townsend play of Zamora at qpr 2 years ago knowing nufc he is the striker they are talking about and he can play on the wing too.

  • 21 NUFCJOE // Jan 18, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    Pretty much every striker we’ve been linked with recently I’d be more than happy to see in a Newcastle strip. Berahino, Lacazette, Pato seem to be the primary targets. All of those three are extremely good players, but I struggle to see them signing. As for Diouf, I’d rather pass and look for a championship leading striker if we’re going to half arse it.

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