Today we should see Andros Townsend sign for Newcastle and that would be the second Englishman and the third player signed this month for a cumulative amount of close to £30M.
We paid out about £12M for both Andros Townsend and Jonjo Shelvey and around £4.5M for Henri Saivet – so that’s close to £82M spent since last season ended when we only just survived relegation.
And yet we are still struggling in 3rd bottom place in the league table.
Alan Shearer – Newcastle could still go down
But our biggest need since last summer has been a striker after we failed to bring Charlie Austin in.
And since he was available for a bargain basement £4M but went to Southampton, we can only assume that Graham Carr didn’t want him at the club – otherwise surely we would have snapped him up?
Instead we are talking about paying out close to £20M for Berahino of West Brom or Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon – but those moves seem to have come to nothing..
And with only five days left on this transfer window we still don’t have any striker signed.
Alan Shearer has pointed that out in his column in Coral today:
“The relegation battle is going down to the wire. Villa are showing signs of improvement but I still think it’s too late for them.”
“ It wouldn’t be a surprise if Sunderland avoided relegation. If Big Sam can’t pull off a great escape, I don’t think anyone can.”
“As for Newcastle, I saw them against West Ham the other week and it was their best home performance in a long time, but then they go back to their old tricks against Watford at the weekend.”
“Newcastle have spent nearly £60M in six months and still haven’t got a goalscorer.” “Shelvey was brilliant against West Ham, he’s got ability, but Newcastle need to score goals, they can’t keep missing chances.”
“They are third bottom for a reason. Dropping down to the championship is now a genuine reality.”
“Nobody expected them to be in this position.”
It is a genuine reality and even more so if we cannot get a decent striker through the door by Monday night.