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Five Days Left In Window And Still No Striker

11:43 am, Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 24 Comments

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

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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Alan Shearer · Andros Townsend · Henri Saivet · Jonjo Shelvey · Newcastle News · Premier League

24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JAMSHA // Jan 27, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    There are no comments yet … please kick Ashley off by filling out the form below.

  • 2 catchy in norway // Jan 27, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    Wow they have spent so much

  • 3 belgrade fan // Jan 27, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    I found Chelsae want to sell Remy on permanent. Is it true? Would like him here on permanent.
    About dead woods- why Willo isn’t sold if we have several offers???

  • 4 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 27, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    we spent more than £0 million

  • 5 beermonkey // Jan 27, 2016 at 11:48 AM


    hows things

  • 6 Bambams // Jan 27, 2016 at 11:49 AM

    Austin didn’t want to move north.
    I have been told when he played for QPR he lived 88 miles away from the training ground, since he has moved to Saints he now lives 90 miles from the training ground so no great problem. He also has a football academy down south.
    Allegedly he made it clear prior to this window he wanted to remain down south.

  • 7 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 27, 2016 at 11:50 AM

    not good in loads of pain tbh

  • 8 Mister Tuff // Jan 27, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    Just been reading that stuff from John Irving – not surprised that his take on what has happened at SJP is slightly at odds with reality.
    All this good business model/sound footing/money in the kitty stuff could well be adjudged as irrelevant now – in view of the fact that even the shyte clubs who are in hock up to their eyeballs will all be getting big bags of money this season. So the barren years of progress and being frugal in reality have been a waste of time and effort and have only resulted in the ever decreasing status of the club.

  • 9 beermonkey // Jan 27, 2016 at 11:58 AM


    sorry to hear that

    do think our business is finished

  • 10 WWSBRD // Jan 27, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    See I hear the opposite but it’s besides the point really any player can be convinced

  • 11 sparky55 // Jan 27, 2016 at 12:02 PM


    the management at our club are pathetic

  • 12 Mister Tuff // Jan 27, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    Look at Leciester – riding high in the league – Tinkerman doing well -loadsa TV dosh in the summer. They are in a very good position on the buying front despite being a shyte outfit.
    Would appeal to Remy – stiff them for wages -outside chance of getting a medal – chance of Europe next season -gaurenteed starts.
    Remy would also be a good insurance policy in case Vardy gets crocked or even if he turns out to be a one season wonder.

    Meanwhile back at SJP everbody knows we are desperate and will stiff us on the money front if we go sniffing their players – who could blame them.

  • 13 chewbaccy // Jan 27, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    tape cassette 30 million euros

  • 14 jimmysmith // Jan 27, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    Totally agree. It was always a false economy anyway, considering what we saved by buying young and untested players or signing out of contract players, or mediocre players cheaply and putting them on long contracts, was lost in missing out on income from finishing higher in the league and on Cup runs.

    But now, with the game flooded with money, simply underlining even more clearly how much the last eight years under Ashley have been a total wash out.

    8 lost and wasted years….. well, not for SD of course.

  • 15 Mister Tuff // Jan 27, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    Cannot see any defenders coming in. If we did it would show that the hierarchys’ assessments -including Colo’s extension were – wrong.
    This could not be allowed to happen as the new board have rectified the mistakes of the past – haven’t they.

    We need to hope that the President of Lyon is tempted by a big bag of cash.

  • 16 WWSBRD // Jan 27, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    U think Remy to them makes sense to Chelsea?

  • 17 Bambams // Jan 27, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    I agree . It just takes a good manager to convince a player ( ie KK OR Sir Bob).
    This was what I was told this morning.
    I cannot say who told me.
    I may get the grief from others and in no way am I an ITK.
    Just passing what I was told from an excellent source

  • 18 chewbaccy // Jan 27, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    chelski cant win but they dont want arsenal to

  • 19 expatmag // Jan 27, 2016 at 12:16 PM


    If you or any other supporter for that matter, thinks we are trying to sign Lacazette or Berahino, you need a reality check.

    Neither player would be seen dead anywhere near us.

  • 20 Rotonda heights // Jan 27, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    surprise surprise we get spurs unwanted at a premium price and they swoop in for berahino. well we never saw that coming…!!

    why couldn’t we just have put that 12m towards a striker.

  • 21 WWSBRD // Jan 27, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    Fair enough mate I’ve heard from people aswell that he was very keen to get to Newcastle and get the no 9 but it’s all whispers and bs realistically only Austin knows for sure

    But again what he wants Isn’t the be all and end all if we wanted him he could of been convinced

    I doubt Chelsea care who wins they want top 4 and the club most likely to drop out is Leicester

  • 22 robertsleftfoot // Jan 27, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    There is no way Berahino is worth anywhere near £18 million or more that they are reporting.

    He has had 1 good season and has got all Billy Big Bollocks on WBA. Moving to us he could possibly produce again and then get then do the same thing, but us paying around £18 mill the top teams would be lucky to pay much more than that as they would see it as a gamble.

    I would prefer to go with Remy permanently, I know he doesnt fit the age range but I think he would benefit Mitro immediately and also could help progress Perez and Arma perfectly

  • 23 mfw13 // Jan 27, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    Who cares about strikers….we’ve got guys who can put the ball in the net.

    What we really need is another defender or two, so that we can keep the ball out of our own net!

    Its hard to win when you are conceding an average of two goals a match and keeping a clean sheet is a major miracle!!!!

  • 24 U.S Magpie // Jan 27, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    With Taylor now being fit then there is no chance we get another defender, I swear this happens every year. I’m thinking Newcastle pay him a bonus to fake injury and then come back right at the Jan window. Same goes for Cisse he suddenly has come back from injury. Looks like the same shit every year. But honestly get Remi in and put a clause in his contract saying 20 million if someone what to buy him while under contract with us. Job Done.

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