Newcastle spent around £52M last summer in bringing four players into the club – Georginio Wijnaldum, Chancel Mbemba, Alexandre Mitrovic and Florian Thauvin – and that was the second most money spent in the Premier League -only Manchester City spent more.
This month we have spent £30M so far in bringing in three new players to the club – Jonjo Shelvey, Henri Saivet and Andros Townsend – and we still need at least a striker brought in before the window closes on Monday.
Steve McClaren – onus on McClaren to get results
Newcastle have spent more than any other club this month and it’s hard to accuse owner Mike Ashley of not making the cash available after last season’s debacle.
Unfortunately this season is not turning out to be much better and in fact so far it is worse – we are now 9 points behind where we were after 23 games played last season.
Assuming the players we have brough in are decent enough then the attention turns to the man whose job it is to get the best out of the players available – head coach Steve McClaren.
From now on Steve will be expected to get some wins and there will be little room for excuses after around £82M has been spent on new players since he arrived at the club.
And some of them – Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend – are players he wanted bought in because they had Premier League experience.
However are upcoming games are not exactly easy.
Here are the next eight games over the next two months.
February Wed 03 19:45 A Everton Sat 06 15:00 H WBA Sat 13 17:30 A Chelsea Sun 28 12:00 H Manchester City March Wed 02 19:45 A Stoke City Sat 05 15:00 H Bournemouth Mon 14 20:00 A Leicester City Sun 20 13:30 H Sunderland
At the end of February would be a good time to see where we are – but the chances of moving out of the relegation zone soon with a string of wins still seem remote.
If result don’t improve then it will be interesting to see what Mike Ashley does.
Last season we did nothing when John Carver went on a disastrous run of results starting in early March – eight defeats in a row – and that indecision almost cost Newcastle their Premier League status.
If we don’t start picking up points soon we don’t think Mike Ashley, who has spent so much money on new players since the end of last season – will sit idly by and let us be relegated.
He will not want to miss out on all that huge money available in the new Premier League deal that starts in June for the next three years.
The onus will be on Steve McClaren to produce the results and we hope he does just that, but it could still take close to 40 points to be safe this season.
What do you think?