Newcastle are third bottom of the Premier League and we have made our worst ever start after 23 games played – and have only 21 points with a very poor goal difference of -16.
Newcastle fans are not happy, but the club has spent £81M in the last two transfer windows and the general opinion is that we did well last month in bringing in four good players.
Steve McClaren – has brought some common sense to Newcastle?
Yes, we could have done better because we really needed a top class left-back brought in and another striker but we did well – and spent more than any other Premier League club.
So while we improved the midfield with Jonjo Shelvey, Henri Saivet and Andros Townsend and the attack with prolific goalscorer Seydou Doumbia – the defense was not strengthened and still remains Newcastle´s big weakness.
Of those four players we have a feeling Seydou could become the standout if he starts knocking in those goals for us – he could quickly become a hero on Tyneside this season if he can help save us from relegation.
And that´s the point.
If Newcastle can stay up this season it looks like the summer transfer window could be very exciting for Newcastle fans as we are almost certain to go all out to get some very good players like Saido Berahino, Jetro Willems and other top players in.
Gone seem to be the days when we only brought in players from France who were 26 years old or younger and Steve McClaren seems to be exerting his common sense influence with the Newcastle Board.
He wanted English Internationals Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend and got them – but he missed out on Charlie Austin.
So we now seem to be willing to buy British players and pay the premium – and that´s because we have made some poor signings like Manu Riviere, Siem de Jong and Remy Cabella over the last 18 months.
We wont even mention Facundo Ferreyra.
And even this season new players from abroad such as Florian Thauvin and Aleksandar Mitrovic have struggled to get to grips with the Premier League.
Florian seems to have thrown in the towel at Newcastle and has gone back Marseille on loan.
We will be surprised if we see him back in the summer, but it could happen if we do well in our last 15 games.
If he does come back we need to give the youngster every chance to succeed – it would be a great story if Florian came back and became a success on Tyneside, but for that to happen he will need to show some courage.
So McClaren seems to have some backing that English players are worth that extra premium because they don’t need any bedding in time and we know exactly what we are getting for the money.
Newcastle are in a peculiar situation right now because relegation would be a complete and utter disaster for the club in May.
And to use a quote from the great English novelist Charles Dickens:
If we can stay in the Premier league this season it could be the best of times – but if we are relegated it could be the worst of times.
Newcastle never did do things in half measure did they.
Howay The Lads!!