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Newcastle Top The Table For Net Spend This Season

9:38 am, Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 32 Comments

Newcastle United have topped the table for the net spend in this financial year which started on July 1st last year and ends on June 30th.

Sunderland are third in the table.

The table is from 101 Great Goals and in the two transfer windows in this table we have had a net spend of just over £70M.

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Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
Let´s spend the money Lee – get with it

The transfer amounts may be different, but it´s rare to see Newcastle at the top top any table these days – well apart from the Injury League.

But to be top of a table for spending money seems like an oxymoron since Billionaire Mike Ashley has owned the club since the summer of 2007 – just four weeks after I started on this rather strange blogging career.

Must have been my fault he bought the club.


Things may be changing at Newcastle with Mike Ashley hopefully seeing the light – that would be really good!

Newcastle top spending in January, Spurs have £0 net spend for 2015 16 [Graphic]

Here´s the other league we are top of this season – no – it´s not the Premier League.


Comments welcome.

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

32 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Spoof // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    toon kk

    from two threads ago, in fairness I believe that I am being open minded about the January window, there have been some good points but at the same time there have been certain areas where we have really failed, we could have done better but at the same time it could have been worse

  • 2 optimistic prime // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    A lot our defensive problems were addressed when we got a cm who can pass a ball more than 2 yds.

    Anita Colback and Tiote being of limited ability cause more problems than they solved by sitting on the CBS toes.

    Now there’s someone on the left who can stretch play and someone who can spot a pass from CM maybe Dummet will venture foward a bit.

    For me CM was our weakest position by a mile, often it’s where the game is won and lost. Our cm was weakest in the league until Shelvey came.

    If I was to list the attributes of a good cm, Anita (best of a poor bunch) Colback and Tiote would be lucky to have 60% of those attributes between them!

    A window can always be better and as fans we always want more, I’m satisfied with the window but that’s probs because the positions I thought we where weakest have been addressed.

    Saitisfied, not unhappy but not delirious either .

  • 3 Toon_Tom // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    People are concerned where we will play Mitro with Doumbia’s arival, where will Perez fit in, where will Wiji play???

    We haven’t had these problems in a long time and IMO it is good that we are struggling to know where our better players will fit!

    I think we need Doumbia to play off Mitro but I don’t want Wiji out wide so I would try a 4-4-2 diamond formation with Shelvey in the DM role, Sissoko and Townsend providing the width and Wiji sat behind the front 2.

  • 4 BandB // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Where does Doumbia play for us?
    Are we going to go 4-4-2?
    Does Wijnaldum drop back? Do we play him and Shelvey in central midfield?
    Does Doumbi replace Mitrovic?
    Can someone explain?

    ED …the great thing about these loan-to-buy deals is that no-one counts the delayed income from their sale. No-one counted Cabella against the summer spend, and no-one is counting him now, and no-one will count what we get for Tiote when his departure goes ahead, as likely, later this month.

  • 5 toon kk // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    I agree with you mate, I think we have the same view on the transfer window.

  • 6 cyprus // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    Aggregate net spend only behind City… Brilliant.

    Hope all these players come good. If we go down after this surely it’s on Carr’s shoulders. Unless we blame the owner for wrong player purchases because it’s him who hired Carr and Steve and he hates us anyway and he’s really a spurs fan and all that.

  • 7 Jib // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    John Tudor // Dec 29, 2015 at 11:37 AM
    tight git wont cow tow to the fans no-one in of note cash sales out and it wont be the deadwood
    Ha ha ha
    Canny prediction whatever name you post under now !

  • 8 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:46 AM


    Yeah thought that was the case. 65 is steep, which is maybe why we only offered short term. Jose is probably looking for a couple of years to finish his prem career, and will probably end up back in Spains lower leagues after that to finish completely

  • 9 BandB // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:47 AM


    For two windows now you’ve counselled the club to buy no-one.
    So I don’t see your point relating to John Tudor..

  • 10 croftus5678 // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    @3 toon

    i agree.

    it will leave us without as much defensive cover as we are used to but i’d stick shelvey as the only dm where he can use his vision and passing and have wijnaldum buzzing around looking to support doumbia/mitrovic from deeper with his runs.


  • 11 BandB // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:51 AM


    So no Saivet. No Colback.

  • 12 reilly // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    out of the bottom 3 and never too return.
    funny when posters drag othe posters past comments up to try and make them look silly.
    i could accept it but from a poster like you.
    not a chance.

  • 13 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:52 AM


    I haven’t had the chance to ask about last week re your townsend stats….

    You seemed to take something I said to someone else as a dig at you, even though there was no reference to what you had posted, not any malice towards you in any way. How did that happen??

  • 14 Toon_Tom // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Criftus – that’s my team too..

    It has pace and hopefully goals in it. Just pray that our leaky defense plugs its holes!

  • 15 BandB // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Hi Mark,

    I was talking to the blog in general, but addressed it to you because I was glad to see you back and wanted to acknowledge you.
    It was sad last week to see jimmysmith plugging away with good stuff and being blanked by a bunch of teenagers.
    So it was in that spirit, even if it didn’t come across that way.

  • 16 jimiley // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    The spending proves that Mr Tubbs has great ambitions for this club and wants us to compete with the best. NOT!!!! Its all desperation stuff to keep us in the league. If we were mid table 15 points more he would have spent nowt. Desperation from the fat man. It is time he got shafted. And still no top striker. That may come back to bite him. 100 million spent and still not certain to avoid relegation. Says it all about our dysfunctional club.

  • 17 davetoon // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    @croftus. The fear with that team is that Shelvey will be positioned so deep defending that he won’t be able to play those defence splitting passes he did a couple of games ago

  • 18 Obafan // Feb 2, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    I have got a question. Next Saturday I won’t be able to watch our game against West Brom live. Is there any possibility to watch the complete game via a website in the evening. Thx 😉

  • 19 Jib // Feb 2, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    B and B
    Good question
    I think we’ll start with the old fashioned 4-4-2 with Mitro and Doumbia up front with big Al providing hold up and knock downs for the faster nippier players and Perez and Doumbia inter changing off of the bench.
    Hopefully as well as the incisive balls from Shelvey , stuff should be firing in from the wings.
    Should see Mr Stardust (aka known as Sam Cooke mark2) with a freer role picking up lots of stuff by floating late into the box.

  • 20 Laurent Robert 32 // Feb 2, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    I’m not sure McClaren will play two up top, hope he tries it. He may play that team but swap Mitro out for Colback/Anita/Saivet as the DM.

  • 21 WWSBRD // Feb 2, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Id imagine Doumbia is going to be on the bench to begin with and coming on to make an impact for a couple games and unless Mitrovic starts scoring he will replace him in the starting line up and give Mitro a rest

    Gini in CM seems beyond McClaren and he makes a much larger impact when in the no 10 spot, plus Shelvey needs a tougher partner in midfield so Colback, Tiote or Saviet fits better….for me anyway

  • 22 JDdubai // Feb 2, 2016 at 10:03 AM


    McClaren said in the summer that we would invest over the next 3 transfer windows – think he even said around 50m would be spent in each window. That was before we got into this situation..

  • 23 Goofy // Feb 2, 2016 at 10:03 AM


    If you have kodi you can watch it on robocop operation for the whole week after.

  • 24 BandB // Feb 2, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    There’s a fair to middling chance we’ll be rock bottom of the form table after this latest round of games.
    The spending, which isn’t quite what the headlines claim, is a primer for fighting our way to safety, not an achievement in itself.
    We haven’t just bought our way out of trouble, as people are gushing.
    It doesn’t work like that.

  • 25 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Feb 2, 2016 at 10:04 AM


    Ok i see. Sorry then, i misunderstood. 🙂

    Thanks for acknowleging me. It is mostly good to be back here expecting the worst but hoping for the best.

  • 26 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Feb 2, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    And yes, this window has been ok, but not great. The new players have given us more than one dimension going forward, but we are still badly lacking at the back. Hopefully, as some have suggested, the midfeild taking a bit of pressure off the defenders will plug some of the leaks

  • 27 Goofy // Feb 2, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Sorry meant Operation Robocop Ultimate.

  • 28 BandB // Feb 2, 2016 at 10:10 AM


    I think so too.


    Where does Saivet get to show the qualities you spoke of in a 4-4-2?

  • 29 martoon // Feb 2, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    I think the general consensus of opinion is people are pleased with the signings but think we needed a defender in particular a left back. I agree with this but to be fair to the club they did try with the 2 that got away and Enrique. Apparently we only offered a contract until the end of the season whereas Enrique wanted longer. Although disappointing sensible I would say other we would have been stuck with an older injury prone player on high wages and we’ve got enough of them already 🙂
    With the recruitment of CM players we can use Colback at LB -not ideal but he did play there for the makems!

  • 30 Jib // Feb 2, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    This is a good resource
    It shows highlights of all the games in the major leagues in the world
    The tabs at the top are self explanatory and it has a good search facility

  • 31 croftus5678 // Feb 2, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    @11 bandb

    yep no colback or saivet as theres only 11 players allowed on the field 😉

    those are imo our most effective players and we will be prone to counter attack but i’m a firm believer that we create pressure for ourselves thinking about the defence first and formost when imo if we pressure their defence with attacking players they will be on the back foot and will pressure us less.

    shelvey is solid anyways even if its not his main role and with wijnaldum’s workrate they should be a handfull for any teams midfield.

  • 32 TroubledToon // Feb 2, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Lol… Hey Ed, what if u give one of us charge of the blog? Would that make Ashley go away? 😉

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