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What Fans Think Of January Window – Poll Results

8:53 am, Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 32 Comments

Newcastle fans seem to have been pleased with Newcastle´s January transfer window.

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New signing Seydou Doumbia

Has The January Transfer Window Been A Good One For Newcastle?

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Tags: Newcastle News · Poll · Premier League · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours

32 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toonfan8 // Feb 2, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    It was a good window, we lost nobody with EPL quality and bring 4 players, two English internationals, plus Doumbia (champions league level striker) and Saivet (nobody knows how he will adapt, but was good in Bordeaux)….We should bring one full back, even Debuchy as a cover, he can play LB position…and it would be very good window, Berahino would be top of that….but I think we have Berahino, Willems lined up in the summer as our priority, we just have to stay up…

  • 2 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Feb 2, 2016 at 8:54 AM


    Accusing others of making stuff up. Irony overload. Just don’t interact with me, you pointless buffoon.

  • 3 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 2, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    Mark…that does seem to be the problem here. But it comes from not being well prepared!

  • 4 hibbitt // Feb 2, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Jail for Ashley
    its a massive gamble the club are taking if the money was available why not get the players we need but this lot chose not to and have now gone for another spin of the wheel who do we blame charnley and carr are the names on my list

  • 5 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    Ed…I don’t give much for your polls to be honest. 90% thought McC would fo great here and we where we are.

  • 6 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    Doumbia looks like he’s 30 something 😉

  • 7 croftus5678 // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    no worries guys charlie austin and andy carrol lined up for next window lol.

    great window imo even though we did not get the lb/cb i personally wanted and we got 2 cm’s when i thought it was all ready our strongest position !

    i must admit quality has been bought and huge imrpovement made to the point it looks like we want to win something.

  • 8 beermonkey // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    happy with who we bought in but over all have to give the club a


    not sure when haidiara is back leaving sick note taylor as the only cb cover we have

    think he is still injured but how do people feel about mbabu covering fullback position, not sure how long he out for

  • 9 sparky55 // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    Methinks Ed just likes to wind us up with references to the ‘loss’ of Charlie Austin…clicks of anger and frustration pay the same money to Ed as clicks for construction blogging.

    Ignore Ed…he’s only after your money which is exactly why he likes to do polls as well.

  • 10 firebug666 // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:03 AM


    Rough paper round I guess.

    He’s been signed as a 28 year old so 28 it shall be. I do wonder though has he got as many birth certificates as Mbemba?

  • 11 BandB // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    I wish I could get one of those “cheeky tenners” on “mood of the blog reverses polarity after unsurprising defeat at Everton.”

  • 12 beermonkey // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:04 AM


    30 something he is knocking 40 looking at him

  • 13 firebug666 // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:06 AM


    Iv’e gone for a win against Everton, for some reason I think we will beat them, maybe 2-0 even.

  • 14 Spoof // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    91% believe that it was a good window, I’m not so sure, if we look at what was needed and what we got then it doesn’t look brilliant, however there is some hope that it could be a good window

    We needed two proven strikers, we got Doumbia who is far from proven, prolific in poor leagues but when in Italy which is a higher standard he was dreadful, if he had been the second of the two which we needed then yes a good window as far as strikers go, however he is the only one we got so for me we have failed on the striker front.

    We needed a left winger, we got a right winger and are hoping that his PL performances as a left winger are better than his PL performances as a RW, it is a gamble and again as far as a LW goes then it is a fail but with an open mind as he may settle quickly and hopefully prove me wrong.

    We needed a FB, most wanted a LB, but with Haidara, Dummett and Colback who can play there I would rather we had got a RB as Janmaat is ok, not brilliant but ok but without him we are screwed as we have no cover at all, either way, LB or RB we got neither so again we have failed in what we really needed, Byram would have been ideal.

    We needed a CB, we all know this so again we have failed.

    We needed a deep lying midfielder who is capable of giving us an attacking edge, Colback and Anita as a pairing give us no creativity at all, we got Shelvey now assuming that SM can keep him calm and get his head right as he seems to have done with Mitrovic then we have succeeded.

    We then have Saivet, did we really need another holding midfielder, assuming only one will play alongside Shelvey then with Anita, Colback and Tiote then I feel we were well enough covered in that area, however if he proves to be as good as Kante is at Leicester and he can force Tiote, Anita and Colback out of the side then all well and fine, but for me he is neither a good nor a bad signing, even if Tiote goes as he probably will we still wouldn’t have been desperate for him, so unless he really is a class act then for me he was a needless signing.

    What the window has done is to let us know that SM does have an input and he has changed the transfer policy which is a great boost, the biggest boost of all is that we did not sell any of our top players, so we have strengthened the team and the squad so yes there are positives but was it as good a window as some seem to believe, time will tell, if Doumbia was just not suited to the Italian league, like Dennis Bergkamp wasn’t, if Saivet does allow us to dominate the midfield which in turn would hide our defensive woes, if Townsend does become a great left winger then we will be fine, however if they don’t do the above then we could be in trouble, so have we had a successful window, I have my doubts.

  • 15 sparky55 // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    We are a fickle bunch aren’t aren’t we…”could have done better”, “7/10”, “should have got another striker”

    We are a million light years ahead of where we were on the 1st of January. We had no chance of staying up 32 days ago and now we have every chance.

    We can then finish the team transformation in the summer with the final piece of the jigsaw being replacing the manager.

    Then we’ll have a squad and a manager that will be a real fret!

  • 16 firebug666 // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:13 AM


    If your 7/10 is reference to my earlier post I don’t think I am being fickle, I gave an honest assessment of where I think we are at the moment.

    I think we will stay up, and strengthen again in the summer, but we did need some defensive cover and that never happened that’s my 7/10.

    We are week at the back with so many injuries and one or two players to cover would have been job done.

  • 17 toon kk // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    In the poll on SSN People have voted we have done the best business in the transfer window.

  • 18 Spoof // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    toon kk

    yes but how many of them would like to see us go down lol

  • 19 Jib // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:15 AM


  • 20 Rotonda heights // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:19 AM


    can’t begrudge ed making a bit of coin from this site.

  • 21 hibbitt // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    sparky55 /
    hope your right but the odds would have been even better if we had sorted the defence still a massive gamble staying up

  • 22 Rotonda heights // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:20 AM


    pellegrini in the summer please.

  • 23 lesh // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Unless Carr’s had a sudden awakening, it’s clear that McClaren’s had much influence over our transfer policy.

    Yes, we’ve made some good buys but the failure to strengthen our defence along with the seeming panic to try to sign a LB shows that Charnley had failed to recognise that as a priority. Was the purchase of Thauvin a greater priority than a solid defender?

    McClaren seems to have persuaded Ashley and Charnley that a strategic approach to transfer policy was essential and that buying players for the sake of solely selling them at a profit has been folly.

    We must hope that McClaren can translate the £29m spent this window into maintaining our Prem status this year. The remainder of the season will define his future.

  • 24 Jail for Ashley // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Unfortunately they have a cosy little set up which makes it difficult to know exactly where to place the blame, Moncur and McLaren are board members as well, did Ashley say we’ve got defenders, I want goals, who knows !

  • 25 Jib // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    I think Henri Saivet could be the real surprise package of the window they seemed to think a lot of him at Bordeaux and his manager Willy Sagnol seemed gutted to let him go.

  • 26 beermonkey // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:23 AM


    the club could have done better

    at Watford we had to go 3 at the back and play an unfit Aarons at left wingback cos there were no options at full back

    can and should we rely on taylor to stay injury free till the end of the season, colo last few seasons has picked up an injury lasting 4-6 weeks
    mbemba new to the league not sure if last club had a winter break, if so those players hit a wall around feb and will need a rest

    if were lucky we will be ok but some of our defensive problems should have been addressed this window

  • 27 toon kk // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Maybe some people would, but the main thing is what we as fans think and the club does.
    As far as most are concerned we have had a good window, yes it could have been better but at least we’re a far stronger than we were.
    Look at Villa, not one player brought in.

  • 28 shaun83 // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Not to be negative but the failure to sign a striker who all but guarantees goals in the PL is a major concern. Not at all convinced by this Doumbia.

  • 29 croftus5678 // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    doumbia will get us goals.

    we moan its the easy chances and conversion of chances to goals we are lacking and that lad provides it.

    townsend and shelvey and even saivet will hopefully create and score a lot more than we currently had.

    saivet and shelvey add steel into midfield and dont give away as many silly tackles nor should pick up as many sendings off but wether all thats as well as being effective as tiote or is sacrificed only time will tell.

    hairdryer is our only lb imo so i do worry here as janmaat is our only real rb and dummett/colback/anita/mbabu can cover them (not forgetting mbabu’s natural position is rb) and saylor is back now to cover cb which is still weak imo but should get us through this season as he has many others.

  • 30 goalseeker // Feb 2, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    You are correct in asking are we fickle, well I think it is simply you will never satisfy all the Geordies unless we signed Messi and the rest of the Barcelona team with Real Madrid as backup, and they would still find fault. The main purpose of the window was to get support from midfield and someone who can put the ball into the net, there is still Perez & Mitrovic who with good support may just find their goal touch again. Well done getting Perez to sign his new contract, if he does go in the summer because we can afford to let him go he will bring a good fee which can be spent on players. I was not that keen on signing Berahino I think his arrogance would not make him a team player and I am tired of all the so-called potential players doing nothing but take their money. The defence can play OK with a solid midfield remember the glory days of the entertainers if they score 5 and we score 6 we are happy. Let’s just support the team instead of being negative and blaming this one and that who says they were not trying but so were every other club and you cannot get what you want all of the time even if you are a supporter who knows better than anyone.

  • 31 cg // Feb 2, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    Why Pellegrini? Even JC would do decent with that Manc-side…

  • 32 dalton7675 // Feb 2, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    the biggest disappointment is we didn’t buy austin for 4mil 15 goals a season every season, gutted about not getting a lb we only ever seem to buy midfielders

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