Newcastle Bought A £23.5M Player In January Transfer Window

Newcastle’s £12M acquisition of Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey was deemed the best-value signing of the January transfer window, according to a study by the CIES Football Observatory.

The Observatory is a team that estimates transfer values based on over 1,500 deals in the top five European leagues since June of 2009.

jonjo shelvey in debut

Jonjo Shelvey – worth £23.5M

But we also overspent by about £4.5M on Andros Townsend as they estimate he was worth only £7.5M – it was that damned Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy!


Here are the best signings as tabled by the CIES Football Observatory.

Name               From         To                Fee   Underpaid by
Jonjo Shelvey      Swansea      Newcastle        £12M   £11.5M
Augusto Fernandez  Celta Vigo   Atletico Madrid   £5M    £2.48M
Mario Suarez       Fiorentina   Watford           £4M    £2.24M

Notice that Newcastle underpaid for Shelvey by £11.5M and yet the next best deal was underpaying by just £2.48M – so Newcastle seem to have got a fantastic deal.

Let’s hope Ashley doesn’t put Shelvey up for sale for £23.5M in the summer.

So hey – we overpaid £4.5M for Andros Townsend who we are almost sure is going to turn out to be a great signing for us and we underpaid £11.5M for Shelvey.

Now let’s think for a NY minute.

Well we are still £7M to the good and yes – that sounds good to us.

Especially when they could save Newcastle’s Premier League status this season and that approximately £140M we will get a in May next year should we survive.

As Albert Einstein was fond of saying – it’s all relative baby.


Howay The Lads!!!

121 comments so far

  • aussiemag

    Feb 8, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #1

    Thats if we can stay up with Super Mac in charge.

  • firebug666

    Feb 8, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #2

    Wow! Man U 7 – 0 Norwich

  • firebug666

    Feb 8, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Damn you reality Newcastle 1 – 2 Stoke

  • NoahJ

    Feb 8, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #4

    It appears that when Shelvey plays well, the whole team plays well- hardly surprising given that he’s the puppeteer of the midfield.

    If we master our home form (in which we play all of the teams around us, bar norwich), we will be fine!

  • Blofal

    Feb 8, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #5

    For Shelvey to play well he needs time and space to pick out a pass

    He didn’t get that against Everton because they closed down our midfield really well. WBA were pinned in their own half most of the game which meant Shelvey could sit back and spray passes around at will.

  • firebug666

    Feb 8, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #6

    We came, we saw, and we lost again Newcastle 1 – 2 Stoke.

    Ahh well, we did all right considering we played 80 odd minutes with ten men, expected worse.

  • CJ

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #7

    Ed, You also overlooked that they also say we overpaid €2.7M for saivet as well. approx £2.2m

  • Ian Toon

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #8

    Shelvey to date has provided the best assist type possible. A through ball eliminates one or more defenders, forcing the remaining defenders into unwanted choices, and increasing the odds of scoring.

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #9


  • HarriboNo9

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #10

    5 goals for will Keane today he’s a good player

  • CJ

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #11

    in fact net profit for us according to the report is €5.2 = £4.4M to the good

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #12

    Chroniclive: McClaren’s here

    Well, I’m not really sure what McClaren will have thought of Seydou Doumboa’s 45-minute cameo – probably, like that rest of us, that he isn’t ready to start in the Premier League yet.

    Not hitting the ground running then – another great move by Penfold – not!

  • Ian Toon

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #13

    Lindisfarne- He would have treated it as a pre season friendly. A fitness work out.

  • chewbaccy

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #14

    all forwards still want to score irrespective of what type of game it is

  • Ian Toon

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Alan Shearer ?

  • MadisonToon

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #16

    All forwards will find it difficult to play with a new team and a man down for the majority of your minutes on the field. I’m quite sure that his lack of a goal in this game doesn’t mean anything on its own.

    Anyone who attended have anything noteworthy on his play?

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #17

    Tuff, I believe the Leicester squad is valued at 55mill? They have a full back who cost nowt and he had Solva in his pocket all game. Bet old man carr didnt look there – too busy getting nicely priced Cabernet Sauvignan in France. Sadly, no jellied eels on sale in the Kings restaurant – it looked like a dump by the way ! 🙂

  • Doumb & Doumbia

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #18

    Thank god for VPN’s

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #19

    Ian Toon,
    For gawds sake, will you just decide on one bloody identity and stick to it. It’s over, at least try to regain a tiny bit of credibility and kill off your alter ego’s man!!!

  • Ian Toon

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Ha Ha. As it ever occurred to you that you might be wrong.
    I was going anyway.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #21

    Carr should not have the powe he does. It is a flawed system that supposedly has a 71 year old man with a less than stellar career chosing our players. What’s Leicesters head scout called, or Arsenal or Spurs for that matter?

  • Ian Toon

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #22

    Incidentally I am advised to give you a wide berth. Must say I was impressed that you saw the WBA game. I have only just seen it.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #23

    Doumbia hardly had anything of note to him because Stoke had the better play. He generally stayed in the centre and laid a few balls off. Most of the time he was looking for someone to play a through ball to him but it rarely came. If it did, the defender seemed to cut off his path or get tangled up.

    I’m sure Shelvey will find him with some good passes. I liked the fact that he tried to get in behind as it’s an another attacking avenue. They weren’t really up to much in the middle and last third of the pitch, so Doumbia couldn’t really get into it too much.

    He applauded a couple of crosses, but there wasn’t much service to him. Not exactly a great game to judge him. I just wanted to see his pace and control. He’s got speed, not Henry or Ronaldo pace, but certainly a very useful amount to use. Difficult to tell against the younger lads. Their left back looked quick.

    Looking forward to seeing him in the first team. Hope he does well.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #24

    Incidentally Ian,
    Which carl was it that you knew?

  • MadisonToon

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #25


    Thanks for the updated analysis on his play – it’s much appreciated! Hopefully when he’s surrounded with a bit more quality his will show through as well.

    I didn’t know anything about him before we signed him so I’m hoping he turns out well for us but don’t have any assumptions right now. We definitely need to have a quicker option than Mitro – Perez didn’t seem to be filling that role well so Doumbia might be able to add something useful in that category. Wonder if he’ll get any time on Saturday.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #26

    Just flicking through the channels and there’s a programme on BBC four called addicted to sheep, if anyone was wondering where welsh was!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #27

    Did he seem to be up for it, some players sulk when they play with the young uns.

  • Ian Toon

    Feb 8, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #28


  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 8, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #29

    carl Ian, he got you a job, remember yesterday ?

  • Ian Toon

    Feb 8, 2016 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #30

    No I don’t know what you’re on about. I have only recently finished work and need some sleep.
    Enjoy your evening.

  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 8, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #31

    grow up jail there’s a good girl.

  • 2 goals 1 cup

    Feb 8, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #32

    has anybody got a link to watch the full game

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 8, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #33

    The greatest bloody bare faced, brass necked audacity I’ve seen in many a year has been witnessed on here tonight.

    Scheming, cunning, trickery, lies, false witness by the most desperate machiavellian mischief maker a blog has ever seen – and he has the arrogance to turn up tonight to test the waters again after finally being outed last night.

    begone you scally – the sulphur pit awaits you and your kind.
    As has just been posted -the words of the big “O” -Roy Orbison should be a signal to you.
    IT’S OVER .

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 8, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #34

    Madison, no worries.

    Jail, no sulking. He didn’t look mega sharp, but quick, he does have the Oba style about him. Difficult to tell his style and movement apart from the lack of much service in and around him. He wasn’t busting a gut sort of thing when running after defenders, he was closing them down though, but it’s probably a low intensity run out for him as he certainly doesn’t want to be getting injured in a game like that.

    He went and congratulated our penalty taker and applauded a couple of the lads who attempted to get the ball to him but the passes were over-hit/misplaced.

    Hopefully he’ll look the part with the pace of Sissoko and passes from Shelvey around him. He looked eager when the ball was in the final third, but the attacks seemed to fizzle out before it got to him so not exactly his fault. Lost ball on first couple of touches with 50/50s in tight areas.

    Ball went down the right and he ran into the six yard box the faded back to look for a cut back from the winger which was good to see as he found space. Think that’s when we got our penalty actually.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 8, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #35

    Oh, Ian Ian Ian. Don’t you feel just a little uncomfortable? 🙂 I read last night’s thread but laughed so much at the unfolding comedy I couldn’t add anything to it, although sorely tempted. Hats off to MacToon for his sterling work. The Carl that was a Carl but yet isn’t a Carl yet is actually an Ian. Scintillating and rewarding.

    You should be proud of your legacy. Or should I say you’re legacy?

    :D. 😀

  • BandB

    Feb 8, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #36


    I doubt anyone has even noticed what you are on about.

  • Online Guy

    Feb 8, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #37

    If Shelvey had hair he’d be worth £30 million.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 8, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #38

    I always get one of his multiples on my back when I say something not so flattering about Ian and his mischief making!

    …who will it be tonight. Carl? John Irwing? Some other random new name…been a few of those!

  • BandB

    Feb 8, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #39

    Ed clearly has a running battle on his hands tonight, with someone who makes Ian look like a choirboy.
    This really ain’t the night to be having another punt at Ian, unless you REALLY want to pee Ed off.

  • Williamson is Bramble in disguise

    Feb 8, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #40

    Sorry Ed have to disagree I’m pretty sure townsend will turn out to be pants… Give him time though, and hopefully shelvey will turn out to be a good signing even if he is like an ugly Dr evil…

    By worries though that all the players I’ve seen us linked with since the end of the window are strikers and midfielder though.. Why oh why are we not looking at bloody defenders! Cb and lb should be the first ones through the door with Colo sent on his bike… Or on his unicycle as might be more appropriate!


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