Whether Newcastle were still in the Premier League this summer or we dropped down to the Championship – with Rafa Benitez in charge of things – Newcastle were always going to have a clear-out of the squad – and it was long overdue.
So we have ignored some of the news and fans of other clubs who are saying Newcastle are buying the league and that kind of stuff.
In the transfer table we keep producing – shown at the bottom of this article – our net spend is still negative and we have also lost Andros Townsend and Gini Wijnaldum to Premier League clubs and they were two of our best players.
So there’s a number of ways of looking at it.
Rafa Benitez – net spend is the important thing
The fact that Newcastle as a club and Rafa Benitez as a world-class manager can attract top players even when we are in the second division in England is something we should not be apologizing about.
This is how Rafa responded to the accusations that Newcastle were spending their way out of the Championship:
“In my experience as a manager the key is always the net spend; that is crucial,” “When I sold Alonso everyone said: ‘Oh he is selling Alonso’. But I needed the money.”
“Sometimes you have to sell your best players to get the money.” “You lose something, and then you have to invest.”
“The key is that if you sell good players you then have to invest.” “We are able to spend because we have sold players. We have balanced the money.”
“We also have a smaller wage bill, and maybe a profit at the end of the window because we are doing good business.”
“Still, though, we have to sell some good players because that is the right thing.” “I am happy with the business.”
“We are doing our work properly and we are getting good value for money.”
“You can’t criticise,” “You can say we are spending more but in our case we have lost players like Wijnaldum and Townsend.”
“And we were not happy about selling those players, but we had to do it, because that was the situation.”
“Townsend had the escape clause, and Gini said: ‘I want to go’. That was the best for both parties.”
Notice that along with bringing new younger players in, Newcastle have also decreased the wage bill, so Rafa and Lee Charnley working together have done extremely well this summer – so far.
Newcastle are going to be criticized this season and that’s mainly because we should be the best team in the Championship.
That’s what comes with being successful – you will be criticized.
That’s how things seem to work and the more successful you are the more you will be criticized – so we should get used to it.
This is how we stand and how we have done in the transfer market so far this summer – in three words – very well indeed.
|Matz Sels||£4.5M||KAA Gent|
|Dwight Gayle||£10M||Crystal Palace|
|Jesus Gamez||£1.5M||Atletico Madrid|
|Ciaran Clark||£5M||Aston Villa|
|Mohamed Diame||£4.5M||Hull City|
|Daryl Murphy||£3M||Ipswich Town|
|Christian Atsu||Loan - season||Chelsea|
|Transfer Fees In||£54.5M|
|Gabby Obertan||Released||Anzhi Makhachkala|
|Steven Taylor||Released||Portland Timbers|
|Fabricio Coloccini||Released||San Lorenzo|
|Andros Townsend||£13M||Crystal Palace|
|Papiss Cisse||£2.5M||Shandong Luneng|
|Florian Thauvin||Loan - season||Marseille|
|Siem de Jong||Loan - season||PSV|
|Kevin Mbabu||Loan - season||BSC Young Boys|
|Henri Saivet||Loan - season||St. Etienne|
|Tim Krul||Loan - January||Ajax|
|Tim Krul||Loan from January||AZ Alkmaar|
|Gael Bigirimana||Free||Coventry City|
|Adam Armstrong||Loan - season||Barnsley|
|Emmanuel Riviere||Loan - season||CA Osasuna|
|Jamie Sterry||Loan - January||Coventry City|
|Haris Vuckic||Loan - January||Bradford City|
|Sammy Ameobi||Loan - January||Bolton Wanderers|
|Moussa Sissoko||£30M||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Transfer Fees Out||£85.5M|