Newcastle did very well this summer in the transfer window, managing to get in 12 new players and allowing 21 players to leave and making a £31M profit while doing that.
The very last player to leave the club this summer with about five minutes left in the transfer window was Moussa Sissoko and it just so happens we got the most money for him than any other player this summer.
We sold him got a good £30M and that was £5M more than we received for Gini Wijnaldum from Liverpool.
Rafa Benitez with one of our new arrivals – Achraf Lazaar
Daniel Levy of Tottenham initially offered £15M on Tuesday night so that didn’t look at the time that we would get 30M for him.
Newcastle stuck to their guns and were very willing to keep Moussa at the club if we couldn’t get the £30M.
It took Everton to come in an offer of the full £30M for Levy to sweat a little bit and he immediately bid the £30M, with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino pushing the Chairman to sign the 27 year-old French International.
Most pundits think Moussa is not worth £30M, given his many poor performances for Newcastle last season in our time of need.
Newcastle got praise for our hardball stance on Sissoko from Sky Sports pundit Peter Graves at the time and even today he tweeted this.
— Pete Graves (@PeteGravesSky) September 1, 2016
And Sunderland Chairman and former striker Niall Quinn also had some praise for Newcastle, when he said this on Sky Sports Deadline Day last night:
“First of all, they’ve done really well Newcastle.”
“They’ve bought it to £30M.” “I imagine earlier on today that would have been 15, 18, 19, 20.”
“So Newcastle, in terms of negotiating have done very well.”
We have had a brilliant transfer window, but we also like the way the team fully respects every single opponent before and after we play them.
Rafa Benitez takes nothing for granted and is one of the best managers in the world.
Under Rafa we will never get too big for our boots.
And we have to again mention our chief executive – Managing Director Lee Charnley, who did a ton of work this summer with Rafa in getting all those many deals accomplished.
It looks like Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley are the two members of the Newcastle Board with owner Mike Ashley in the background – and by doing that Mike is doing his job too.
All Mike has to do is keep supporting Rafa but not interfere – and keep in the background and he will become a successful owner – and it looks like he already knows that.
We are now starting to look like a proper football club once again – and we could be going places.
We are even starting to look like a class act – both on and off the field.
Long may it continue.