Newcastle Spread Net Wide For Upcoming Transfer Windows

Newcastle are not targeting any particular country for new players like we did in the past, when we tried to get cheap deals from France and only France.

And while a few of them were very successful in terms of sell on profit – think Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko – we also got far too many duds especially over the last few years.

We gained around £60M in profits for those three French players given what we paid for them.

Rafa Benitez has completely changed the scouting priorities at the club since he arrived and he now has Chief Scout Graham Carr – who’s still at Newcastle – looking in a lot of different countries in Europe for good players.


Rafa Benitez – looks like the scouting is going well?

Newcastle will again scour the British market for players as we did in the summer and scouting has continued in countries  like Belgium, Holland, France, Portugal and Spain.

Rafa also has contacts all over the world he can get in touch with for good players and he will be updated regularly by his contacts about the good young players in Spain.

So maybe the way to say it is that Newcastle are now spreading the transfer net very wide with Rafa in charge of all football matters at the club.

The net is basically spread around the world as Rafa looks for the players who will help make Newcastle United into a great side again which can challenge for trophies – soon.

After all that’s what he stayed on at Newcastle to do.

Sounds (very) good to us.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • JP...from The Rock

    Nov 10, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #1

    We need a natural LW and a CAM ASAP as we are too reliant on Shelvey and he needs to be rotated with another CAM, with one that is more mobile even better. Now with his ban I hope we don’t miss him too much.

  • lochinvar

    Nov 10, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #2

    Phew..for one minute when I saw ASAP I thought that you meant
    A Smouldering Alan Pardew

  • lochinvar

    Nov 10, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #3

    Premier League clubs have agreed that at least one block of away fans must be located pitch-side at every league game from next season.

    Details of the new rule emerged as the Premier League published a detailed report into ticket pricing and allocation involving its 20 clubs.

    Clubs must allow some travelling supporters to be in a lower tier but exact locations will depend on each ground.

    That’s going to be fun then….

  • Jib

    Nov 10, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #4

    They are going to be behind the goals I’m thinking.
    In the report it was mentioned that the FA would like to see more reaction to away goals.

  • Small World

    Nov 10, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #5

    In our case that would mean moving some season ticket holders away from their present area and into level 7 leazes where the away supporters currently sit. That’s going to be popular….

  • one fine day

    Nov 10, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Sounds typical of the F.A that one .
    Happy to let the big clubs fleece away fans yet want them to make the game appear better on TV .
    So they do acknowledge that without fans the game is nothing yet happy to switch games to suite TV. Slots at a whim without any consideration as to travel plans etc .
    Clearl they haven’t thought it through to well about having them pitch side/ behind a goal either .
    It could actually look worse as you would have the evitable gap of 10 rows of seats empty with police in between two sets that the image they want glaring out worldwide?
    And in the case of some of the more pathetic away followings you would have only have the allocation taken up and gaps all over the place .
    The thought of the unwashed behind the goal at say the leazes boils my p@ss on but then hang on … Next year ..? ?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 10, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #7

    Very false economy to say we made a profit on all those players when the policy of selling them and the mindset behind it ultimately cost the club 135M and a stain on our history.

  • Jib

    Nov 10, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #8

    Where do you get that figure of £135 million ?

  • manxpie

    Nov 10, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #9

    Well done ED for changing the adverts much easier viewing now and the pages actually load away from wifi!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 10, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #10

    That’s what PL clubs got this year, make adjustments for parachute payments etc but the bottom line is the profit before ambition cost us dearly, the only saving grace was Rafa coming in.

  • Jib

    Nov 10, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #11

    We were one of the PL clubs that got that.

    It’s season 16/17 we don’t get the dosh.

    Anything could happen before next Springs payout.

    Some Championship clubs have made £100 million from the playoff tv money.

  • Budge123

    Nov 10, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #12

    Jib – clubs don’t get that much from the play off.
    The figure they quote for that game is always what promotion brings in terms of sky TV money.

  • clinath@ed

    Nov 10, 2016 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Jib, how much does the championship winner achieve

  • Jib

    Nov 10, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #14


    I know when they talk about the total championshhip prize money the media usually include the projected PL earnings.
    However Championship prize money itself plus one-off tv payments for the play-off games plus a share of filling Wembley 2 or 3 times is quite impressive dough.

  • Jib

    Nov 10, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #15

    One of the footy financial whizz kids from Deloittes worked out that clubs actually made much more from going up through the play-offs than straight promotion.

  • Budge123

    Nov 10, 2016 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #16

    No where near £100 mill though.

    Jail ‘ s point is 100% correct the penny pitching has cost the club serious money.

  • Budge123

    Nov 10, 2016 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Only 1 game at Wembley. The semi are home and away games


    Nov 10, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #18

    Evening boyos (and girlos) any news on Shelvey gate? I can’t find out official about it

    Also interesting chat earlier about our current squad being top 10 pl quality (unless I misread I did skim read the previous articles) can’t say am on board with that tbh we’d be very lucky to get there

  • hibbit

    Nov 10, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #19

    not even sure the clubs get a cut of the Wembley take think its exs only and the FA keep the rest !!

  • Jib

    Nov 10, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #20

    According to Lee Ryder the club is going to appeal on behalf of Shelvey .

  • Jib

    Nov 10, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #21

    You think if we sell 80,000 tickets for wembley cos we are playing a poorly supported side.
    That all the money collect is sent to the FA less ticket office staff wages , the hire of a Moordale coach , and an overnight stay in a London hotel ?


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