It was a disappointing transfer window for Newcastle with the club starting out wanting a winger, central midfielder and striker in early January.
Half way through the month that was reduced to a winger and a striker and then we heard Newcastle had to do loan deals this month (the last transfer window of the 2016-2107 financial year) because owner Mike Ashley didn’t want to spend much money.
James McCarthy became too expensive from Everton at £20M and for whatever reason, even though it seemed possible until about three hours ago, we failed to get Andros Townsend in on loan today.
Rafa Benitez – will now press on in Championship
So that means we brought in no players at all to strengthen the squad – not even any development players.
The only good point is that Tim Krul got a new loan deal to AZ Alkmaar for the rest of the season and he will go up against first choice goalkeeper 23 year-old Uruguayan Sergio Rochet – let’s hope Tim gets lots of games.
And Chick Tiote finally left the club after almost seven years – it was a two year deal to Chinese Super league club Shandong Luneng
It’s got to be a disappointing window for Newcastle, but now we have Mo Diame and Chancel Mbemba back from the Africa Cup of Nations and we have to press on with getting promoted.
Christian Atsu at the very latest will return to Newcastle early next week and be available for the game at Wolves a week on Saturday.
The push for promotion starts tomorrow night against QPR at home, followed by a tough game against Derby County and Steve McClaren, also at home on Saturday afternoon.
If we can get two wins in those games that will help us forget about last Saturday at Oxford and this transfer window.
We’ve been good enough for an automatic promotion spot in the first 27 games of the season – now we have 19 games left to ensure we are a Premier League club next season and back in the spotlight after one season down below.
We can do it.
Howay The Lads!!