Lee Charnley showed yesterday that when push comes to shove and he is up against it – or let’s say Newcastle are up against it – he can get the deals done quickly
And Newcastle did get two good players in yesterday – Islam Slimani (Leicester) and Martin Dubravka (Sparta Prague) coming through the door.
And six players left the club – Mitrovic (Fulham), Woodman (Aberdeen), Aarons (Hellas Verona – Serie A), Sterry (Crewe), Saivet (Sivasspor- Turkey), Colback (Nottingham Forest)
All eight players are on loan.
Islam Slimani – can he make the difference?
The thing that strikes us about the deals is that little money was paid out – nobody was signed or sold permanently and the wage bill will be lower in the second half of the season with six players having left and only three have come in.
Given where Newcastle were on Tuesday night this was a good January window – but overall it’s a pass for Newcastle.
The good thing is the players we brought in are three players Rafa has wanted and we saw last night just why he was so keen on Kenedy.
Hopefully, all three players will show the class that has been missing from the team and raise the level at which Newcastle can play.
Rafa Benitez should be happy enough and he rates Slimani so now he has to get the best out of him and some goals.
Newcastle almost won for the first time since October 21st last night but Burnley equalized with 5 minutes to go and would you believe it – Joselu missed a first-half penalty.
Pity Matt Ritchie wasn’t on the field.
But these three players give us some hope we can survive this season but it will still be difficult.
It’s just a pity we couldn’t get a win last night as most of the clubs around us also picked up a point.
We are still one point above the drop zone and 4 points out of 10th place.
Here are the transfers for last month.
|Islam Slimani||Loan||Leicester City|
|Martin Dubravka||Loan||Sparta Prague|
|Jamie Sterry||Loan||Crewe Alexandra|
|Henri Saivet||Loan||Sivasspor - Turkey|
|Jack Colback||Loan||Nottingham Forest|
|Roalndo Aarons||Loan||Hellas Verona - Italy|
What do you think?