All The Ins And Outs At Newcastle – A Satisfactory Transfer Window?

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 SlimaniLoanLeicester City
Martin DubravkaLoanSparta Prague
Aleksandar MitovicLoanFulham
Freddie WoodmanLoanAberdeen
Jamie SterryLoanCrewe Alexandra
Henri SaivetLoanSivasspor - Turkey
Jack ColbackLoanNottingham Forest
Roalndo AaronsLoanHellas Verona - Italy
Adam ArmstrongLoanBlackburn

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16 comments so far

  • TudorCrisps

    Feb 1, 2018 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Had a nightmare last night, I dreamt we were playing Burnley at home at Joselu missed a penalty and a sitter, oh wait…..

  • Nufc-83

    Feb 1, 2018 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #2

    We really needed a no10 who is comfortable carrying the ball in tight areas. Not much we can do now the other players who came in look good. Still can’t get over last night me 🙁

  • Nufc-83

    Feb 1, 2018 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #3

    I really can’t see how Burnley are so far up the league they are the worst team I have seen for along time (including stoke and worst Ham).

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Feb 1, 2018 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m still seething about that penalty miss. It was a golden opportunity and could ultimately send us down.

    Utter negligence to allow Joselu to take it. If he had won it, then fine but he didn’t and he was awful all game.

    Kenedy was a bright spark and we need him to play at that level for the rest of the season, can’t have his confidence drop.

    Diame was unreal I thought. Best player on the park and his turn around in form has been staggering. Really pleased for him as he’s a great pro as well.

  • TudorCrisps

    Feb 1, 2018 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #5

    I think Diame will play well number 10

  • LGFUAD21

    Feb 1, 2018 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Anyone know anything about an option to buy this keeper.

    Seems odd that they would allow him out on loan without one as he was their first choice if i am not mistaken.

  • cyprus

    Feb 1, 2018 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #7

    In the cold (well warm here) light of day:

    We didn’t do too badly last night. We outplayed the so called best of the rest. Had we more luck (not a corner, hit post) and a CF, this would’ve been a comfortable win.

    On transfers, hope this Slimani hits the ground running. I guess the Mitro debate is finally over, we’ll never know which side was right. At least as far as NUFC is concerned. Or maybe we do have one last chance to know, if we don’t sell and he shines in the WC.

  • TudorCrisps

    Feb 1, 2018 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #8

    Well can look forward to slimani at palace, I’d drop atsu he was shite and play Murphy and Kennedy oozes class

  • LGFUAD21

    Feb 1, 2018 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #9

    Also think aarons loan in italy is an intresting one. He could destroy in that league with his pace and skill. If he stays fit. But i also wonder how he’ll cope with the language barrier.

  • hibbit

    Feb 1, 2018 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #10


    lets see what he does at Fulham first
    he will be working with Slaviša Jokanovi? a Serbian manager

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 1, 2018 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #11


    Pamela Anderson used to be hot, but now she is just a 50year old woman,

    Rafa used to be good, now he is just a run of the mill pardewesk manager.

    Perez and Joselu had terrible games yesterday, Perez seemed to do nothing but jog around not looking to be passed the ball, and Joselu played passy with their keeper, but Rafa in all of his wisdom thought it would be great to keep that forward paring for 85 mins. unacceptable.

    i really don’t care what you think, but every game Joselu has started is a game our most expensive striker could have stated, it looks like Rafa has put his own personal feelings about a player above the clubs league position.

    you can bleat on as much as you like about rafa not having money, but money has nothing to do with not playing Mitro. Money has nothing to do with how poor Joselu is, Rafa again in his wisdom thought spending 5 million on joselu was good business, well last was just one game where playing him instead of mitro or armstrong could have cost the club 100+ million.

    defending him just shows your blind loyalty.

    but keep clapping

  • LGFUAD21

    Feb 1, 2018 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #12


    It was another performance that showed we have the basis of a capable team but are lacking those key ingredients. A striker and a no 10.

    Diame should be well motivated from now until the end of the season. He’ll have one year left on his deal come summer and generally that means a move if you havent signed a contract once you get to 18 months left with no extension.

  • Toondog2

    Feb 1, 2018 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #13

    Well now we know.

    The squad is what we have to keep us in the EPL. I just hope the 3 new players are played regularly now and improve what has been a hard working but ultimately not quite good enough for the top league.
    Joselu needs benching for some time now as painfully not good enough.
    Whether the club gets sold will be an interesting one now . I suppose the announcement of the new Finance from Sky etc for TV rights may give us some steer . Due mid February.
    Somehow we are still 14th in the league . Goal difference may well be the only thing to keep us up it is so tight from 10th to 20th

  • Mag52

    Feb 1, 2018 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #14

    Tough to lose 3 points in the last 5 mins., not for the first time this season.
    Exciting debut for Kenedy.

  • Black and white armpit

    Feb 1, 2018 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #15

    Catchy loves it when we don’t win games so he can further his agenda, little stiffy on when Joselu missed the penalty. Call yourself a fan? (who rarely actually watches a game) you’re a dick that revels in Newcastles’ demise.

  • Tartantoon

    Feb 1, 2018 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #16

    Can’t understand prioritising a goalkeeper over a number 10 or why we couldn’t have had both, when all it would have cost is wages and a loan fee (if even that) for a number 10. It is what it is though, and based on a lot of recent performances we are creating enough chances to win games or at least draw ones we have lost, so if Slimani is even a 50% improvement on Joselu ( surely he must be!!!!!!) then we should be ok


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