If This Summer Is A Test Of Newcastle’s Ambition – We Are Failing Badly

Newcastle have been linked with an interest in Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko, but there have been no moves yet by Newcastle.

But promoted sides Wolves and Fulham are interested in the player and are not put off by the price tag of £11M that City will want if their 21-year-old left-sided midfielder leaves the club.

We suspect Newcastle will not pay out £11M for the Manchester City attacking midfielder and that’s why we’ll not hear much more about Zinchenko – other than paper-talk.

Fulham have already broken Newcastle’s transfer record this summer with their acquisition of Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri for between £25M and £35M (probably closer to £25M).

Mike Ashley with Lee Charnley

Our paltry record still stands at the £17M we paid Real Madrid for Michael Owen back in 2005 – when iPhones were two years from being introduced by Steve Jobs.

You will never be able to call Newcastle big spenders with Mike Ashley owning the club.

And surely we have more money to spend than is being reported – where do Wolves and Fulham get their money from?

So even Fulham (and Wolves) are showing more ambition and willingness to spend money than Newcastle this summer.

Newcastle were outspent last summer by promotion clubs Brighton and Huddersfield.

We have spent approximately a negative £6M so far this summer after bringing in Kenedy on loan, Sung-yueng as a free agent and we paid out £4M for goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.

And we were paid the release clause of £10M for Mikel Merino.

And with Isaac Hayden now wanting to leave, Brighton may be willing to pay £10M to take him to the south coast where he would prefer to be closer to his girlfriend and their baby daughter.

With Mitrovic likely to be sold for close to £20M to Fulham and maybe Matt Ritchie on his way to Stoke for £15M – it looks like we will spend very little net money in this transfer window.

When will Ashley allow Rafa to spend some big money?

The longer this goes on with Rafa’s hands tied behind his back, the nearer Rafa could be to leaving Newcastle.

If this is a test of Newcastle by Rafa Benitez this summer – the club is not doing well – we are failing badly.

There are 25 days left in this transfer window for Rafa to bring in another four outstanding players and things may be OK for next season.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jul 15, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Is it Sunday by any chance ?

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 15, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Jib the table you posted recently of clubs not spending much is beginning to change now om afraid with Fulham and west ham on the move. Rafa gets to reflect on his loyalty by jealously looking at the dildo brothers flashing the cash.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 15, 2018 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #3

    Jib so last week he was hiring goalkeeping coaches this week he’s hiring scouts.sounds like a man with a term vision to me.

  • geordiemark

    Jul 15, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #4

    did anyone expect anything different, Ashley grabs the season ticket money and the clubs 130 million from the league and also bags free advertising for his shit direct, nothings changed in 11 years take the money out wallpaper his mansion and laugh at the supporters

  • hibbit

    Jul 15, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #5

    we both fell into the same trap, posted information on here from people we trusted that for whatever reason failed to materialise
    definitely the best course of action now is to say nowt not even a hint of any information you may/have received is definitely the best course of action these days

  • Moonraker15

    Jul 15, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #6

    Rafa is the best thing to happen for Newcastle in years…… but am I the only one who is beginning to wonder if he’s given up trying to change Ashley’s attitude and is just working out his contract? I hope I’m wrong but the lack of spending is worrying!

  • geordiemark

    Jul 15, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #7


    I still hear things every day of the week goes in one ear straight out the other one, I still think that Amanda lass was a ploy myself, think of January goes by with out any transfers saves good old mikey boy some more wallpaper for his mansion

  • geordiemark

    Jul 15, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #8


    ashleys attitude is one thing, take everything out of Newcastle united to swell his own bank account, when Ashley took over at Newcastle his wealth was what say 900 million have you seen how much his wealth is now do the sums

  • geordiemark

    Jul 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #9


    rafa is a very loyal manager, you can only take that loyalty so far before it implodes and Ashley is nearly there with rafa I wouldn’t blame him one iota if he ever leaves

  • Moonraker15

    Jul 15, 2018 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #10

    I think he would’ve increased his wealth without us and wonder why he doesn’t just cut his losses and move on. On the whole successful football clubs don’t make money, they are just a huge money drain! There are a few exceptions. I find it hard to believe we aren’t even competing with Wolves and Fulham despite having a billionaire owner!

  • Moonraker15

    Jul 15, 2018 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #11

    Whatever Rafa does he has enhanced his reputation and can walk into a top job again and it would be with our blessing. The sad part is we know Rafa loves the Toon and if he leaves it will be a huge opportunity in our history lost!

  • Moonraker15

    Jul 15, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #12

    I agree the Amanda Stavely episode was a set up by Ashley. The meeting in the curry house! What a joke! He has no intention of selling; it’s an excuse to not spend any money!

  • lesh

    Jul 15, 2018 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #13


    Don’t try to convince folk that because Rafa’s recruiting coaches means anything more than he’s working in business as usual mode. Staff can be dismissed if Rafa walks and more to the point they don’t need a big fee (cap spend), their wages’ll be classed as revenue spend.

    Rafa’s constraints lie with getting approval for transfer fees – cap spend!

  • mfw13

    Jul 15, 2018 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #14

    I said this at the end of the season and I’ll say it again now, as much as we supporters hate it, it makes zero financial sense for Ashley to splash out big money to try and improve the team.

    Short of spending 100 million Euros (and maybe not even then), Newcastle have little chance at being able to compete with the big six. And given that we finished 10th last season, and that each spot further up the table nets a club only an additional 2-3 million pounds in bonus money, the smart play from Ashley’s perspective is simple to make sure the squad it good enough to stay mid-table.


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