Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles has been talking to the Chronicle about the two loan signings of last season who will be with the club for next season.
Jamaal was speaking at Newcastle’s ‘open media day’ yesterday at their Carton House training headquarters and nine players offered themselves up to be interviewed by the press.
Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has been signed for a paltry £4M from Sparta Prague and Kenedy has come to Newcastle on a season loan deal from Chelsea, but we have an inkling that deal could be made permanent before the end of this year.
Jamaal Lascelles in training in Ireland
Both players helped us survive in the Premier League last season and in fact finish in 10th place and we picked up an excellent £123M from the Premier League for that.
This is some of what the captain has said today:
“They’re key signings. When they came into Newcastle back in January, they both had such a huge impact,”
“Martin’s first game was against Man United, which we won, and of course Kenedy chipped in with goals and assists.”
“They made a huge impact and I can’t thank them enough for helping to transform our season and change around how we played.”
“Now we’ve managed to tie Martin down, we have Kenedy for the season, and I’m pretty sure the fans are pleased and excited because the players certainly are.”
It’s been another very slow window for Newcastle and so far we’ve signed only three players – the other one being South Korea captain Ki Sung-yueng as a free agent from Swansea.
Those are all good players with class but we have yet to see Newcastle spend money and we expect players like Mitrovic and Mbemba to be sold for around £27M (in total) soon.
We have already received £10M for Mikel Merino who went to Real Sociedad – so there’s a chance we may not spend any net funds in this transfer window which would be bizarre indeed.
Newcastle must spend some money to get more players in with the news that Rafa wants four more.
It seems that Rondon could be arriving soon from West Brom, but he will also be on loan – like Kenedy.
Reports about Newcastle having £40M to£50M to spend is a net amount – we have spent around a negative £6M so far.
That’s around £6M in profit so far.