These Three Players Excellent Signings – But Magpies Must Spend Some Money Soon

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.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Jul 17, 2018 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #1

    Slight diversion here, but in addition to the superb playing, check out the flag front and centre!!!

  • Tramp

    Jul 17, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #2

    In our most recent Championship season we spent £26m more than our total revenues for the entire year just on player wages. Not sure of the figures last season but I think that needs to be addressed. Does anybody have info on our player wages in relation to other clubs? Do we pay more than the norm for our level? And is that why we spend less on transfer fees. Just curious. I have no idea.

  • Steve Le Sleeve

    Jul 17, 2018 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #3

    So yet again, its all rubbish, we have no money despite getting £123m from the league and recording a £116m profit over the 4 seasons from 2013-2016. Something is really not right here.

  • born in newcastle lives elsewhere

    Jul 17, 2018 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #4

    With Rondons contract up in 2019 it doesn’t make sense for WBA to send him out on loan for what is the last year of his contract and I can’t see any club paying the supposed release clause for the same reasons.

    He could be a good addition to the squad for the right deal. He’s fairly quick, good from set pieces and would thrive on pin point counter attacking balls over the top and we have in our team one of the few English midfielders capable of that.

  • nufc 11

    Jul 17, 2018 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Do puma actually pay NUFC in cash to be kit supplier or do they pay Ashley with last season’s sports wear for his Sports Direct shops? Something has always smelled rotten about that Puma deal. What happened to the money FUN 88 are paying to be club sponsor (The BIGGEST IN THE CLUBS HISTORY AS WAS CLAIMED LAST MAY) ? or MRF tyres to be sleeve sponsor? the 123 million PL TV money?

    We were supposed to be 143 million in debt coming up last season what happened to the money from the sales of gini, sissoko and Townsend 65 million I think? We are never short of hearing Ashley is buying into this new failing or distressed brand or businesses in the uk when the opportunity arises he always has cash for that or 900 million property development deals in London something is very very off here folks.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 17, 2018 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #6

    1pm UK time, 2pm Irish

  • magscar

    Jul 17, 2018 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #7


    Nice link to Yedlin video few threads back – was expecting an official NUFC one but wasn’t. Interesting and a lad with his feet on ground and happy in his skin 🙂

    Where was the cafe? – riverside somewhere? – as an exile for some time and with mostly City Centre or Quayside wanderings when I am up there I am really out of touch.

    Area overall has changed a lot since I left in 73 – North Shields lad ( recall you live there now?) – but still “home” and if not going to match try to get up couple of times each year.

    Still love ” The Coast” – North Shields fish quay round through Tynemouth, Cullercoats and Whitley to St Mary’s Island even on to Seaton Sluice dunes – beautiful

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 17, 2018 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #8


    See True Faith articles to answer your question on wages, one was posted yesterday morning prior to first article of the day.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 17, 2018 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #9

    is that true Steve? i know we turned a profit several years running but i suspect it was a lot less. anyone know what our current wages are? ill be annoyed with anything less than a 30m net spend this season.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 17, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #10

    Tottenham forward Son Heung-min is set to miss the first four games of the Premier League season after being called up to the South Korea squad for the Asian Games.

    First Harry and now Son, who will Spurs have upfront?

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 17, 2018 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #11

    magscar, cheers mate – you’re right, it’s a cracking video and well worth a watch.

    I didn’t know the cafe, looking it up it turns out it’s in Heaton.

    The area’s changed a lot since I moved up in 2000, let alone ’73. Generally for the better. The Council are doing good things with the coast round Whitley Bay and Tynemouth, lots of old landmarks being bulldozed and new buildings going up in their place.

    There’s little doubt that the modernisation is making the place more attractive but it’s a shame to lose places like the High Point and the Bay Hotel and their history.


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