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Transfer Window Closes – Nobody Else Through The Door

The 2010 summer transfer window closed about 20 minutes ago and it doesn’t seem like Newcastle got anybody else through the door.

Mike Ashley – strengthened the squad again this transfer window – good

We would have expected something to be posted on the Newcastle web-site if we had been successful in bringing someone else  in, but nothing,  so we have to assume the five players brought in so far are all that we are getting this summer.

But with the acquisition of James Perch ( £1.5M), Dan Gosling (free), Sol Campbell (free), Cheick Tiote (£3.5M) and Hatem Ben Arfa (season long loan with chance of £5.5M transfer next summer),  we are more than satisifed with the transfer work the Newcastle club have been able to achieve this summer.  It’s the second transfer window in a row where the club have strengthened the squad.

The Tyneside club spent just £5M in the summer transfer market, but we still managed to get 5 good players in, and as Chris Hughton has said, the squad is now what we have until January, when the window opens again for a month.

By then we have to hope that Newcastle are somewhere safely in the middle of the Premier League table, and certainly if the first three games of the season are anything to go by, that’s where we could well be when 2011 rolls around – and that would be great!

Kazenga LuaLua got his move on loan to Brighton through the end of the year, but nothing at all on the possible Robbie Keane, Greg Cunningham or Ricky van Wolfswinkel deals.

Maybe these will be targets come January – who knows?

Comments very welcome.

136 comments so far

  • lewman

    Aug 31, 2010 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #121

    moonraker i was watching a programme the other day on bobby charlton and it said his mother was a milburn and cousin to wor jackie, maybe thats common knowledge to the older supporters but it was a surprise to me.

  • baro

    Aug 31, 2010 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #122





    Ben Arfa————————————-Jonas


  • batty

    Aug 31, 2010 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #123

    lewman aye its true there cousins lol

  • Kevin

    Aug 31, 2010 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #124

    I am not sure Ben Arfa will be happy, nor will we be getting the most out of him, if we play him on the wing. I think more goals are in him if he’s playing just behind Carroll. Think of the space Jonas and Routledge will have with Carroll and Ben Arfa terrorizing the center.
    I realize its tough dropping your captain, but with HBA as the attacking midfielder, your final open position is right in the middle of the diamond, and Barton has MUCH more potential to pick out passes and start the attacks than Nolan, who is best when he’s poaching around the penalty spot.
    Somebody feel free to e-smack me, but I could see Barton as captain. I love the siege mentality he creates as a key member of our squad.

  • Tom4Nufc

    Aug 31, 2010 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #125

    Kevin, whats the opposite of e-smack? Because I will do it! I always thought give Joey responsibility and he will shine, could be wrong but I agree with you! Problem is CH will never drop Nolan, he is a good player but with Ben Arfa we should play him as CAM but he will be played as a winger unfortunately! 🙁

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 31, 2010 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #126

    Rigid wing play is dead!..Pass it on…

  • Howay The Lads

    Aug 31, 2010 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #127

    IF, and I mean IF, Ben Arfa is played in the middle, which I highly doubt, then Smith will be dropped, Nolan will drop back and we’ll stick with the same formation

  • baro

    Aug 31, 2010 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #128


    HUGEE!!! Sol Campbell looks!! I love it!! Because we are missing strength at the back 4. Can’t wait to see him in action.

  • baro

    Aug 31, 2010 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #129


    I’m guessing Turkish Transfer Market is still open?

  • ginkoh

    Sep 1, 2010 at 4:14 AM

    Comment #130

    I don’t think we should use the formation to make HBA happy. I’m pretty sure Hughton will choose proper formation to win the game !

  • ThaiMag

    Sep 1, 2010 at 6:17 AM

    Comment #131

    We now have two players in each position
    GK – Harper, Krul
    RB – Simpson, Perch
    LB – Enrique, Kadar
    CB – Coloccini, Campbell, Williamson, S.Taylor
    DM – Tiote, Smith
    CM – Barton, Nolan, Guthrie, Gosling
    RM – Routledge, R.Taylor
    LM – Jonas, Xisco
    AM – Ben arfa, Vuckic
    ST – Carroll, Lovenkrands, Ameobi, Best, Ranger

    well done ch

  • Ericles

    Sep 1, 2010 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #132

    As much as I respect the efforts of CH in making great strides in rebuilding NUFC nothing will ever allow me to use that as an excuse to praise Ashley. I will never backtrack on my view that he is a carpet bagger and profiteer. The important thing is not the fat man – the important thing is a successful and winning NUFC. Something we have been before without Ashley. One day that will be so again when he has eventually sold us to the highest bidder.

  • Bao Zheng

    Sep 1, 2010 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #133

    Eric, you will find you can see much more than just crp if you take your head out of your rs.

  • chris6033

    Sep 1, 2010 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #134

    Eric, Funny thing is, without Ashley, We wouldnt be back where we are now, with the players we have now. He is a sensible business man, do you want us to be like portsmouth/leeds??
    eat some humble pie dude, im sure we all hated him at some point, but he has funded the club and bankrolled us in the ccc.

  • repo

    Sep 1, 2010 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #135

    Nassim Boukhelifa we have signed..

  • moonraker

    Sep 1, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #136

    Lewman @121

    Aye it’s common knowledge to us old ‘uns about the Milburn family from Ashington.

    I think there must have been so much talent around in the mid-fifties that they missed out on the Charlton brothers.

    Ah well that was then and I think we’ve got a good one in Carroll. Need to get S. Taylor to agree to our terms now as it’s good to have a nucleus of local lads in the team 🙂


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