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Here’s A Player Who Already Thinks Newcastle Have Strength In Depth

Local lad Paul Dummett has been interviewed in the Shields Gazette today and Paul wonders what all the fuss is about this summer.

Thar’s because Paul thinks we already have strength in depth and that Rafa needs just a few more players to round out the squad.

But when we see the big clubs signing players for £70M and £55M and the like those teams should be better than they were last season because of the new signings they have made.

Paul Dummett in action against Cardiff last season

Those are really the top seven clubs in the Premier League – the two Manchester clubs, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and now even Everton – who are spending money this summer like it’s going out of style.

It looks like the Toffees under manager Ronald Koeman are trying to become the new Manchester City.

And even the mid table clubs like West Brom, West Ham and Bournemouth are spending big bucks this summer

We wonder what Rafa thinks about all this after he seems to be struggling to get the players in he thinks he needs for next season?

This is what Paul Dummett has said in the Shields Gazette today:

“He might want a few more players, but the squad we had did well last season and won the league.”

“Everyone who was in the squad and is still here is desperate to show what they’ve got.”

“We all want to be playing. It’s up to us to fight for our place no matter who comes in.”

“We know we’ve got good competition.”

“We want to hit the ground running and we’ll be working hard in the friendlies to cement our place in the team.”

Newcastle is short of money compared to other Premier League clubs based on the amount teams got in May from their leagues.

Clubs like Southampton, Bournemouth, West Brom and West Ham finished in 8th through 11th place respectively in the PL and they would get around £125M – roughly.

Compare that with what Newcastle got from the league payments for the last season – a £41M parachute payment from the Premier League and £7.1M from the Championship.

That’s around £48M and that’s maybe £77M less than those four mid-table Premier League clubs.


So you can see why we don’t have the money this summer at least compared to some PL clubs.

But it’s just for one year and we should be fine next summer.

Rafa understands that – which is why he’s trying his very best to build a good team to finish as high up the table as possible next May.

We hope he can do that – but he needs help from Mike Ashley to be able to achieve that.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Jul 25, 2017 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #1

    I think I heard on the telly in the background this morning that Man City spent £130mill on fullbacks this window. Wow. Kinda puts spending power variation into perspective.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 25, 2017 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #2

    Jail, I’ve moved on from then mate. The blueprint actually hasn’t changed either, it’s the best way to run any club unless you have unlimited funds. The problem then was it was too strictly adhered to.
    Rafa agrees with the blueprint in general, but wants leeway when he sees fit – as in Big Murphy. It’s how he intends to run it for his project.
    That was then, but this is now. Mistakes were made, no arguing, but let’s not dwell in the past. Things have changed. The board idea didn’t work so it’s been dumped. Now Rafa does the football whilst Penfold does the purses strings, but they work in unison, not against each other.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 25, 2017 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #3

    Aye Bobby,
    Onward and upward, Rafa has restored my faith.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 25, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #4

    Sing, it certainly does. The sooner some of our fans realise we can’t compete in that market the better.
    It’s fine to say ‘I want us to compete with Manure and City etc’, as was stated last night by bladeuser when he finally stopped giving abuse and explained what he wanted, but it simply isn’t going to happen. It’s the totally unrealistic demands that get us called deluded.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 25, 2017 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #5

    That’s the spirit mate. Even next season we won’t be able to compete with the silly spenders financially, but we’ll be able to buy better quality players, which will give Rafa’s tactical nous a fighting chance.
    The better the player, the more capable of following his instructions to the letter.
    That’s why last season wasn’t the most entertaining basically. Better players will make the same tactical plays look totally different.

  • Mr Funk

    Jul 25, 2017 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #6

    I see there is report saying that Mitrovic could be sold to Lyon if a price can be agreed between the 2 clubs. What price would make it a good deal?

  • wynsleap

    Jul 25, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #7

    We could compete more in the transfer market if we had a new owner or at the least a new investor.
    What happened to all that – just another one of the Controller’s smokescreens?

  • Jib

    Jul 25, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #8

    Comment #7We could compete more in the transfer market if we had a new owner or at the least a new investor.

    Simply not true

    FFP kicks in.

    Everton are only able to spend £150 m because they sold John Stones for £50m last Summer and Lukaku for £70m this Summer

  • Geordie1

    Jul 25, 2017 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #9

    What ever happened to the Football Fair Play Regulations, meaning that teams can only spend what they earn M City spending so far has reached £158 Million Chelski have spent £138 Million now these figures cannot be reached by Shirt sales or attendance there is deffo something crooked going on and UEFA who brought this in should either deduct points from the offending teams its a farce.


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