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.