Newcastle were able to sign only one player today, and the club again left things too late to get the players in Rafa wanted and needed.
And Newcastle have spent no (net) money in this transfer window making about £20M in profit – the difference between outgoing transfers and incoming transfers.
We have not taken into account loan fees or agents’ fees.
Newcastle spent £22M on the 7 players we brought in – so the average is about £3M per player.
Forget about buying players for £195M.
Rafa Benitez – has to be disappointed by this transfer window
Rafa and Lee Charley did well in releasing, selling, or sending out on loan 11 players for a cumulative £43M – but Rafa wasn’t allowed to spend that money.
We still have time to loan or sell players to clubs in other countries whose transfer windows are still open, which includes the continent.
But we cannot bring any players into the club now, other than free agents.
|Ki Sung-yueng||Free agent||Swansea|
|Martin Dubravka||£4.0M||Sparta Prague|
|Salomon Rondon||Season loan||West Brom|
|Transfer Fees paid out||£22.5M|
|Mikel Merino||£10.0M||Real Sociedad|
|Jack Colback||Season loan||Nottingham Forest|
|Dwight Gayle||Season loan||West Brom|
|Henri Saivet||Season loan||Bursaspor|
|Transfer Fees into club||£43.0M|
|Net Spend||-£20.5M (profit)|
This must have been an extremely disappointing window for Rafa Benitez, and his ambitions are being thwarted every time by the Newcastle owner.
But we all have to get on with it now – and fully support Rafa, the staff, and the players – just like last season.
We still think we have a stronger squad than last year at this time, but obviously not as strong as Rafa wanted.
Let’s just hope Paul Dummett isn’t injured this year since the club failed to bring in another left-back.
Hopefully, we can bring in another left-back in January – but we will not hold our breath.