Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson is not usually a fan of Newcastle United but he has come out and given us a B+ for the summer transfer window that just ended last night.
Not many fans would give us that grade but Rafa has done wonders to bring the seven players in for a gross outlay of only £22.5M – he deserves an A+ for that but it could have been so much better.
It was nowhere near what Rafa wanted to do and he wanted a side now that could have a shot at challenging for a top-six position in the Premier League but didn’t get any support from Mike Ashley.
Sky Sports Pundit Paul Merson
Here’s the actual ins and outs at Newcastle this summer – Merson hasn’t got them exactly right in his article.
|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)|
And here is what Paul has said about Newcastle’s transfer window:
“I like Kenedy, I thought he did really well last year. I don’t mind Salomon Rondon.”
“I know they let Dwight Gayle and Mitrovic go, but if they can get him going, he’s a handful.”
“I don’t know much about a couple of the other players, but keeping Kenedy on loan is a big deal for them.”
“He was one of their best players last season.”
“People are worried about Newcastle, but I’m not worried about them.”
“I think they’ll be alright.”
We think Newcastle have done OK in this window and maybe better than we think once the anger over Mike Ashley’s foolishness dies down a bit.
Here are the grades Paul has given each team:
A Fulham, West Ham
B+ Newcastle United, Wolves, Southampton, Burnley, Chelsea, Everton, Huddersfield, Leicester, Brighton
B Arsenal, Crystal Palace
C Bournemouth, Cardiff, Man City, Man Utd, Watford
So tomorrow’s game is about a B+ team playing at home against a club that is expelled.
Shouldn’t we win that one?