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Newcastle Return To Long Contracts And Paying Fees Upfront

The Chronicle published an article this morning about the change in the transfer policy this summer back to the one the club adhered to in the past.

The club is returning to the policy of signing players to long contracts while paying the entire fee upfront. There had been speculation that the Joelinton fee would be paid in installments however, the Chronicle says that both the Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin fees have been paid in full.

Both players have also been signed on 6-year deals. This is a return to a policy that the hierarchy feels represents the best value and shows a commitment to the club.

Steve Bruce with Joelinton– big opportunity for both this season

This policy works very well when the players turn out to be quality first-teamers but has had mixed results at times. We can look at two transfers in January of 2016 to see an example of the policy working and also not working.

That winter both Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet joined the club on five and a half year deals. Jonjo Shelvey has become a first-team regular and the contract has benefitted the club at least in terms of length.

However, for Henry Saivet the long contract has caused problems for the club as he has seen little first-team action and spent the majority of the past three years on loan. He still has two years remaining on his deal.

The Chronicle report that Rafa Benitez did not like this policy and under him we saw players join on shorter deals though many still did sign for at least five years.

One player that joined on only a three-year deal is Fabian Schar and after just one year the club now will need to work on a new contract for the star defender.

Both visions seem to have their positives and negatives. The key is getting the transfer target right at a high percentage.

We are thrilled with the two permanent signings this summer as well as the loan deal for Jetro Willems. Hopefully, these three players can settle in quickly and have bright futures with the club.

There will also have to be some outgoings as the squad is over the 25 player limit at the moment so we expect to seem some movement on that front over the next few days as well as hopefully a few more players in.

Kyle ScottFreeChelsea
Jake TurnerFreeBolton
Jetro WillemsSeason loanEintracht Frankfurt
Allan Saint-Maximin£16.5MOGC Nice
Emil Krafth£5.0MAmiens
Andy CarrollFreeWest Ham
Ludwig FrancilletteFreeUnattached
Transfer Fees paid out£57.5M
Mohamed DiameReleased Al Ahli Doha - Qatari
Cal RobertsReleased
Ayoze Perez£30.0MLeicester City
Joselu£2.5MAlves - Spain
Liam GibsonLoan - JanuaryGrimsby Town
Dan BarlaserSeason loanRotherham United
Freddie WoodmanSeason loanSwansea City
Nathan HarkerLoan - JanuaryBlyth Spartans
Jacob MurphySeason loanSheffield Wednesday
Transfer Fees into club£32.5M
Net Spend£25.0M

52 comments so far

  • toon22

    Aug 3, 2019 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #41

    Jabba wants to profit from buying and selling players again
    It’s got nowt to do with the team or the club

    The 6 years keeps the price high when selling
    Jabba won’t be paying those wages

  • Tsunki

    Aug 3, 2019 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #42

    It remains to be seen how successful our transfers in are going to be. I think it will be much the same as in the days we were buying all the French players before, middling. There are benefits to long term contracts but if a player doesn’t work out or reckons he can coast through his contract on the sick then the inevitably there are some that will, as we’ve found before.

    I don’t get all the gushing and marveling about our transfer window though, there’s undoubtedly some good buys in there but at £20m net spend Ashley still hasn’t released anywhere near that £50m talked about when Rafa was still here. That’s from last year’s budget aswell. And we might even sell someone else yet so yeah maybe there’s another incoming but that figure could well be level by the time the window closes.

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 3, 2019 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #43

    Newcastle United FC
    ?Verified account @NUFC

    Steve Bruce has just confirmed to NUFC TV that new signings Jetro Willems and Allan Saint-Maximin will both be involved in today’s final friendly of the summer against @ASSEofficiel.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 3, 2019 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #44

    I currently have our 25 man squad as this. No lazaar or colback. Youngsters like Matty Longstaff need not be named in 25 man squad.

    Martin Dubravka
    Karl Darlow
    Rob Elliot

    DeAndre Yedlin
    Javier Manquillo
    Jetro Willems
    Matt Ritchie

    Jamaal Lascelles
    Fabian Schar
    Florian Lejeune
    Paul Dummett
    Federico Fernandez
    Ciaran Clark

    Ki Sung Yueng
    Sean Longstaff
    Isaac Hayden
    Jonjo Shelvey

    Allan Saint-Maximin
    Miguel Almiron
    Christian Atsu
    Jacob Murphy
    Rolando Aarons

    Dwight Gayle
    Yoshinori Muto

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 3, 2019 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #45


    Another quality bit of debate, you know I’m right so try to stir instead.

    Weak and pathetic even by your standards.

  • Tsunki

    Aug 3, 2019 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #46

    It is all exactly like it was in the pre-Rafa- ite era though isn’t it? 🙂

  • toon22

    Aug 3, 2019 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #47


    Hiya 😉

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 3, 2019 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #48

    Hi Munster,

    Yes after Rafa left, Ashley stayed, Bruce was made manager and with my old man passing on, I decided to take a break from all things NUFC, social media, on here, everything. Then we sign Joelinton, still I resist, then we sign ASM and Willems. I think I lasted 3 weeks!!

    Really hurts seeing Arteta was our top target as coach. With these signings and Arteta I could almost have forgiven Ashley! Sadly we now have a Z list yes man with an appalling win ratio, very few goals scored and a dinosaur long ball style a la Allardyce.

    If only Ash could get the right top coach with the kind of investment we’re seeing now instead of very, very occasionally throwing it behind McLaren and Bruce.

  • DAVE..TOON..9

    Aug 3, 2019 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #49

    all these players coming in season looking promising hopefully now we play some attacking football and not defend from the kick off like Rafa did ..i know he was a good tactical manager but football was so boring ..i used to look forward to games being on TV but under Rafa i hated watching my team defending from the start even home games against average teams..all i want as newcastle fan is to at least compete in games and try to win not hang on for a draw… onwards and upwards and hope and pray for real takeover ..ASHLEY OOT..

  • Our Toon

    Aug 3, 2019 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #50


    Sorry to read about your dad passing on mate. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family mate

  • onmeedsun

    Aug 3, 2019 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #51

    Toon 22, afraid as much as I also hate Ashley with his catalogue of poor decisions and lack of genuine investment into the football club, you are sounding like a broken record. ‘Where has all the money gone’ – Ashley runs the club on a pure cash basis. He will not commit future earnings to purchase players with their tfr cost spread over a few years.
    If their is cash in the coffers he will commit to transfers, as long as there are sufficient cash funds to pay the monthly payroll costs.
    The TV cash is spread across the season, bit upfront, lump in Dec and a big slug at the end of the season.
    Players are being bought now because free cash is available for the first time since the last relegation, with Ashley’s short term relegation loan being paid off.
    We have Rafa to thank for setting us up in this favourable position as no other manager would have kept that squad up for 2 years.
    He’s gone now so we have to back Bruce and the team.
    This does not mean we are condoning Ashley’s policies and fcuk ups, but we will only find a buyer if we are seen as an attractive stable PL club.
    Let’s just hope that the new players are good, that players that Rafa wrote off can up their performance level, and that Bruce can handle the tactical aspects of PL football.

  • Hey Miggy You’re So Fine

    Aug 3, 2019 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #52

    Reasons to be cheerful:

    I think we are in a much better shape than this time last year – look at the appearances of the following players none of whom figured early on for various reasons. The upturn in results coincided or was maintained as they became first choice and available.

    Dummett (20)
    Lejeune (12)
    Schar (21)
    Hayden (20)
    Longstaff (8)
    Shelvey (9)
    Almiron (9)

    Now add Joelinton (STOP calling him Linton!), Saint-Maximin and Willems
    That’s 10 that we’ll expect a lot from, and then add Dubravka.

    Oh, and round or skinny bottoms.


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