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Best Summer Spending For Four Years – But Tough Part Starts Now For Steve Bruce

This is turning out to be one of the best summer transfer windows under owner Mike Ashley since we spent over £50M net, back in 2015.

We had only just avoided relegation then under caretaker manager John Carver, after Alan Pardew had had enough, and left the club to join Crystal Palace in late 2014.

And Ashley seemed willing to put decent money out that summer for the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba, Florian Thauvin, and Ivan Toney – and all five players have since left the club.

Steve Bruce with Fabian Schar and Jack Colback

As a reminder here’s what we did in the summer transfer window four years ago – the summer before we were relegated again under Steve McClaren.

Georginio Wijnaldum£14.5MEindhoven
Aleksandar Mitrovic£14.3MAnderlecht
Chancel Mbemba£11.8MAnderlecht
Florian Thauvin£14.5MMarseille
Ivan Toney£1.5MNorthampton
Transfer Fees Out£56.6M
Remy CabellaSeason loanMarseille
Davide Santon£2.0MInter-Milan
Mehdi Abeid£1.5MPanathinaikos
Olivier Kemen£0.5MLyon
Sammy AmeobiSeason LoanCardiff
Adam Armstrong6 month loanCoventry
Freddie Woodman6 month loanCrawley
Haris VuckicSeason LoanWigan
Shane Ferguson6 month loanMilwall
Jonas GutierrezReleasedDeportivo
Ryan TaylorReleasedHull City
Jak AlnwickReleasedPort Vale
Adam CampbellReleasedNotts County
Remie StreeteReleasedPort Vale
Transfer Fees In£4.0M
Net Spend£52.6M

With the capture of Joelinton, Kyle Scott, Jake Turner, Jetro Willems, and Allan Saint-Maximin, it’s been a good window so far for us.

Here’s how we are doing at the moment.

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

Newcastle have spent a net of £20M so far this summer and could end up actually spending money this summer as we did four years ago.

In the last three summers when Newcastle had world-class manager Rafa Benitez at the club – we made a profit of £31M in 2016, spent £12M net in 2017 and made a profit of £20M net last summer.

So at least for the three summer windows under Rafa, we made a profit of £39M.

You would have thought the time to spend money was when you have a world-class manager in place – who knows what he’s doing.

But it seemed like owner Mike Ashley wanted to retain control of the club and do it his way, as we found out six weeks ago when Rafa left.

So the club have reverted back to paying out the full fees for players and signing young players on long contracts.

We’ll just have to wait and see what happens, but that’s sound financial management.

The hard part starts now for Steve Bruce, but he’s done very well so far – given the toxic state of the club.

We hope Steve’s successful at Newcastle, but the main thing is for us to remain in the Premier League this season.

If Rafa had stayed, we had hoped to be looking higher than that – perhaps for a top-eight position.

We’ve had a top-eight position only once under Ashley when we somehow finished 5th back in 2012.

But maybe Steve Bruce and the lads can do that (top eight) this season – we certainly have the best squad we have had for several years.

So we have some hope for this season, and we’ll support Steve Bruce and the players as much as we can.

We also somehow have to force Mike Ashley to sell the club – hopefully before the end of the year.

Comments welcome.

260 comments so far

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 4, 2019 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #161

    Chart Topping Toon

    Aug 4, 2019 at 2:49 PM
    Comment #142

    I’m hoping that under Bruce we develop our own effective attacking style of play. I loved Rafa’s tenure but one of the niggles I had about his management style was, every game felt like a game of manager chess. where we were always setup to prevent the opposition from playing to their strengths. As a result of this constant weekly change I felt we failed to develop our own attacking style and understanding between players. This meant yes we got more than our fair share of points against the big boys but also that we failed to impose ourselves on games where on paper we should have cruised to victory.

    Spot on, his way worked sometimes, but other times it was rank, but the Rffa Taliban couldnt discuss it . We’d play Cardiff, play awful, and nobody ( except me and a few others) asked why the hell rafa was paying so much respect to them. Same with plenty of teams in the championship. When we played Gayle and Mitro we were deadly, but the two up front idea would then be put to be immediately. This is the kind of criticism I had of Rafa

  • Jib

    Aug 4, 2019 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #162

    JEEEZUZ Hamilton

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 4, 2019 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #163


    Cracking race, masterstroke from Mercedes, tactics won the race

  • toon22

    Aug 4, 2019 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #164


    Mitro couldn’t hit a barn door with a banjo when played for us
    He’s been relegated twice now
    Galyes not been good enough for the prem at a few clubs

    When we’re they “ deadly “

  • toon22

    Aug 4, 2019 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #165


    “ fair and balanced views “

  • Scythe For Bruce

    Aug 4, 2019 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #166

    My Jimmy Nail claim to fame is that I ended up with his sitting room carpet in my bedroom. Not a long story, but a boring one so I won’t bother 🙂

  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 4, 2019 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #167

    Only 10 wins behind Schumacher now.

  • Jib

    Aug 4, 2019 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #168

    I hope Max and Lewis give each other a hug
    They were tremendous

  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 4, 2019 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #169

    Why doesn’t Lewis get any love in the UK?

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 4, 2019 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #170

    Going back to Tony and Billsons comments, yes there hasnt been an implosion. We havent sold any of the family silver, and whilst it could happen , I’ll bet Ashley will get decent bucks for them as he is a hard nosed bastard. We’ve added players, and before which there were guys screaming that Charnley couldnt complete a purchase and that Ashley wouldnt spend a bean. And by screaming, i mean screaming. So thats all been proved to be codswallop . I wanted Charnley to look abroad and try to find an up and coming coach but we have Bruce now. The players seem happy. And if rafa had them doing runs that apparently have been making guys nearly vomit, some guys here be calling him a genius . Im a bit worried about the new season , but excited too. But either way, the past 3 weeks have not been the disaster or implosion that Tarquin and the boys predicted.

  • Mund

    Aug 4, 2019 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #171


    Because he acts like a gangsta wannabe prick.

    But like Ronaldo for me love watching him play but can’t stand they man same goes for Hamilton

  • Paully

    Aug 4, 2019 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #172

    “Tony Baloney

    Aug 4, 2019 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #169
    Why doesn’t Lewis get any love in the UK?”

    Because he’s a dirty tax dodger…

  • RUNAWAY777

    Aug 4, 2019 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #173

    Been working all weekend so how many turned up for that shit friendly lads ?

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 4, 2019 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #174

    22, did you watch the norwich recovery. WBA ? Oh, silly question, you dont watch games. I think two up front against the Burtons and Barnsleys of this worls was worth a look. If guys dont agree, fine, but at least there is logic in what I say. You need to get over Rafa , frog 22. Football doesn’t begin and end with Rafa, and neither does Newcastle United.

  • toon22

    Aug 4, 2019 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #175

    Let’s see after 5 games
    We need a proven goal scorer
    Still time to get one in

  • toon22

    Aug 4, 2019 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #176

    He gave us hope
    Now it’s gone you don’t seem to mind

    Fair enough

  • jane

    Aug 4, 2019 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #177

    toon22 you were miserable when Rafa was here!

  • toon22

    Aug 4, 2019 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #178

    You think it was due to Jabba
    Rafa gave the fans hope we might compete
    When he left so did the hope

    Look at what’s happened since
    Back to the good old days of a yes man manager and Jabba gambling on players

    It’s gotten us relegated twice , let’s try again

  • Jib

    Aug 4, 2019 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #179

    The talking heads are whinging about the standard of footy at Wembley.
    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a decent Charity Shield game.

  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 4, 2019 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #180

    I think the FROG should be blasted into space. All he does is call people shills, even when they say Ashley is a tw@t. The most disruptive non-NUFC fan ever.

    Maybe I will go out and get my car and run the green fcker over. If he is in the Dinnington area of course?!

  • Reilly

    Aug 4, 2019 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #181

    After not attending the Leganes match yesterday, Emil Krafth is now set to sign for #nufc. Amiens rejected #nufc’s first bid, but have now accepted a second offer of €2.5m. [Courrier Picard – French outlet]

    Courrier picard
    · 11m
    @AmiensSC: le Suédois Emil Krafth va signer à Newcastle (link: https://www.courrier-picard.fr/id28145/article/2019-08-04/amiens-sc-le-suedois-emil-krafth-va-signer-newcastle?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1564931069) courrier-picard.fr/id28145/articl…

  • Jib

    Aug 4, 2019 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #182

    Ha ha ha
    the game at Wembley has come alive

  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 4, 2019 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #183

    It really is time to say something against Toon22. He never says anything about NUFC, It is always and some tax BS now.

    The confederacy of dunces shout me down, but I do know what I a talking about where NUFC are concerned.

  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 4, 2019 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #184

    Reilly: Make it so.

    I am not even a big Star Trek fan but I do know that is what Jean Luc Picard said.

  • toon22

    Aug 4, 2019 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #185



    Don’t read my posts it’s simple enough

  • Reilly

    Aug 4, 2019 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #186


  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 4, 2019 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #187



  • Mindshaft

    Aug 4, 2019 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #188

    To be honest I don’t think we’re in any different mess than at anytime under Ashley’s reign – Pards probably had the best squad at anytime in Ashley’s reign , Rafa probably got the most out of the squad we had – McClaren the worst – I’m discounting carver / kinnear as jokers.
    We’ll see how Bruce gets on and he’ll get a few games to prove himself – I think Arsenal will show how the season will pan out ( at least until Jan ).
    We have received no bids for any player including longstaff – rumours of a man u bid but nothing more than paper talk … Prob shows what the rest of the PREM think about our players just being bang average .. 4 days left of transfer window although I think our buying is done – pity we can’t sell Murphy / Colback / Lazaar etc but loans the best we can hope for with that bunch

  • Tsunki

    Aug 4, 2019 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #189

    Toon22 is the least of the blogs worries. Felonious is still calling him less than a fan, not called for. Eric is trying to get him banned now eh? All because he doesn’t want Ashley at this club. How suspicious.

  • beermonkey

    Aug 4, 2019 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #191


    and you dont disrupt the blog with your repetitive sh1t

  • Reilly

    Aug 4, 2019 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #192

    Its you that should be banned Eric.You bring nothing to the blog.All you do is disrupt.Weasel.

  • Jib

    Aug 4, 2019 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #193

    Emil Krafth is in Sweden this weekend
    Plane spotters please note

  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 4, 2019 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #194

    I never said The Frog should be banned.

  • Jib

    Aug 4, 2019 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #195

    Altogether now
    Roses are blooming in Picardy ………………..

  • hibbit

    Aug 4, 2019 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #196

    divide and conquer disrupt and destroy

  • Jib

    Aug 4, 2019 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #197

    Hopefully this news will shoot down the Elmohamedy
    Goal for the dippers

  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 4, 2019 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #198

    I did say I would happily run him over with my car, I mean if he was really a frog, like. And I might even have regrets then.

  • Bladey

    Aug 4, 2019 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #199

    The next Mike Williamson
    Drag us into the top four
    I new you lot on here were deluded but I didn’t think you were set for the Looney bin
    Whoever you are Mikey boy you need to find out where JIBS care home is and share his meds you total muppet

  • toon22

    Aug 4, 2019 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #200

    Tony your in Chicago, Illinois, United States ?

    Guess what else is there

    Grant Thornton LLP
    Accounting company head office



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