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Newcastle’s Summer Transfer Window Has Come To A Touching Conclusion

The Summer 2019 transfer window has finally come to an exciting conclusion. On deadline day, Newcastle announced two additions in right-back Emil Krafth from SC Amiens and also hometown lad Andy Carroll has returned home.

This brings the total to 5 senior signings with a net spend of around £25m. Krafth and Carroll follow record signing Joelinton, French forward Allan Saint-Maximin, and Dutch left-back Jetro Willems, who joins on loan from Frankfurt.

Gone in this window were Ayoze Perez to Leicester City and Joselu to Alaves. There were also a few players on loan last season that have left in Salomon Rondon, Kenedy, and Antonio Barreca.

Whether the squad fares better this season is yet to be seen. However, the club did do some very good business this summer. It was not a perfect window by any means.

It remains to be seen if any of the non-Premier League signings can adapt to the English game and also whether Andy Carroll can remain fit enough to make any sort of impact. There is no doubt the new signings come with a bit of a question mark.

However, the big success of this window is the retention of a core group of players that six weeks ago most would have thought would have been plundered by now.

We see Martin Dubravka, Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar, Sean Longstaff, Isaac Hayden, Matt Ritchie, and Miguel Almiron still with the club. This cohesion should help the squad immensely this season.

We also have yet to see what a full season of Sean Longstaff and Miguel Almiron will bring.

Andy Carroll– back in the black and white stripes

Overall, this has been a successful window. There will be a lot of people who will be asking why the other £30m wasn’t spent. That is a very fair question. If the club should have ever exhausted its transfer budget, it was this window. Another quality signing would have made this window a resounding success.

As it stands, it is imperfect but filled with potential. It will be up to Steve Bruce and the lads to make it a success. We have faith that they can do just that.

This window also ended in an emotional reunion for Andy Carroll and all of the fans who wanted him to return. While it may not have a fairytale ending, it has the potential too. And that makes this window just that little bit more special.

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

71 comments so far

  • oldarse

    Aug 8, 2019 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #41

    The 3 amigos are late to night
    Norman/Jib, balooney, No balls son is back https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8HXEN11wS8

  • Our Toon

    Aug 8, 2019 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #42


    Now window is closed I’ll revise my prediction.

    12th place finish
    4th round league cup
    4th round fa cup
    Joelinton 10 goals
    Player of the year Almiron (couldn’t decide between him and ASM but went the lad that’s had 6months)

  • JohnReese

    Aug 8, 2019 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #43

    With Arsenal’s defence the past few years I’ve generally been confident we could get something out of them but I think they’ve had a really strong summer and if the players they’ve brought in do come straight into the team, I do worry we could get a hiding.

  • Shelvey

    Aug 8, 2019 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #44

    Arsenal have defensive problems, David Luiz will not solve that in my opinion. Arsenal has a really unbalanced squad. World class offensive, but mediocre defensively. They will be favourites agains us, but at the start of the season anything can happend, the opening round in Championship last week show you that. Im going for a 2-1 win to us. Joelinton and Longstaff to score.

  • Our Toon

    Aug 8, 2019 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #45


    Agreed arsenal have had a good window but good to play them first up. Luiz and Tierney havent trained with the 1st team, pepe hasn’t even played a friendly yet I think so they’ve been late signings which is better us

  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 8, 2019 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #46

    Since the fifth place finish goals have always been a problem for us Irish mate.

  • IrishRob

    Aug 8, 2019 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #47

    The sickening thing is that if we actually did finish top 10 Steve would try convince everyone it was him when its 100% gonna be down to the players this year. Because it wont be steve or his dodgy tactics that win us games.

  • JohnReese

    Aug 8, 2019 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #48

    Our Toon, agreed. It’s going to be the best time to play them. Hopefully they’ll put in a disjointed performance and we can get off to a good start, just hope their poor away form continues from last season

  • toonedout

    Aug 8, 2019 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #49

    No sorry but not a successful window. If we had also retained Rondon and added real quality fullbacks (not just cover) then yes. The boycott may or may not attract the numbers but guaranteed is when we go on a losing streak of 3,4,5 games, the crowd will turn on Bruce and he will not turn it around . At times under Rafa we did watch some poor football and some odd decisions but we never turned or gave up on him. Bruce has already divided the fans before a ball is kicked.

  • fresh sarnie

    Aug 8, 2019 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #50

    Love that Carrol is back, was absolutely gutted when he was sold it was pure greed from the management but ended up being alright. Though I do think it is a huge PR stunt to get the fans back I’m can’t help but feeling a bit enthusiastic, love a fighter. Is this what Ashlie was hoping to instil? Obviously

  • fresh sarnie

    Aug 8, 2019 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #51

    Did I just write that? Whiskey

  • Our Toon

    Aug 8, 2019 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #52


    Bot matter who replaced rafa the fans wouldve been divided, let’s see what the season brings!! I’m certainly happier than I was 3 to 4 weeks ago

  • fresh sarnie

    Aug 8, 2019 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #53


  • fresh sarnie

    Aug 8, 2019 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #54

    Oh cr%p

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 8, 2019 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #55

    Shelvey is still our most creative CM. Like in our first season back when he was on fire 2nd half of the season and should have gone to the WC. Only now he will have more than just Gayle to find in behind and he seems in a good place at the moment, feeling appreciated and enjoying life.

    Shelvey with Joleinton + Almiron playing on the shoulder and WBs hugging the lines, perfect for him.

  • IrishRob

    Aug 8, 2019 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #56

    It’s so weird this season, I genuinely have a feeling this team is gonna shock us with how well they play against Arsenal and beat them. But I have the exact same feeling that they will all play rubbish and we will be beaten 1-3 by the Gunners.

  • Our Toon

    Aug 8, 2019 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #57

    On rondon, no guarantee he would have been successful if made permanent, was he playing for shop window?

    If signed permanently would he have been as successful, look no further than kenedy

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 8, 2019 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #58

    Oh I see it’s already going to be Bruce’s fault if we’re fighting relegation, but the players accomplishment if we achieved top 10.


    Such a lack of logic.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 8, 2019 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #59

    Haven’t caught up, didn’t see the point, I can guess what’s been said.

    Got a new rescue dog today and have spent time getting him settled and adjusted, time to relax and take stock.

    I’m not happy at all with the signings, if they were added to a established squad and were pushing established players for starting places I’d be happy.

    Ashley is taking the biggest gamble in the 12 years hes been here and all I can see is disaster on the horizon.

    I hope I’m wrong, I hope the new guys hit the ground running, I hope Carrol can get fit and perform like his smile suggests, i pray to a god I dont believe in.

    Yet I’m sick of watching Ashley piss the clubs future up the wall, I cant bare to think of him running the club into the ground.

    It doesn’t matter to me whether we finish 6th or 16th I want Ashley out, he’s poisoned the club, the brand name is as low as SD.

    If it continues for another 12 years we’ll be back to jumpers for goal posts in the park.

    #BoycottAshley #boycotarsenal #ashleyout

  • captainmarvel

    Aug 8, 2019 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #60

    Season ticket sales down so they release cash and spend like there’s no tomorrow breaking the transfer record on an unknown then there’s Bruce a sub standard yes man who does not do tactics a recipe for disaster..
    All this claptrap from fans who say they want rid of the fat man but plan to turn up on Sunday….You deserve Ashley..

  • jane

    Aug 8, 2019 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #61

    “It doesn’t matter to me whether we finish 6th or 16th”


  • Our Toon

    Aug 8, 2019 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #62

    If signings have been made to boost season ticket sales then it’s a daft thing to do, season ticket sales wouldn’t even cover the transfer of ASM so that argument holds no water at all

  • oldarse

    Aug 8, 2019 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #63

    ok norman/jib where,s the other 2 clowns.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 8, 2019 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #64

    Go away #Boycott

    Your cause is withering on the vine and is only damaging to NUFC. You’re a bitter git. Doesn’t matter if we finish 6th or 16th?

    Then give up football! Sounds like you want to anyway, more interested in politics.

    Mike Ashley lives inside your head 24/7 rent free.

  • IrishRob

    Aug 8, 2019 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #65

    Hail……. Lack of logic?? Are you bring serious now?? My logic is hes useless and he’s been proven useless time and time again. He isn’t a thinker or tactical manager like Rafa for instance.

    He always strikes me in interviews as though he doesn’t have a solid clue what’s going on or what to do. He just spews out Generic nonsense over and over, while never really telling you anything or giving you any insight to the questions.

    The only thing they say Bruce is good at is togetherness and morale, but they also say that about every poor manager so….

    Yes if we do well its down to the players and if we do poorly it’s down to Bruce not being able to get the best out of them.


    Aug 8, 2019 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #66

    I don’t post often because there’s too many rude and aggressive gents that throw too much vitriol around, but for what it’s worth, think we’ll be struggling, easy to gloss it all over with new signings but the reality is as soon as we go on a losing streak, SB will not be given the patience Rafa was. And ultimately our team is not strong enough to compete. Rafa gave our squad something akin to SAF at manu, his will and determination alone sometimes was enough to drag the team forward, SB will not be able to muster the same. Last season, apart from longstaff and the odd other injury, almost the whole team went through the season driven and passionate to play… I would bet it’s not the same this season.

    Losing Perez will hit us, last season he was a massive aplyer and a true work horse and he added an attacking impetus that hasn’t been replaced I don’t think.

    Regarding Sunday…There’s a lot of posters her pushing the boycott line but the reality is it’s a tiny tiny percentage of game going fans that actually post here, 20-30 max. Although I agree, hate MA with a passion, but the turn out will be high, mid to high 40k without a doubt.

    They need to be well drilled against an arsenal team that will come out hard, they know if they score first and it’s easy the toon will turn against MA/the team and when that happens our boys will crumble. Opening game of the season and the fans are booing around the stadium… goodbye game/SB/season

    I Will live in hope, support the lads and SB. but as any NUFC fan, fear the god damn worst

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 8, 2019 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #67

    Rafa was equally glib and repetitive in his interviews. Most managers are.

    As Bruce himself said, he was using the back 3 way before most. He’s also set his teams up in various other systems depending on personnel of the squad and opposition. Calling him a dinosaur or intimating it is just lazy on the part of people that say it.

    He managed to get Hull to an FA Cup Final in roughly the same amount of time Rafa spent here and did nothing in the cups, with a much worse squad.

    In any case, there is more to being a manager that being a tactical ‘genius’.

    Wasn’t much genius on display with Rafa’s odd subs – or not when we desperately needed them – which cost us points (thinking Kenedy last season not tracking having come on for the last 5). Nor was their tactical genius detectable when it took us 85mins to record a shot on target.

    Selective memory.

    Of course you can recall the park bus Man City match. A tactic we used often and it worked on that occasion for a fantastic win, but sometimes it were almost accepting defeats.

  • IrishRob

    Aug 8, 2019 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #68

    People saying Joe was bought to bring up season ticket sales are honestly crazy stupid!!

    First off the whole intake from a season of full houses is 20 odd million. Now at best we are going to be down 20% attendance bringing us down to 40k every fortnight.

    It’s not even gonna be as bad as that, and certainly wont stay that way all season, but lets just presume it did. That’s 20% on 20 million. Which works out at a 4 million loss.

    Let’s buy a 40m player so we can avoid the 1-2M to a MAX of 4M a year we will loose on ticket revenue.

    I swear if some of ye had a brain ye would be dangerous!

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 8, 2019 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #69

    I think we’ll be more fun to watch and finish around 12th, potentially higher, with Joelinton top scorer with a dozen goals, but honestly, anywhere from 10th to 18th is on the cards.

    We had the money for one more and should have spent it on a good replacement for DM. All in all, on paper at least, we’re a little stronger though. However we did lose two pivotal players in Rondon and Perez, two bankers, and we’ll just have to see how the new signings fare.

    Despite the ongoing anger at losing Rafa, Bruce does “feel” good for the role, because of his Geordie roots, experience, affability and obvious passion for the job, but again, the record isn’t there, so you have to wait and see how he does with the best group of players he’ll have ever had to work with.

    We should have better than this squad and this manager though. That can’t be forgotten. It’s the result of two relegations, a failure to generate enough revenue and a flawed transfer policy resulting in too many inadequate players being brought in and hanging around too long and the sheer foolhardiness of not being able to hold onto the best manager we’ve had since Bobby .

    The windows ultimately been a step forward in squad strength, after a big step back in losing Rafa, for a regime that never gets it right.

  • IrishRob

    Aug 8, 2019 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #70

    I agree there is far more to being a manager than just a tactical genius, once again Rafa exemplified this perfectly.

    However Bruce simply doesnt have any strings to his bow, it’s like you’re expecting to see things that just arent there. There is a reason he has never made it in the premier league, and there is a reason he excels as a manager in the championship, for former its called ineptitude.

  • captainmarvel

    Aug 8, 2019 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #71

    There’s a whole lot of dreaming going on but people need to wake up and smell that coffee.. Bullshit baffles brains I think not….


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