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Newcastle’s Top Priority This Summer Mirrors A Year Ago



Now that the transfer season is underway and we know the club is not going to be backed by Saudi wealth, the targets are all likely going to have to be bargains.

Bruce’s budget is said to be around the £30m mark plus anything from outgoings, which barring a shocking sale of a top player isn’t likely to amount to much.

We’d expect the bulk of any outlay to be for a few attackers. The club managed just six Premier League goals from their quartet of strikers with two of them, Andy Carroll and Yoshinori Muto, firing blanks.

Muto should probably be sold as he made just 10 appearances all season and only played 6 minutes after the restart. Bruce also hinted that Joelinton may find himself ‘playing to a side’ more often next season.


So there should be squad places for a couple of strikers to be brought in who are hopefully, improvements on Dwight Gayle and Andy Carroll.

Carroll, when fit, can do a job as a physical presence but he won’t be relied upon for big minutes. Gayle reignited his Newcastle career during the final stretch of the season with four goals.

The 29-year-old also had a torrid time with injuries this past season. He has just one year left on his contract so if a decent offer comes in, say £8-10m, it may be tempting to offload the striker.

However, that can only happen if an upgrade is brought in first. Newcastle have no room to mess around with this summer so they can’t be caught short again upfront when the window closes.

The need for goals is similar to last season when we lost Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez, our top two goal scorers. But this time due to COVID 19, there will be half the budget available. Though we splurged much of last season’s cash on Joelinton, who wasn’t ever able to get going as a number nine.

Who exactly will fit the bill this time around on such a limited budget is a mystery. It’s going to be a tough task to get quality strikers in but it has to be the top priority heading into this coming season.

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228 comments so far

  • bill

    Jul 31, 2020 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #41

    Mund,

    Just because there is a petition, it doesn’t mean everyone know about it.
    My wife and I have signed it.
    Problem with these things is that you have to put your email address and some don’t like doing that. Me included, but for this I don’t mind because this situation stinks of corruption.

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  • Mund

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #42

    Well said ledge

    Anyone who hasn’t signed whether you believe or not just try to male an effort and never stop fighting for the club.

    I’ll never understand any fan who wouldn’t take the time just to sign it whatever they think. Support the toon army in everything.

    HWTL

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  • RIP NUFC - shut it down

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #43

    Pat

    No. Signing a petition within 24hrs of it going live means you are attuned to what is going on and care about the club. The casuals are the tonnes of people idly doing nothing, perhaps not even aware of the latest goings on and those that are, but can’t take less than a minute to put their name to something because it doesn’t really bother them one way or the other.

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  • Mund

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #44

    bill

    I know mate I know a lot don’t have social media but there’s more than 15K on here and over 1.5 million on NUFC360 if we keep spreading the word it could make a difference I’ll do whatever I can for this club even if it’s in prevail.

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  • jimiley

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #45

    I have not signed it because it is a waste of time. Straw graspers.
    I have made my sacrifice by boycotting 5 years ago.
    The Geordies are so apathetic they cannot be bothered to sign. I am not signing on principle.
    You reap what you sow.
    The same imbeciles will be back next season putting cash in his pocket.
    Loans and frees and another relegation fight we will lose.

    They deserve Ashley

    9
  • Boy from the Bay

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #46

    Black and White Barmy @ 33
    You don’t need to pay for the privilege. Payment is only an option. You can still sign up for free.

    2
  • The ledge

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #47

    Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle Central, has written a strongly-worded letter to Richard Masters after the Saudi-led consortium pulled out of the deal to by United. #NUFC

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  • The ledge

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #48

    Onwurah has called on Masters to be more ‘accountable’ to football fans and raises concerns that the 17-week delay in a decision over the takeover has left the club at a disadvantage, and has seen the city miss out on vital investment.

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  • hibbit

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #49

    jimiley nice to know we can count on you thanks

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  • Boy from the Bay

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #50

    Jim Iley @ 45
    It takes less than a minute to sign, If you want change, would you not sign?

    5
  • Mund

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #51

    If your aware of the petition but just don’t want to sign it, well to me thats just insane.

    Stand together United as a fan base. You have seen the numbers why wouldn’t you want to support the rest of the fans and the club by signing it?

    10
  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #52

    Wow, Chi changed her tune.

    2
  • jimiley

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #53

    Thats the extent of the great Geordie revolt is it? Signing a useless petition?
    Respect.

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  • RIP NUFC - shut it down

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #54

    A once in a lifetime chance to make your club the richest in the world, to change the future path of the club for generations to come and the apathetic won’t take the merest action to try and tip the balance in our favour.

    Good to see you’ve found the 1,768,357 different way to write the same comment as you have been writing for the last decade, Jimiley.

    You’re worse than the apathetic, truly pathological behaviour to not sign it on some warped principle of making your fellow fans get what they deserve because they didn’t boycott at the same time as you.

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  • Mund

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #55

    I understand if some feel uncomfortable with the email but for any fans looking at it and thinking nah thanks your a joke

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  • Northumbrian

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #56

    I said I couldn’t wait for chi’s letter, its her constituency so wondered if she would come out fighting and good on her.

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  • Harrogate mag

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #57

    Jimiley…if your a fan sign it mate..we need to stand up to this

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  • Boy from the Bay

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #59

    The Ledge @48
    Unfortunately, Masters would say we’re NOT being disadvantaged as Ashley is still there.

    (I know! I know!- no need to reply)

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #60

    I’d swap Joelinton for half a can of sprite if it meant we didn’t have to pay him 80k a week for the next 5 years.

    We know AC will be here next season thanks to his contract extension, hope we keep Gayle after he’s showed he has goals in him, Muto is a bit of an unknown quantity still at this stage but if he’s not going to be used he might as well be sold.

    If we can get Jovic on loan that would be a good solution. Might as well try to negotiate an option to buy too. Even if it’s not at a realistic price under the current unambitious regime, it might be an appealing prospect to a potential new owner to have one of the brigher young talents in the world of football on the doorstep.

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  • jimiley

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #62

    Before you slag me off let’s see how many of the 52 k sign up. And the other tens of thousands of casual fans.
    The club will be sold because Ashley is desperate to sell. It just will not be sold to the Arabs.
    Get your heads around that.
    It will be sold to an American with a few bob in the bank. But not enough to challenge the elite cartel.
    We are there to make up the numbers.
    It’s all a scam.

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  • RIP NUFC - shut it down

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #63

    Let’s hope Chi gets her teeth stuck in to this issue and doesn’t let go, we can do our bit by arming her with a weighty petition, to give credibility that this is a real issue for many people which needs attention.

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  • bill

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #64

    Do nothing, and nothing changes. It’s a simple fact.

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  • Mund

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #65

    Let’s wait and see?? You’re a joke fella and you call yourself a fan now why wouldn’t you just do it for support of the fan base and the club?? It baffles me it really does and I was going to finish on each to there own but no chance

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  • Mund

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #66

    Here here bill

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  • hibbit

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #67

    jimiley you don’t want to be slagged off but your quite happy to slagg everyone else off ???

    12
  • RIP NUFC - shut it down

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #68

    Oh Jimiley, you’re so above it all your Lordship.

    What a c**t!

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  • Mund

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #69

    I’m gunna use that in a tweet now bill

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  • Boy from the Bay

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #70

    RIP @ 62
    Yes, this is This is urgently needed – but 17,000 from a capacity of 52,000 adds no credibility whatsoever

    We need 100,000 signatures. If people don’t sign NOW while we’re still ‘raw’ then it’s not going to happen.

    ‘C’mon everybody!’

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  • bill

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #71

    Cannot stand people who just spout their garbage, but never do anything to change the status quo. Just lie back and accept everything without a fight. Time for your afternoon nap.

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  • JohnJ

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #72

    If you haven’t signed already please do so

    17276 have at this time 17:24

    https://t.co/Qw6wz7YI5L.

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  • bill

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #73

    Will Steve Wraith mention it tonight?

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #74

    @62

    It’s summer recess, unfortunately.

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  • jimiley

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #75

    Hobbit
    I do not mind being slagged. Jiblets has me down as a mackem. Water off a ducks back.
    I have not slagged anybody off for signing. I am not signing because it’s a waste of time.
    Theclubwill be sold within a year but not to Arabs. What’s not to like?

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  • Mund

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #76

    bill I imagine it will be the main topic and defo one to watch

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  • bill

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #77

    It’s on his Twitter account. No doubt he will mention it tonight.

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  • The ledge

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #78

    Imagine going into war with some one like jimiley oh I clean my gun but I’m not fighting iv done my bit .
    A walking wally if I have ever seen one .

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  • bill

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #79

    We need to get all the journo’s on it.

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  • JohnJ

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #80

    For anyone interested in NUFC history this is a good page!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Newcastle_United_F.C._seasons

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