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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 5:31 PM

    Comment #81

    Funny Ledge, I had the same impression of the guy.

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  • jimiley

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #82

    At the end of the day the Saudis pulled out of the deal.
    Why?
    The virus and some of the other clubsdisapproving.
    Weak.
    They should have stayed the course and forced masters to come off the fence. So now the Saudis do not want to force the issue we are supposed to force it on their behalf???

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  • hibbit

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #83

    jimiley so what do you know that makes you so certain the yanks will buys us in the next 12 months, ??
    we may not even be a PL team with the 3 stooges in charge n that time frame,

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #85

    I don’t see how the virus would cause them to pull out. It’ll be back to normal within a year tops. Surely the Saudis could easily afford to ride out a year?

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  • Just a fan

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #86

    I believe jimiley can sign or not sign as he sees fit.

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  • Mad Frog Boom 22

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #87

    Together we can! Time to fight for our future!

    0
  • jimiley

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #88

    Hobbit
    It’s just an opinion.
    We will be sold to a fairly rich person but not do rich to upset the cartel.
    Nobody wants rid of ashley more than me and it’s happening. He is desperate to go.
    The Arabs did not stay the course. They even gave Ashley 17 million for nowt. I am not getting the involved but by all means everybody else can. My one vote will not be missed.
    But it is not missing due to apathy.

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  • toon22

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #89

    So the whole thing ended due to

    Favouritism
    Or
    Politics

    Which one or both ?

    2
  • toon22

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #90

    The Premier league

    Where the “ top “ clubs stay and the top forever
    Where competition isn’t relevant
    Where politics is banned for stuff other than what’s deemed OK by a faceless committee

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #91

    At some point in all this, Mike Ashley is going to realise that if he wanted to sell the club he should’ve done it when he first told us it was up for sale.

    Before the first relegation, and definitely before a global pandemic.

    After over a decade of “delaying the sale” from the seller’s end, now the PL delay for 3 months and the buyers have had enough.

    You reap what you sow, Mike.

    1
  • Northumbrian

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #92

    Anyone on Twitter messaged Amanda and told her about the percentage issues?.

    3
  • jimiley

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #93

    It seems you can boycott or not and it’s ok. But not to sign is not an option. Apparently I am a c..t.
    What’s the difference?

    2
  • Tonytoon73

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #94

    Petition signed, have the corrupt PL received information from PIF that

    1
  • Mund

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #95

    I really don’t understand some fans.

    We have one just refuses to sign the petition and another backing him up. It baffles me

    6
  • Northumbrian

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #96

    PIF said the bid withdrawal was not a negotiating tactic.

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  • Boy from the Bay

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #97

    Chi’s penultimate question should have been addressed to Ashley NOT Masters. (surely the deposit paid was a contract agreed between buyer and seller and is nothing to do with the PL?)

    1
  • Tonytoon73

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #98

    Pressed the submit button by accident ffs, have the corrupt PL received confirmation from PIF that they have pulled out of the deal yet?

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  • Northumbrian

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #99

    Leave it mund and let them make their own minds up, as long as you’ve signed should be enough.

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  • jimiley

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #100

    Why should we force the issue for the Saudis? They walked away and gave fat ash 17 million. They should have stayed the course for a decision and they should have sued if it was negative.
    What will this petition achieve apart from more grief? Are we stupid enough to think that masters has not covered his back.
    It’s easy for him now. Al he has to say was things were working out for the Arabs but they walked away

    2
  • hibbit

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #101

    enjoy your night one and all bbq time and few beers,
    still 30c in north yorkshire it’s warmer than most of spain,

    4
  • Harrogate mag

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #102

    Hibbit …enjoy mate

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  • Romford mag

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #103

    hibbit

    Later mate enjoy your night 🙂

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  • Mund

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #105

    Enjoy hibbit still roasting here as well

    0
  • Harrogate mag

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #106

    You raving tonight Rom mate

    1
  • Romford mag

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #107

    Harrogate

    Don’t know if it’s the right time mate 🙂

    1
  • Romford mag

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #108

    Might have a little rave by myself 😆

    1
  • Boy from the Bay

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #109

    JimIley
    Boycotting takes both effort and sacrifice. The petition takes 30 seconds – that’s it!

    It’s not your lack of signature that matters, but advocating the petition is a waste of time is irritating to the petitioners and any true supporters,

    Please do NOT reply – I’m not interested in your thoughts.

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  • Harrogate mag

    Jul 31, 2020 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #110

    Well it’s 6…time to crack open a cold one….drink will do mate and a bit of Craic

    1
  • Romford mag

    Jul 31, 2020 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #111

    Harrogate
    Got a nice chilled Newcastle brown in the fridge mate
    I’ll crack that open 😉
    And yeah mate always up for a laugh 🙂

    1
  • 9

    Jul 31, 2020 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #112

    9
    How many posters are prepared to face reality?:
    1 Saudi have blatantly been pirating TV rights from EPL, then have the brass neck to want to kindly belong to join EPL.
    2 All the above is quite possible, given Saudi can raise any size of bung required to overcome little (cough) legal difficulty
    3 Qatar cite legally bomb-proof clauses eagerly signed by EPL which shady saudi dealings prove unable to defeat
    4 EPL say “Look, Saudi, we’re tied in legally and have no ability to pass this test, you don’t want us to refuse you, so I suggest you back off and,maybe, come up with a cleverer deal next time.No hard feelings, mate, Qatar have us tied up in knots”

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  • Belfast

    Jul 31, 2020 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #113

    What’s the actual end game here then?

    Surely if the other Premier league clubs are blocking this takeover, it’s never gonna happen? It’s definitely not gonna happen with Saudi money anyway.

    1
  • toon22

    Jul 31, 2020 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #114

    So it seems the prem is nothing but a sham
    As much of a competition as what the WWE is
    Look at all those penalties Manu got

    Seems to me they decided well in advance what team was finishing where

    Anyone asked them what the final league positions will be for next year yet ?

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  • Harrogate mag

    Jul 31, 2020 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #115

    Could just drink one of them mate….like an angel crying on your tongue

    1
  • toon22

    Jul 31, 2020 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #116

    They also seemed to want Villa to stay up
    Funny how it came down to that goal not given isn’t it

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 31, 2020 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #117

    I personally think it has little to do with the other clubs, they might have objected but at the end of the day the PL pay them not the other way round. I think it has something to do with the PL shite-ing themselves in case Qatar cancelled their deal leaving them seriously out of pocket, that’s what I think it has boiled down to.

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  • jimiley

    Jul 31, 2020 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #118

    The end game is the Saudis walked away and we are supposed to cover their backs to find out why they walked.
    Not me. They did not want it enough.
    Let’s find a new owner

    1
  • toon22

    Jul 31, 2020 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #119

    If they could just tell everyone in advance what was the final position is going to be it would save a lot of people a whole bunch of hassle

    5
  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jul 31, 2020 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #120

    FFP means that it takes a long time for a club to be a threat to the big boys. Man City abuse this with overpaying sponsorship from UAE national companies. It seems like this tying our ownership to the Saudi state would close this option off for us, whilest allowing man City to carry on. Under these conditions the Saudis plans for our rise would be severely impeded if not make it impossible for them to achieve their vision. Of course they are not going to buy a club and not be the best eventually. It’s sounding more and more like the major stumbling block to this deal is Newcastle becoming a force in world football.

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