It is well known, the last two transfer windows have been stressful for Newcastle United. They failed to break their transfer record since they signed Michael Owen. This cost a mere £18 million back in 2009. Since then they haven’t come close to braking it and this doesn’t seem likely to change.
In this transfer window, Fulham, a newly promoted team, have signed Jean Michael Seri for £20 million, Huddersfiled Town and Brighton & Hove Albion have broken their transfer record in the last two transfer windows. It puts it into perspective when Newcastle refused to pay a £4 million loan fee to sign Andros Townsend two seasons ago, yet Fulham can sign one player for £20 million. It is a great shame that this, once great club has fallen so quickly down the footballing pyramid. Newcastle feature regularly in the top 50 richest clubs in Europe, yet have only spent £4 million in a transfer window after they just finished 10th with a Championship squad.
Mike Ashley said he could not and would not compete with the likes of Manchester City. Well Mike, we don’t ask you to compete with one of the richest clubs in the world; however we would like to compete with Huddersfield Town, Fulham and Bournemouth. These are teams with much smaller: fan bases, stadiums, make much less revenue from shirt sales, season tickets and TV money. As the case always is with Ashley he just wants to save as much money as possible and ensure Sports Direct is doing as well as it could be.
All Newcastle fans can see what potential the club has if Rafa Benitez is backed. Yet, the owner is trying, once again, to tare the soul out of this club which has so much potential to be a steady top half Premier League team every season. We don’t ask for silverware or demand it (despite what most pundits tell you) we love the team we have as they leave everything out on the pitch.
The reluctancy to pay more than £16 million for a player in a market where Richarlison, who had about three good months goes for £50 million is absurd, and most of all, frustrating. It is quite embarrassing that a club of this statue and size lives off free transfers and loan deals. Newcastle have spent £9 million this window on a ‘Keeper that was pretty much signed last season and Fabian Schar from Deportivo La Coruna. While also signing Kennedy, who also played for us last season.
How has this ended up happening in a place where football is seen as a first or second religion to most people in the city. The finger undoubtedly has to be pointed at the owner. However, Lee Charnley must receive sufficient criticism for not being able to wrap up deals. However, Rafa Benitez came out and praised Charnley last season, so he must have done something right, for once. However, Benitez has never came out and spoken about Ashley in a positive way since he has been at the club.
If Benitez was to be backed with an average budget he could possibly work wonders for Newcastle. However, every Newcastle fan understands Ashley doesn’t operate like that and instructs Benitez to sell before he can buy, despite getting over £100 million from the TV rights deal alone.
It is going to be another disappointing and frustrating transfer window for all Newcastle fans and manager. Benitez will be scrapping the bargain bin for signings to help scrape away from a likely relegation battle.
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