There are claims this morning that club sources have indicated that Mike Ashley has backed six new signings for Newcastle United this summer.
The Chronicle information from their club source/sauce is that United have ruled out Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic as he could be a disruptive influence, but that Ashley is willing to back moves for Charlie Austin and Danny Ings.
If those two signings happened and little else this summer, it would probably surpass most fans’ expectations of what will happen in the transfer market.
However, two English strikers who scored 29 Premier League goals between them (Austin 18 Ings 11) despite playing for relegated clubs, aren’t going to come cheap. Especially when you have Spurs allegedly having offered £12m to try and land Ings before anybody else can talk to him, with or without Bunrley’s permission, once his contract runs out at the end of June.
The Chronicle also claiming that they’ve been told Mike Ashley was in good spirits after survival Sunday.
Deals for players are supposedly lined up to go ahead after a new manager/head coach is confirmed towards the end of next week.
Call me Mr Cynical but the fact that the season ticket deadline, which has been extended, ends a week on Wednesday (10 June) is a bit of a coincidence. As in signings being speculated by friendly press without anything actually happening before that deadline passes.
It also raises big questions as to exactly what is going to change for the better overall at the club, if deals for players have already been lined up without any input from whoever is going to be in charge.
No criticism of the Chronicle for printing the positive spin that they have been told by the club’s PR department but with only 69 days to go until the season starts, fans will believe the signings when they see them.
As for bringing in six players, last summer Newcastle brought in nine, with Ayoze Perez, Jack Colback, Daryl Janmaat, Karl Darlow, Jamaal Lascelles, Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere, Siem de Jong and Facundo Ferreyra all signing on for Newcastle.
Three success stories (Perez, Colback, Janmaat) out of nine, with some looking way off the standard needed (Ferreyra, Riviere, Cabella) and the remaining trio (de Jong, Lascelles, Darlow) still to prove themselves.
A credible new manager/head coach is imperative before I personally will feel any positivity whatsoever.
The main talk this weekend appears to revolve around Steve McClaren and Patrick Vieira. If the club are serious about either or both of these, then no excuse for not acting quickly with one on the dole and the other in a youth development role that is up for renewal this summer.