Let’s descend into the realms of Newcastle United fantasy football for a moment.
Let’s believe some of the transfer, and other, speculation surrounding the club and allow ourselves to think about what the summer could hold for Newcastle United if what we read in the media turns out to be true.
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Taking it a stage further, let’s see what effect it could have on the strength of feeling amongst the fan base if this summer does not turn out to be an unmitigated disaster.
The first assumption we will make is that Newcastle avoid relegation, whether by the skin of their teeth or by two comfortable victories (as they should be) doesn’t matter. All that matters is that we head into the summer with Premier League football assured for at least another season.
Now let’s move on to the section where things get quite unbelievable, but let’s say that all this happens exactly as stated.
We begin the summer by announcing that John Carver will not carry on his head coach role for the following season, instead David Moyes will be joining on a four year deal.
The transfer window opens with a flurry of activity, within the first week the club announces the release of Jonas, Ryan Taylor and Sammy Ameobi, we see the first images of Lascelles and Darlow being paraded at Saint James’ Park alongside new Barcelona loan signing Sergio Ramirez and £15m Anderlecht star Alexandar Mitrovic.
Shortly after bolstering the forward line, the attention moves to the defence where the club manages to secure a pair of high quality international centre-backs for a combined £20m fee, swiftly followed by a versatile left full-back in a similar mould to Janmaat.
What comes in the following weeks is the addition of a couple more decent quality loan signings to further add to the defence and midfield, a contract extension for Aarons and the sale of Obertan, Tiote and Williamson for nominal fees, plus the early release (mutually agreed) of Colocinni back to his beloved Argentina.
The last signing of the summer is completed in the final week of the transfer window when England winger Andros Townsend joins from Tottenham for a reported £7.5m fee.
We hear an affirmation from the new manager that he fully expects Sissoko, Janmaat Cisse and Krul to still be at the club after the transfer window closes, which is proved to be true, and a rallying cry that this season the club fully intends to fight on all fronts, including the cups.
Pre-season matches seem to be extremely encouraging with a fit again De Jong pulling the strings and Mitrovic scoring for fun, even Cabella seems to have discovered an end product raiding from the left, with Townsend hugging the right in a classic 4-4-2 formation.
The season begins with an away trip to Anfield where Newcastle pull out an untroubled 3 – 0 victory, understandable optimism grows ahead of the first home game of the season but the question remains…
How do you now feel about Newcastle United?
Would you still protest?
Would you still advocate boycott?
The club has spent £65m in transfers, added significantly to its wage bill and employed a real manager – Is that enough for you to change your opinion?
Answers below please….