The £30m Tottenham paid for Moussa Sissoko was one of the funniest things Newcastle fans have ever seen and now we have, arguably, had an equally astonishing transfer deal go through.

Jordan Pickford, a 23 year old goalkeeper who has never played for his country (at senior level) and has played only 31 Premier League matches (conceding 56 (FIFTY SIX) goals), has been transferred for £30m!!

BBC Sport say that the total fee is the £30m figure, with £25m plus another £5m based on hitting certain targets.

This surely must be a wake up call to any Newcastle fans who are kidding themselves that Rafa Benitez has special powers, which means he can bring in a handful of £5m per head bargains who will transform NUFC into a top half of the Premier League side this coming seasons.

Rafa worked wonders last summer building a squad to get out of the Championship but he still spent over £50m and paid £10m and £12m on Gayle & Ritchie alone.

Thursday saw another transfer from a relegated club go through, with Harry Maguire moving from Hull to Leicester for £17m. A very similar profile to Jordan Pickford, Maguire 24 year old and without a single international cap, making only 25 Premier League starts in his career so far.

To put it into perspective, Newcastle’s two biggest transfer fees ever paid were 12 and 21 years ago respectively, each for the best goalscorer of their generation in England (and the World where Shearer was concerned!), yet both fees beat anything Newcastle have ever paid for anyone, with indeed Pickford going for roughly what Shearer and Owen went for combined.

I’m not saying that Newcastle should necessarily have tried to sign either Maguire or Pickford but it has to be a reality check.

As I said above,, the now former Sunderland keeper has only started 31 Premier League matches and in his entire career so far, the 23 year old has only kept four clean sheets in the top tier and won five Premier League matches – drawing five and losing 21!

So basically, Everton are paying that fee based purely on potential, that in a better team he might get a few more clean sheets and concede a few less goals.

When it comes to Newcastle United and this transfer market, surely Rafa has to be backed to break our ancient transfer record at east once, if he feels it is a player he needs?

No matter what you pay (just look at Moussa Sissoko…) there is no guarantee signings will be a success but even at Championship level when Rafa Benitez was paying £5m or so for a player, there were players like Lazaar, Diame, Sels and Hanley who proved not good enough, whilst Ciaran Clark instead proved a bargain with his £5m buyout clause and Rafa picked up a couple of rough diamonds in Hayden & Yedlin who can hopefully progress and prove good enough for the top tier.

I always expected it would be a mixed bag Rafa would bring in this summer, with some loan signings, plus permanent deals which would probably include at least a couple of older players on OK fees but high wages, a few signings with potential from the continent, Championship or very little experience in the Premier League, AS WELL AS at least a couple of signings that will around that £15m-£20m transfer fee bracket.

Remember, in our last Premier League season, fees of around £13m/£14m were paid for Mitrovic, Shelvey, Wijnaldum and Thauvin, which was two years ago now.

Money shouldn’t be spent just for the sake of it but Rafa Benitez has to be given a budget that allows him to go out and compete for the players that he needs to bring in, or else Newcastle will almost certainly be in a relegation fight.

(All contributions from Newcastle fans welcome, send articles (as well as ideas/suggestions) to [email protected])



  • Damon Horner

    Benteke, Slimani and Lukaku (all strikers). These are the only players who cost more than Pickford’s initial £25mil fee for a club not one of the “big six”.

    Not every club spends like that.

    • Clarko

      I really value your logical thought process and your ability to really think about something before establishing a premature conclusion. I agree with your comment.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Chelsea paid £33m for Bat man & he`s on the bench

  • Paul Patterson

    Which is precisely why, if we could tempt Joe Hart for say £7m our business could be conducted in a shrewd manner..

    • Damon Horner

      let’s offer £40mil instead. We might be respected as ambitious then.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Man C want £20m for him, yes i know it`s potty

  • Albert Stubbins

    pickfords initial fee is 12 million- its in the makem echo. They will get 30 mill if he makes 50000 appearances and 200 England caps- in other words the total fee will be 20 mill tops!!

    • HarryHype59

      It is 18m and rising to 30m I believe. It is still a staggering sum for a rookie keeper.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Sky reporting it`s £25m up front £5m potential addons

        • HarryHype59

          The figures I quoted were in the Shields Gazette. They may not reflect the final fee. It is still a huge sum , but proves the market is inflated due to the TV deal.

  • Mayor Vaughn

    Burnley, Watford never spent a fortune.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      they never had it to spend, but with the new Tv money they have now

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    A club spends way too much on an unproven keeper and instead of laughing at them for being ridiculous and wasteful, you’ve somehow managed to spin it into a referendum about why Newcastle ought to be doing the same? That about sum it up?

  • HarryHype59

    The market will be inflated due the EPL clubs picking up the bumper TV money. Leicester have bought Maguire from Hull for 17m.

    Swansea will receive 110m for finishing fourth last. The hapless Mackems got 100m for being the worst team in the EPL. NUFC are at a financial disadvantage picking up a ‘paltry’ 41m parachute money. Rafa is going to have his work cut out competing with other EPL teams.

    • Jimblag23

      I’m a bit gutted about Maquire, he should of come here.

      • HarryHype59

        Would Ashley have paid 17m for him?

        • Jimblag23

          He should have.

          • HarryHype59

            Maguire would have been an upgrade, but at 17m was too expensive for us.

    • Clarko

      Southampton who finished 8th (16/17), had a net spend of +£13.73m in 16/17 and a net spend of -£3.32m in 15/16.

      Bournemouth who finished 9th (16/17), had a net spend of -£12.92m in 16/17 and had a net spend of -£46.29m in 15/16.

      West Brom who finished 10th (16/17), had a net spend of -£9.29m in 16/17 and had a net spend of -£25.48m in 15/16

      Can you clarify how Newcastle will have trouble “competing” with other teams financially?

      • HarryHype59

        Where do you want to start?

        1: A massive shortfall in TV money compared to other EPL clubs. Watford will get approx £109m NUFC will recieve £41m.

        2: Operating costs (96m in 2016 accounts) that will have to be covered on 30m less TV money than the club got last year.

        3: Several players on high wage, long term contracts that will have to be paid off or given away (Riviere)

        4: An owner who is touting the club for outside investment, as he is unwilling or unable to invest his own cash.

        5: The fourth highest debt levels at £129m. The clubs you mention have far lower debts.

        6: Transfer fees and wages increasing due to increased TV money that Newcastle don’t get until next season.

        • Clarko

          1. If you look at the numbers I gave in my comment the teams finishing between 8th and 10th did not exceed a £14m net spend, Newcastle have £41m from parachute payments, £30m from last seasons transfers and any sales we make from now.

          2. Merchandising, sponsorship and ticket prices will contribute. Newcastle were the fastest growing brand this year, increasing 92% in brand value, Newcastle are the 22nd richest football club in the world.

          3. You named one player.

          4. Correlation does not equal causation.

          5. That debt is owed to Mike Ashley, Newcastle do not need to pay that back.

          6. Again, 8th to 10th place had a net spend of no more than £14m.

          • HarryHype59

            Only one player! You can add Saivet, De Jong and possibly Mitro to that list. I admire your optimism but fear the impact of missing out on the TV deal make us the poor relation of the EPL.

          • Clarko

            You have countered 1 point out of the 6 above, and it was poor. You have mentioned the same 4 players before, and I have explained before that 3 of the 4 have been on loan, there is no reason they will not be on loan, or sold come the beginning of the season. I don’t know where this delusion of Mitrovic being a “hindrance” of any sort has come from.

            Again your comment highlights the difference between us, I counter all 6 of your points, you are only able to counter 1, it is not optimism, it is thought.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    We`ll soon find out when we actually make a bid for a player, the top 4 can afford to pay £50m for a player & not give it a 2nd thought, Chelsea have £30m players on the bench.
    if you can get a good striker for £20m you`re lucky so in some respects this article isn`t far off the mark
    Penfold will stock up on Andrex for when he makes a bid cos the quote is more than likely to give him the schitts

  • goggsy

    Historically in the premier league wages bare a far greater relation to relative success e.i. a higher average finish the higher the outlay on wages. We may not have seen huge spends on fees in recent times but we’ve still wasted huge sums on utter garbage especially towards the end of the shepard era. As long as Rafa gets who he wants or at least a high percentage we’ll be fine. I would expect Rafa would want to get at least one big signing of his choice,it’s a guarantee that they will sign players maybe academy players or squad members that won’t be rafas choice and purely bought for commercial or sell on value. That will definitely happen,the players Rafa signs will play and the players the club sign won’t,just like last season.Fingers crossed he gets who he wants whatever the price,thank God he didn’t spend that sort a cash on pickford.

    • Pelican

      Correct, the top 6 in the Premier League this season have the top 6 wage bills.

  • Alreet

    I really cant understand or grasp this deal. 30 mill for a keeper who finished bottom of the league and conceded around 50. WTAF. Its a more insane move than sissoko.

    If someone came in with 20 mill for Darlow id snap ur hand off and hes much better than pickford.

    Get a clue. The deal is inflated coz everton wanted to pay it. Hes not worth half that.

    Still got faith that rafa will get ppl like ince. Cairney. Shawcross. Smalling and abraham in soon and he wont be paying 30 mill for any of them.