Newcastle United were almost totally ignored by the national press last season.

It was one bonus of going down, not having our club under a negative media spotlight for the best part of a year.

Only during the short periods when the promotion bandwagon wobbled a little did the press take much notice.

The fact that Newcastle were getting astonishing fifty one thousand+ average crowds wasn’t deemed newsworthy, or that Rafa’s team were winning most weeks BUT if the Manager and squad had struggled, then the media would have been all over Newcastle United like a rash.

Promotion achieved and back to the big time, with the media attention also returning, a negative slant never very far away.

The club’s own official media partner has been one of the first to have a go at Newcastle.

Writing in The Mirror, Andy Dunn has declared ‘if Newcastle United is such a big, grand institution, what is it doing trying to borrow players from clubs they should be regarding as equals?’

Dunn is referring in particular to the Tammy Abraham attempted loan but then doesn’t say the same about Swansea, a club who after a constant stream of PL money shouldn’t need any loan signings, certainly not compared to an unstable one like Newcastle who are just recovering from their second relegation in seven years.

It is a classic – because there is no doubt for me that if Newcastle fans were asking why on earth are our club going after loan players, the media would be straight away talking about deluded Newcastle fans who think they should be buying Pogba, Messi, Sanchez etc and winning the Premier League.

When it was confirmed that Rafa Benitez was staying at Newcastle United, the club statement released on 10 May 2017 included this:

‘Plans for next season were discussed, including the purchase and loan of players to add to the squad in readiness for the Premier League season.’

I don’t recall any/many Newcastle fans up in arms about the fact that loan deals would be part of the transfer strategy.

Most clubs, especially those just promoted, look to loan deals as a way of bringing in some quality players who otherwise you couldn’t attract in current circumstances.

It has been shown anyway that loan deals aren’t always short-term, after scoring goals on loan at West Brom, Romelu Lukaku then went to Everton and did the same.

Obviously the striker liked what he saw when he was on loan at Goodison Park and signed for £28m, going on to score loads of goals, with Chelsea reportedly set to hand them now a profit of £50m or so on the striker that they sold them only three years ago.

Newcastle are where they are and I’d rather have the odd decent loan player brought in than more rubbish like Emmanuel Riviere.

Andy Dunn writing in The Mirror:

‘…if Newcastle United is such a big, grand institution, what is it doing trying to borrow players from clubs they should be regarding as equals?

What is it doing trying to borrow players who are not deemed good enough to play for a rival?

They are not alone, of course. Far from it. Taking players on a temporary basis from clubs who have an embarrassment of squad riches has become standard practice for ones who know their place in the Premier League pecking order.

Everyone at Swansea knows their battle next season will, in all probability, be different from Chelsea’s.

If Abraham scores the goals that maintain Premier League status – although he will not be allowed to score goals against Chelsea – the supporters probably won’t care.

In Premier League payments alone, Swansea received £103,179,163 last season, enough to buy their own players, but if Chelsea and Abraham see them as some sort of useful learning centre, they are not going to look a gift horse in the mouth.’



  • Leazes Ender

    Abraham is a Chelsea player who they aren’t going to sell…. until his value amasses….or is deemed good enough for their team, he’s as much a part of their squad as ever. Chelsea and others are loaning players out to get around the FFP rules.

    Why on earth should United be in a position to help them cheat the system?

    You would almost think there wasn’t a Rafalution happening.

  • TheFatController

    So, he asks the question ‘why would you take loan players?’ And then goes on to answer it.

    Also, after 10 seasons bottom half of the PL or in the Championship, we are not equal to Liverpool, they are not a rival. He’s just hoping we get angry and start (continue?) our infighting – lighting the fuse and sitting back to watch us explode with anger at the injustice.

    Thanks Mr Dunn, but I’ll not take the bait thanks. Others probably will though sadly…

  • nevfur

    Like it or not we haven’t got a PL squad or the minimum £100M tv money so needs must for this season although I would prefer any loans to be like that for Atsu with an already agreed fee in place should we decide to take up the option at the end of the season rather than just improving the experience and value of someone else’s player. Having said that, with contracts hardly worth anything nowadays if a player is ours for this season then fine, worry about next season next summer when we will have more money to spend and should need fewer players brought in too. To be extreme would you prefer say Batushi on loan for only one year or to own someone like Rivière outright

  • Toonrobbybobson

    We can’t remodel the squad in one summer. Its going to take years. Id rather we didnt panic. Loans are going to form a huge part of our squad this season which isnt a bad thing when they are quality, young and hungry. It frees up funds to allow us to actually buy a couple of more expensive type signings instead of trying to unearth cheap jewels which inevitably fails. If we do that over a few seasons we’ll gradually improve the base quality of the squad.

    I have total faith that Rafa will bring in what we need.

    • Leazes Ender

      Ashleys plans to run the club on the cheap ended up very costly.

      • Toonrobbybobson

        Yep you cant asset strip all the time. The base level of the squad got hammered since our 5th place when it should have been built on.

        I still think that Rafa did a good job last season with some of his signings who can probably do a job at Prem level like Ritchie, Gayle and Clark. But we have no depth and are seriously light in quality for goals/creativity/pace.

        Rafa has a big task of convincing players to come and join the battle which is why mindset is going to be important. Its hard to find the mindset of players like Ritchie who actually want to come for the right footballing reasons. Sad state of the game.

        Id have been happy to take a punt on Tammy Abraham to boost options in the squad for wages outlay. However that would have been if he was enthusiastic about coming. If there was any doubt hes best not being here and it appeared to really be the case. There are plenty more players out there who can come in and do well for our club.

      • Graham

        Your comments last year were totally wrong – pessimistic, downbeat and basically pathetic. You haven’t apologised for your miserable attitude – please stop posting to this site until your attitude changes – I would suggest ” a love supreme” would suit your views better.

  • David J

    He’s got a point. Can’t sign lejeune for 8m because they want to pay for players in installments? What’s the budget? 20m? 😣 This lack of effort to get just one big name is pathetic! They must be aiming for 13th-15th. Yay.

    • Leazes Ender

      Ashley doesn’t pay for anything in installments. Rafa aiming for mid table isn’t much of a Rafalution.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        I think he will do now, he’d have to lend money to finance up front deals, we aren’t as cash rich as we were two years ago. The premier league money gets released this month (next Monday?). If the club is to wipe it’s own, it needs ti look after cashflow

    • Toonrobbybobson

      I don’t think its that this time. We have funds we need to have to buy as many quality players as we can. If we can delay paying some it frees up funds on another deal. Our problem is we need so much quality across the squad we cant buy them all this summer. That probably makes deals harder. If you can get 2x £10m players for paying only £5m each instead of outright £10m on 1 that helps us at this stage a lot more budget wise.

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    He has a point though .. I believe all loans between clubs in the same division should be banned .. but apart from that a club Newcastle United’s size shouldn’t be taking kids who haven’t even established themselves at their own clubs ESPECIALLY without any deal in place to sign them at the end of the loan.

  • wheyayeman

    My biggest concern right now isn’t the lack of signings it’s the silence of Rafa. Carr leaving was a good step I felt as it cleared the way for Rafa to make decisions without committee. My worry is that Rafa is silent, where are the reassuring words from Rafa ? He talked us through things last season and made statements to the press or radio. If he could just say I’m working on things, we are making progress, it will take time, we must wait to discuss things with players on their return from holiday etc then I would be happy. As it is I’m not feeling a great deal of hope. Ashley does surely realise his club is about to head straight down the shoots without hope if he doesn’t act NOW!??

    • Geordiegiants

      I think Rafa would be out in the media making waves if he wasn’t getting what he wanted.

  • Rich Lawson

    I have read The Daily Mirror pretty much every day for 40 years,for a red top it is a good paper with with proper news coverage and comment and generally commited to the working classes,that said their football coverage is woeful,they used to have a brilliant bloke called Brian Granville who was knowledgable and honest and really made you think about the game. Dunn and Brian Reade pretend to be men of the people while spouting inflammotory nonsense designed to wind readers up and as for Collymore and Savage they are better suited to the Sky studio rather than being alowd in print ( not that I believe they write this s###e themselves)

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Their political coverage is a lot worse.

      • Rich Lawson

        Don’t agree with you there Bobbi,depends on your political affiliations,to each his own eh !

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          It’s not really the political affiliation, it’s the depth of the debate that is not there with the Mirror. Then again, similar to the level of a lot of contributors on here really.

  • disqus_GFJ5SSXQ7o

    Jesus, The Nag calling others for cheap digs and pettiness is ironic. I have read many NUFC fans sharing this view, take the chip of your shoulder as it’s embarrassing

  • Grahame Johnson

    I just think back to Bournemouth at home and leaving the ground like most fans broken and questioning is it worth it, no one who loves Newcastle heart and soul knew how we felt and how fearful the future was, Rafa has plugged the gaps of a sinking ship and hopefully a steady season ahead of us awaits

  • Wor Lass

    You need to have a word with yourself, Jim. plenty of our own fans aren`t keen on loan deals (personally, I think they can be a good thing) and Dunn does go on to bracket Swansea with us in the same article. Maybe he says more about us at the outset because he regards us as a “bigger” club than them. Either way, it`s just click bait syuff designed to get a few people going. Dunn`s a t*sser of the first order, in my opinion, and should stick to stuffing his face with croissants and spouting drivel on a sunday morning.

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    Irony is pretty ironic in Mag land. Is Jim really having a go at other media companies for being negative? I’m assuming he’s claiming trade mark infringement

    • Geordiegiants

      Is there really any thing to be happy about at the minute?

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        I’m not happy but I’m not sad.

        There is nothing to worry about.

        • Geordiegiants

          I’m optimistic, but I’m not to sure there is nothing to worry about. Do you know this for fact?