It has been a very slow and boring transfer window so far for every Newcastle United fan.

The high of getting an immediate promotion to the English Premier League seems to be dwindling every week. The club has managed to get only one new face in and even that took weeks for it to be completed.

Although there does seem to be a glow of light at the end of the tunnel, with Norwich and England under-21 winger Jacob Murphy hopefully set to arrive.

Murphy has been loaned to six different teams in the lower divisions: Swindon town, Southend United, Blackpool, Scunthorpe United, Colchester United and Coventry City), before getting his chance last season with Norwich City.

In the Championship last season, Jacob Murphy started 32 matches (off the bench in another five) and scored 9 goals with 6 assists. Not bad statistics for a 22 year old having his breakthrough season at Championship level. He was also at the Under 21 European Championships with England and scored once in limited opportunities, starting one game and a playing sub in three others.

In the Premier League though, he can’t be a starter for any club who aspires to be in the top half of the Premier League.

If we do not want to find ourselves battling relegation in this coming season, I expect more from Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez. A manager is only as good as the players he has, except in very few cases.

We can tell ourselves that Benitez is a world class coach all we like…but the Premier League is an unforgiving league and if you do not prepare well for it (in terms of player recruitment especially) you are likely to fail.

We should also not forget, Benitez is human, just take the case of how was sacked at Real Madrid as an example.

What I am trying to say is simple; we need at least five proven Premier League standard players for us to have a leg to stand on in this coming season. After that, we can then kick-on and start setting targets.

If not, all we have worked for in the past season would go to waste and before you know it, our very own special one will be gone.

Let us hope and pray that those running this mighty club do the right thing this time around.

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



  • Damon Horner

    We have to accept 5 proven and established signings will probably not happen but we have to keep the faith in Rafa and the lads, teams with less PL experience have survived before.

    • Anita kick up the Hoop

      You are in for a rude awakening my friend .. blind faith is just madness.. we are at the present time relegation certainties… I hope things change BUT realism tells me without huge investment this season will be embarrassing

      • Damon Horner

        What’s the alternative to keeping faith? heckling those giving their all?

        I can’t see this season being an embarrassment even if we keep this group of players but I suppose “embarrassing” is subjective and very different to those who expect and those who hope.

        • Anita kick up the Hoop

          I said BLIND faith is madness .. if you don’t think it’s embarrassing for a club if this size and potential to limply suffer relegation twice in 10 years under Ashley, to see us left behind in footballing and business terms by the likes of Watford and Leicester and to go into a season with a manager who has champions league credentials but forced to operate with championship resources then you are part of the problem in my opinion.. BLINDY supporting anything in a black and white shirt and watching as inferior yes men managers towed Ashley’s line has allowed fat Mike to hamstring our club for a decade .. if “toon tooning” as we slip out of the premiership a third time makes you more of a fan than those who say bollocks to Ashley and his lies and false promises then so be it .. the facts are that at this present time we are a million miles away from a credible Premiership outfit .. I hope by the close of the window Ashley has come up trumps .. history though isn’t on his side.

          • Damon Horner

            we went from talking about this season to another Ashley rant…

            You are suggesting some fans are a part of the problem? voicing our strong opinions does nothing in the way the club is run, not turning up to watch/support the team is doing nothing to the way the club is run, whether me showing respect to those who are grafting for us is a massive issue or not the fact is not one of the fans have a good idea to make a big change in respect of the ownership, it’s all just blindly swinging a bat and hope you knock somebody out.

            This isn’t a football club to the boardroom. It’s a business. This isn’t a football club to most fans either, it’s a we hate Mike Ashley club.

          • Leicester Mag

            You say fans have no ideas they have but that’s all they stay, ideas. Maybe the die was cast the minute the ‘boycott’,after Keegan was betrayed, saw a bigger gate! Maybe we are wasting our time complaining but the reality is that under Ashley we have fallen a mile behind every comparable club and been overtaken by just about any club with one ounce of ambition. Doing nothing sure as hell hasn’t resulted in any changes. He’ll never learn because there is nothing to learn. He bought a club on a whim and is bored of it. He knows he has a blank canvas to advertise his tat come what may why waste anymore money even trying to succeed?

          • Damon Horner

            Fully agree but what would a boycott even do? Ashley won’t care at all and as for public and media perception, it won’t work in our favour because it will be seen as a retaliation to the team not winning. I obviously know that’s not the case.

            We just have to hope there is a fan out there who can influence a takeover or wait for Ashley to completely move away from football.

          • TheFatController

            I would think Ashley has this equation for his NUFC business

            £50m per annum Bare minnimun team = (lower mid table) or (relegation and then championship champions) = 50k each week

            So when you ask him for £100m per annum investment he sees this equation

            =(mid to upper mid table) = 50k each week

            Until the equation is
            £50m each season = (lower mid table or relegation) = 10k each week, it’ll always be equation number one he works to

            So if 10k put their mouths and typing fingers into action he’d have to go because then the equation that doesn’t work would be his reality …

          • Damon Horner

            Anything like that would need to be timed well, like Leicester Mag said Keegan’s departure was a good time to stay away ifnit would work at all but right now we have Rafa in charge and seen our team win the Championship it would look senseless to now decide we hate the clubs direction.

            Hate to say it but we need to see the club fail again to look justified in our action to stay away otherwise we look like we’re doing it because were demanding again.

          • grantham mag

            It will by Christmas if there is no investment on quality

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            Of course some fans are part of the problem .. have been ever since that Hull game after Keegan was betrayed .. this club can’t be the real Newcastle United until Ashley leaves .. that’s just how it is .. we have gone backward on and off the pitch under his ownership YET you still get fans saying “support the team” no matter how that harms the CLUB long term .. it’s an awful catch 22 situation.. I strongly believe had we banded together after Keegan and stayed away for 5 home games we would have forced him into selling .. he saw full houses and figured he could ride the storm, put up with the chanting and do whatever he wanted once the bark was proved louder than the bite.. look at us ten years on.

          • Damon Horner

            It is an awful catch 22 but I don’t feel it’s fair to let these players and this manager get caught up in it.

            For the record as well I have not had a ST ticket myself for a while and reject an offer to get one every year, despite that nothing’s changed.

          • Jezza

            Excellent comment.

          • grantham mag

            At last somebody speaks as it is.

      • Jezza

        Agreed. Our current squad will be relegated before Easter.

      • hetonmag

        Rubbish !!!

  • Leazes Ender

    Maybe the fifteenth most valuable squad in the premiership will surprise a few people…. even more so when the injuries suspensions and lack of form are coupled with no perceived purpose in life other than survival.

    …prepare for some almighty hammerings…… United didn’t.

    • Clarko

      Did you find the score out yet?

      • Leazes Ender

        Yes but I forgot,c’est la vie, have you taken your tablets?

        • Clarko

          Why don’t you ask around on here, maybe someone will tell you.

          • Leazes Ender

            Not bothered

          • Clarko

            Yeah, you’re not are you, the only thing you are “bothered” about is trashing the club down here in the comments. You’re not a fan.

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    We desperately need a quality left back a quality right back, a top class central midfielder at least one proven goal scorer and in my opinion a creative attacking midfielder to replace the awful Diame .. that’s without figuring in the nagging doubt that Gayle will struggle as an outlet on his own and that Shelvey always gets found wanting for that vital yard of pace at the top level .. oh, and that Clark was a disaster for Villa in the Premiership or that we still need to clear the dross like Hanley and Colback etc out of our squad .. we were supposed to have done all our homework during our promotion campaign in order that we could “hit the ground running” in the Premiership… we are almost into a new season and we haven’t cleared the decks or improved the squad! .. it’s going to be a frantic transfer window from now on IF we are going to come out of it Premiership ready.

    • grantham mag

      WE desperately need a new owner who has desire, pride, and the will to win.

  • Leicester Mag

    Imagine if the Jarrow Crusaiders had adopted the same lie down and accept attitude as most fans do of Ashley. Maybe they changed nothing just maybe though pride was more important to them. Why do we accept we won’t sign the right players, why do we accept Rafa will very likely walk at some point only to be replaced by another Pardew clone or indeed the shelf proclaimed legend himself? Is it really unrealistic to compete ? Sadly it is and always will be under Ashley.

    • Anita kick up the Hoop

      Principles forced those men into action.. lack of principles allowed Ashley to see out 10 years here after Keegan was betrayed… the Crusaders wouldn’t have turned up drinking his pints and eating his pies, buying his shirts and filling his advertising space .. times change.

      • Jezza

        You don’t need to go back as far as the Jarrow Crusade. In the late 80’s and early 90’s the United Supporters for Change group helped rid the club of the dreaded Seymour-McKeag regime through a series of organised protests and boycotts. As you say times have changed. You won’t get that sort of uprising today in the age with a generation of spectators (as opposed to supporters) brought up on all seater stadiums, £50 quid replica tops, Sky Sports, smartphones and media social websites.

    • Damon Horner

      Only thing that will force Ashley’s hand is money, sadly this isn’t democratic. Voicing your disapproval doesn’t do anything, Ashley doesn’t even take notice of the government never mind independent fans.

      • Anita kick up the Hoop

        He would have to take notice of an empty ground broadcast all over the world .. his brand made toxic .. we missed that boat though and if Raffa walks you wil get all the same patter about supporting the lads.. they need us in our relegation fight and get behind the new manager … even if it’s Joe Kinnear .. no backbone is the problem

  • Stephen

    There are 46 days untill the window closes.
    A lot of clubs are watching and waiting.
    The press speculation( fiction) is tedious nonsense in the main.
    It’s quite simple really, The squad must be improved or elce.

    • Leicester Mag

      Agreed trouble is Mr Tubbs only deals in ‘or else’

      • TheFatController

        He deals in season ticket sales and shirt sales (aka money), not our opinion.

        He wants your money. You give It to him. Why would he change?

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      history shows that fees go up the near the end of the window
      exit stage left Moussa Sissoko

      • HarryHype59

        If Newcastle are in the bottom three by late August , the fat lad will panic buy and waste more money.

        • Jezza

          No he won’t “panic”. He’ll sit on the money and wait to see where we are in January.

    • TheFatController

      Or else 50k will turn up against Spurs?

      • Anita kick up the Hoop

        All wearing three new shirts bought from ….. the fat shopkeeper

        • TheFatController

          So reality is they like the shirts and their seat to spend big, but don’t like the football team…?

          That presumes he cares more for their opinion than the money for the shirts and season tickets.

          Winning in anything is all about knowing your enemy, and really that refers to their weaknesses. They clearly haven’t done any homework on Ashley’s mentality in all this, they keep playing to his strengths …

  • Doug Dacre

    All clubs fans are saying the same, the only ones doing it are the ones who take a deep breath and spend the money, lots of deals will be done last minute as usual.

    • Jezza

      NUFC have certainly not got a record of making last minute signings in the 10 years since Ashley took over. The only last minute deals the club do these days are big outgoing transfers when it’s too late to re-invest the money.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    as I posted 6 weeks ago start with the lowest possible expectations & you won’t be disappointed

    Viva La Rafalution, what’s left of it

    • Leazes Ender

      Has it started yet?

      • HarryHype59

        No!

    • Jezza

      Yes, throughout the second half of last season I predicted there would be little or no transfer spending by NUFC this summer and I got slated for it by the happy clappers who were insistent the club would spend £100 million or more. The window isn’t closed yet of course but at this stage it is looking very much like I was right all along.

  • Desree

    If the EPL is entertainment, chelsea put on a vegas show. NUFC is more like hi de hi

  • HarryHype59

    Whilst I agree with the author on needing five new players, I cannot see this happening as Ashley has reverted to type on player investment. I can however, see five new sub standard ” punts” coming in on the cheap.

  • This is very far from the truth. Newcastle need 2-3 quality players, not buying 5-6 just or sheer numbers or promising talent. If we can’t buy better players than we got, there really isn’t any point in buying. With the current market prices players like Shelvey, Ritchie, Hayden and Gayle should be worth 20+Mln each. Good deals are made from clubs who need to sell and players who want to come here. If both conditions are met then we have a proper transfer. I’m glad we missed out on Abraham and Loftus-Cheek, since they never wanted to be here. I think we might get Loic Remy as he’s fond of NUFC and is now available with Chelsea eager to sell.