Is ‘No News Good News’ For Newcastle Fans In The Transfer Market?
After the best part of two turbulent weeks for Newcastle United fans, there appears to be light towards the end of the tunnel.
After the lowest point of last season when January saw the Cup exit to Championship side Brighton and the home defeat to Reading, it appeared that Newcastle United were doomed to a fate of a second relegation in four years.
Although only midway through the season, the writing was on the wall. Those same fans having watched in amazement as a team full of premier league and international stars got relegated on the last day of that 2008/09 season- the fear of the drop was once again very real.
However, in one interview I remember feeling that it wasn’t all over just yet. I recall BBC Newcastle trying to reassure fans that Newcastle were making waves in the January transfer window.
It was said Newcastle United had bids in for 10 players – music to our ears. After failing to strengthen in the summer ,Ashley proved that he does care (about his investment) and spent over £22m at a time typically no clubs like to spend. What was brought in was not only quality Internationals, and proven top league players in Sissoko, Mbwia and Gouffrann, but more importantly ‘Hope’ and something to raise the troops.
The first half of the Aston Villa game we showed real quality with Sissoko assisting Cisse and Cabaye scoring a tremendous half volley from 22 yards. The second half we showed real character and defended well against a rampant Benteke in arguably Villa’s best performance up to that point. Newcastle continued this great spirit at SJP by beating European Champions Chelsea 3-2, despite going 2-1 down.
It’s reported that after meeting with Graham Carr, newly appointed Director of Football Joe kin’near has identified his targets and is poised to make bids this week. Top of the list are the need for a centre-back and a Striker to ‘complement’ Cisse and not replace him. It’s undoubtedly a chance to restore some faith in the hierarchy.
Talksport have reported a £12m bid has been made for Chiek Tiote’s international team mate, 24 year old Wilfried Bony. This would be a top signing, last season Bony scored 31 goals in 30 games, as well scoring 15 goals in 10 consecutive matches (a great record by any standards).
Also on the list is a Centre back to provide much needed cover for the injury prone Steven Taylor. It’s believed Kinnear’s preference is for an old fashioned English Centre back with West Ham’s James Tomkins said to be on the list.
We’ll need to place some faith back into Graham Carr & Mike Ashley to pull off some of the signings they did in January. After missing out on Remy it has been well documented that Mike Ashley is now more involved in transfers.
The Sports Tycoon is notorious for being able to drive good business but as Newcastle know all too well, he’s not too quick to put his hand in his pocket when it doesn’t necessarily suit him (looking at last summer’s lack of transfer activity).
I for one am optimistic about the signings we may make and, like with Cisse’s unexpected signing, sometimes no news is good news.
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