Transfer silence

For the first time in a generation, Geordies are casting envious eyes towards Wearside.

MP0001_Mathieu_Debuchy_NUFCTuesday saw the ninth signing at the Stadium of Light this summer, which means the Mackems are getting much needed bodies through the door – nobody we’ve ever heard of – but bodies nonetheless.

Some of us are secretly hoping that it’s all going to end in tears and they ‘do a QPR’. Hoping all the players they’re signing are mercenaries, here for the money, not bothering to ‘get stuck in’ when it matters and that they take until Christmas to gel by which time they’re cut adrift at the bottom of the league.  I don’t hope that of course, what with Karma seemingly waving his wand over Gallowgate every time he hears the merest hint of a Geordie titter directed towards our nearest and dearest and their calamity of a managerial appointment.

Our collective laughter as Martin O’Neill sidled sheepishly down the A19 last season was soon silenced by a swift three goal slap in the face a few weeks later.  I intend to keep my joy at Mignolet’s move to Liverpool in check until I see Krul standing between our goalposts in September.

Attention as always at this time of year is on the revolving door which leads to St. James’ Park reception and we notice it hasn’t moved a degree since the transfer window opened on the 1st July. Wilfried Bony (a prolific goalscorer) signs for Swansea, Ricky Van Wolfswinkel (a prolific goalscorer) signs for Norwich and Newcastle respond by reportedly sending our own prolific goalscorer to go train on his own in the corner.


Granted, most of our 2013 summer transfer activity was completed in January with the purchases of Sissoko, Haidara, Mbiwa, Debuchy and Gouffran but everybody including the omnipotent Joe Kinnear can see we need a striker, two strikers if we’re honest.  Names come, exciting names, and names go because they’ve been signed by clubs who we used to consistently finish higher than.  Even the staunchest Newcastle fan would currently put Swansea above us in their end of season league place prediction for 2013/2014. How did that happen?

Pardew mentioned recently that we can’t do our business early and we have to wait until much later than other clubs.  I would scratch my head at this statement but it’s still sore after all the scratching I’ve done since Kinnear was employed to carry messages from Pardew to Ashley and back again.

So when are Newcastle going to announce that key signing? That name to get the blood pumping? That player of an Andy Cole or Les Ferdinand standard that we can rely on for 20 – 25 goals a season? Will it ever happen or are all the other clubs in the division going to buy players capable of keeping them up, while our decision makers in their black and white towers think £12m on one player just isn’t good business despite the huge increase in revenue this season because of the new TV deal?  Imagine Cisse getting injured pre-season like Alan Shearer in 1997.  Maybe we can re-sign Ian Rush to get us through to Christmas?

Whatever happens at least we’ve got this thought to keep us content while we wait.  Every day we don’t sign someone is another day we haven’t bought another Jean Alain Boumsong.

  • brin mcardle

    You have to realise Ashley is b*****S….AND DOESNT ACTUALLY CARE. I have no idea how Sports Direct is a success…he must have geniuses working with him

    Or is it all to get back at the club,for them ripping him off when he bought the club

  • NUFCDavid

    I honestly couldn’t tell you whether Sunderland’s signings are any good and I don’t particularly care. What I do know is that they were the only team to finish below us last season still in the league and they’ve strengthened.

    We’re standing still and with teams around us trying to buy and improve, relatively speaking, that means we’re moving backwards.

    It doesn’t take ridiculous sums to make this side a really good one but the current ownership seem more than happy to settle for mediocrity. Any team that contains the likes of Shola, Jonas and Williamson and doesn’t bother to replace them with better players isn’t going anywhere fast.

  • anyobrien

    Envious eyes???????…I don’t think so mate.

  • Alreet

    We wont get no one and we wont buy a full team. We will get around 3 or 4 that we need and ship out the slackers.

    We dont need 10 new players like the scum. I think they are panic buying. We do need a few in very soon though. No panic just yet. But if we have no one in by end of the month then I may panic.

    • shaun mckenna

      they are buying players for the manager
      if they buy sh*t* then that’s ok but if they buy players to enhance what they have then we are fkkkkkkt

  • Chris George Bolton

    Whilst our new scouting team scour the earth for the next generation of young hungry players Agent Ashley sits on his fat hands doing nowt!

    He was undoubtedly Sunderland best signing! A present that just keeps on giving!

  • Alreet

    Stop with the hating for s minute. We are all pd off that we aint got anyone yet but it was proven in jan that where needed the money will come out and the players will come in. Even the joke and fat man arent total bozos when it comes to making a proper team.

    im waiting for the buying week to start coz we all kno itll happen 3 or 4 in as many days and there could be the odd nice suprize. Our othe targets like bent. Gomis. Sakho and shaqiri ??!! Havnt gone any where yet.

    let the scum buy a new team then let us trample on em next visit

  • shaun mckenna

    READING the headline!!!!!!!!!
    OHHHHHHHHHH YESSSSS

  • Jimboandcody123

    There is no way i’m “envious” at scumderland’s transfer buisiness. They will do a QPR, they have bought way too many players let alone them being average

  • Pop123

    If you bother checking several of sunderland signings are youngsters bought as investments with a view to sell on in if they’re a success. The remaining signings are there to strengthen to the exsiting squad this season. No whole new team, no panicking buying of over the hill merceneries (unlike previous seasons) just good scouting and a sensible approach. Can JFK say the same?