Newcastle United have dismissed the January transfer window as ‘disruptive’ and that ‘there are for more options in the summer window.’
This will come as news to Newcastle fans who have seen the club buy only one player, Vurnon Anita, over the course of last two long (not so hot) summers.
This revelation came about via the club’s latest answers to their fans forum, the contents of which are pure comedy gold in many cases as they expose the running of the club.
The club’s transfer strategy(?) outlined above, came to light when Forum member Chris Forster asked;
‘Fans are frustrated that the club sold Yohan Cabaye and didn’t have a replacement lined up’
‘The board suggest that if it was to be self-critical, it should have had a young player who could naturally step into the squad as it aims to in all positions.
In respect of the transfer, the board explained the club didn’t want to sell the player. However, the player was adamant he wanted to leave. The club made a substantial bid for a replacement but an agreement couldn’t be reached with the prospective selling club.
The club also pursued other options but clubs were unwilling to sell.
The board explained that the January window is disruptive for clubs and there are far more options available in the summer window.’
The club’s answer that it is looking to have young players to step into any position just looks ludicrous, considering just how badly the team fail to cope when any of our better players are ruled out.
As for the club claiming they made a serious attempt to sign a Cabaye replacement, over in France the offer made for Clement Grenier was described as ‘derisory’ and I don’t know many (any?) fans who believe the club did indeed have any serious intention of replacing our best player in January, not with Premier League safety already assured.