Once again, fans of Newcastle United have been let down by those in charge of the club, as another lifeless transfer window deadline has passed and brings to the fore a lack of ambition from the board.
The January transfer window slammed shut at 11pm on Friday night and for Newcastle fans there was a bitter pill to swallow, as the club failed to secure a single permanent signing for the second consecutive transfer window.
What is most saddening about this predicament is its predictability. Transfer deadline day used to be a day of excitement but on this occasion there was not even a hint of any incomings at St James’ Park.
Not only did the club fail to sign a soul for the second time running, they actually lost their star man, most influential figure and in some people’s eyes – the heart of the team.
Just two days before deadline day, Yohan Cabaye departed for home and was sold to French giants Paris Saint-Germain for a fee of £19m.
A sad day indeed but Cabaye’s exit was greeted with a sense of inevitability. His desire to play at a higher level was clear to see as he fought for a move in the summer and refused to play after being denied the opportunity to join Arsenal.
Newcastle managed to keep hold of him that time, but there was always going to be a sequel to the Yohan Cabaye transfer saga, and with seven goals in 19 appearances in the Premier League this season, it’s hardly surprising that PSG made sure they got their man.
Shortly after official confirmation of Cabaye’s departure, Newcastle announced the loan signing of Luuk De Jong from Borussia Monchengladbach – a pitiable attempt to paper over the cracks.
As the remaining couple of days wore on, it became increasingly apparent that there would be no replacement for Cabaye. Newcastle did enter discussions with Lyon midfielder, Clement Grenier, but the Frenchman snubbed the Toon after stating his discontent with the tag ‘Cabaye’s replacement’ and the NUFC offer was described as an ‘insult’ over in France.
So Newcastle lowered their wage bill and received £19m without spending a single penny this season, and while Newcastle are clear of the relegation zone all is well with Mike Ashley, as Newcastle continue to merely exist in the Premier League.
The days of competing are over. To me that signals time for change.