Newcastle United – Let’s Have A Look At Who We Could Have Signed…
The only exact way to judge your team, in our case Newcastle United, against the rest, is at the end of the season when you look at how many points each club has.
Last season United finished with 49 points in tenth place.
This told us, over the course of that season, our players were 4 points better than Crystal Palace but 1 point worse than Stoke, a Palace/Stoke sandwich was judged a success by the club because it equaled their start of season objective, finishing tenth.
Mike Ashley bought in some players, while others left on top of those above, most notably in recent days; Mapou and Hatem Ben Arfa.
With the exception of the young and raw Rolando Aarons, Newcastle don’t have any wingers.
More pressing, the overwhelming majority of supporters were desperate for a quality striker and centre-back, the forward a pressing need since Ba’s transfer and god knows how many years since a quality central defender has been lacking.
To the disbelief of most, no defender or striker arrived before the transfer window came to an end.
While United did sign players this summer, it was still a tortuous process as we watched players linked on a daily basis, many with proven past records, only for them to end up elsewhere.
Leaving aside the ‘big six’, here are a list of players who have moved this summer to those other thirteen clubs we will be supposedly competing with this summer. You might wonder at the inclusion of £28m Lukaku in the list but that sums up just how far things have moved along, a club like Everton using the extra TV money to make a massive investment in one player – the most important in the team – the goalscorer!
I’m not claiming they will all be successes, and there were plenty more I could have included, but I think there is a case to be made for pretty much all of them in terms of being assets to Newcastle United. It certainly makes clear how empty any claims are by Ashley/Pardew that there was nobody to go for.
I honestly think that we have ended up with a defence that is one of the worst half dozen in the Premier League (same as it was last season), no width (even if Cabella proves a success he looks to prefer coming inside to beating his man out wide), and as for strikers – I don’t honestly think we have one that would get a game for any other club in the division, apart from Cisse if he bounced back to form. Certainly Newcastle don’t have a single forward who would be rated in terms of being their main goalscoring hope.
So feast your eyes on the following and let’s have a look at who we could have signed…
Lukaku (Everton – £28m)
Hernandez (Hull – £10m)
Ulloa (Leicester – £7m)
Eto’o (Everton – Free)
Mane (Southampton – £12m)
Tadic (Southampton – £10m)
Long (Southampton – £12m)
Gomis (Swansea – Free)
Moses (Stoke – Loan)
Zarate (West Ham – Undisclosed)
Pelle (Southampton – £8m)
Ideye (West Brom – £10m)
Valencia (West Ham – £12m)
Zaha (Palace – Loan)
Sigurdsson (Swansea – Undisclosed)
Montero (Swansea – £4m)
Ince (Hull – Compensation)
Snodgrass (Hull – £8m)
Bojan (Stoke – Unknown)
Alvarez (Sunderland – Loan)
Kouyate (West Ham – £7m)
Dawson (Hull – £6m)
Fernandez (Swansea – £8m)
Lescott (West Brom – Free)
Caulker (QPR – £8m)
Ferdinand (QPR – Free)
Coates (Sunderland – Loan)
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