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What Happened To Last 20 Newcastle United Signings?

6 years ago
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What has happened with the last 20 Newcastle United signings?

The popular belief, certainly outside the north east, is that Newcastle United’s transfer strategy/policy has been a great success with rough diamonds turned into sparkling assets.

However, looking back at the last 20 players brought into St.James’ Park over the past five transfer windows, it throws up many questions.

This period goes from the transfer window just gone (Summer 2014), right back to and including Summer 2012.

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This is how I have divided up the twenty signings and where we currently are with them;

Played v Swansea

Janmaat, Colback, Sissoko, Gouffran

No Longer/Not Currently At NUFC

Lascelles, Darlow, Luuk De Jong, Loic Remy, Mapou, Debuchy, Amalfitano

Not In The Team

Ferreyra, Riviere, Cabella, Perez, Haidara, Anita, Bigirimana

Injured

Siem De Jong, Good

My starting point had been the nine players recruited in the summer but then I realised this was just part of a bigger ongoing problem.

Newcastle have signed twenty players and ended up in a position where very few of them are of any great value to the team at this moment in time. Of course we all hope that players such as Cabella and Riviere come good but as part of this wider group of signings, I think we have to say it has been diminishing returns.

You have to go back to the two previous windows when Cisse arrived in January 2012 and Ba, Cabaye and possibly Santon in the Summer 2011 one, when Newcastle last had a real injection of quality.

Newcastle lined up against Swansea as follows;

Krul, Jaanmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Dummett, Tiote, Sissoko, Gouffran, Obertan, Cisse

Even the four out of that twenty who are in the line up are hardly starring. Janmaat has done OK, Gouffran has been terrible since before last Christmas, Sissoko has faded after early promise and Colback is just a worker.

Overall we have had a fair turnover of players in Alan Pardew’s time but the real story is that the real quality in Cabaye, Ba, Remy and Debuchy have come in and quickly gone back out.

So what we are then left with are a mixture of players who aren’t good enough and maybe others who Pardew hasn’t had a clue what to do with.

To me it just all adds up to a whole lot of good fortune coming together to create that moment when Newcastle finished fifth; Krul, Coloccini, Jonas, Ben Arfa and Tiote peaking at United, with the help of Ba, Cisse and Cabaye coming in.

That season has papered over what happened afterwards; a failure in investment helping to push the better players out of the club as they went in search of the ambition that was missing, while a succession of supposed bargain replacements have come through the door.

With none able to step into the shoes of the quality that departed, whilst also even struggling to be any better than those we had been left with.

This is a transfer policy/strategy that has totally failed and no one is taking responsibility.

Whatever parts Graham Carr, Alan Pardew and/or hidden individuals have played in this mess, all roads lead back to Mike Ashley at the top.

The reality of his unique way of trying to run a Premier League football club was only ever going to end in abject failure, even when the bargain priced luck of 2011/12 landed in his lap, Ashley refused to even try and take advantage by building on that.

Instead he thought he was being clever by not spending money and thinking Premier League safety could still be achieved year on year.

Newcastle United’s squad is now really poor but it hasn’t happened overnight, this has been building for around three years and all we have is a relegation fight to come.

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