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We asked Newcastle fans how relaxed they were with transfer activity – The results

2 years ago
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Earlier this week we asked Newcastle fans ‘How relaxed are you with the transfer activity so far?’

The question was posed on Tuesday and although linked with loads more transfer ‘targets’ in the 48 hours since then, no signings have been added to Christian Atsu who saw his loan turned into a permanent move only days after the season ended.

So despite being linked with quite literally hundreds of supposed transfer targets, not one other deal has been completed.

On Tuesday we made the case either way…

‘Optimists would say that there is plenty of time and no need to be anxious yet, with still over nine weeks of the transfer window to go until the end of August.

They could add that in recent years signings tend to be announced mid-July onwards so why any different this time?

Pessimists though would say that there is only six days until pre-season training starts and Newcastle need signings made ASAP so they can have a full pre-season.

They could add that every day that goes by without signings made, could point to problems behind the scenes, with Rafa not being properly backed.

Difficult to make out on individual comments from social media etc, as to just how supporters generally feel about the lack of Newcastle transfer activity so far.’

So just how ‘relaxed’ were Newcastle fans?

We gave options from 100% relaxed down to 0%, with 10% intervals all the way down, this is how the final voting looked:

100% – 9% (of Newcastle fans)

90% – 4%

80% – 9%

70% – 7%

60% – 6%

50% – 12%

40% – 9%

30% – 11%

20% – 11%

10% – 8%

0% – 14%

Taking everybody who voted, on average the ‘relaxed’ rating was 44% in terms of Newcastle’s transfer window.

I must admit I was quite surprised to see a massive 65% of Newcastle fans describe themselves as only 50% relaxed or worse, about this Newcastle transfer window and activity so far.

When it comes to total confidence in what is happening/going to happen, I would say you are looking at those who felt 80% relaxed or higher, which only 20% of Newcastle fans felt was the case.

The trouble with comments on social media is that you tend to get extremes, either total believers or total cynics on any/every subject

I think if you take away the very extremes (those saying 100% or 0%) you probably get a truer reflection as I think it is realistic that everybody must have both some hope, as well as fear, in terms of how this transfer window will pan out.

I would really like to think that in a week or two’s time if we ran this poll, the response from Newcastle fans would be far more positive.

Let’s hope we see progress in the very near future.

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