It is now over 10 years of life at Newcastle United under the ownership of Mike Ashley.
Transfer windows and signings (or rather, lack of much of the time) have dominated conversation amongst Newcastle fans season after season, especially when it came to the summer transfer window.
Below is a list of every player Newcastle have paid a fee for in the summer transfer windows, with 42 altogether in the first 10 years of Mike Ashley, then two more (Atsu and Lejeune) added this summer.
With 42 in 10 years it doesn’t take a genius to work out that on average four players have been bought each summer.
However if you take off the first summer under Ashley when he let Sam Allardyce loose with the cheque book and also the tenth summer when Rafa had to do a massive reconstruction job with wholesale changes in and out, in order to bounce straight back to the Premier League – you are left with only 26 in the other eight summer windows, basically three buys on average.
Whilst you could say that Emmanuel Riviere is literally worth around £6 and Xisco over priced at £5, these figures below do need to have ‘million’ added after them.
Certain windows do of course stick out…
After promotion in 2009/10, Mike Ashley only allowed Chris Hughton to buy two players (hope that isn’t to be repeated..).
When Newcastle finished fifth in 2011/12, the only senior player bought was Vurnon Anita.
The following summer (2013), not a single first team squad player was bought in.
Thanks to @bigchrisholt for the table above.