Newcastle United aren’t quite ready to be challenging Manchester United and Chelsea for Romelu Lukaku but that was never going to be the contest NUFC were gearing up for this summer.

A bit like expectations of where your team will finish in the table, you need to have a little bit of realism in your life when it comes to transfer targets.

The hope of course is that under Rafa Benitez, Newcastle will be able to build and follow the path the likes of Everton and Tottenham have followed, getting ever more competitive both on the pitch and in the transfer market.

Or of course we could just go down the Leicester City route and absolutely smash it in one go!

Atsu and Lejeune are two solid enough signings, with just under £15m spent on a couple of squad players who will hopefully earn a decent amount of game time, with the Frenchman possibly even starting the season.

However, the expectation surely is that bigger, more ‘sure’ signings, are still to be made. Players who when signed will be bought with the expectation of instantly raising the quality and being first team certainties.

Newcastle will definitely have less money to spend than some clubs but at the same time, Rafa Benitez should be guaranteed a budget far higher than certain others.

Two clubs that Newcastle must be outmuscling in the transfer market and expect to finish ahead of, if any relegation fears are to be dispelled, are surely Huddersfield and Brighton.

Newcastle earned a relatively small amount from the Championship via TV/league position but the reported £7m was still more than the other two promoted clubs.

However, this is dwarfed by other advantages Newcastle have over the other pair.

As well as their Championship rewards, £40,915,922 in Parachute Payments was received by Newcastle United this summer.

Then you also have the £40m profit Newcastle United announced that Rafa Benitez had made last season in the transfer market..

This then topped up with Florian Thauvin’s £10m move to Marseille going through last week and whatever was brought in by Kevin Mbabu’s permanent transfer to Young Boys.

Brighton have already broken their transfer record twice this summer whilst Huddersfield are having a right go, spending some £40m already and bringing in some relatively ambitious signings.

We can just hope that Rafa Benitez is getting similar full backing from Mike Ashley when it comes to Newcastle United.

The Newcastle Manager’s frustration was shown when he went public in February after the club had failed to bring in any transfer deals he had put to them in the January window, including loan deals.

Every club has to try and compete the best they can in the transfer window and it inevitably means having to compromise at times if you really want a particular player, paying more in transfer fee and/or wages than you’d prefer.

Huddersfield are showing that transfers can be got over the line if a club is determined to make them, some of the players they are signing show that they are punching at their weight and maybe even above it, good luck to them.

Whether their signings are good ones is obviously very subjective for any of us and the same as to whether any of them could have done a job for Newcastle.

What I do know is that Huddersfield are trying to make the most of this opportunity of moving up and Newcastle must do the same, Rafa Benitez must be backed to make the signings he feels are needed for the Premier League.

You have to feel this next week or two is crucial and if we get to a few weeks before the season starting, it then gives little time for any further signings to integrate into the team and Rafa’s way of thinking, if indeed there were any further signings.

The likes of Huddersfield and Brighton are of course speculating based on the money they will receive at the end of this Premier League season, failure to do so would mean almost certain relegation.

Where would you put Newcastle finishing in the Premier League without any further signings? That is a question that should be on the minds of everybody inside Newcastle United.

(All contributions from Newcastle fans welcome, send articles (as well as ideas/suggestions) to [email protected])

  • Jezza

    The reason Huddersfield and Brighton can outspend NUFC in the transfer market is because they haven’t got an owner who is determined to bleed every last penny of profit out of their clubs.

  • Kneebotherm8

    It could be Ashley going with what he’s got,hoping we somehow perform before Xmas on the cheap,with the pot kept till the January transfer window in case we’re not. Where have we seen this scenario before? It all depends on Rafa’s willingness to put up with this [email protected],bearing in mind he’s supposed to be on £100k per week,I’d like to think he’d walk,but you’re never sure.

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    Why just them two clubs? .. we should be punching our weight.. we haven’t punched our weight since Ashley walked through our door though

  • Thefootballerwhocouldfly


    • Kneebotherm8

      I’ll second that.

  • Rich Lawson

    Bournemouth,with a tiny ground (revenue ?) don’t seem to be having any problems either ?

    • Kneebotherm8

      It’s a fkn embarrassment,actually,isn’t it?

      • Rich Lawson

        It is,I can see why the two seaside clubs might be offering a bit of sunshine,but Hudd’s’ of all places ? You would hope any decent player with a bit of confidence and ambition would jump at the chance to play for Rafa at St James.There is something we’re not being told here.

      • Rich Lawson

        And now I’m reading Wolves have just paid nearly £16 mil for Porto’s capt’ ?

  • Desree

    Look on the bright side. Every 7 years we get to be champions

    • Rich Lawson

      Does Ashley break mirrors in pubs as well then ?

      • Kneebotherm8

        No, he just spews on them.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Altogether now ……Always look on the bright side of life………..

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The Great Fat One has no intention of funds being used to enhance the cloobs playing staff further than the amount needed for survival

    Viva La Rafalution, ha ha

    • East Durham Mag

      As you say its Fatty putting the stops on spending. The other clubs may have owners etc with a modicum of ambition. Ours has fk all.

  • Steven05

    Good article. If Rafa stays, but we get no more signings, we might – MIGHT, survive.

    I’d love us to resign Townsend, (and our old friend Carroll, although the transfer windows would then need a new topic!)

    • Soldier

      if we get no more signings Rafa will walk

      • Steven05


      • grantham mag

        I am surprised he is still in the hot seat, maybe he knows something we don’t. I CAN ONLY HOPE.

  • Soldier

    As Rich says Wolves have just bout a player for £16m, we are looking in the clearance department

  • Mayor Vaughn

    Have any of these clubs bought players we wanted or were in for?
    Not that i have noticed.

  • HenrySlade

    I have a horrible feeling about where this is all leading. I think we’ll make three or four ‘bargain-basement’ signings, we’ll struggle in the Prem from the get-go, Rafa will demand big money to spend at Christmas, and when it doesn’t happen, he’ll walk away in disgust.

    I really hope I’m wrong about all this…but did anyone really expect Mike ‘vomit in a pub fireplace’ Ashley to actually shell out serious money on some top players?

    • NilsBoray

      As a Huddersfield supporter, I expected Newcastle to suffer from the “Mike Ashley’ syndrome this last season – and I was well and truly proved wrong. Surely they can crack on now in spite of him ? Lots of rumours going around that Newcastle are on some kind of blacklist for players from certain agents due to Mike Ashley. You need rid of him – but you know that anyway.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        The idea that Mike Ashley is in agent’s black list is actually quite heart warming but no chance if it being true

  • Down Under Mag

    I just wish everyone would stop with the incessant doom and gloom on transfers. If we don’t have anyone else in by the start of the season then yes, concern will creep in. As it stands, we haven’t lost targets to either of these clubs so comparing activity is dangerous and there is still plenty of time to go. As I keep saying, there must be some sense of activity going on in the background or I think we would have heard from Rafa through the media by now.

    • Damon Horner

      The key will be how we start the season. If we have 10-11 points after the first five games with this group of players then it starts to look like a lot of noise for nothing.

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    Anyone writing an article that suggests we have £40n dare from last summer has not thought things through.

    • Damon Horner

      Agreed. If we did spend lots of money though on fan approved targets and still got relegated the same writers would be questioning the waste of money players and the boards decision to sanction their transfers.

    • Geordiegiants

      Wayne Rooney 2 year deal Bobbi.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        Who is 31 and guess what? It suits Wayne Rooney to give two good years to Everton and then get his pension in the US or even China.

        • Geordiegiants

          I need say no more 😀.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            The point I was making re. Lejeune was that it doesn’t suit us or the player to offer a 3 year deal. If he has a storming season, we will be in a position where we have to sell him if there is interest next summer to realise a decent fee.