What a club, Newcastle United always ahead of the game.
Premier League clubs voting on Thursday to significantly shorten the summer transfer window but Mike Ashley was already ahead of the curve.
The window just closed, saw Newcastle buy only one player in the final 34 days, as the NUFC owner reined in Rafa Benitez’ ambitions.
The change will come into effect in the summer window of 2018, instead of ending on the final day of August like pretty much every other major European football nation, the Premier League transfer window will end at 5pm on the Thursday before the 2018/19 PL season kicks off.
With it being a World Cup year (starts 14 June 2018 and the final is on 15 July 2018), it will mean only around three weeks after the tournament ends, before Premier League clubs can’t buy any more players.
It required at least 14 of the 20 current Premier League clubs to approve the shift and the Chronicle reported that Newcastle were one of those in favour and voted accordingly.
To some cynics it might look a deal made in heaven for Mike Ashley, as Newcastle won’t be able to buy anybody once that Thursday (5pm) before the start of the season is reached BUT for around three weeks after that, NUFC can sell players to clubs from any of the other European leagues.
Whilst the transfer windows are undoubtedly annoying, due to the never ending speculation…which doesn’t even stop once a window closes. It remains to be seen exactly what benefits will be seen overall for Newcastle fans.
At the very least though it will be an early finish for the Sky Sports reporters on deadline day, who no longer will be hanging around training grounds until the current 11pm deadline.
The bottom line is that probably the shortening of the window is irrelevant because as Newcastle have shown over the years, when signings are blessed by Mike Ashley then players arrive – five in January 2013 when threatened with relegation and four in January 2016 when the same circumstances applied.
This summer saw Rafa Benitez line up four signings at the very start of the transfer window, only for a block to be put on the likes of Tammy Abraham and Willy Caballero from above.
The only thing that is needed at Newcastle United is everybody pushing in the same direction, then everything would be able to flow from there.