It is no secret that Rafa Benitez was badly let down in last summer’s transfer market by Mike Ashley.

Especially after being blocked by Mike Ashley from signing anybody in January 2017, the assumption was that this simply meant there would be more money to spend as Newcastle readied themselves for a return to the Premier League.

Nobody could have guessed just how wrong that would prove.

Rafa Benitez was left scratching around for bargains and the one thing that really amplified how bad things were at Newcastle, was the fact that fellow promoted clubs Brighton and Huddersfield both had a net spend of over £40m. Newcastle’s was around a third of that.

Both Huddersfield and Brighton smashed their transfer records last summer, Newcastle United’s transfer record is now 13 years old, with every other Premier League club having broken theirs in the last year or two.

The January transfer window is now 20 days in, Rafa Benitez stated in December that he ideally wanted all his signings in by 15 January or at the very latest 20 January, to enable him to have time to work with them.

As Rafa is left with the exact same players he had at midnight on 31 December, both Brighton and Huddersfield have once again broken their transfer records.

On Friday, Chris Hughton brought in Jurgen Locadia from PSV, the striker/winger has won a couple of Dutch titles and played Champions League football, a new £14m record set for Brighton.

Brighton had already signed Viktor Gyokeres this window but the 19 year old is more one for the future.

Meanwhile, Huddersfield have been busy as well whilst Mike Ashley has blocked any Newcastle signings so far, the Terriers bringing in defender Terence Kongolo from Monaco on loan.

Then following that up with attacking midfielder Alex Pritchard from Norwich.

His transfer fee is undisclosed with estimates from £11m up to £14m but as he went for £8m from Spurs to Norwich 18 months earlier, with the transfer inflation we have seen, it is fair to say his transfer fee was probably marginally higher than the then record £11.5m Huddersfield paid for Seve Mounie in the summer.

Friday brought more positive news with Rafa Benitez saying Mike Ashley had now indicated that signings could be agreed but it does beg the question as to if that is the case now, why wasn’t Ashley backing his manager in the first three weeks of January? Particularly as Rafa also revealed yesterday that Ashley had told him a few weeks ago that there was definitely no takeover of the club happening.

When the transfer window opened, there were still 17 Premier League games remaining, by 7.30pm tonight there will be 14 left to play.

With then Burnley on 31 January and Palace on 4 February, even if Newcastle made signings in the very closing stages of the transfer window, those players would almost definitely not be able to start against Burnley and probably unlikely to, in Rafa’s eyes, to have had enough preparation for Palace.

By that time there will be only 12 games remaining and arguably very few where Newcastle would be fancied to pick up any points, having the toughest run-in of any club.

Better late than never but you can’t help still be sceptical that Mike Ashley will keep these latest promises to Rafa Benitez.

The January transfer window closes in England at 11pm on Wednesday 31 January, the same as France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Confirmed Premier League transfers so far in January as listed by BBC Sport:

1 January 2018

Viktor Gyokeres [IF Brommapojkarna – Brighton] Undisclosed

Adrien Silva [Sporting Lisbon – Leicester] £22m

Virgil van Dijk [Southampton – Liverpool] £75m

2 January

Terence Kongolo [Monaco – Huddersfield] Loan

4 January

Konstantinos Mavropanos [PAS Giannina – Arsenal] Undisclosed

5 January

Ross Barkley [Everton – Chelsea] £15m

Cenk Tosun [Besiktas – Everton] £27m

9 January

Moritz Bauer [Rubin Kazan – Stoke] Undisclosed

Georges-Kevin Nkoudou [Tottenham – Burnley] Loan

12 January

Alex Pritchard [Norwich – Huddersfield] Undisclosed

13 January

Fousseni Diabate [Gazelec Ajaccio – Leicester] Undisclosed

17 January

Theo Walcott [Arsenal – Everton] £20m+

18 January

Kostas Stafylidis [Augsburg – Stoke] Loan

19 January

Jurgen Locadia [PSV Eindhoven – Brighton] £14m



  • Saul Williams

    So Ashley has said to Rafa. We will try to do something.Ashley trying to do something in the transfer market is putting a bid way below what is required and saying we tried but we couldn’t get it over the line.Bit like joselu really.

    • Jezza

      A couple of half hearted and unsuccessful attempts at loan deals late in the day is all that’s going to happen.

      • TheFatController

        Are they over the line yet?

  • HarryHype59

    According to the Chronicle, Ashley will have been paid a lump sum of the TV money this month!

    He is gambling the current squad is good enough to avoid the drop! Meanwhile our 13 year old transfer record remains intact!

    • Jackie Milburn

      And as always, he pockets the cash.

      • Jezza

        Correct.

    • gallowgate26

      They will have, once in the PL, there is a monthly payment (which seemingly is to help cover salaries) and a lump sum payment in January & at the end of the season (I can’t remember which month). I know this for a fact as I’ve seen a football club balance sheet before. It’swhat Brighton & Huddsfield are spending now. I read some people saying that the money is at the end of the season, that is simply not the case….

    • TheFatController

      Because Ashley has now realised he’s not going to make money from selling the club at huge profit, expect him to now start siphoning money off to pay back his loans…

  • KRS1

    No doubt we will sell gayle and then penfold will fail to get anything over the line. So utterly depressing and predictable

    • HarryHype59

      For Ashley, that would make a great window!

      • KRS1

        Any window with a negative net spend is a good one for ashley!

        • Jezza

          Correct. While other clubs use transfer windows to strengthen their team Fat Ashley sees them purely as a money spinning opportunity.

    • gallowgate26

      Charnley will get a March bonus from Cashley, if he manages to do that!

    • Jezza

      Fat Ashley will want to sell at least one first team player this window to recoup that £11.5 million net summer transfer outlay. Prepare yourselves for a large outgoing transfer on the evening of 31st January.

  • Contisertoli

    We look set to be back in the Championship at this rate. Maddening

  • Mitros gotta start

    So what?….how are we supposed to compete with clubs that have the financial might of burnley, huddersfield and brighton?

    • KRS1

      Don’t forget those power houses Bournemouth and Cardiff.

      • Jackie Milburn

        We are operating on the same budget as last season despite having a further £100m income.

        Why are the local papers not questioning this?

        • Mitros gotta start

          Because they are all licking fatty’s hoop…..buffing up his rusty bullet hole…..polishing his brown star….putting a spit shine on his leather cheerio…..cleaning his ring….shining his chocolate starfish….

          • Phil

            😂😂😂

          • scumtest

            Leather cheerio! 😭😭😭😭
            I laughed out loud!
            Thanks

        • TheFatController

          Agreed. No one asks how a club he values at £350m but paid £260m into has no money to spend.

          Simple question – why not release equity? If not, you should sell for £260m. But don’t do neither, that’s irresponsible if we end up relegated again.

      • Jezza

        Neot to mention mid table Championship clubs like Middlesborough.

  • Jackie Milburn

    Where has the £100m TV money gone Mike?

    Everyone else has money to spend on players, why don’t we?

    • Mitros gotta start

      We spent it on the managers wages

      • Jackie Milburn

        Are you on the Mike Ashley payroll?

        • Contisertoli

          Simmer mate. It’s satire. ;-)

      • KRS1

        I know we disagree on Rafa but his wages don’t explain the missing millions.

        • Jackie Milburn

          The missing millions from the club shop (actually sports direct) would account for the managers wages alone.

          The tv money??

        • gallowgate26

          The chronic said that Lee Charnley was on 5% salary of the top MDs in the PL!!! Shoestring!! Best man for the job??

          • Mitros gotta start

            Zero hours contract by the way this transfer window is shaping up

          • Mitros gotta start

            Bonus paid from how much he can stop Rafa from spending obviously

    • Jezza

      I think we all know wher the television money has gone. Same place the £100 million profit on transfers the club has made since Fat Ashley took over.

  • JonMag

    the only thing broken every transfer window is Mikes promises

    • Contisertoli

      Near 20 windows and counting for that, huh?

    • Jackie Milburn

      He is pocketing this years tv money. If we get relegated he will pocket the massive balloon payment, and if we stay up he will gamble again and pocket next years tv cash.

      When fatty said Rafa could have every penny the club makes, he was taking the [email protected]@, as he knows fine well the club makes nothing. The money all goes to sports direct/Mike Ashley. The club doesn’t even get a penny from its club shop.

  • Contisertoli

    Only chance to be rid of that blight is for him to choke on a pie. He’s not selling, it’s just another ploy to get thru a window without having spent a penny.

    • Mitros gotta start

      He obviously wants Rafa to walk so he doesnt have to pay him out if he sacks him….ashley wants someone in that is a yes man like pardew was but on cheap wages…..rafa wants money to spend and ashley wont pay it….he knows he has dropped a b0ll0ck and wants a cheap way out….i wonder who he can get?
      Gary monk anyone?

      • Jezza

        I think Gary Monk has gone to Notts Forest but never fear Joe Kinnear is still available.

        • TheFatController

          Does Karanka know that?

          • Jezza

            Sorry I got the wrong ex Middlesborough manager.

          • TheFatController

            the world of football being as it is now, I did have to google thinking maybe karanka had already gone!

          • Danimal

            So will we, probably.

      • HarryHype59

        Mark Hughes!

  • TheFatController

    I doubt we’ll breaking the transfer record anytime soon. Here’s the evidence:-

    Ashley last summer – ‘ I don’t have cash in the bank, I don’t have that, it’s not there.

    ‘If someone wants to come along with more wealth than me, I will not stand in Newcastle’s way’

    Lawyer Henderson – ‘ I think back to the question of price, it will depend on what somebody is prepared to pay for the club.

    ‘football clubs have a scarcity value, nobody is making 150-year-old football clubs with the kind of traditions that Newcastle United have so obviously there is value there’

    So the club has no money to spend? And Ashley has no money to spend? And anyone wealthy can come and take the club forward with Ashley’s blessing?

    But hang on, the lawyer says ‘there is a value there’ ( in the club)

    Well, why not realise it and spend some money? Re-mortgage the club based on that value, then we don’t need to worry that Ashley has none, the money comes from the value in the club.

    This is what Brighton and Huddersfield are doing – future revenue, increased club value, commercial revenue, many sources to finance players who will be playing for 3-4 years, so the spend is brought forward and the revenue gained ongoing…

    The reason we don’t spend money is because Ashley wants to sell the club for maximum profit, which is achieved by not investing.

    And by not investing the club is devalued to investors, hence no bids even near £300m.

    Catch 22. We won’t invest til we sell and won’t sell til we invest. So no, our transfer record won’t be in any danger anytime soon, or if it is it’ll be the only signing we make in a window…

  • ghostrider

    I’d rather we sign nobody if they’re not the right positions we need.

    • Jezza

      We need strengthening in every position.

      • ghostrider

        Yep, maybe so but there’s priorities.
        A play maker and decent striker are the two major one’s.

        • Jezza

          Well that’s one thing we agree on. If we don’t strengthen those two positions this month we will get relegated.

          • HarryHype59

            We will, I wonder how much NUFC will be worth then!

          • ghostrider

            Possibly but on the other hand if Rafa has a go with the players at his disposal, I think we’d escape relegation because there’s a few teams far worse than we are. A good few.

          • Jezza

            I don’t think there are any waeker teams than us in the Premiership and there certainly won’t be at the end of this transfer window.

          • ghostrider

            Seriously?
            I truthfully believe there are at least 6 weaker than us.

          • Jezza

            Yes but as we all know on this forum, you live in a fantasy world.

          • ghostrider

            We all know in this forum?

            A classic posse and a sheep act.
            What are you….a kid from the village of the damned?

            We all know what you’re thinking ghostrider. You cannot get by us. Cease and desist or face our wrath.
            Hahahahahaha.

          • Jezza

            You just like to come on this forum and wind people up because you are desperate for attention.

          • ghostrider

            Then don’t give me it.
            the easiest thing to do is to bypass or ignore me. I’m sure you know how.
            Try it or stop moaning.

          • Cockneytrev

            😂😂😂😂😂
            👌👌👌👌👌

          • Paul Smith

            Most of our players (even our better ones) are cast offs that weren’t good enough to get into what were at the time relegation threatened teams… That should tell you all you need to know about the state of the squad. People like Shelvey, Gayle etc who couldn’t get a regular starting spot at Swansea and Palace. Clarke who was a Villa bench warmer. Hayden wasn’t even good enough to get a regular starting spot for Hull in the championship just 18 months ago…

            Maybe Benitez is actually getting more out of these players than you realise and it’s inflated your opinion of them.. Look what they were doing BEFORE Benitez was their manager.

          • ghostrider

            Argue all you want about our players being cast off’s and this and that but the reality is they weren’t when we were scraping results.
            Fans were more than happy to have Shelvey who they pushed for England and Lascelles the same, plus Ritchie and Merino touted as good quality.
            Everyone was happy about snatching Atsu from his loan spell.
            Many could see Hayden as good potential.
            Yedlin is premier class and a speedy player.
            Clark in an international and is decent. Not title class but decent considering what we are arguing against.
            Mitrovic is prem class but is left like a rusting range rover in favour of the cart horse.
            I could go on and on with players and it clearly shows we are 2 things.
            1 We are a premiership team and a decent enough one at that.
            2. We are run by a manager that undermines them by making them out to be substandard but in truth it is the manager that is sending them backwards.

            Take a look at the players that are dropping out of form or out of the picture.
            It’s not an accident. It’s a deliberate mismanagement/coaching that needs to be stopped before the rot sets too far in.

  • Colin Brumwell

    And as long as the fans keep giving him money he will take it off them

  • Jezza

    “Rafa Benitez stated in December that he ideally wanted all his signings in by 15 January or at the very latest 20 January”

    To be fair to Ashley, the club have indeed completed their player signing business for this window.

    • TheFatController

      Haha. Yes. But don’t take your eye of your saleable assets, Rafa…

      • Jezza

        Ha ha yes you can guarantee the helicopter will be on standby on the 31st ready to whisk Gayle off to Fulham or Shelvey to West Ham or the potential transfer Fat Ashley is really creaming himself over, Lascelles to Spurs.

        • TheFatController

          So Mbemba makes his own way to West Ham does he?

          Joking aside, Ashley is facing the knowledge he won’t be making a £100m profit on a sale anytime soon.

          Motivation therefore to reduce the size of his loans. Expect him to be paid back regularly from now on….player sales would help.

    • Peaky Magpie

      😂😂😂 That’ll teach Rafa to keep his gob shut.

  • ghostrider

    January is a dodgy time to sign players. It’s a hit and hope job if you don’t already have those players on your hit list.
    Buying players in for a quick fix can fail disastrously as much as helping.
    If it fails you have a big wage on your hands and a duff transfer fee in most cases.

    Loan signings make perfect sense in this window, unless, like I say, they’re previous legitimate targets.

    • Jezza

      Not strengthening in January when you’re in a relegation battle while all the other teams around are strengthening is just asking for trouble.

      • HarryHype59

        Very true, but to the Ashpologists it makes more sense for their hero to pocket the Jan TV money!

      • ghostrider

        I agree but the issue is in the word “strengthening”.
        Buying a player or players constitutes nothing other than adding numbers until the proof is in the pudding whether they enhance the team or not.

        • Jezza

          We need to sign better players than the ones we’ve already got. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to do that in recent times including last summer because Fat Ashley would not make suitable funds available. I can’t see thingsbeing any different in the next 10 days with the inevitible outcome inn May.

          • ghostrider

            Maybe they won’t be too different in this window. Maybe it will be a few loan signings and if one is a decent striker and maybe a striker/playmaker kind of player then it can only benefit us if they get used for what they were loaned for.

            Imagine us buying a decent player for around 20 million or more with a 80,000+ contract for 3/4/5 years and he turns out to be useless or injury prone or whatever.
            Imagine what the screaming would be like.
            “This is what you get Ashley for buying players in January on a panic buy and now you’re left with over paid mercenaries on our books.”

            Honestly he can’t win but Rafa will be sitting pretty because for some reason he can’t seem to do no wrong.
            It’s baffling.

          • Jezza

            Imagine us not signing anybody and getting relegated. Well you won’t have to imagine that because that’s exactly what’s going to happen and somehow you will find a way to blame Rafa for that because Fat Ashley can do no wrong in your eyes.

          • ghostrider

            I’m not being funny but it will be Rafa’s fault.
            He had the summer to do the right business. He chose to do the opposite of what we required.
            He also chose to leave out players who can clearly effect games for the better by % against any negative impact.
            Ashley might be to blame for not wanting to sanction big money signings with big wages….possibly and I don’t blame him, because a pound to a penny it will come back to bite us the way Rafa deals.

            If I was the owner I would not trust Rafa Benitez in the transfer market. I’m deadly serious.

          • Jezza

            Same old nonsense from you ghostbuster.

            I challenge you yet again with the same question you keep ducking:

            Name the players Rafa should and realistically could have signed in the summer with the budget he was given.

          • ghostrider

            Before I answer, how about you tell me what his budget was. You must know it, surely by the way you’re going on.

          • Jezza

            We all know the club’s summer transfer outlay was around £35 million now ANSWER MY QUESTION.

          • ghostrider

            Who told you it was 35 million.
            Seriously who told you?

          • Jezza

            The generally acknowledged summer outlay as reported by reputable sources added up to around £35 million.

            What do you think it was eh?

            STOP DUCKING MY QUESTION.

            You are nothing but a wind up merchant. A pathetic little nobody desperate for attention.

            You live in a delude fantasy world.

            YOU HAVE ALSO GOT SOME DEEP SEATED PERSONAL
            GRUDGE AGAINST RAFA BENITEZ FOR REASONS UNRELATED TO FOOTBALL.

            You used to post on this forum under the ID “Alan Pardew’s Black and White Army” didn’t you.

            Go and play with your toys. I am blocking you now. I am not going to waste any more of my time indulging your desperate need for attention.

          • ghostrider

            I’ll take it that I’m blocked. I’ll accept the blocking and accept that you simply can’t handle it.

          • paul mclaughlan

            No don’t block him Jezza. These fools are so easy to laugh at.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Trust Graham Carr,do you?……

          • ghostrider

            He done a grand job earlier with Cabaye and co. Nobody was against him.
            Everyone was singing his praises at one point. Some calling him a top scout and over the moon he signed a contract. Remember all of this?
            Does anyone else?

          • Kneebotherm8

            All Carr’s signings were great and all Rafa’s have been crp…………yes I get the gist of what you’re saying….

          • ghostrider

            Ashley does plenty wrong but he also does plenty right.
            All owners do it.
            Ashley is no different.
            Steve Gibson is revered by people for being Boro through and through but they spend most of their time in the championship.

            Under Ashley we fell out twice and came back as champions, twice.
            It gave is some excitement and another crack at hoping.

            It’s a fine line between being liked and being hated and generally it can be triggered by just one out of his depth moaning minnie who believed he was bigger than the club, it seemed.

          • Martin Rooney

            Sissoko
            Cabaye
            Jonas
            Keegan
            Sounes
            bellendmy
            Dyer
            Colback
            Cool
            Carroll
            Given

          • Jezza

            Fair enough we have won the Championship title twice under Ashley, something Freddy Shepherd failed to achieve at all. Even John Hall with all his huge spending only managed one Championship title. We’re even going to get another crack at the Championship title next season thanks to Ashley. What a great owner.

          • ghostrider

            If we end up in the championship it’ll be because we have a manager that’s not up to it. Simple as that.
            The blame stands with Rafa Benitez.

          • Jezza

            Are you really claiming that Ashley was hugely popular with the Newcastle fans for nine years till Rafa came along and started moaning about the transfer budget?

          • ghostrider

            Nope. I’m saying that the fans blew hot and cold with him depending on whether he spent or not.
            If everything went right it was silent.
            One mishap and he was trying to kill the club.
            Next good deed it was ” ahhh maybe we should cut him some slack.”

            Next mishap and it was ” This fiend is trying to kill this club.”

            And so on and so on.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Not many good deeds I can think of……

          • Jezza

            You’d have to be the unluckiest club in the world to spend £20 million on a striker only to find out he was no better than Joselu.

          • ghostrider

            Not in this climate.
            Maybe last year.
            It’s gone nuts.
            Last years 20 million is this years 1 million, it seems.

          • Jezza

            More ridiculous double standards from you. You say that you are not guaranteed a decent striker for £20 million but you constantly criticise Rafa for not signing somebody better than Joselu when he only had a budget of £5 million.

          • ghostrider

            No no no, I do not criticise Rafa for not signing someone better than Joselu. I criticise Rafa for signing players he did not need, ahead of players that he did need….especially when he wasn’t going to play Mitrovic who is an international.
            It’s been criminal what he’s done with some of the players.
            .

          • Jezza

            Who should Rafa have signed?

            As for Mitrovic not getting picked, I can only assume you were not at the cup tie at 3rd Division Oxford last season.

          • ghostrider

            Ohhh the Oxford game. Ahhhhhh what a shame eh. Mitro messed right up and that’s his Newcastle career up in smoke because every other player was outstanding.
            You know fine well that Mitro is getting a raw deal as are many other players with this waste of space of a manager.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Mitrovic should have been sold as Benitez requested………….he doesn’t want him at the club that’s obvious.

          • ghostrider

            Correct. Why torture him.

          • Kneebotherm8

            No torture…..just a player he doesn’t want in his squad and who is obviously only going to get a game as a last resort…….that’s the managers choice at our club or any other club……

          • ghostrider

            If Rafa wasn’t manager you’d be begging for Mitrovic.
            Has Rafa cast a spell on people like yourself?

          • Kneebotherm8

            Begging for Mitrovic?……….no way ….we need better class strikers at the club……..end of story..

          • ghostrider

            Better class strikers?
            I thought we were a championship club.
            People keep saying Rafa has championship players and yet he leaves internationals, not just on the bench but in the cold.

            I’ll tell you EXACTLY what we need.
            We need to be playing players that give us the best chance of winning.
            I don’t mean players who give us the best chance of conceding a lower number of goals….I mean actually winning.

            Rafa Benitez is a dinosaur and he’s peeing me right off with his useless tactics and pet lip job he’s doing with a good number of players.
            The sooner he goes the happier I’ll be.

          • Kneebotherm8

            The sooner Ashley goes the happier I’ll be…………and hopefully you follow him…………

          • ghostrider

            I hope you will be happy but for the right reasons and not just the nose off your face spite one’s .
            If Ashley leaves then you better hope the new owners are blank cheque steady for the long term, because anything less than this and we are in deep deep doo doo, unless we somehow manage to get lucky enough to produce a miracle high right away with chancers.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Ashleys cheque is a blank one……………it has been for a while and it looks like it’s gonna stay that way…..safely in his cheque book..

          • ghostrider

            That’s what you get when you have a manager that buys everything we don’t need and leaves out anything we do.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Your mate Mike is a tight twt………..simple as that and everyone knows that except you and a couple of others on here……………we’re heading for relegation and that’s because of gambler/chancer Ashley and no one else……….

          • ghostrider

            We’re heading for relegation because Rafa Benitez is the wrong manager for Newcastle United.
            He’s also a pet lip manager with players and also a manager that favours Spanish players regardless of whether they’re any good or not.

            Basically speaking I hope he walks right this second or is kicked out or the players revolt against him.
            I hope Ashley doesn’t give him a penny because Rafa will likely waste it on players we do not need.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Ashley is the one with the pet lip and Benitez is paying the price for daring to criticise his transfer policy,he would’ve sacked any other manager but can’t with Rafa because of his overwhelming popularity(apart from you like)amongst the fans.

          • ghostrider

            Rafa isn’t sacked because he’s on 5 million a year, nothing more than that.
            Ashley’s proved that fickle fans will not dictate what he does.

          • Kneebotherm8

            There’d be uproar if he sacked Benitez,protests and all……..he knows that……he obviously wants him out and that’s proven by his transfer market dealings……..he’s under handedly trying to force him out and walk………constructive dismissal in effect…….promising him this and that and delivering nothing…..that’s been plain to see and hear by Rafa’s guarded words and demeanour over the last few transfer windows……….his targets aren’t being signed and players he wants out are not being shipped out…..no backing from the ownership.

          • Blackburn1066

            Mitrovic will not play the way the Manager wants him to play, he is slow, does not track back, and gets sent off too often. that is why he is not in the team.

          • ghostrider

            Mitrovic wants to play as a striker and the manager wants him as a defender just like every other player.

          • Martin Rooney

            Get your facts right Rafa has been saying’we didn’t spend all the money we had in the summer’ hoss was five mil cos stoke wanted five mil

          • Jezza

            You need to get your facts right. Rafa came out and said he was signing the players he wanted.

            Do you really believe Fat Ashley wanted to sign Harry Kane for £200 million and out the money up only for Rafa to buy Joselu instead?

          • Martin Rooney

            Michael Owen ????? Joselu can’t be that far behind him in the nufc history books and yes we probs are the unluckiest.

          • Jezza

            I’ll counter that with Alan Shearer. In the transfer market, as in life, you generally get what you pay for. Spending big doesn’t always guarantee failure but spending nothing in this transfer window will guarantee relegation for NUFC in May.

          • Martin Rooney

            But Rafa decided on manquillo murphy lejiene merino joss not mikey

          • Jezza

            Rafa bought what he could with the pathetically meagre budget Fat Ashley gave him. If you walk onto a car forecourt with 2 grand in your pocket you’re not going to be driving away in a Ferrari. Equally if you’ve got £5 million for a striker you’re not going to be signing Kane or Aguero are you.

          • Martin Rooney

            Your reasoning is childish £40m is £40m if you spend it on players for the bench then it won’t improve the team. Buy two players who are first team definite and have colback as one of the players that is in the 25 to be called on for the worst of injury crises or league cups the summer buys were not all good

          • Jezza

            The summer buys were not good because the budget was nowhere near good enough. That is not childish, that is reality.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Plain as day that point Jezza,will it fall on deaf ears to the usual suspects on here?…………….they seem to believe that Hoss was Rafa’s first choice striker………..delusion on a grand scale..

          • Angelswithdirtyfaces

            Rafa said at the time that he bought the players he could buy not the ones he wanted

        • glassjawsh-got-banned

          repeat of my above post since you both seem to be equally as thick “there’s no guarantee that any player will succeed in any situation at the top level. So we may as well never bring anyone into the side, ever.”

          • ghostrider

            Just because something isn’t guaranteed does not make trying for it worthless.
            It’s what you do and how you do it that counts.

            Here’s an example. Let’s take Rafa as that example.
            We need a goalscorer and a play maker.
            Rafa knows this but Rafa wants a goalkeeper and a left back as cover for Dummett.
            Or he wants a winger.
            As a last resort he will look for a striker .

            Now, if he gets his goalkeeper and/or left back or a winger, then his guarantee of a striker to score goals diminishes drastically.
            If he concentrates on buying what he needs and plays them in that role, like a striker and playmaker, then the gamble is a calculated one that has every chance of paying dividends.

            Still no guarantee but a definite worthy punt.
            The problem we have is in having a dinosaur as a manager.

          • glassjawsh-got-banned

            ? Rafa wants a striker. He’s said as much many times. He’s ALSO said that fatty won’t pay what a decent striker costs. So he’s left to hunt and peck for whatever he can get. How many times does this exact same point need to be explained to some people?

          • Kneebotherm8

            A million times to him and he’ll still never listen…………too busy with his Ashley love-in and his hatred of Benitez because he actually questions fat Mike….

          • ghostrider

            Rafa said nothing of the sort about Ashley not wanting to pay for a striker.

          • paul mclaughlan

            You could repeat yourself forever mate. Ashley fans never ever listen.

        • Kneebotherm8

          Yeah we shouldn’t bother signing anyone………no one else does……pretty pointless exercise really…..

      • S.G.M.

        There’s no guarantee that new players coming in will strengthen.

        • Jezza

          True but it is guaranteed that if no new players come in we will go down.

          • Stephen Paylor

            not guaranteed at all and unless we actually buy quality then whats the point of adding a couple of squad players. We already have competition for places we just need quality and the likelihood is we wont get any this month

          • Jezza

            I’m not advocating signing a couple of mediocre players just for the sake of it. Fat Ashley needs to break a lifetime’s habit and make appropriate funds available for new players who will improve our team. If and when he fails to do that we will go down and that most definitely is guaranteed. I fully agree we won’t get any quality players this month but that is only because Fat Ashley will not make the funds available. Don’t bother coming back with the excuse that January is a very difficult time to strengthen either because other clubs seem to manage it alright.

        • glassjawsh-got-banned

          there’s no guarantee that any player will succeed in any situation at the top level. So we may as well never bring anyone into the side, ever.

  • Peaky Magpie

    At least we are not as desperate as the mackems trying to sign the lead singer of Coldplay……

    • Kneebotherm8

      A Rush of Blood to the head?……

      • Peaky Magpie

        😂😂👍

  • brin mcardle

    this is a disgrace !!How does Rafa put up with it

  • Mrkgw

    Get out of our club, Mike Ashley. Please take Lee Charnley when you go.

  • Haych1

    Transfer window shuts on the 2nd of January in Newcastle

  • nufcslf

    Well done Mike. What more can you want, we did score a goal against the top team today. Better money saved in your pocket than spent on a team sinking fast. Why anybody could even think of doubting your 10 + years of steady stewardship at the club is completely beyond me. Lovely family atmosphere ‘n’ that at home matches, who really gives a f**k about the football I only go for the afternoon out as it is in my blood. Carry on doing a fine job and for Gods sake don’t change a thing. Relegation will never happen and there is all that tv money next season to look forward to. Rafa has more than a strong enough squad to pick from and doesn’t have a clue if it does end up with us going down. There is no crisis here at all, on the other hand just f**k off and give a proper owner a chance you [email protected]