On Thursday we asked Newcastle fans what their expectations were for this January transfer window.

Rafa Benitez said back in December that ideally he wanted all new signings to be completed by 15 January and failing that, by 20 January at the very latest.

We are now in the 12th day of the January transfer window and no action so far.

The only action as such, has been younger players heading out on loan deals for the second half of the season, such as Adam Armstrong going to Blackburn.

We gave the two extreme points of view…

‘Pessimists will point to the fact that 10 days have already gone with no new players coming in and only four days, or nine days, depending on how you see it, until Rafa’s transfer deadline.’

‘Optimists will point to Mike Ashley is now back off holiday and still 19 days to go until the final day of the window.’

Newcastle fans have given what can only be described as an overwhelming reaction to how they see this window going.

There were five options to choose from and these were the results:

1% Ashley will back Rafa to buy some quality key new signings

2% Ashley will back Rafa to loan some key quality new signings

2% Ashley will back Rafa to buy 1 or 2 decent players

21% Ashley will back Rafa to loan 1 or 2 decent players

74% Ashley will not back Rafa and first team will be no better after January

So three quarters of Newcastle fans think nobody will arrive this month to improve the first team.

Then on top of that, another 21% think the best we can hope for is ‘1 or 2 decent loan players’.

Only 5% think there will be a better outcome, whether that is buying/loaning ‘quality’ players, or buying one or two decent players.

To have this kind of depressed reaction shows just how far Mike Ashley has dragged down the expectations of Newcastle fans, especially when you take into account the club is deep in a relegation struggle. As well as the fact Ashley blocked Rafa Benitez from bringing in any players last January and forced the manager into shopping for bargains in the summer.

Let’s hope we are all proved wrong…

  • TheNutJob

    Not pessimists, realists

    • kingfisher

      Spot on Nut,however M.A might surprise us all and splash the cash. (was that a pig flying past my window ?) 😁

      • Mitros gotta start

        No….he got back from miami 2 days ago

        • Peaky Magpie


        • kingfisher

          Excellent Mitros😊😊😊

      • Jezza

        The only thing Fatso is likely to splash the cash on will be yet another giant S****s D****t sign at SJP (if there’s any space left for another). Paid for out of club funds of course under the guiise of stadium improvements.

  • Wor Lass

    There`s a strong whiff of coffee in the air! That 1% figure – I`ve got Monkseaton Mag, Blobbi, Guest 2 and Clarko the Great but I`m not sure who the others might be …

    • Peaky Magpie

      Don’t forget Fatso himself,Penfold,Concur & Beardsley !

      • FatParosite

        Monkseaton Mag, Blobbi, Guest 2 and Clarko are Fatso himself,Penfold,Concur & Beardsley… Anyone want to guess which is which…??

        • Peaky Magpie

          Take that lot on Jodie Whittaker and you’ll be the greatest Dr ever !!!!

      • Wor Lass

        Ha ha – Concur, like it!

    • Jezza

      I’m sure Monkseaton, Clarko, Fleckman and Ghostbuster are all the one person posting under different ID’s.

      • Peaky Magpie

        I put that to Clarko a few weeks back and he went off on a massive one ! 😂

        • KRS1

          He is a very angry man!

          • TheFatController

            When are we getting a Clarko flag…?

          • Rich Lawson

            He collects War Hammers,true ! Or he mis spelt Wor Hammer’s and is in fact a West Ham fan which would explain alot !

          • Jezza

            Ha ha yes I remember him bragging abojut his Warcraft collection and how all his friends at the convention are very impressed with it. Nobody else is.

      • Wor Lass

        The same family, according to Leazes.

        • Leicester Mag

          Like the Adams

          • Wor Lass

            “They`re creepy and they`re kooky ….”

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        I am Monkseaton mate and when Rafa asks for money of Ashley and plays Diame would tell him to take a hard look at himself and not give him a penny. Clarko and Bobbi the two sensible people on here but never had the pleasure of meeting them.

  • kingfisher

    Pessimists or optimists,glass half full, glass half empty.Under the oafish buffoon,we don’t even have a glass !😣

    • Damon Horner

      It’s a Sports Direct mug? and he’s made sure he has swallowed what was in it, possibly sharing with a fireplace!

  • Scottie Chugger Dearden

    We’re doomed!

  • mactoon

    Ashley will not be willing to spend cash assets of the club so I think Rafa will be reduced to selling players to fund loan deals. I just hope Rafa is thinking of the bigger picture and struggles on until any sale takes place. I doubt he would walk now and miss out on a possible new regime and shift in club attitude towards player investment coming up. Hopefully he wants to be part of it.

    • magpiefifer

      But how long will it take to get a takeover finalised – if it happens!?
      I can’t see Rafa’s patience lasting indefinitely – he has done well to put up with MadAsh this long!!!

      • mactoon

        As I say I hope he is thinking that if he just struggles on for a few more months he could be part of something big. Imagine he throws in the towel now and the sale goes through in February with the new owners promising a sizeable transfer kitty to restructure in the summer. I think he would want to stick around until he knows whether this is going to happen or not.

      • Damon Horner

        Does Rafa break contracts of his own back? I’m not convinced he will walk. However if we stay up this year, his reputation remains intact and an offer comes in from a credible club I can see him going only in that formal circumstance, more driven by the club appointing him.

    • FatParosite

      This is quite obviously Ashley’s gamble. No new signings in because it won’t look good on the full audit upon agreement. Ashley also using his bum-funnel the Daily Fail to seed panic in the way ebay does with “only 1 left” buttons. Ashley relying on Rafa to steer through the shallow water in order to maximise his profit once the 40 points is reached. Ashley has done it for the last decade why would he change? A month and a half after the window is closed would see us past the new TV deal announcement and fit and proper audit by the FA. Within that time we will have played:-

      Swansea City (h)
      Manchester City (a)
      Chelsea or Norwich City (a)
      Burnley (h)
      Crystal Palace (a)
      Manchester United (h)
      Bournemouth (a)
      Liverpool (a)
      Southampton (h)

      I see a possible 12 or even 15 with Bournemouth. That would put us on 37 with 8 games remaining. Once premiership status is achieved an announcement will be made.

      • Peaky Magpie

        Love the “only 1 left” comparison,NUFC are the Viagogo of the football world.

      • cmrowley

        You see 12 points from that run? Can I have some of what you’re smoking please.

      • Paul Patterson

        I see 9 points and out the cup . .

        • glassjawsh-got-banned

          even 9 is generous. I see 7 or 8.

  • Paul Patterson

    It would be foolish to take into account the history of Mike Ashley and not come to any other conclusion.
    He did spend in 2013 when it looked like we were going down and again in 2015, unfortunately the poor recruitment in manager forced him into this and then the poor recruitment in players got us relegated.
    It’ll be selling high before loaning in this months case . .

    • KRS1

      The worry is all the teams around us seem to be actively looking to recruit. We don’t even seem willing to sanction loan deals.

      • Paul Patterson

        And beware the sting in the tale as we enter the last two weeks of this window . .

      • Peaky Magpie

        Looking at a 17yr old from the mackems apparently ? What the f**k is going on ???

        • Thefootballerwhocouldfly

          Told Charnley pulled the plug on this transfer.
          Probably so he can receive his bonus for not spending any money?!

  • Jeffrey Arthur

    Mike Cashley is playing Rafa and at the same time punishing us(fans) with a vengeance heart. RAFA we(Toon Army) got your back Brah… #NUFC#HWTL

  • Rich Lawson

    Is that Shelvey in the middle of the picture ? Know how you feel pal !

    • Peaky Magpie

      Aye probably,he hasn’t even made the bench tomorrow.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Is that someone to the left of him or has he grown another head ???

  • Damon Horner

    Kenedy and one other could come in but when you factor in sales (probably Shelvey to West Ham) we might have an overall weaker team as well as “two decent loans”.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Kelly Jones – The Stereophonics…..“Only takes one tree to make a thousand matches,Only takes one match to burn a thousand trees”…..Fatso,you are that single match……..

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    In a word : NOTHING !

  • Albert Stubbins

    When the chronicle back page headline is. I want signings done early!! You should know then and there that sweet f a will happen in transfer market!!