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…