With the January transfer window finally creaking open, there is a chance that Rafa and most fans’ desires for some new Newcastle signings can finally take shape.

While any different faces in the dressing room would be greatly appreciated, it may not necessarily improve NUFC’s form. Not if other issues remain unresolved.

No player, at least not within Ashley’s price range, can act as a panacea for our season.

There is an undeniable lack of quality in the squad but, without a significant cash injection from any new owners, it is hard to think of any players readily available who could galvanise the team’s performances.

There was, nevertheless, the January where the French trio of Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran and Mathieu Debuchy (as well as Massadio Haidara and Mapou Yanga- Mbiwa) were signed and managed to help in a number of vital matches against relegation rivals.

If such a thing were to happen this year, then at least serious action would be seen to be taken to avoid returning to the Championship so soon.

But it won’t increase our final league position much higher than the 13th place in which NUFC currently resides.

In order to do that, the squad needs to rediscover the formula that helped them be a relatively hard team to beat in late August/September.

The fact that Newcastle haven’t beaten a single club above 14th (and picked up only two points from clubs above 14th) in the league table this season is a telling one.

What player on the market could suddenly change that?

I’m sorry to be pessimistic but, despite some newfound resolve on the pitch, NUFC will have difficult months ahead no matter what dealings are done this new year.

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  • Waxi

    I hope i am wrong but i can see us dipping in to the bargain bucket list of players in the last few days of this window if Ashley is still around.

    • GToon

      Most of us can’t even see that happening. Already the other clubsa round us are starting to sort out deals. Newcastle are doing nothing. Well I say nothing. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are trying to sell players. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see our captain get sold to a more ambitious club.

  • Arty Hume

    Indeed, unfortunately history appears to be repeating its self again, well who would have believed that??? It even appears this reputable slug has shot himself in the foot again by not allowing PCP to to add to the transfer money. You can see exactly where this is going and its not for our benefit. For the M.A apologists, he is hanging on for the new PL money which will be over £100m most likely and then he will not care what happens to the club, he will have had his money back many times over, even in the championship the club will be worth £100m+, so he’s not worried on little bit.

    • mactoon

      He has spent a minimum of £264 million so if the club is worth £100m+ in the Championship how will he not be worried? A businessman losing the value of over £160m of his initial investment would be worried.

      If £100m+ is added to the club via new PL money it will only increase his valuation of it so he won’t get a buyer to sell it to, and are you saying this will mean he will have had his money back many times over? I don’t follow your logic. he hasn’t even paid himself the interest free loan of over £129m (in addition to his initial investment) back. I just don’t follow your logic?

      • GToon

        There isn’t much logic where Ashley and money are concerned unfortunately.

        • mactoon

          One thing for sure, he won’t want to sell at a loss and will definitely not want to see the club relegated as he has never been one for losing money but that doesn’t mean he will throw the club’s money at the transfer window. He will gamble while trying to lower the wage bill

    • 1957

      Was the story not that PCP wanted him to spend a larger amount of money on transfers, that they would ‘pay back’ if they finally bought the club.

      It’s like someone who was interested in buying your house asking you to have a new kitchen and bathroom fitted and committing to paying for it if the sale completes sometime in the future. I wouldn’t do it, I don’t think many would.

      Maybe they should have offered cash for transfers in exchange for shares in the club, deducted from the price if they finally buy.

      • mactoon

        Good idea but same problem, Ashley won’t commit to any money being allocated for transfers so would just put any cash from the sale of shares in the club into the accounts. And selling shares would weaken his decision making on the clubs future

      • Shipcote Willy

        You might if your kitchen and bathroom were desperately in need of updating and it added value to your house anyway

    • Jezza

      Excellent comment.

  • Arty Hume

    Forgot to add, what is really concerning is the fact we are always linked with loan signings and players worth around the £10m mark, and if they are more, its out of our reach. Now that, is in its self is worrying when the other teams in the relegation battle have owners who will buy there way out of trouble. It really has put the pressure on Rafa to deliver but he is going to a gun fight with a knife I’m afraid.

    • mactoon

      He has stated he won’t put any more money into the club so I would be surprised if we even bought anywhere near a £10m player in January. I would think it will be a couple of loan players at best, and that is ONLY if we sell some of the players already listed in the 25 man squad to make room for any new players.

      • Jezza

        Spot on.

  • Megatron1505

    If Ashley doesn’t sell, or the new owners fail to invest, we will be a lower league club. That is a simple fact of how modern football works without significant investment.

    • Jezza

      Agreed. All the other clubs are making significant investments. If we don’t we will be left behind.

  • Paul Patterson

    A striker with PL pedigree, a left back and a right winger for me and possibly a loan goalkeeper. Probably cost £60m which we won’t get so best off concentrating on the striker..

    • HarryHype59

      Don’t understand why Ashley doesn’t allow Rafa to bring in 60m worth of players on staggered payments e.g £20m over three years.

      It would vastly improve our chances of survival and PCP can pay the remaining installments out of future TV income streams! That model is used by most EPL club!

      • Paul Patterson

        That’s assuming we will be a EPL club after May to get the revenue . .

        • HarryHype59

          With that level of investment we would avoid the drop! If not the Phatman can sell the players to recoup his cash I.e. Wynaldum and Townsend.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Agree a goalkeeper will not make much difference as only been a couple of mistakes all season and who is to say the new keeper will be any better. A forward
    twenty goals a season would cost a few bob and probably would not come anyway. Best hope is for a driving midfielder who can play behind the centre forward and score goals. We need to spend better in the Summer.

  • mactoon

    Get rid of unwanted players and a couple of the current forwards to fund two loan deals (either Slimani or Ings and a full back) and buy a striker who can score goals. About as good as it’s going to get IMO

  • Duh

    It’s all about loan deals. Someone like Sturridge would change things. It’s a World Cup year there are many players out there that would like guaranteed pl football, at least for a decent amount of games; more than what they would get at their existing clubs.

    • Phil

      I think Sturridge would be great. It’s just his injuries that concern me. Knowing our luck he would do his hamstring in training and we would never see him again

      I agree about players wanting to impress with the World Cup coming up! Fingers crossed something happens

      • Duh

        Yeah, would not put all my eggs in that basket but, a sturridge who might get injured is better than no sturridge at all.

      • Down Under Mag

        Injuries would be a major concern and something that would put me off any sort of permanent deal given the fee and wages that would be required. A loan move though puts us in a gamble position but without any long term financial liability and have everything to gain from a motivated player that has proven premiership quality. Getting that sort of player, even if he only lasts 10 games, could easily be the difference between staying up and going down.

        • Phil

          Id be happy with a striker, creative midfielder and left back. Goalkeeper can wait till the summer. I’m not optimistic of anything happening though

          • Down Under Mag

            I’ve never understood all the goalkeeper talk. Sure the likes of Elliot and Darlow may make the odd mistake, but there are bigger priorities in my opinion right now than a new keeper.

    • Paul Patterson

      A decent shout, but I bet he’d be on £100k a week, we won’t pay that. Maybe half . .

      • Jezza

        Sturridge won’t happen. Not in a million years. Expect a half hearted and unsuccesful last minute loan bid for Danny Ings and you won’t be disappointed.

        • Mitros gotta start

          Not any more….he is staying at the bindippers

    • Jezza

      It shouldn’t be about loan deals though but. What happened to all the transfer profits and television money. The other clubs in the relegation battle won’t be scraping around for dirt cheap loan deals so why should we?

      • Duh

        Point is, loan deals are more viable and allow us to get good players who clubs are unlikely to sell but, are prepared to loan out to give them a shot at earning a World Cup spot.

        We all know that the investment should have been done in the summer. Too late for that now, best bet is to get 2-3 really good loan players with something to prove. This worked reasonably well with remy.

        Of course, it’s more about complimentary objectives but, signing 3 players that markeably improve the squad and whom you want for the long term in January is not easy.

        • Mitros gotta start

          We are only allowed 2 loans from the premier league teams and it sounds like he wants 1 of them to be kenedy…..add to that most loan deals now come with a loan fee and you will see why we are goosed…..again
          Thanks fatty

          • Duh

            Kennedy, Ings and Cassillas – would not be bad. Far from ideal but it’s better than nowt.

            The number 10 role and striker role concerns me though.

      • Mitros gotta start

        They dont have a greedy fat pig as an owner like us

    • Mitros gotta start

      Sturridge will never end up here…a loan fee and wages aswell as his terrible injury record will see to that….nile ranger on a free Jan 31st will be about our level

    • Stephen Paylor

      Sturridge too wasteful in possession IMO

  • ghostrider

    Why pay high prices for players to aid us in struggling.
    Let’s loan players for January and reshape in the summer.
    It would also be best to ship out players Rafa has little to no intention of playing rather than having them around festering.
    Sell them or loan them, but do something.

    • Jezza

      Yes no need to pay high prices in January after we spent so big in the summer. Everton are sgning erstwhile Newcastle target Cenk Tosun for £25 million but they can afford to because unlike Ashley’s Newcastle, they didn’t spend big in the summer.

      • Shipcote Willy

        Spot on Jezza. Tosun was a Rafa target but the club refused to back the manager and pay the £15m fee. His price has shot up since then.

      • ghostrider

        Everton offloaded players and spent the proceeds and then went one extra by having another silly layout of 50 million on gylfi for crying out loud.
        Even you don’t want to see us plough that route, surely.

  • robbersdog

    Lots of talk about new left-backs and goalkeepers, but they’re luxuries we can’t afford right now, unless it’s just loanees. In any case, Elliott and Darlow are decent enough, as are Dummett and, at a push, Manquillo.

    We desperately need reinforcements in forward areas, particularly at No.9 and No.10. If we’ve got any spare cash, that’s what it should be spent on.

  • Jezza

    “No Newcastle signings in January…”

    There was no need to write anything after those five words. That’s exactly what we can expect.

    • Duh

      Yeah, current ownership has a track record of ineptness in the transfer market. Expectations should be low to avoid disappointment.

    • Malcolm Fisher

      Yeah and no takeover either

  • Shipcote Willy

    Once again we have been linked with a few decent players but like most of Rafa’s summer targets they are totally out of our reach with Ashley in charge. There are reports that Rafa has to sell to buy but it’s a huge risk as Ashley is liable to pocket the money leaving us worse off. I think most fans realise there is a zero budget with Ashley in charge.

  • S.G.M.

    What player on the market could suddenly change that?
    Well I recon A striker.
    Goal Diff: 2017
    Aug, 0
    Sept, +1
    Oct, 0

  • Stephen Paylor

    This is exactly true.
    What we don’t need are more fringe players that steadily devalue over time and don’t really impact the quality of our first eleven. We have good enough numbers but lack any real quality up front and at number 10. Those positions require 25 million plus to really strengthen what we already have. A player like Batshuyai for example who would be likely around 30 million. If we could sell Mitro (who Rafa obviously doesnt fancy) and sign Batshuyai that would really be something positive.

    We either improve the goal scoring ability in the club or we gamble 50/50 on staying up. Joselu, Gayle, Ayoze and Mitrovic are all decent players but they are simply fringe players in the Premier league.