January transfer deadline day has now passed and most Newcastle fans will be glad to see the back of it.

As many/most Newcastle supporters had predicted, when the window closed, Mike Ashley still hadn’t backed Rafa Benitez with a single buy.

Instead, another couple of late loan deals supplemented the earlier arrival of Kenedy, also on loan.

Whilst there were no players bought in on transfer deadline day, or indeed sold, in total there were eight loan deals in and out.

ARRIVING:

Islam Slimani

Around half an hour before the 11pm deadline, it was confirmed that Leicester City’s Islam Slimani had completed his loan move.

The striker arrives with a thigh injury but it is claimed not to be as bad as first thought, with Slimani said to have a small chance of being on the bench at Palace on Sunday, though Manchester United at home in 10 days time is more realistic.The Algerian forward has a maximum of 12 games this season, as he can’t play against parent club Leicester.

Martin Dubravka

Shortly after Sky Sports confirmed Slimani had signed, the Sparta Prague goalkeeper’s agent put out on social media that his client had also signed up.

With Rob Elliot missing last night with a back injury, very likely that the 29 year old will go straight onto the bench at Palace on Sunday. His loan deal has an option for a permanent move at the end of the season.

DEPARTING:

Rolando Aarons

Aarons yesterday opted to turn down a Championship relegation battle with Hull who are fourth bottom, instead signing up for a Serie A relegation battle with Hellas Verona. They are second bottom and still managed by Rafa’s former assistant Fabio Pecchia.

Jack Colback

The forgotten Jack Colback at last agreed to move south temporarily, he has joined Daryl Murphy at Nottingham Forest and looks really happy about it (see image above).

Aleksandar Mitrovic

After not starting a single Premier League game this season, Mitro’s season burst into action on Wednesday. In Belgium to sign on loan for Anderlecht, he then was left high and dry when they couldn’t afford him after an outgoing deal collapsed. A mad dash then saw him arrive in London and agree a loan deal with Fulham, they are sixth in the Championship and the Serbian could face Jack Colback at the weekend as Forest play Fulham.

Henri Saivet

The first Newcastle move agreed on January transfer deadline day. Saivet joining Turkish club Sivasspor on loan.

Freddie Woodman 

Once Martin Dubravka’s move went through, it was quickly confirmed that Woodman’s loan deal to Aberdeen had also been processed. They are second in the Scottish Premier, 11 points behind Celtic and three ahead of Rangers.

Jamie Sterry

The Newcastle defender now faces a League Two relegation battle, after joining Crewe Alexandra on loan.



  • JonMag

    The fat [email protected]@k will be happy this morning making a profit in the window, as for last nights game two things need to change if we are to stay up,
    1 Rafa`s tactics & 2 he must stop picking his blue eyed boys.
    2 points down the drain last night & the major culprits were Hoss & the manager.
    a 21 year old boy from Chelsea made the Newcastle players look like the 2nd raters they are.
    i hope never to see Joselu in a Newcastle shirt again.

    • JonMag

      and to those who wanted to sell Shelvey, well take a look at merino last night, i don`t think he`ll play against palace

      • Peaky Magpie

        Still early days mate but I smell a Viana in Merino…..

        • JonMag

          he`s still a kid, but i`d play Shelvey on Sunday

          • Peaky Magpie

            Got to,no time for shirkers now,36 points may be enough to stay up but 38-40 has to be the target….looking at the fixtures I can’t see where these points will come from…totally relying on others already….what a sad fu***ng joke…..

          • Gareth Marshall

            36 points will surely be enough this season. If we can’t win another 12+ points than we deserve to go down. We have 6 games left which we should be able to compete in: Palace, Bournemouth and Watford away plus Southampton, WBA and Huddy at home. That’s 18 points we should be in for.

            I do tend to agree with you though and I can’t see us winning another 4 games this season.

            Dire times.

          • Peaky Magpie

            Fingers crossed,the last 12 games are going to be brutal..

  • Peaky Magpie

    It shows the gulf in class in the PL when a 21 yr old Chelsea reserve was the best player on the pitch last night….

    • Damon Horner

      Normally that would sound damning but at the moment there are former Chelsea reserves running the show for Liverpool and City and leading the line for Man Utd!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    another disaster last night, can`t see us staying up. is there 3 teams worse than us
    i wouldn`t put money on it.

    • Jezza

      I doubt there’s even one team worse than us, especially after all the signings all the other strugglers made in the window.

      • Lord

        Only 6 games left against ‘bottom of the table’ opposition. Last night was a big sucker punch. Unless we get a 100% record in those 6 games we are going to have to pull off a shock result against one of the big boys. Wild card could be the end of season jog for Chelsea at our ground, hopefully they will be in their Champions League branded flip flops by then.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    If you look at the facts instead of the mass hysteria from the Mag and George from the TImes it was a good transfer window.
    1) On the evidence of last night Kenedy looks a class player who caused Burnley problems all night. We could have scored four very easily against a team which are hard to break down and does not concede.
    2)We needed a goal keeper with Rob Elliott breaking down yet again but it remains to be seen if he can adapt quickly to the premier league if Rafa puts him in.
    3)We went for a forward who was valued at £25m which was too much when he was unproven in the Premier league. Instead we got a £28m striker on loan an excellent bit of work. Just a shame he was not on there last night signed and fit as the score might have reflected the game.
    4)We got rid of six players which were not part of Rafa s plans and were very costly to the wage bill.
    The way the Mag and it’s writers conduct themselves leaves a lot to be desired
    as they are so anti Newcastle they cannot see the wood from the trees.
    5)Please transfer that awful banner on display last night to the Stadium of Light where it belongs a long with the fans who held it up as you are doing nothing to support the team in the hour of need.

    • Tony Mann

      Although I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, I completely agree with points 1 to 4.
      If I agree with 80% of one of your posts, It means I’m coming down with something.
      I’m of to the Doc’s.

      • Tony Mann

        On another post, I found myself almost agreeing Bobbi Fleckers.
        Something is badly wrong.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      I agree, I think Slimani is the best of all those we’ve been linked with. I know Watford were after him at the end of August and were hoping we’d take Troy Deany to finance the deal. I said then, I’d prefer we got Slimani ourselves. I think we were lucky Watford changed their manager.

    • Wezza147

      You constantly take shots at the Mag then why are you here? Nobody wants you here posting your pro Ashley PR propaganda.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Nobody wants to hear two sides of an argument? You don’t want to take in board facts and reality, you’d rather believe made up nonsense?

        Weird logic fella.

  • magpiefifer

    No doubt tight-wad Ashley will be happy with the window!
    For the first time I didn’t even bother following the last day’s transfers on TV/radio,and the results of our dealings doesn’t change my fear that we will be relegated AGAIN – thanks FatAsh!!!

    • Jezza

      I shut myself off completely too just like I did on the previous deadline day. I was convinced there would be nobody coming in yesterday and a good chance that at least one of our first teamers would be sold. It did therefore turn out better than or should I say not as bad as I expected but overall NUFC haven’t done nearly enough this window especially when you look at the transfer business all the other relegation candidates have done. I fear we are doomed.

      • magpiefifer

        Spot on Jezza!

  • Peaky Magpie

    What the f*ck does Colback look like….a gormless kid in a Forest shirt waiting to get the autograph of a real footballer like ….Trevor Francis…..

    • Coble’s Return

      He looks like the kid who asked for a Barca top for Christmas, but his dad got him last season’s Forest shirt instead. Cheers Dad!

    • Forest have hit the bottom apparently.

  • Dillon Tovak

    It was a bad window but in the end we are stronger for it. Slimani may be no better than Mitro, but if Rafa is going to pick him, we’ve strengthened as he’s definitely better than Hos and Gayle.
    Kenedy looks great, motm yesterday.
    The bad thing is that Burnley were unbelievably shyte yesterday and we couldn’t punish them, not a sign that fills me with optimism.
    Hopefully the fact we didn’t spend any money in this window is an indication Ashley still thinks he’ll sell up. I can dream.

  • GToon

    Good luck to Colback. Whatever Rafa thinks of his ability that is not the way to treat a professional footballer or any employee for that matter. Ditto Mitro.

    • Colback didn’t want to take a pay-cut in the summer to join another team and Rafa froze him out. Colback was barely doing OK in the Championship as as Mitro. I’m surprised Hayden hasn’t joined on loan as failed to make the grade in the Prem, yet looked like and Ace in the Championship.
      If by some miracle we survive this year and the club is not sold we will get relegated next year. As long as Ashley is in charge this club will never be a top 10 Prem Side. We need a 100m injection in 4 decent players ,we can recoup 30m of that from selling players we don’t need. I don’t think 70m is too much if it will get you 100m+ from TV rights and a full stadium each week.

  • gallowgate26

    Not being funny but if Sterry is supposed to be aiming for first team at Newcastle, shouldn’t he be going on loan to a higher level than a League 2 relegation battle? I can’t understand why he, or anyone at the club would think that is a worthwhile move and if there are no other suiters then I would be equally concerned about his ability.