The transfer window has closed at last, Premier League clubs spending more money in total than ever before this January.

From a Newcastle United perspective of course, they bought nobody.

Despite ‘leaked’ claims from Mike Ashley’s people that the owner was going to back Rafa Benitez with a number of buys, including a £20m striker, the reality was something different.

A table has now been published, showing the total spent by each Premier League club over the course of this season – these last two transfer windows.

The table also shows the net spend for each Premier League club – money spent on players compared to cash banked from sales.

You have to say that looking at it as a Newcastle fan, the results are damning.

In total, £1.843bn (£1,843m) has been spent by the 20 PL clubs this season, with £1.119bn (£1,119m) banked.

This means a net spend for the 20 clubs of £724m.

Newcastle United’s share of the £1.843bn spent was only£36.2m, less than 2% of the overall total.

Whilst in terms of net spend, Newcastle were responsible for only £11.5m of the £724m total for the 20 clubs, whilst NUFC’s share of the net spend was even lower, closer to one and a half per cent of the total.

Premier League club by club total spending over the course of these last two transfer windows (Summer 2017 and January 2018), table compiled by the excellent Sporting Intelligence who report on sport’s relationship with money:

premier league

As you can see, it gets even worse when comparing Newcastle to the rest of the Premier League clubs.

Only Premier League established Bournemouth spent less than Newcastle’s £36.2m this season.

Whilst in terms of net spend, there were six clubs who had lower net spends than Newcastle. However, they all still spent more than Newcastle in total, in some cases significantly more. Whilst these other clubs have also built their squads up over previous PL seasons with significant investment.

However, it is when you compare Newcastle to the other promoted clubs that things really really look bad.

Everybody agrees that it is promoted clubs who have to invest in better quality to give themselves a decent chance of adapting successfully to the top tier.

Both Brighton and Huddersfield once again spent money in January, as they did last Summer.

Brighton spending £21.1m more than Newcastle this season, with Huddersfield laying out £12.6m more.

It is though the net spends that are the killer, Brighton having a £45.8m higher net spend than Newcastle, whilst Huddersfield’s was £32m higher than NUFC.

It is a total joke and just to compound matters, Rafa Benitez had to wait until the very final hour of the transfer window, for two of his three cheap and cheerful loan deals to be completed.

If anybody now doubts Mike Ashley’s undermining of his manager, then I don’t know what else you need to convince you.



  • JonMag

    If Rafa`s putting up with Ashley`s antics that`s his problem, as long as he`s talking the money he`s as good as turning a blind eye. Keegan walked

    • Guest 2

      Give over, man. Rafa is clearly ‘putting up’ as he expects a sale of the club to happen. Do you prefer him to walk and get replaced by another Ashley puppet?

      • JonMag

        not going to happen just like the transfers, wise up for [email protected]@ks sake
        you can`t see the wood for the trees

        • Megatron1505

          What inside knowledge do you have?

          • JonMag

            past history of Ashley mate or have you been in a coma for 11 years

          • Megatron1505

            So your opinion on why Rafa stays is your past knowledge of Ashley? Do you know more than Rafa?

          • JonMag

            i know he`s being shafted & ignored yet still taking his 100 grand a week

          • Wor Lass

            I`ve been shafted and ignored for less than that!

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            😂😂

        • Guest 2

          Surprised ‘wise’ is in your vocabulary.
          I can see plenty of wood mate – it’s what your head is made of.

    • hetonmag

      I keep reading your posts dying to get rid of Rafa, if you think any other manager would change anything at this basket case of a club you are living in cloud cuckoo land, Rafa is the only one under Ashley’s tenure to tell him how it is all the others have just been yes men and the same will happen if Rafa goes.

      • JonMag

        [email protected]@k off birdbrain

        • hetonmag

          Obviously a typical thick head with a reply like that grow up man.

          • JonMag

            not as thick as you & your inane comments

          • hetonmag

            Off school today are we.

          • JonMag

            get lost you Durham inbred

          • hetonmag

            Wow showing yourself up again Mickey.

    • Polarboy

      So you’d rather he walked then? Rafa is clearly hoping this takeover happens if he can keep us up. That he wouldn’t countenance leaving us in the lurch half way through a season is to be only praised you plum.

    • Tino o

      Playing the long game. I’m sure Ashley would love him to walk as Rafa digs him out every interview and makes a fool of him. I’m sure this won’t last too long and hopefully Rafa outstays him. A world class manager deserves to be supported. He will get it right this season just hopefully. Ashley out!

  • hetonmag

    Can’t wait for the Fleckman spin on it.

    • Jezza

      It’s all down to FFP regulations don’t you know, ha ha.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        😂😂

      • Rich Lawson

        Good to know we’re the only club prepared to take a proper stance on this by buying no one.

  • Wor Lass

    Have these figures been vetted by Clarko (that`s a question, by the way)?

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Leazes must still be on holiday

      • Wor Lass

        I thought I`d won the sweep on when he ws going to say, “Penalty to the lads” last night. Then I realised I was reading Ryder on the Chron and it really was one!

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          made a right pigs ear of it as well, terrible

          • Jezza

            Why in God’s name did Joselu take it?

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            worst player on the pitch taking a penalty, you couldn`t make it up. if he starts on Sunday all is lost

          • Leicester Mag

            Why is he here?

          • Rich Lawson

            Indeed,I know we rarely get them,but do we have a designated penalty taker or did fear just run thru’ the team.Congrat’s by the way on your prediction we would buy no one.Be interesting to know what BetVictor offered on that one ?

          • len robson

            We do not get a penalty, so we must of given it to the lad with no confidence and it did not work. He is a god lad but just can not score maybe he is best in the championship and Rafa has to get one of the team to step up but who!

          • glassjawsh-got-banned

            my guess is had Ritchie been in he would have taken it

          • Tino o

            He hopefully isn’t allowed near one again. Oh hold on he may be retired by then the rate we are awarded them!!

          • Dillon Tovak

            That’s what I was thinking, but from the players on the pitch there wasn’t a natural replacement.
            Merino? Atsu? Perez?
            But you just knew he was going to miss as soon as he stepped up.

  • Soldier

    if last night`s anything to go by we`ll go down, i drove a 180 mile round trip to watch it

    • Rich Lawson

      220,that return trip is soul destroying and not good for road concentration.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    watched the whole match last night, we should have been home & dry but the same old faults appeared, a striker who fluffed it once again, dire times ahead i`m afraid.

    • Rich Lawson

      Slimani fit and Kennedy to put the crosses in,we could be ok,but with the best will in the world ”Hoss” should never play another game in the 1st team.

      • Angelswithdirtyfaces

        He was Stoke’s third pick, and for the princely sum of £5m came to be the Toon 1st pick. This was obvs never Rafa’s intention last window, more an act of desperation. Ideally he would drop down the picking order to be our 3rd or 4th pick. Just need a couple of £20m + strikers now :) …. if we survive

  • TheFatController

    So of the 6 teams below us, 4 sold hugely expensive players thus balancing out their huge spends also…

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Yet more lies from the Mag to wind up the fans. We signed Murphy for £12m, Lejeure for £8.7m, Atsu for £6.8m, Manquillo for £4.5m and Joselu for £5m. Add these figures up and surprise surprise it comes to £37m. Now I don’t know if anyone noticed but a player called Merino played last night and with the loan and transfer fee it equates to near ten million so the actual figure spent is near £47m not £36.2m.

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      since it was a loan to buy the money from the Merino transfer only counts against the transfer figures when the initial loan ends (this summer). that might not be when the money was/will be disbursed to Dortmund, but that’s the way news outlets have chosen to tabulate spend. Just because you don’t understand what’s going on doesn’t mean someone is lying to you…

    • TheFatController

      I love that you are dwelling on the minutiae to discredit what is quite a broad argument that a once big club established in the PL is now a yo-yo club with a championship squad with a few loan additions.

      You discredit your own argument by being so pedantic. I think we all get the bigger picture of the above figures, that no amount of spend on Merino attributed in any window can alter…

      • John

        The facts are over the last 3 seasons we’ve spent a LOT more than a lot of clubs in that table. Net spend is the most important figure, not spend. And over 3 season so our net spend is more than liverpool and Burnley combined, and that’s before the coutinho deal you nugget. Get your tongue out if rafas a**e.

    • Cockneytrev

      You know more than the web site ” Sporting Intelligence”?
      Ashley hoop licker,,👅👅

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        It’s possible to question these websites. Transfermkt backs up Monkseaton’s point. Just because the website calls itself Sporting Intelligence, do not assume intelligence, sporting or otherwise.

    • Dillon Tovak

      They are small fees in 2018. Don’t know if you follow football but it’s not 2002 anymore.

  • Albert Stubbins

    Over to you Clarko- let’s see if you can put a positive spin on this one? Haven’t heard much from you lately mind- I can’t for the life of me think why. ;)