The January transfer window closed with not a single player bought by Mike Ashley/Newcastle United.
Claims of Rafa Benitez to be backed with up to three or four permanent signings, including a club transfer record £20m striker.
However, in the event, it was the fourth January window out of the last five, with Mike Ashley refusing to allow any players to be bought in.
A table of net spending over the last 11 January transfer windows is below.
This covers the entire time Mike Ashley has owned Newcastle and compares the NUFC net spend in these 11 January windows, compared to the other 19 current Premier League clubs – from January 2008 to January 2018 (inclusive).
This table of stats has been compiled from data put together by Talksport and you won’t be surprised to see which end of the net spend table we have ended up at under Mike Ashley…
Premier League clubs ranked by their net spend over the course of last 11 January transfer windows (January 2008 to January 2018 inclusive), then in brackets the net spend/profit in latest January 2018 window:
£196m Man City (£60.8m)
£72m Tottenham (£25m)
£67m Stoke (£20m)
£57m Chelsea (£50.6m)
£56m Crystal Palace (£10.5m)
£51m Arsenal (£9.4m)
£50m Everton (£29.8m)
£34m Burnley (£1.3m)
£34m Leicester (£3m)
£23m Brighton (£14.5m)
£22m West Ham (£12.5m profit)
£20m Bournemouth (£0)
£14m Man Utd (£0)
£14m Huddersfield (£11m)
£11m Swansea (£18m)
£2m Watford (£9.4m)
£3m (Profit) West Brom (£1.4m)
£29m (Profit) Southampton (£55.9m profit)
£29m (Profit) Liverpool (£32m profit)
£30m (Profit) Newcastle United (£0)
The Liverpool and Southampton figures are massively skewed thanks to the huge fees received for Coutinho and van Dijk respectively, not yet spending all of the cash received, although both clubs have still invested heavily in players themselves this last window, with the likes of van Dijk and Carrillo signed.
Both Liverpool and Southampton were net spenders in the past 10 January windows before this last one.
It is sobering for Newcastle fans to see that in the 11 January windows, Huddersfield have a net spend £44m higher than Newcastle’s, whilst Brighton’s is £53m more.
Crystal Palace £86m higher net spend, whilst Stoke’s is £97m more.
The likes of Palace, Stoke, Huddersfield, Swansea, Stoke and Watford have all spent money in January to try and avoid relegation, Mike Ashley has restricted Rafa Benitez to only loan signings and two of those were last minute.
Will this latest Ashley gamble backfire yet again.