Paul Merson has given his verdict on Newcastle United’s ‘action’ in the January transfer window.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he has also graded all 20 Premier League clubs.

According to Paul Merson, there are 11 PL clubs who had better windows than Newcastle.

Despite not buying a single player, only three loan signings, Merson thinks Newcastle have done better than some who have spent relatively big money.

He doesn’t mention keeper Dubravka who has arrived and says that ‘Kenedy alone isn’t going to keep you up’ (although he was arguably Newcastle’s best player against Burnley).

However, Paul Merson does rate the loan signing of Islam Slimani, who he says could ‘reignite’ Newcastle.

Of course the problem is as well that the much needed striker has arrived with only 13 matches to go and is set to miss Palace on Sunday with an injury, plus can’t play in the Leicester away match.

If signed at the start of the month then the Leicester forward could very well have helped add points to Newcastle’s total, hopefully it isn’t too little too late (yet again) from Mike Ashley.

Paul Merson speaking to Sky Sports:

“Kenedy alone isn’t going to keep you up.

“I’m not being horrible but he won’t, so I’m glad they did a bit of late business on Deadline Day by getting Slimani.

“They needed a forward because they’re not scoring enough goals and someone like him might reignite them.”

The Paul Merson grades on the transfer window for each Premier League club:

A+ Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Utd

A Man City, Arsenal (for attack)

A- West Brom

B+ Brighton, Everton, Huddersfield, Leicester, Tottenham

B Newcastle United, Southampton, Swansea

B- Crystal Palace, West Ham

C Stoke, Watford

C- Burnley

D Arsenal (for defence)

F Bournemouth



  • Monkseaton Magpies

    A fair reflection indeed. On the evidence of last night Kenedy had a cracking game and on any other night we could have scored four goals with a bit of luck and better finishing. With Elliott injured again we needed a keeper. We went for a striker who was unproven in the premier league and the club wanted £25m for a player who cost two. So instead we got a £28m striker on loan a very sensible thing to do. On top on this got half a dozen players of the wage bill one of which was a top earner so yes Merson is spot on. The Mag will still complain the southern press and George from the Times will wind them up. Protests and banners will not help us in the fight against relegation.

    • Soldier

      on another night we would have still missed chances with the forwards we have

    • Westdentoon

      ‘Better finishing’?
      Maybe if we had bought those players that YOU said on numerous occasions we didn’t need, those points against Swansea, Burnley & god knows who else would have been in the bag and we would be sitting pretty in mid table at least?????

    • Guest 2

      Ashley sure as hell won’t. But don’t let your love fest for him influence reality.

    • Lord

      I can’t remember the last time we brought on board a proven PL striker (Remy?) so can’t complain there. I’d rather have a good loan from the PL than waste money on an unproven striker from Denmark. Look how Defoe helped Sunderland out of their mess. And it’s not just about spending money, the players have to want to come here too.

      What’s very frustrating it’s happened so late (and that he looks like missing the Palace game). Against Swansea and Burnley, we’ve dropped 4 home points in very winnable ‘transfer window’ games and we didn’t play badly in any of them, just had no-one to pop the chances in the net.

      Still, stay up and hopefully regroup in the summer.

      • Kneebotherm8

        Too little too late…….Chancer Ashley strikes again…….as they say fail to prepare……..prepare to fail…….
        One thing about Benitez is that he’s meticulous in his planning,but his plans have fallen on deaf ears with Ashley……these players should have been in yonks ago…probably before the season kicked off……..thanks again Mr Ashley you fckn tssr.

      • Colin Brumwell

        And do exactly the same next year and the year after that

        • Lord

          If MA is still here then certainly that would be the fear. I can’t remember us ever having a window where loans like this have been sanctioned (Remy again when QPR went down?). Hopefully it’s a sign of doing ‘just enough’ to stay up and facilitate a more lucrative club sale in the summer.

    • FatParosite

      You say it like we meant to look massively amateurish & a transfer laughing stock because somehow Slimani was our first choice. Put the coffee down Bishop.

  • JonMag

    got to be honest the signings are good but if we lose the next 2 games through inept tactics & dire player selection then i`d get rid of the manger, sorry but he`s to defensive & draws at home won`t keep us up

    • HarryHype59

      If he picks Cart Hoss in the next game I will join the Rafa oot camp.

      • TheNutJob

        😂😂😂

      • Peaky Magpie

        I’m honestly starting to believe Rafa is the Hoss’s fatha….

        • HarryHype59

          Or his village elder back in Spain!

  • TheNutJob

    Jabba, jabba, jabba, oot oot oot, sack the board, lynch Penfold
    😂😂😂

  • TheNutJob

    🐎🐎🐎🐎
    the hoss heading for the paddock

    • Kneebotherm8

      Glue factory more like it..

    • Peaky Magpie

      Or Iceland’s Lasagne
      😂

  • Paul Patterson

    Who was it on here yesterday that said we’d get a penalty? Well I said it would be ok if it wasn’t given to Joselu. Sat there watching it I had absolutely no confidence in him scoring it.
    On reflection for the whole game, once again, all we need is a decent striker . .

    • thewildchimp

      Spot on!

      Yes,
      I think Kenedy and Slimani will make a good combo, if Slimani is
      actually fit enough. Excellent in the air, but just too daymn slow…
      (judging from the last time I saw him play)

    • Peaky Magpie

      Aye,someone did actually predict that whole scenario….

  • robbersdog

    That photo – Merson looks like a confused, alcoholic tramp who’s sitting in a pool of his own excrement.

    • FatParosite

      It was taken in North Shields Metro station last night.

      • TheFatController

        Shouting ‘FU Stan Laurel, I’m the biggest comedian the world’s ever known…’ ?

      • Rich Lawson

        Kenny Sansom is sitting next to him just out of shot hogging the bottle.

        • Peaky Magpie

          With McClaren.

    • Taz

      Funny thing is “That’s his intelligent look”