We are now over weeks into the summer transfer window and over two months since Premier League safety was secured for Newcastle United.

We are also only three weeks away from the NUFC squad returning for pre-season training.

Dubravka the only signing so far and that had to be done by the end of May, or else Newcastle would have lost the option to buy for a no-brainer £4m.

However, it isn’t the fact that nothing else has happened so far that really depresses me.

Instead, it is the case that Mike Ashley has sucked out all of our dreams.

There is no belief that Newcastle will go (relatively!) big on any signing in this summer transfer window.

A litmus test was always going to be Kenedy.

The Chelsea winger did well in his loan spell, some little bits of magic, scored and created a few goals, but he isn’t a superstar.

Yet I don’t now meet any Newcastle fans who believe there is any chance of signing him.

The belief is that because he would cost getting on for £20m, beyond Newcastle’s current 13 year old transfer record, it simply can’t happen.

The optimism of many/most fans has gone rapidly downhill since the season ended.

Having got to Premier League safety with over a month of the season left, then smashing Chelsea 3-0 in the final game, Newcastle fans hoped that the momentum would be kept running.

Hopes/expectations being that a decent but realistic transfer budget would have been agreed in the weeks following safety being guaranteed, enabling Rafa Benitez to get key targets lined up early and get straight to work.

Instead, Rafa is back home with his feet up enjoying the rest, in between taking his assortment of dogs out for their walks.

Nothing wrong with that of course, he has earned it, but I bet he would rather be getting stuck into preparations for next season by nailing early transfer targets, especially Kenedy.

The Brazilian won’t be getting a game for Chelsea next season, nor will he be going to PSG or Bayern Munich or any of the daft names mentioned, however he may well end up going to an ambitious Premier League club prepared to give Chelsea what they want to let him go.

He has been to Newcastle, he likes it at Newcastle, he delivered at Newcastle, he needs/wants regular football and to continue learning from Rafa Benitez.

If Newcastle can’t/won’t sign him, then how can anyone believe that Mike Ashley will allow Rafa then to spend over £16m on a striker or number 10, or indeed any other position?

The summer should be a time of hope, wondering what could happen next.

It might never happen but the hope should at least still be there, or else what is the point of being a football fan?

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  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The transfer window is going exactly as i expected

    • Lostprofit DBC

      And unfortunately, how Mike Ashley expectedl!

  • jack

    There’s no excuse for Newcastle not even trying to get kenedy , it’s just a measure of Ashley’s total lack of ambition

  • Wezza147

    Don’t let it depress you when we don’t sign anyone… I thought you would be used to it by now!
    Remember what Jezza said, we’d get Dubravka in early to appease the fans and get us to expect more signings and sofar, nothing… not even a hint of anything. Yes we’ve got a while to go in the window but I don’t expect things to change.

    Again, football is a distant second in MA’s priorities.
    Even reported in Spain that ‘MA is up to tricks’ with Mikel Merino asking price, as Athletic Bilbao are after him. But this can’t be true can it? as we know MA doesn’t have anything to do with the day to day operation of the club (sarcasm). How unprofessional.
    So the excuse not to spend is that Rafa won’t sign a new contract. How convenient. So Rafa runs out his final year and we buy nobody and again MA pockets over 100+ million after the end of this season as well. Where does the money go? We know.

    • Vodkamagpie

      Once again, spent 217mil on players last 4years and counting. You and your girlfriend, jezza, is missing this huge, massive elephant , key hurdle in your constant complaints

  • Paul Patterson

    Correct on the litmus test being Kenedy. A player making all the right noises, who has delivered and the manager wants him and who will likely cost a reasonable £20mish. Even our club couldn’t f**k up the Dubravka deal. However that was only to keep the fans quiet until after the world cup, then Ashley/Charnley will start sweating as they will have to dream up another excuse to delay spending serious money.

  • Toon

    Same old crying over spilt milk but The Nag writers will all be renewing their season tickets for next year, worst type of supporter

  • JonMag

    only the dimwits would believe that the Pie Man would back Rafa in this window.
    Fatso want`s Rafa as manager on his terms & his terms only and Rafa`s seen the light after the last 3 transfer windows. Ashleys` not for changing and Rafa will be away next summer if not earlier.

  • panther

    It’s going exactly how almost all predicted, another roll of the dice with relegation again

  • Foggy

    WTF does Charnley do on a daily basis? Walks into his cupboard under the stairs, has a brew then what? I’ve never wished anybody dead in me life but we have two outstanding candidates here if I did.

  • TheFatController

    Just one point, when you make reference to other PL clubs as ‘ambitious’, could you instead refer to them as ‘the next sunderland or leeds’ – all 13 of them outside the top 6.

    That way, it’ll save the apologists having to tell us what will be happening to all 13 of them in 11 months’ time when they are all relegated.

    Thanks.

  • Rich Lawson

    I’m sure Rafa’ wants him and I think he (Kenedy) would come,but if no transfer budget is set all the speculation (for any player) is just that. We’re heading for the bargain bin again !

    • Paul Patterson

      That’s the trouble, if Rafa’s last statement is to be believed, there isn’t a set budget yet. Farcical.

      • TheNutJob

        a Newcastle set budget is, sell before you buy and you may get some crumbs off Fatty`s table.

  • TheNutJob

    Report on the ronnie gill, Newcastle lining up a loan deal for, wait for it !!
    Marcus Rashford
    😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

    • Peaky

      Too many sherbets in the sunshine springs to mind….

  • Lostprofit DBC

    Good article, welcome to the customary ‘dull expectations’ routine. Aka life under Mike Ashley. I have noticed that since Rafa came, he also seems to play for time to shorten the potential transfer window, with conflict about funding and contracts. Not that he cares what the fans think, though he does seem to want to give a good impression to Sky TV. Maybe time for some of our more influential fans to make life uncomfortable for him. The truth needs to get out there!

  • TheNutJob

    Support the Toon boys 5-30pm Toulon U21`s final

  • Vodkamagpie

    I doubt the transfer fee is a problem , unless Chelsea is asking a ridiculous fee. Even 20mil is a bit high for basically playing 13 decent games. Non the less, if it’s 20mil, will Newcastle pay that amount , I believe so. Yes they haven’t broken their transfer record for 13 years, wow, whoop whoop, I couldn’t be bothered. But the difference here, you paying a large amount, don’t fully agree with the amount, but I’m more confident of the asset because of his successful loan spell. Only problem I see is wage demands, if kenedy demands 100k or which ever, but if that wage doesn’t fit in our structure, then we wish him well for the future

    • TheFatController

      Ah, so Kenedy is the one in the wrong and not our wage structure, when you guesstimate his wage demands ..?

      • JonMag

        He`s another wanka whose heads on back to front

        • TheFatController

          Presume you’re referring to vodkamugpie and not Kenedy…?

          • JonMag

            Not Kenedy, he want`s to lay off the Vodka

          • TheFatController

            I’d pay vodkamugpie £100k a week.

            To stop posting.

          • TheNutJob

            😂😂

      • Vodkamagpie

        Yes, just my opinion, but I’m pretty realistic with my opinions

  • Peaky

    I asked Siri half an hour ago if we would break our transfer record this close season…..she can’t stop laughing….any ideas how to switch it off ???

    • JonMag

      what`s all these posts the other day about Peaky`s Poodles

      • Peaky

        Just seen them now….real poodles are guard dogs in parts of Europe….the Swiss in particular I think….they are massive and can be trained to protect.

        • JonMag

          i believe you

          • Peaky

            😂😂😂

          • TheNutJob

            where you been Peaky,
            hunting lemmings with killer Poodles i bet
            🐩🐩🐩
            😂😂😂

          • Peaky

            Busy week….been moving….still in Peaks but now more Sheffield side than Stoke.

    • Big Hairy Man

      I had the same problem with Alexa. Although she did say we’ll probably break our £35m outgoing record.

    • JonMag

      i hear nutty`s good with phones

      • Peaky

        Aye,knacking them….

  • Jonathan Gibson

    The negativity about lack of signings on the mag is daily. However there may well be three good reasons why nothing has happened yet.

    . There is a world cup about to start, key targets may be playing, may get crocked etc and rafas scouts will be monitoring every game ready for mid summer purchase when all clubs are active.

    . We havent sold anyone to activate “rafa can have every penny”, so mitro for example wont be sold until after the WC, his value might rocket or plummet.

    . The bulk of the reward money from TV doesnt come in until mid july, circa £50m in our case.

    I firmly believe we will make key signings inc rafa with a contract renewal.

    Negative aspect of a lot of fans is monumental, i can only imagine what the mackem blogs are like!

    .

    • JonMag

      don`t talk shyte.

      • Jonathan Gibson

        You normally do

        • JonMag

          Ta, now [email protected]@k off birdbrain

          • Jonathan Gibson

            Clearly a spotty little teenager with no education

          • TheNutJob

            he`s a hit man from Benwell & your post shows you`ve been asleep for around 11 yrs

          • Jonathan Gibson

            Sign him up then

          • TheNutJob

            can`t afford him

    • Big Hairy Man

      Don’t think we’ll be targeting anyone playing in the World Cup. Maybe another Hoss.

      • Jonathan Gibson

        Probably not but chelsea and the like will be and wont let anyone go such as kennedy till they get who they want so its just a food chain and we aint at the top

    • Leazes.

      The sky money isn’t going to impact on spending at all….. and they got a third if it in January and another third in May.

  • TheNutJob

    Engerland U21s 1-1 after 34mins

  • JonMag

    wonder what happened to the blonde, she didn`t hang around for long after the curry, did she & the only thing the fat [email protected]@k will break in the summer is wind

    • Big Hairy Man

      Because Ashley puked in the ice bucket when they were having dinner.

      • JonMag

        that would come as no surprise

      • Taz

        Yep ! Power drinker my ar$$3

  • Awaymag

    The comment sections on Themag and The Chronicle is the most depressing thing about Newcastle United summer transfer window…

    • TheNutJob

      there`s only one man that can rectify that
      🐖

      • Peaky

        Leazes ???
        😂😂😂😂
        He must be the support act for Ed Sheeran tonight….

    • Dillon Tovak

      What about when I add this into the mix…sunshine, farts and lollipops 🌠

      • Leazes.

        Are they Sheeran lyrics?

    • Nart

      Couldn’t agree more. I’ve genuinely never seen so much negativity in my life. I’m ashamed to be a Newcastle fan when I read the comments on The Mag and Chronicle Live

  • Paul Patterson

    Mitrovic’s value has just gone up five million. Hat trick against Bolivia.

    • TheNutJob

      Fatty will be getting the drinks in
      🍺🍺🍺🍺

    • Dillon Tovak

      It’s very similar to the way Bale did it in the CL final 😉😂

  • Clarko

    Mitrovic, Mitrovic, Mitrovic…

  • GToon

    I might be being a bit daft here but here goes anyway. We’ve recently had some financial statement from the club about losing a varying (depending who you believe) amount of money in the championship and then a succession of comments about how it will affect us buying players this summer. Now here’s the bit I don’t get. We’ve had a year in the premier league since then and eaten at the tv trough. So does that have no impact on the money for Rafa to strengthen the squad? If it doesn’t somebody better tell Huddersfield because they seem to be spending money based on this seasons revenue not the last. So where exactly do we stand?

    • Clarko

      ‘I might be being a bit daft here’

      Yep.

      • GToon

        Hey Harry Potter, how come you are up so late? If I were you I’d get to sleep now or I’ll phone Santa and you’ll get no presents at Xmas!

    • Leazes.

      I think the boys at the chronicle have been taken in by the missing season and are budgeting for the last accounts…. we’ll they’re still bin dipping but that comes naturally to Ryder.

      It won’t impact on the rules Ashley has put in place for his version of ‘moneyball’….

      1. Target 8th and no higher because that means Europe and that means expense.
      2. Exit the cups at earliest possible stage.
      3. Transfers incoming ceiling £12m but aim for Loan signings
      4. Transfer outgoing whatever profit can be gained
      5. Pacify Rafa, reporters and supporters with ‘Jam tomorrow’ PR and periodic stories of Amanda Staveley.
      6. Keep Charnley hidden.
      7. Park Bus, wave flag, feed Ryder.

  • Reggae86

    Depressing that our news feeds are peppered with pieces about Ed ruddy sheeran’s gig

  • magpiefifer

    The situation does not come as a surprise,after 11 years of Ashley our hopes and aspirations are dead in the water.
    While the poisonous Ashley is owner nothing will change.