The first Newcastle signing of the summer has traditionally been seen by fans as the toughest to get ‘over the line’.

That initial signing coming in, giving supporters confidence of more to come.

That changed a little in 2017, Christian Atsu bought from Chelsea for £6m on 24 May.

Florian Lejeune became the second of last summer but that was six weeks later on 4 July 2017. There were repeated claims throughout June that he was lined up to move to St James Park, only for haggling over the transfer fee to mean a transfer-free June for NUFC.

Atsu was an easy transfer to make as he had a set buying price at the end of his season on loan, now we have had the same with Martin Dubravka as his £4m permanent move went through on Wednesday 30 May.

There was little doubt that Dubravka would be signing but the fear was still there, that would have been a really disastrous opening to this summer’s window, if Newcastle had managed to mess this one up.

June usually has a fair few decent distractions with everything from Wimbledon to the Hoppings to occupy the football free days, then we can add a World Cup this time around – always a bonus no matter how England get on.

However, the idea of having another signing free June for Newcastle United woudn’t exactly be a relaxing break from (club) football.

The first Monday (2nd) of July sees the Newcastle squad returning to work and then off to Ireland for their pre-season training camp within two weeks, the first pre-season friendly taking place only two days after the World Cup final.

When the NUFC squad landed in Ireland on the 16 July 2017, the only new signings were Atsu and Lejeune, with of course the winger having already spent a season on loan at St James Park.

With his emphasis on attention to detail and drilling his preferred team for as long as possible, Rafa Benitez would surely want the bulk of his signings to arrive in time for that week away together for the whole squad.

It doesn’t take a lot to light the touchpaper of positivity for Newcastle fans and the sparks are already there with the reassurance of Dubravka committing.

A couple of additional credible new signings by mid-June would really see spirits of Newcastle fans warming up and early positivity can only be a good thing all round, whether you are talking fans, manager, or squad.

As for whether the 13 year old NUFC record will be broken this window, maybe best not to get that carried away just yet…



  • Desree

    Now we don’t have Mark Lawrenson/Paul Merson predictions to write/mean about we get totally pointless stuff like this

    • Jate Legend

      Innit. Just write less articles.

  • Leazes.

    …It really doesn’t take a lot to light the touchpaper of positivity for Newcastle fans’….

    …..that is the nature of United’s fans and unfortunately its not a ‘positive’ at all it an absolutely huge ‘negative’, but absolutely true…..

    …it doesn’t take much for them to go dancing into the sunlight, I witnessed it at wembley in 74 and 76….. dancing up Wembley Way bolstered by a sense of ‘positivity’ spun by the Chronicle and pseudo religious fatalism …..we got hammered by the better team who relied on football.

    Most of our fans are a bit pathetic it has to be said, small minded, ignorant and without a thought as can be seen by the Gallowgate flags morality, oblivious to everything backing the Owner despite a couple of ‘iffy’ ones! which they got away with….it was almost as if they were collaborating….

    ….it doesn’t take a lot for childish bravado to kick in and replace rationality…. especially with fools.

    • real mag

      Most of our fans are a bit pathetic it has to be said, small minded, ignorant and without a thought as can be seen by the Gallowgate flags morality, oblivious to everything backing the Owner despite a couple of ‘iffy’ ones! which they got away with….’it was almost as if they were collaborating’….
      wtf does this mean?

      • Leazes.

        Gallowgate flags essentially produced a campaign for Ashley ‘loyalty to failure’….. looked very nice, lot of effort…. stupid.

        • Dan

          You’re a moron if you think a group of fans who openly criticised Mike Ashley with a massive banner inside St. James’ Park are collaborating with him behind the scenes.

          What they do it support the team through thick and thin and try to encourage others to do so because they’ve clicked on that the only hope at the club is Rafa and he constantly asks for the fans to show their support.

          • Leazes.

            The ‘protesty one’……which said keep supporting the club no matter what…..The club allowed it, but strangely the BBC blocked it on MOTD

  • Paul Patterson

    We need to get the clinical striker we need in before pre-season training starts and surely he must cost more than our transfer record. If he doesn’t then he’s not likely to be of sufficient quality. That should be the bare minimum.

  • Wezza147

    “It really doesn’t take a lot to light the touchpaper of positivity for Newcastle fans”

    Very true… BUT… this is the Ashley regime we are dealing with.
    If we had new owners we may very well get a good striker in and others AND break our transfer record. We may also not get any lies and propaganda… I’m daydreaming again.

    We are negative because again, we are in the Ashley regime and given the past 11 years we have every right to be negative and doubtful that Rafa will indeed get ‘every penny generated’ (does that improve the 126M TV/prize money?)

    The truth is we are just a cash cow business with absolutely NO AMBITION on the football field.
    I’m not expecting any significant net spend once again.

    It is the hope that kills us.
    That is all.

    Oh and Manchester (not Monkseaton) based trolls. Don’t even bother replying. You’re all blocked, nobody else cares what you say an you’re not even worth mentioning.

    • Leazes.

      Well done

  • jack

    It’ll just be more of the same , I don’t know why or how any Newcastle fans would see a ray of light or anything positive under Ashley , it’s just not gonna happen

    • Leazes.

      It hasn’t so far but if you read the Chronicle or some of the Mag writers….’there’s always next time’…. or there’s a reason to be ‘positive’ because United are in for £3.6m Ace’.

      They cater for the terminally pathetic.

      • jack

        I agree with you totally, the Mag and the chronicle should wage all out war with the Ashley regime , it doesn’t matter if the club bans them , they would get respect from the fans that way , as long as Ashley is here there isn’t any hope .so why say there is .We are a club without hope , without ambition, sinking into obscurity and mediocrity under his tenure .They should just tell it as it is

  • Sickandtired

    I’d be as optimistic as F, if someone lit a touchpaper attached to fatty’s helicopter fuel tank…
    P.S. But the pilot escapes – for the bleeding heart liberal commentors.

  • Vodkamagpie

    Did anyone notice Newcastle spending 204Mil in the last 4 years on transfers. An average of 51Mil per year in the last 4 years. Don’t understand fans saying nothing will be spent, only free transfers/loans, you make absolutely no sense