When it comes to Premier League clubs and their transfer records, nothing sticks out quite like Newcastle United.

Whilst it is now 13 years since Newcastle’s with Michael Owen, every other Premier League club last season had broken their own records within the past year or two.

With all the extra cash via the TV deals agreed every three years, this has been reflected in rising transfer records at every club, with the exception of Newcastle United.

Whilst £20m or more has been banked from each of the sales of Carroll, Cabaye, Wijnaldum and Sissoko, Mike Ashley has refused to allow NUFC to go beyond the Owen price tag which was paid two years before he bought Newcastle.

A slightly different angle has seen the excellent football365 site show when each Premier League club competing next season, broke their club transfer record the last five times.

Every single one of the other 19 PL clubs, including the promoted trio of Wolves, Fulham and Cardiff, have all broken their record at least four times since we reached the year 2000, Newcastle have only done it once, that Michael Owen transfer of 2005.

Here are the football365 stats for NUFC:

Newcastle United

Warren Barton – £4m (June 1995)

Les Ferdinand – £6m (July 1995)

Faustino Asprilla – £6.7m (February 1996)

Alan Shearer – £15m (July 1996)

Michael Owen – £16m (August 2005)

For comparison, their stats on the two clubs promoted with Newcastle a year ago.

Huddersfield Town

Christopher Schindler – £1.8m (June 2016)

Laurent Depoitre – £3.5m (June 2017)

Aaron Mooy – £8m (June 2017)

Steve Mounie – £11.5m (July 2017)

Terence Kongolo – £17.5m (June 2018)


Shane Duffy – £4m (August 2016)

Mat Ryan – £5m (June 2017)

Davy Popper – £10m (August 2017)

Jose Izquierdo – £13.5m (August 2017)

Jurgen Locadia – £14m (January 2018)

So since Newcastle ended up from May 2016 competing in the same division(s) as Huddersfield and Brighton, the other two have both broken their club transfer record five times each.

The big thing for me isn’t the size of their current transfer records, although Huddersfield’s is now higher than Newcastle’s and Brighton’s £14m is the most Mike Ashley has ever allowed to be spent on any player, it is the rate of progression. Just look at how Newcastle progressed back then under Kevin Keegan, the NUFC club record broken four times in 13 months!

Both Brighton and Huddersfield in these past 22 months, kept going up and up with successive transfer windows.

Investing to try and get promotion back in 2016, then showing ambition in 2017 to try and build on their promotion and survive, then 2018 looking to build even further on that.

After overseeing a second disastrous relegation in only his eighth Premier League season, Mike Ashley was desperate enough to allow Rafa Benitez to spend sensible realistic money in summer 2016 on building a promotion squad.

After that though…it has all ground to a halt.

No buys allowed in January 2017, a minimal net spend of only around £15m in summer 2017, then no buys allowed once again in January 2018, with only £4m spent so far in this window.

I have little doubt that if Brighton and/or Huddersfield can stay in the Premier League, just like other smaller but ambitious clubs such as Bournemouth and others, they will keep investing in their team/squad with realistic progression.

As for Newcastle United if we are still stuck with Mike Ashley…?

  • Paul Patterson

    It’s not just about breaking the record for the sake of it. But when acquiring quality, more often than not, this requires money, substantial money.
    We’ve got a cracking goalkeeper for next to nowt which proves the point. Lascelles and Lejeune didn’t cost the earth either. Sadly, quality going forward costs more than our transfer record in today’s market. Kenedy and a goal scorer will prove this. Over to the owner..

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      We got lucky with Demba Ba abd Cisse who did really well. Agree no point paying £20m plus on a striker who turns out to be a flop must get the right one. Still got faith in Gayle to come good.

    • Leazes.

      Did you read the article by Waugh in the Chronicle explaining the way Ashley conducts business?

      He interviewed Roger Bell At Vysyble : Newcastle United’s transfer budget explained: How much they’ll have – and why.

      A large part of it is the surplus created by player trading, Since 2007 the club has made a profit on player sales every season up to 2016-17 based on information contained within the club’s own balance sheets. The total profit is a staggering £179.8m!…. more than he paid for the shares in United.

      Swings and roundabouts…. it had an effect…..Ashley subsequently lost the money he made with the relegations that followed the sale of players….. player trading as a concept would work if you didn’t get relegated….. the policy doesn’t seem to have changed at all as far as I can see!

      Ashley has broken the sales records in the blink of an eye. but incoming is a different story….. its pure horse trading!

      Thats why there wont be a Rafalution.

  • Ram Kishore

    What’s your point Jackie..
    Oh yeah u r comparing transfers
    I see only 3 PL clubs where are the other 17..
    Just curious when will the next 17 club’s records will be made…
    Eagerly awaiting

    Your Fan

    • Leazes.

      Exactly the same….. all broke their records in the last few seasons….. one exception United!

      • Virsino

        Obviously but … “The last 5 times every Premier League club has broken their transfer record” #Clickurbater :-)

        • Leazes.

          I don’t understand that…. what are you saying?

          • Virsino

            I was just agreeing with Ram (and you), and highlighting that while you are of course correct, the headline is misleading, as the author hasn’t listed what he said he would with the headline. It wouldn’t have had the same draw if it said 3 teams.

          • Leazes.

            Oh right…yes.

  • Leazes.

    Don’t worry everyone the record will be broken in this window, and the reason is simple…..

    …. for £18m you get a 3rd rate striker…. a Shola!

    That’s the nature of an inflated market and clubs awash with Sky money!

  • Rich Lawson

    After Huddersfield stayed up,there was paper talk of Wagner going elsewhere.They moved swiftly to tie him to an improved contract and now seem to be giving him more than ample funds for a club of their size to improve the squad.This is Hudders’ Town ffs.Why does it have to be so hard here ?

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Which of those players do you think we should buy then?

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        you are the person sitting in a burning house saying “this is fine”

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Which of those players would you want Nufc to buy?

      • Rich Lawson

        The choice of players is inconsequential,I am saying I admire the speed in which they have given the manager a new contract (which he has signed) and a seemingly large transfer budget for such a small club, whilst we appear to be stuck in some sort of mexican stand off.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          I’d say the choice of players is everything, I’d prefer us buy good players than quickly hoover up dross.

          • Rich Lawson

            Me too,but we don’t have a transfer budget so it’s all just pointless speculation.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            You think we don’t have a transfer budget? I bet we do.

  • Toon

    This is ground breaking, same record spun everyday. All fans are aware of it, same old Ashley etc etc. There is no point whining about it as nothing changes, unless fans stand up to it. Constant articles saying the same thing over and over again achieve nothing except your desired click bait