The question we were asking on Tuesday was: ‘How many Newcastle signings will there be before the first pre-season friendly in 3 weeks time?’
In only 20 days time now, Newcastle United take on St Patrick’s Athletic.
This is the first of five friendlies and coincides with yet another annual pre-season training camp over in Ireland.
No new faces have been added to the NUFC squad so far, with only the Martin Dubravka confirmation that his loan deal had now become a permanent move.
Fair to say that Newcastle fans had expected some movement by now in the summer transfer window, the transfer window has now been open exactly six weeks – with another six weeks to go.
So we wondered, how many new players did fans think Newcastle will sign by the time that St Patrick’s Athletic match comes around?
After that first friendly there will be only three weeks until the window shuts and then add on a couple of days and the Premier League season kicks off.
There must be signings in these next three weeks, surely?
The pre-season training camp is usually seen as essential for as many new signings to be part of as possible, to get them properly integrated into the group, so Rafa will be doing everything he can to get the right players in by then.
Can he succeed though and what backing, if any, will he get from above?
So how many Newcastle signings did fans think will be made by 17 July? The results:
1% Five or more
Quite staggering really, almost two thirds (63%) of fans think there will be no Newcastle signings in these (now) next 20 days.
Then when it comes to zero or one new signing, that figure rises to a massive 85%.
Only 15% of the fans who voted think Newcastle will sign two or more players in these next crucial 20 days.
Desperate times, at least when it comes to expectation of the club moving forward and showing any ambition under Mike Ashley.