Some Newcastle fans took comfort that whilst their club hadn’t spent much money so far in this transfer window, the likes of Fulham and a few others hadn’t either.
The last 48 hours have seen the Cottagers splash out £35m on two players from Nice, with midfielder Jean Michael Seri a stunning signing, the midfielder having been expected to join a Champions League level side in the Premier League.
Both Wolves and Cardiff have also had a net spend of some £25m+ so far, meanwhile Mike Ashley is currently sitting on a £6m profit so far, with only 27 days until the transfer deadline.
Not surprisingly everybody at Fulham is ecstatic with this week’s business and with Aleksandar Mitrovic expected to sign shortly, as well as other targets, they are showing great ambition under their Billionaire owner.
Meanwhile, speaking of billionaire owners…the story at Newcastle United yet again, appears to be that for major buys to be made, current players need to be sold first.
Quite rightly, Newcastle fans are asking why the likes of promoted clubs Cardiff, Wolves and Fulham can buy players without selling first, why can’t Rafa bring in his top targets, especially a striker?
As you can see by the comments from the Fulham sporting Director and the Fulham fans (see below), they are full of enthusiasm for the new season.
Compare this to Newcastle where we have a free transfer, a loan signing and £4m on a goalkeeper, with now Merino out for £10m leading to a profit at the minute on transfers.
Rafa Benitez has made some clever signings but the fact he hasn’t even been able to make an offer to buy Kenedy, tells you exactly how little e is being backed by Mike Ashley.
Fulham Director Tony Khan:
“I’m delighted to announce that Fulham Football Club has signed midfielder Jean Michaël Seri from Nice.
“Jean Michaël arrives with Premier League qualities as well as great promise for the future, which is why he has been at the very top of our target list for a long time.
“So, this is a big day for everyone associated with Fulham and working at Motspur Park, and I trust all Fulham supporters are collectively as thrilled and ecstatic as we are that Jean Michaël will be joining our squad as we return home to the Premier League!”
“I’m very pleased that we’ve agreed to a transfer for defender Maxime Le Marchand from Nice.
“Strengthening our squad is always a priority. In that spirit, we’ve done a lot of work on Maxime and believe that his skills and versatility will be valuable assets. Come on Fulham!”
Fulham fans comment via their top Fulham Web message board:
‘If I was Mitro – I’d put in a transfer request to come to Fulham. where else (apart from top 4 teams) he can get the services of Sess, Cairney and Seri! We might still bring in a top quality right wing player! Mitro will be looking for 15-20 goals next season.’
‘I am thrilled to bits with today’s two signings, with I am sure more to come.
Next week will be the confirmation that Aleksandar Mitrovic as another signing. Slavisa and Mr Khan mean business this time, and they will turn our little Fulham, into a club aiming for the top at last. Just watch this space.’
‘It will be shocking if we don’t finish top 8 in the prem. Fulham team looks quality + quality with more additions. What a midfield combo now, WHOOOO!!!!!!’
‘£30m for Seri and Max. £20m for Mitro. £10m for Piazon and Kalas. £15m for Taggart or equiv. If we spend a £100m (I would not be surprised if we did spend that) we will still have £30-35m for a keeper, right back and a striker.’
‘Hopefully, this new guy can slot in and complement Sessegnon. With Seri signed also, we are starting to look good. Hopefully, Mitrovic will be here soon. I am just wondering if players like Seri are working out that it is better to sign for smaller clubs like Fulham rather than sit on the bench at Chelsea and not knowing if one will have game time or not.’
‘Great signings and not even Friday, now let’s get Mitrovic. Come on you whites.’
‘World Cup, what World Cup? Forgotten it already!’