Only 23 days to go until Newcastle United and the rest of the Premier League reach transfer deadline day.
The changes voted through by the Premier League, meaning the summer window now ends over three weeks before the rest of the major European leagues on Thursday 9 August.
So far, over £750m has been spent collectively by the top tier clubs, an average of around £37.5m each.
Some clubs of course, haven’t quite reach that kind of average…so far.
Ironically, Newcastle United have actually, in a roundabout way, exceeded the transfer expectations of supporters.
Last month (26 June 2018) we asked Newcastle supporters, how many more signings (Martin Dubravka having signed permanently in May) did they expect the club to make by the time of the first friendly of the season in three weeks time.
Thousands voted and produced some very interesting stats, the results of our poll published on 27 June (see below).
With Mike Ashley dragging expectations so low and little sign of movement, a massive 63% predicted zero signings before tonight’s game against St Patrick’s Athletic.
Another 22% voted for one, whilst 9% said two.
In actual fact, the 85% who said one or none have been proved wrong, Ki Sung-yueng arrived on a loan two days after (29 June) our poll results were published, whilst Kenedy then came in on another loan a week ago.
If we had phrased the question as how many players would be bought, then the 63% voting zero would have been proved correct, unless of course we have exciting news ahead of tonight’s kick-off…
The arrivals of Ki Sung-yueng and Kenedy are obviously welcome but a loan signing and a 29 year old free transfer hardly suggest putting major building blocks in place for a successful future.
What are your expectations for these next three and a bit weeks…?
27 June 2018:
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.