The last two Chelsea players bought into the club this summer were Kepa and Jorginho.

Goalkeeper Kepa arriving from Athletic Bilbao, whilst Jorginho came in from Napoli.

To sum up the divide between Chelsea and Mike Ashley ran Newcastle, those two summer signings cost more than what has been spent in total on all of the players brought in by Rafa Benitez.

Nobody expects Newcastle at this point to be spending Chelsea level money but that divide (Chelsea spending on two players v Rafa’s entire two and a half years at Newcastle – Fulham spent over £100m this summer alone) should be a lot closer than it is, the biggest signing allowed by Mike Ashley was the £12m spent by Rafa on Matt Ritchie, whilst since this return to the Premier League, the highest fee paid out in the last three transfer windows has been the £10m spent on Jacob Murphy.

The two Chelsea players cost £71.6m (Kepa) and £57m (Jorginho), a total of £128.6m spent on the pair.

As for Rafa Benitez, he has made 33 Newcastle signings (see below), at a total cost of £125.7m.

On average, each Newcastle signing costing less than £4m.

Rafa Benitez Newcastle signings:

£5m Matz Sels

£10m Dwight Gayle

£12m Matt Ritchie

£0 Jesus Gamez

£0 Yasin Ben El-Mhanni

£0 Stuart Findlay

£4m Isaac Hayden

£5m Grant Hanley

£5m Ciaran Clark

£5m Mohamed Diame

£5m DeAndre Yedlin

£3m Daryl Murphy

£3m Achraf Lazaar

Loan the £6m fee Christian Atsu

Nominal fee Victor Fernandez

£8.7m Florian Lejeune

£0 Josef Yarney

£0 Stefan O’Connor

£10m Jacob Murphy

£4m Javier Manquillo

Loan then £6.5m fee Mikel Merino

£5m Joselu

Loan Kenedy

Loan then £4m fee Martin Dubravka

Loan Islam Slimani

£0 Ki Sung-yueng

Loan Kenedy

£3m Fabian Schar

£9.5m Yoshinori Muto

Loan Salomon Rondon

£6m Federico Fernandez

Nominal Fee Yannick Toure

Free Rosaire Longelo

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  • Clarko

    Chelsea’s last two singings were Kepa and Kovacic…

    • Lewis SG

      You are right. At this point of time, yes, it’s pointless writing such articles. It’s considered old news already. We can’t be harping about lack of transfer fundings until January. It’s too depressing to read and too repetitive to write.

      Time to focus on the team.

    • Tony English

      You can of course hold the opinion that the article is stupid and/or unnecessary, they are judgement calls, but incorrect?

      In what way. Please specify.

      • Clarko

        I can’t help you if you can’t read.

        • Tony English

          I can’t help you if you are an ignorant obnoxious pr8ck.

          • Clarko

            I don’t need you’re help, you’re the one asking for help because you can’t seem to read.

          • Tony English

            Really, you do need help.

          • Clarko

            In what way. Please specify.

          • Tony English

            I can’t help you if you can’t read.

          • Clarko

            Why have you commented that? I was asking you how I need help? That comment only works when the person has shown that they are incapable of reading…

            I school you in a debate and your head goes, you called another person’s counter argument ‘correct’ when you have no idea what’s going on, that person then admitted that they were wrong and now you’re trying to argue with that same person telling them that they were right when you still have no idea what’s going on 😂

          • Tony English

            As I stated in my previous comment, you are ignorant and obnoxious.

    • Dublintoon

      Incorrect. Kovacic is on loan. He is technically still a Real Madrid player.
      These are the legitimate figures for signing the last two permanent Chelsea players

      • Clarko

        A) I never said Kovacic wasn’t a loan, I said he was a ‘signing’, he was (there was also Green who signed after Jorginho).

        B) The author decided to use free transfers, loans and youth singings in our total (33 players), you have to be consistent, you can’t pick and chose who you want just to make your argument stronger, if Kenedy is counted in our list, Kovacic should be in theirs. There last two signings were Kepa and Kovacic.

        C) As mentioned, Chelsea have signed Green on a ‘permanent’ basis after acquiring Jorginho making you incorrect, not me.

        • Dublintoon

          Fair play on the Kennedy comparison. That is a good point. I must admit I didn’t read the longer list fully.

          • Clarko

            No, fair play to you for admitting that, I can’t really remember anyone else doing that on this site.

          • Tony English

            You don’t have to read the longer list fully. The author is very clear, he sets out his stall to compare the last two Chelsea players BOUGHT to every player Rafa has brought in. That’s it.

      • Tony English

        Correct.

        As the article states “The last two Chelsea players BOUGHT into the club this summer”…but if he can’t read, we can’t help him…he’s never wrong.

        • Clarko

          Again you’re driving a false narrative, you’ve already admitted that you didn’t know what I was referring to when I called the article incorrect, you can’t then go on and say I’m wrong or call another person’s (poor) counter argument correct when you’ve admitted you have no clue what is going on. Below is what is incorrect with the article:

          The author decided to use free transfers, loans and youth singings in our total (33 players), you have to be consistent, you can’t pick and chose who you want just to make your argument stronger, if Kenedy is counted in our list, Kovacic should be in theirs. There last two signings were Kepa and Kovacic.

          • Tony English

            Ok, let me explain this, I’ll type slowly for you, keep up…

            “The last two Chelsea players bought”

            Ok, got that? ..I’ll continue…

            “those two summer signings cost more than what has been spent in total on all of
            the players brought in by Rafa Benitez.”

            OK? As I initially stated, you can judge the article as stupid/unnecessary, but you can’t call the above statement incorrect.

            Let me repeat “those two summer signings cost more than what has been spent in total…by Rafa Benitez.” that’s the crux, thats the point of the article, argue as you wish, that statement is correct.

            You can twist the narrative to now criticise the validity of the authors decision to choose the last two players BOUGHT (when previously you corrected the author on who the last two “signings” were, when he never stated “signings”).

            It would be far far easier to just man up and admit you yourself were mistaken…shock horror….you read it wrong…how will you ever live it down…you offer praise to Dublintoon for backtracking (even though he was factually correct) but you yourself don’t have the spine.

            I’m off to bed now, been lovely typing to you as always.

          • Clarko

            You have completely ignored my comment and have decided that my argument is based on the below quote:

            “The last two Chelsea players bought”

            It isn’t, you’re creating your own narrative, you’re creating an imaginary argument, an argument that I didn’t make. I’m, not arguing about any ‘statements’ in the article being correct/incorrect, I’m arguing that the whole article is incorrect, it is. Not once in your reply did you address anything I had said in my reply, because you didn’t/couldn’t read it…

          • Tony English

            Your first step in disagreeing with the article was wrong, labelling it incorrect.

            You decided to correct the author regarding the last two signings which a) wasn’t his point b) you were also factually incorrect using your own criteria by initially missing the loan signing of Green.

            When questioned your initial position is to be condescending, stating that I cannot read, when in fact…you have misread both the initial standpoint of the article and presumably whichever list of Chlesea signings you misread.

            So maybe if you don’t start from such a arrogant lofty perch, the climbdown when you’re incorrect wouldn’t be so embarrassing.

            Poor.

          • Clarko

            Again, you’re just making your own argument up.

            The article is incorrect because it includes players like Kendey in Newcastle’s total but ignores Kovacic in Chelsea’s total (selectively choses their most expensive players).

            Kepa and Kovacic were Chelsea’s last two signings, Kepa singing on the 8th of August and Kovacic signing on the 9th of August. Green singed for Chelsea on the 26th of July on a free transfer not a ‘loan’, meaning that you’re WRONG about everything you have stated and have once again shown your inability to read.

          • Tony English

            If we’re being pendantic who’s Kendey?

            Sorry did I misread that?

            Waste.

            Of.

            Words.

          • Clarko

            The only one who is pedantic is you, you’re arguing over the word incorrect, based on an argument that you’ve made up in your head and now a typo because your whole argument was incorrect, I mean you couldn’t even get the timeline right:

            ‘you were also factually incorrect using your own criteria by initially missing the loan signing of Green’

            ‘So maybe if you don’t start from such a arrogant lofty perch, the climbdown when you’re incorrect wouldn’t be so embarrassing’

            😂 😂 😂

          • Tony English

            You’re correct.

            I didn’t actually look up the signing of Green…see how easy it is to admit an error?

            The entire spine of your argument begins with you calling out the author for a point he didn’t make, which you misread, everyone can read your error and your wriggling.

            Your pants are down in Fenwicks window, revealing a collosal ar se with zero craic.

            Enjoy your seat in the stands today next to Kendey.

            Sorry, did I misread that?

          • Clarko

            ‘The entire spine of your argument begins with you calling out the author for a point he didn’t make’

            Quote it, quote my argument and quote where I called the author on a ‘point he didn’t make’.

          • Tony English

            “Chelsea’s last two singings were Kepa and Kovacic…”

            You are now claiming was apropos of precisely nothing…not a response to the article claiming “last two Chelsea players BOUGHT”.

            Ok wriggly.

            Not semantics.

            Not pedantic.

            Never wrong.

            Kendey.

          • Clarko

            You quoted a statement, not an argument, as already discussed that statement is 100% correct, Kepa and Kovacic were Chelsea’s last two signings (not Green on a ‘loan’ like you stated earlier).

            Nowhere did I state that Kepa and Jorginho weren’t the “last two Chelsea players BOUGHT” dummy.

            Again you’ve had to resort to me spelling Kenedy incorrectly because you couldn’t provide the quotes that I asked for because your whole argument is wrong.

          • Tony English

            The argument is…the last two players bought by Chelsea cost more than every player Rafa has brought in.

            Now once again, if you don’t like the way the author sliced Chelseas summer business and if you think the fact a loan and free by Chelsea somehow diminish the article – fine – but that does not make the central thread of his article incorrect.

            We can wander down a million semantic side roads until your comfortable, but your ar se is still in the high street window as that’s his point which you choose not to grasp.

            2 players cost more than every signing…end of.

          • Clarko

            ‘The argument is…the last two players bought by Chelsea cost more than every player Rafa has brought in.’

            The argument is wrong, I’ve explained why multiple times and you have ignored/failed to address my explanation every single time, just like you’re doing now, again.

            ‘2 players cost more than every signing…end of’

            Yeah if you chose ignore the significant loan fees paid for the likes of Kenedy, Slimani, Merino and Dubravka, fees that would put our total above theirs, but hey there is nothing incorrect with the article is there?

          • Tony English

            Just like I’m doing again now..

            ‘2 players cost more than every signing…end of’

            Genuinely off to paint a wall now….I’m sure there is a metaphor in there somewhere.

          • Clarko

            You keep on saying that you’re leaving, that this is a waste of time and words but you keep replying and keep ignoring my argument, you’re that desperate that you’re now quoting yourself…

            ‘2 players cost more than every signing…end of’

            Yeah if you chose ignore the significant loan fees paid for the likes of Kenedy, Slimani, Merino and Dubravka, fees that would put our total above theirs, but hey there is nothing incorrect with the article is there?

  • Hughie_Gallacher

    What an utter embarrassment we are. Outspent by almost everyone, thanks to the glorified embezzler Ashley.

    We should be looking at the stars, not down in the gutter.

  • East Durham Mag

    A damning indictment of Fatty and his bloodsucking regime no matter what the Ashley @rselickers say.

  • Leicester Mag

    Worst of all half this bargin bucket sheight ends up costing a fortune either due to gambling on half fit players or those that simply aren’t good enough.

  • ToonTom

    I don’t know who this ‘Clarko’ character is, but – boy – he’s the living embodiment of pedantic.
    This is a football site so it might be worthwhile just sticking to football not semantics.
    The argument seems fairly clearly cut: Chelsea have bought two players for more than we have bought or loaned 33.
    That’s a damning stat, and not one which should be lost in the fog of an irrelevant and apparently self-motivated sidetrack in the debate.

    • Tony English

      I tried to challenge him politely (to begin with) but it’s impossible to ever point out he’s wrong, even when it’s as clear as day, he wriggles and wriggles to find an out.

      I should know better than to waste words on him.

      • ToonTom

        Which is why I haven’t replied to him.

    • Clarko

      Why didn’t you challenge and have the balls to reply to my actual comment?

      The argument is wrong, stupid and unnecessary.

      The argument is wrong because the author selectively chose to ignore the signings of Kovacic and Green while selectively choosing to include players like Kenedy, O’Connor and Sung-yueng in ours, the argument wrong because the author has selectively chose to ignore the significant loan fees paid for the likes of Merino, Kenedy, Slimani and Dubravka which would’ve put Newcastle’s total above Chelsea’s total.

      The argument is stupid because the author is comparing the transfer spendings of Chelsea and Newcastle, Chelsea who had a £361.3m turnover for the 2017 financial year compared to Newcastle who had a £85.7m turnover for the 2017 financial year.

      The argument is unnecessary because everyone already knows that Newcastle haven’t spent money.

      Important note: the turnover figures were from our Championship season, our Premier League (2018) turnover should be (rough estimate) double that figure, but still significantly lower than Chelsea’s.

  • Sing in the Leazes

    FFS….the embarrassment I feel at the paucity of our ambition as a club is matched only by my embarrassment at the paucity of the crack on here. Why do we waste so much energy on these knackers?
    Note to everyone else- please don’t get sucked into debating with Monkseaton Clarko Fleckman etc. It’s wearing my thumb out having to scroll past it all.
    Bickering nonsense about a good point made by the author.
    Basically Rafa can’t sign anyone decent unless he’s lucky with a youth player. That’s all that matters. Not the tiny fiddly bits that don’t add to the quality of the debate. The effort expended by Barko Clarko he would have been better off using positively to help NUFC by ‘pushing the narrative’ that we aren’t happy with the regime’s behaviour.
    I look forward to seeing them justify why we’ve been outspent by Hartlepool in a couple of years because we didn’t factor in the extra petrol from London. Or something. Yawn.