Newcastle United were up against it today.
I couldn’t get down to the game today so was forced to watch it on BT Sport, with the sound muted so I didn’t have to listen to Glenn Hoddle.
If ever we wanted the perfect example of how wrecked the Premier League is AND how within that, Newcastle United are even more ridiculous, we got that at the Etihad.
Manchester City have bought players for fun and it was exactly 10 years today since the current owners came in.
Pep Guardiola having the luxury of being unable to find a place for the brilliant Leroy Sane who they paid £47m for (including add-ons).
What a contrast when you look at Newcastle United, a different kind of lunacy.
Mike Ashley insisting on making a profit this summer in the transfer market, whilst all the rest were trying to strengthen their squads.
As a result, Rafa was left relying on a front five today who cost £7m…
Loan – Kenedy
£2m – Ayoze Perez
Free – Ki Sung-yueng
Loan – Salomon Rondon
£5m – Mohamed Diame
Money doesn’t automatically solve all your problems but not having the necessary cash available does guarantee you problems.
A quick count up of the rest of the starting eleven is interesting as well:
£4m Martin Dubravka
£0 Paul Dummett
£4m Jamaal Lascelles
£6m Federico Fernandez
£5m Ciaran Clark
£5m DeAndre Yedlin
So in total, today’s Newcastle team cost around £31m, little more than half what Leroy Sane cost, who couldn’t get in Man City’s 18 man squad.
Stats from BBC Sport:
Manchester City 2 Newcastle United 1
Newcastle: Yedlin 30
Man City: Sterling 8, Walker 52
Possession was Man City 78% Newcastle 22%
Total shots were Man City 24 Newcastle 3
Shots on target were Man City 8 Newcastle 2
Corners were Man City 4 Newcastle 0
Referee: Kevin Friend
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Clark (Murphy 81), Dummett, Ki, Diame, Kenedy (Atsu 54), Perez, Rondon (Joselu 73)
Darlow, Sterry, Longstaff, Muto
(To read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the Man City match go HERE)
(To read NUFC player match ratings from the game go HERE)
(Jermaine Jenas “I feel sorry for the Newcastle fans when I see what I see there” – Read it HERE)