This is panning out exactly as Newcastle fans expected
So, now that Newcastle United are halfway through a transfer window that is panning out exactly how most Newcastle fans expected, how are we getting on?
Well on the results front, we’ve lost both Premier League games we’ve played and got through an FA Cup third round tie at the second attempt against lower league opposition. A replay that nobody wanted, in a competition that most fans would probably agree we would have been best off out of. We have now got a must win game against strugglers Cardiff, with the additional problems/worries of injuries from last night, with Champions Manchester City to come the weekend afterwards.
On the playing side of things, we’ve welcomed back a solid defender in Florian Lejeune and seen a young prospect in Sean Longstaff have a stellar game at Stamford Bridge and follow that up against Blackburn. However, we’ve shipped worrying knocks to Jonjo Shelvey, Paul Dummett and Mo Diame and we’ve lost Ki Sung Yeung and Yoshinori Muto to international duty for the next few weeks.
The side are currently knee deep in relegation clarts, with no realistic prospect of finishing above 14th this season regardless of how we do in the next five months, and the sides around us are starting to find some sort of form.
No matter which way you look at it, this is a crisis.
The talk of a club takeover has died down (for now) and most fans have seen through that nonsense for what it is, a non-existent stalling tactic designed to deflect criticism from owner Mike Ashley, his brands, his business practices and above all else, his ability to give the club’s manager Rafa Benitez some money. I mean really, which businessman goes on holiday if there’s any prospect of a £300m+ business transaction taking place? Pull the other one, we’ve been down these lines before, many many times.
The club has been starved of its own revenue on repeated occasions over the last 12 years and whenever money has been spent, the club have had an upsurge in fortunes. Back in January 2012, when £9m was sanctioned for Papiss Cisse, the club went on a great run and finished 5th. When the owner refused to back Alan Pardew in summer 2012, form suffered and we were once again in danger of relegation, until the January when five players arrived and we eventually stayed up.
It really isn’t rocket science. When you spend money, you see results. So where do we go from here?
Reports emerged that our former midfielder Yohan Cabaye is now a free agent having had his contract with Al Nasr in Dubai terminated and naturally questions have been asked from some quarters about the club trying to re-sign him. Put simply, it’s a no-brainer. Offer him a contract on say £70,000 a week (the same as fellow playmaker Jonjo Shelvey) until the end of the season with a clause that allows either party to walk away in the event of any relegation this summer and get him in the side playing balls for Salomon Rondon to finish off.
Call it a freebie (Mike likes them) to help pull Newcastle out of the potential relegation nightmare/struggle that it finds itself in yet again under Ashley. Newcastle United shouldn’t be looking at signing former players who went on strike and left the club, but we really haven’t got a choice at the minute, as I would have our chances of survival down at 50/50. If it works, great we stay up, but doing nothing is NOT an option.
In the last twelve years, save for a brief fluke in 2011/12 when we finished fifth, Newcastle have usually been dodging relegation to the Championship or actually playing in the Championship.
As the clown Rio Ferdinand informed us on Saturday night, we are a ‘yo-yo club’, but that has only been the case since his business partner Mike Ashley bought the club in 2007.
This will be his third relegation in 12 years. So yes Rio, Newcastle fans really do have to thank Mike for that.
The desperation continues.
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