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Trouble with Mike Ashley as he sees 6 players out and 7 players in at Newcastle so far this summer

2 years ago
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It is fair to say that pretty much all Newcastle fans believe that Mike Ashley sees things very differently to themselves, when it comes to the running  of the football club.

No matter what area of the club that is, the owner appears to have a very unique viewpoint, different indeed to most if not all of the other Premier League clubs.

Ashley’s approach to the transfer market is the most obvious and visible one.

This 2019 summer transfer window very much backs that belief up.

Newcastle fans have seen these last 70+ days as a draining depressing experience, a couple of years of austerity forced on Rafa Benitez after returning to the Premier League and any hopes of progress, now blown out of the water by the NUFC owner as he happily pushed the top class manager out of the exit door.

After net investment in the squad these last few years, supporters were looking at this window as being the big push to add quality throughout the team and squad. Numbers needed as well as quality.

Budget buys and loans these past two years have meant a lot of sticking plasters being attached, rather than long-term solutions via proper investment.

However, Mike Ashley, for me, clearly sees things ever so differently.

I think as a basic thought process, most Newcastle fans saw that with the departure of Rondon, Perez and Diame, that meant a desperate need to replace that trio with like for like quality as a minimum, AS WELL AS adding the four or five signings that were needed before any players left.

For the owner though I think he has seen this summer as a case of seven players in so far and six going out, so what’s the big problem.

Mike Ashley acknowledging that Perez and Joselu have been sold, Diame released, as well as loan players Rondon, Kenedy and Barreca also departing.

On the positive incoming side, Mike Ashley sees Joelinton bought AND the return of Saivet, Colback, Aarons, Murphy, Gayle and Lazaar as another six added to the first team squad. Which indeed they are IF you don’t buy players in.

Saivet was still involved at the African Cup of Nations but indeed the other five returning loan players DID get on the plane for pre-season to China. There was nobody else, the same with the half a dozen young inexperienced players who went – great to see them getting the experience but reality is that if it hadn’t been for such low investment in the NUFC squad, it would have been probably only a couple of them that would have went.

Surrounded by yes men just as clueless as him, no doubt Mike Ashley sees these returning six loan players as being all potentially able to suddenly be key team/squad players in the coming season. Whereas the reality for me is that only Dwight Gayle is capable of doing so.

Not impossible that one of the others could be of some use but it is a massive mistake to believe that you can rely on it.

There again Mike Ashley has made it a habit of taking chances and making mistakes at the club.

Also, the way Steve Bruce has been going on, I doubt very much if he was putting the owner right when speaking to him this week. I think Bruce will have towed the ‘Could be like new signings’ line when talking about Colback, Aarons, Lazaar and the rest.

No wonder Mike Ashley is so laidback about the transfer window and has seen absolutely no need for urgency or number of signings, he believes Newcastle already have the team/squad to ensure survival as a minimum and actually probably sees those finishes of 10th and 13th as the starting point this season.

Not accepting just how much of that was down to Rafa’s expertise and the January 2018 loan players Dubravka & Kenedy making the difference in 2017/18, then Rondon being such a key figure last time out on loan.

Much much more is needed in this transfer window but I certainly don’t think Mike Ashley sees it that way.

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