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One big failure of Newcastle United summer 2019 transfer window totally overlooked

2 months ago
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It has been an ‘intriguing’ 2019 summer transfer window for Newcastle United.

As for how successful it has been in terms of incoming players?

Well, we only find out for sure either way once we have seen enough games to form an opinion.

One significant failure though of this 2019 summer transfer window for NUFC, that has been pretty much totally overlooked, in in terms of players leaving.

Or not leaving I should say.

With Emil Krafth announced this morning and Andy Carroll set to be confirmed shortly, this is the current Newcastle United squad (incl Carroll) as at 2pm on deadline day.

Goalkeepers

Martin Dubravka, Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot,

Right-Back/Right Wing-back

Emil Krafth, Javier Manquillo, Deandre Yedlin, Jamie Sterry,

Left-Back/Left Wing-back

Matt Ritchie, Paul Dummett, Jetro Willems, Achraf Lazaar

Centre-Back

Jamaal Lascelles, Florian Lejeune, Fabian Schar, Federico Fernandez,  Ciaran Clark

Central Midfield

Sean Longstaff, Isaac Hayden, Ki Sung-yeung, Jonjo Shelvey, Henri Saivet, Jack Colback,

Right Side Attack

Allan Saint-Maximin, Jacob Murphy

Left Side Attack

Miguel Almiron, Christian Atsu, Rolando Aarons

Centre-Forward

Joelinton, Dwight Gayle, Yoshinori Muto, Andy Carroll

If you count them up, there are currently 31 players and you can only name 25 in your official Premier League squad.

This for me gives a hint towards what I see as a serious consequence of this 2019 summer transfer window.

When you have chaos and run the club with a skeleton staff and have no proper management team running the club, then on top of forcing Rafa Benitez out and bringing Steve Bruce in so late, as well as a make it up as you go along transfer policy…you get unintended consequences.

Which in this case for me means ending up with loads of players still on the club’s books, who 100% needed to be moved on this summer. Instead, it feels like nothing has been done to make this happen, no urgency.

These for me were players who all should have been sold, given away, deals done, whatever it took, this summer:

Rob Elliot, Jamie Sterry, Achraf Lazaar, Henri Saivet, Jack Colback, Rolando Aarons, Jacob Murphy and Joselu.

None of these players ever stood a chance of playing this season, or being named in the 25 man squad.

For both their own careers and for the benefit (finances) of NUFC, they had to go.

Instead, Joselu is the only one on that list who has been sold and has generated some transfer cash and being removed from the wage bill.

It sounds like Murphy is going on loan to Sheff Wed, Lazaar looking for a club in Italy to take him on loan, whilst others such as Aarons will very likely find last minute loans.

However, it just pushes this problem back to another transfer window and it means no extra money generated for signings, plus no doubt Newcastle still paying a significant proportion of the wages if they go out on loan, or even worse, all of the wages if any of them end up staying at Newcastle – despite very likely not even a place for them in the PL squad.

I think that if Rafa Benitez had stayed and been given the freedom to wheel and deal, he would ave done everything he could do to cut deals and get these players out. Generate transfer fee cash, cut the wage bill, make room for signings.

Of course, it isn’t just that original list above because once you are signing players, or intend to, then it means other players need to be moved out as well, such as say Yedlin or Manquillo if buying a new right-back.

When you look back at the business Rafa Benitez did back in his first transfer window (summer 2016) when he did have free rein,it was remarkable and essential. He brought in 12 signings and moved out many more than that.

Obviously it wouldn’t have been a case of making as many as 12 new signings this summer but Rafa could/would have been determined and succeeded in cutting the necessary deals to get outgoing permanent happening, if getting the freedom.

I just think that Mike Ashley at best overlooks it and at worst has this daft idea that by keeping hold of players who clearly don’t have a future, that by some miracle one or two of them could end up suddenly improving and being sold for a decent price.

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