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We asked fans have Newcastle done enough in summer transfer window – Overwhelming reaction

1 month ago

The question we were asking NUFC fans on Saturday morning was: ‘If no more signings, have Newcastle United done enough in summer transfer window?’

Before voting, we asked supporters to have a think about how these last few months have gone.

Could / should Mike Ashley, Lee Charnley and Steve Bruce possibly have done any better  in ensuring Newcastle United had more quality signings, or is Joe Willock enough?

There are now only nine more days to go before the summer transfer window closes.

If there is no more incoming business, have Newcastle United done enough?

Fans also had to factor in that a large number of squad players have been moved out, especially Andy Carroll and Florian Lejeune, without having been replaced.

To help make up the mind of fans, we listed (see below) the business all of the 20 Premier League clubs had done so far – up to Saturday, with over £1billion already spent on some 80+ players.

When deciding whether Newcastle have done enough, it is important to also consider it in light of what the other Premier League clubs have done in this summer transfer window.

Thanks to everybody for voting and here are the results of the poll:

4% – Yes, Newcastle United have done enough in this summer transfer window

96% – No, Newcastle United have not done enough in this summer transfer window without more signings

I could have guessed which way the vote would go but maybe not quite to that extreme.

The way Steve Bruce goes on, he is desperate to make out that loads of Newcastle United fans agree with him, that even if just Joe Willock is signed, this transfer window is supposedly a massive success already.

Quite clearly, there are very very few who do agree with him, no doubt the same ones who send Bruce sackfuls of fan mail telling him what a brilliant job he is doing, not to listen to the handful of unrepresentative ‘keyboard warriors’ who point out the reality…

I saw in the comments when the poll went up, somebody claiming it was wrong to bring in a comparison with what transfer activity the other Premier League clubs have done, when judging whether Newcastle’s summer transfer window has been a success so far.

However, it is Steve Bruce who repeatedly tries to mislead people, claiming hardly any clubs are doing much in this transfer window, trying to make out very few signings made by others and minimal money spent. The reality is that over £1billion has been spent by the other 19 PL clubs and now Newcastle have spent around £22m in total and Steve Bruce tries to tell you that is something amazing, far and beyond what most other clubs have done. Simply not true.

The likes of Norwich, Brentford, Watford, Brighton, Crystal Palace, Southampton etc etc have all done more business than Newcastle, spent more money, all clubs that were seen as Newcastle’s relegation rivals. If they had all spent nothing (as Steve Bruce wants you to think) and Newcastle spend £22m on Joe Willock, then of course the NUFC transfer activity WOULD be seen as more successful in that context, we would be speculating on improving the squad more than those other clubs.

The reality of course is the exact opposite, whether or not it proves successful we are about to find out, BUT these clubs have done more than Newcastle United so far to try and ensure disaster doesn’t strike this season.

Also worth pointing out that the vast majority of these votes from Newcastle fans on the summer transfer window business were cast before this latest demoralising defeat at Aston Villa, the only shot on target a feeble Joelinton header in the 97th minute that was the equivalent of a pass back.

Premier League clubs signings agreed so far in 2021 summer transfer window – up to Saturday 21 August 2021:


Aaron Ramsdale – £24m from Sheffield United

Martin Odegaard – £30m from Real Madrid

Ben White – £50m from Brighton

Nuno Tavares – £8m from Benfica

Albert Sambi Lokonga – £15m from Anderlecht

Aston Villa

Danny Ings – £30m from Southampton

Axel Tuanzebe – Loan from Man Utd

Leon Bailey – £30m from Bayer Leverkusen

Emiliano Buendia – £33m from Norwich

Ashley Young – Free from Inter Milan


Yoane Wissa – £9m from Lorient

Alvaro Fernandez – loan from Huesca

Frank Onyeka – £10m from Midtjylland

Myles Peart-Harris – Undisclosed fee from Chelsea

Kristoffer Ajer – £13.5m from Celtic


Enoch Mwepu – £22m from RB Salzburg

Kaoru Mitoma – Undisclosed from Kawasaki Frontale

Kjell Scherpen – Undisclosed from Ajax


Nathan Collins – £12m from Stoke

Wayne Hennessey – Free transfer from Crystal Palace


Romelu Lukaku – £97.5m from Inter Milan

Marcus Bettinelli – Free transfer from Fulham

Crystal Palace

Joachim Andersen – Eventual fee could reach £18m from Lyon

Marc Guehi – Eventual fee could reach £20m from Chelsea

Michael Olise – £8m from Reading

Jacob Montes – Undisclosed fee from Georgetown University

Remi Matthews – Free transfer from Sunderland

Conor Gallagher – Loan from Chelsea


Demarai Gray – £1.7m from Bayer Leverkusen

Andros Townsend – Free transfer from Crystal Palace

Asmir Begovic – Free transfer from Bournemouth


Junior Firpo – £13m from Barcelona

Kristoffer Klaesson – Undisclosed from Valerenga

Amari Miller – Undisclosed fee from Birmingham City

Jack Harrison – £11m from Man City


Jannik Verstergaard – £15m from Southampton

Patson Daka – £22m from Red Bull Salzburg

Boubakary Soumare – £17m from Lille

Ryan Bertrand – Free transfer from Southampton


Ibrahima Konate – £36m from Leipzig

Man City

Jack Grealish – £100m from Aston Villa

Scott Carson – Free from Derby County

Man Utd

Raphael Varane – £34m from Real Madrid

Jadon Sancho – £73m from Borussia Dortmund

Tom Heaton – Free from Aston Villa

Newcastle United

Joe Willock – Eventual £25m from Arsenal


Christos Tzolis – £9m from PAOK

Josh Sargent – £9m from Werder Bremen

Pierre Lees-Melou – £3.5m from Nice

Billy Gilmour – Loan from Chelsea

Ben Gibson – £9m from Burnley

Dimitrios Giannoulis – £6m from PAOK Salonika

Angus Gunn – £5m from Southampton

Milot Rashica – £11m from Werder Bremen


Adam Armstrong – £15m+ from Blackburn

Armando Broja – Loan from Chelsea

Romain Perraud – £12m from Stade Brest

Tino Livramento – Undisclosed from Chelsea

Theo Walcott – Free transfer from Everton


Cristian Romero – £42m from Atalanta

Bryan Gil – £21m from Sevilla

Pierluigi Gollini – Loan with option to buy for £13m from Atalanta


Ozan Tufan – Loan with option to buy from Fenerbahce

Juraj Kucka – Undisclosed from Parma

Imran Louza – £9m from FC Nantes

Ashley Fletcher – Free transfer from Middlesbrough

Danny Rose – Free transfer from Tottenham

Emmanuel Dennis – Undisclosed from Club Brugge

Peter Etebo – Loan from Stoke

Joshua King – Free from Everton

Dapo Mebude – Free from Rangers

West Ham

Alophonse Areola – Loan from PSG

Craig Dawson – Undisclosed fee from Watford

Pierre Ekwah Elimby – Undisclosed fee from Chelsea


Rayan Ait-Nouri – Undisclosed fee from Angers

Jose Sa – Undisclosed fee from Olympiakos

Bendeguz  – Undisclosed fee from Fehervar

Francisco Trincao – Loan from Barcelona with £25m option to buy

Yerson Mosquera – Undisclosed fee from Atletico Nacional


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