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Kieran Trippier transfer is as much a test of fans as it is Newcastle United owners

3 weeks ago
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Kieran Trippier has been by far the most talked about Newcastle United transfer.

Sorry, potential transfer.

As so far, no deal announced for Kieran Trippier, even though many positive signs pointing to the deal happening.

Only six months left on his contract at Atletico Madrid, countless media reports claiming the player wants to come to Newcastle United, countless media reports claiming that the deal is all but done, Diego Simeone saying he would love Trippier to stay but admitting it is now up to the defender what happens, then on Sunday it appeared that staying on the pitch for some time after the final whistle – Kieran Trippier was saying his final farewells to the Atletico Madrid fans.

Looking at this whole Kieran Trippier (potential) transfer overall, I think it has ended up being as much a test of the NUFC fans, as it is the Newcastle United owners.

The litmus test as to how Newcastle United fans can handle moving on from the Mike Ashley era, to whatever lies ahead.

It is always difficult to gauge what the exact mood of the NUFC fanbase is, at any one time. Particularly in these days where social media is so prominent, so for example if you are on Twitter and tend to follow a certain type of person / account, you can be subjected to a Tsunami of nonsense on any Newcastle United theme in a very short space of time.

Trying to step back from that, I do still think there are a significant minority of Newcastle fans who are struggling to deal with new owners at St James Park, who are trying to now run the club in a professional ambitious manner with long-term goals they are trying to achieve.

We had already seen example of hysteria / panic from some, when the new owners on their first day didn’t run Bruce and Charnley out of Toon and get rid of the Sports Direct branding that polluted St James Park and indeed the rest of the club. This then extended to how ‘long’ it took to install a new Head Coach.

In the first 44 days of the new Newcastle United ownership era, we saw Mike Ashley leave, Steve Bruce sacked, Eddie Howe appointed as new NUFC Head Coach, Bruce’s coaching team Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence sacked, club confirm Eddie Howe’s coaching team, plus Lee Charnley sacked.

Then after the new owners pointing to issues / problems that had caused a delay, the Sports Direct signs started to come down at St James Park on day 61.

Here we are on day 90, only three days gone of the January transfer window, yet so many Newcastle fans astonished that Kieran Trippier hasn’t been announced yet.

I totally get why supporters want players in as quickly as possible, we all do.

I also understand why after a decade and a half of being played by Mike Ashley, that some fans will lack confidence in signings getting over the line…

However…give them a chance.

The new Newcastle United owners clearly don’t want to be getting a reputation as mug buyers, a reputation that means club expect them to pay well over the odds for any player because they are so desperate and / or see money as no object.

This though is not Newcastle United failing over a number of transfer windows to land reserve Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudhury on a loan deal, someone who has started only seven PL matches in the past 23 months.

With Kieran Trippier, we are talking about a current England defender who less than six months ago started in the Euros final against Italy, who picked up a La Liga winners medal just over seven months ago.

Don’t forget, this is doing a deal where you are trying to get somebody with his profile to sign for a club that has won only one of twenty games this season and is deep in relegation trouble.

Yes, we all know the potential of our club if the NUFC owners get things right, but this is a 31 year old very good player who is making what he hopes will be the last big key move of his playing career. His current manager / club desperately don’t want him to go, if he does come his wages will be easily the highest at Newcastle, plus it will be a sizeable transfer fee with realistically no expectation there will be any resale value in the future.

I think Newcastle fans just need to take a deep breath and unless they had deep misgivings about the new Newcastle United owners all along, give them the time and space to get on with what they are trying to do. It is especially embarrassing to see some Newcastle fans (for whatever reason!) who on Twitter will tag the new owners (Jamie Reuben, Mehrdad Ghodoussi) in, when they are desperately trying to get noticed and being so over the top critical of things not happening fast enough.

I am very confident that Newcastle United will do good business in this transfer window, that we will have at least one or two (almost certainly including Kieran Trippier) signed in time to be in the squad against Watford in 11 days time, then at least two or three signed in time for Leeds away in 18 days time, then at least three or four in total by the end of January.

That is when I will judge this transfer window and how Newcastle United have handled it.

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