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Newcastle United fans declaring ‘This isn’t the transfer window I was expecting…’

4 weeks ago
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I have increasingly noticed a particularly vocal minority of Newcastle United fans.

As time has moved on and no signings added after Sven Botman, these Newcastle United fans declaring stuff along the lines of ‘This isn’t the transfer window I was expecting…’

Botman was confirmed on 1 July, with Matt Targett and Nick Pope having already been bought in this summer, so after only 22 days of the transfer window, Eddie Howe having made three signings in time for them all to have a full pre-season.

Seventeen days later and many Newcastle United fans left disappointed / surprised / amazed / devastated that after spending £60m+ on that trio, they haven’t been added to.

Nothing wrong with being disappointed or surprised that at least one or two other signings haven’t arrived these past two and a half weeks. However, for that vocal minority who claim to be amazed and / or devastated that no other new faces have arrived, well, you have to accept that you don’t always get what you want.

The thing is as well, it isn’t a case of not trying, when it comes to the Newcastle United owners and Eddie Howe. FC Reims accepted NUFC’s offer for Hugo Ekitike way back on 1 June 2022 (as well as accepting an earlier offer back in January!) but the striker kept his options open and PSG eventually coming up with a similar offer, the striker choosing to go there instead of St James’ Park. His (Hugo Ekitike’s) comments at the weekend explaining why he had chosen PSG and they were fair enough, in reality Newcastle United were never going to be chosen by the 20 year old ahead of PSG, once the club from the capital came up with their acceptable offer.

I think as well, whilst nobody believed anything about potential signings that Mike Ashley and his minions said, or what they fed out through friends in the media, with the new owners and Eddie Howe it is accepted by an overwhelming majority of NUFC fans, that the club are making serious approaches for other signings. With a striker and winger / attacking midfielder seemingly the two positions Eddie Howe still wants to strengthen.

For the vocal minority of Newcastle United fans who claim to be gutted on not enough action so far, the comments tend to go along the lines of ‘thought we were the richest club in the world?’, ‘give them the extra £10m / £20m they are asking’, ‘stop messing about, pay them whatever they want’…

Maybe not the finest business minds at work!

Even if the Saudi Arabia PIF and the Reubens (richest family in UK) are going to throw serious money at making Newcastle United a success, you still have to run the club as a business. That doesn’t mean big money can’t / won’t be spent but you don’t just agree to the demands of whoever, without it happening within a certain framework of running Newcastle United.

Manchester United have paid more out in transfer fees and wages than any other Premier League club and yet last season they ended up with their lowest ever points tally of the PL era. Now this summer they are pretty much starting again, yet again.

Widespread media reports last week, reported that Newcastle United interest in two particular targets was now at an end, unless things changed from the opposite (player and / or their club) end, in terms of cash.

Real Sociedad said to be insistent on a £76m valuation of Alexander Isak, which is his release clause figure, whilst Bayer Leverkusen sticking to a £60m valuation of Moussa Diaby.

Also other added financial complications, Leverkusen wanting all of any Diaby transfer fee paid up front, whilst Newcastle want / need to do instalments, to stretch their budget and help with FFP. Whilst The Isak reported to be wanting £200,000 a week wages, almost double what any player is currently getting at Newcastle United.

If at this point Newcastle agreed to pay any new signing something in the ballpark of £200k a week, then quite rightly you would have Bruno’s agent on the phone to NUFC asking how much extra they are going to give him. The same with Newcastle’s other top players. This is why you have to have a plan, a structure, when going after transfer targets.

You can’t in many instances just pay whatever they are asking, even if you have the budget available for that transaction, as you need to have a balanced happy squad. Which doesn’t equal having somebody paid far more than any other player.

The same with transfer fees, if say Newcastle United paid anything like £76m for Alexander Isak, it would be madness based on what he has achieved so far, NUFC would just be seen as mugs.

Newcastle now have Callum Wilson back fully fit and in terms of NUFC’s current position / profile, I don’t think we could land a striker who was much, if any, better than him. As back up, we have Chris Wood, who in his 15 starts last season helped the team pick up 29 points at almost a two points per game average.

As for the winger / attacking midfielder position that Eddie Howe is seemingly targeting, Ryan Fraser is back fit and impressed last season until injury, whilst late on last season we saw a Miguel Almiron who looked more like the one we saw under Rafa Benitez.

Yes you should always be looking to strengthen your squad but having healthy competition amongst decent players who have shown they are capable of a certain level of performance, isn’t the worst place you can be. Especially when better players have been brought in around them, the likes of Bruno, Trippier and Botman for starters.

You simply can’t forget / ignore as well that we are talking £160m+ already committed on signings in 2022 when you include the previous window, that is £160m+ of net spending within the first nine months after takeover.

That is amazing!

When the new owners and Eddie Howe came in, they didn’t just need to look for the odd signing, they needed to rebuild a team and squad. There were foundations / players there to be built on BUT still extensive work needed to bring initial safety as well as then a chance to progress.

I think money will be spent in these remaining 46 days of the transfer window by Newcastle United and I believe more than likely that will take the spending by NUFC on transfer fees to past the £200m mark in 2022 and within the first year of this new ownership.

if you aren’t excited / satisfied by that then I think you are supporting the wrong club.

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