Many would say that surely we can do better than Bent. Well Demba Ba left seven months ago and we haven’t managed it yet, so even the biggest optimist can’t say for sure that in the next two (in time for Manchester City) or four weeks (end of window) Newcastle can be guaranteed to sign somebody more credible.
Maybe this summer isn’t going to be all doom and gloom, perhaps we are going to see Newcastle being very active in the transfer window in the coming days or weeks, though I hope we can get in our targets for the last few games of pre-season.
This is what I call a successful transfer window for us…
The departure of Bent is seen as part of a clearout of those players on big money that helped put Villa seventh in the league in terms of wages. The last available figures for the 2011/12 season showed that Villa’s wage bill was £70m, which worked out at £6m more than Newcastle despite the Brummies having a smaller turnover.