When Andy Carroll left Newcastle United back in January the fans were told that all of the £35 million would be invested in players. Here are the players we’ve signed since then:
- Yohann Cabaye (around £5 mil)
- Demba Ba (Free transfer)
- Silvain Marveaux (Free transfer)
- Mehdi Abeid (Free transfer)
- Davide Santon (Undisclosed – thought to be about £5 million)
- Gabriel Obertan (£3 million)
- Rob Elliot (Thought to be around £250k)
In that same time period, we have let go or sold the following players:
- Sol Campbell (Free)
- Sheki Kuqi (Free)
- Kevin Nolan (£4.5 million)
- Joey Barton (Free transfer)
- Jose Enrique (£5.5 million)
- Wayne Routledge (£2 million)
Newcastle’s outlay on players appears to be pretty good, certainly Obertan, Cabaye and Santon are young, quality players. However, when you consider that our top goalscorers for the past season are no longer at the club, then goals become a concern – at least to everyone except Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias that is.
The one thing that has me infuriated with our inability to land a proven goalscorer during the transfer window is that we have had eight months in which to do so. I don’t hold Alan Pardew completely from blame because he’s been the one saying “judge us on September 1st.” Well Alan, it’s September 2nd and we’re no closer to having a proven goalscorer than we were when Andy Carroll left. Yes, Mike Ashley and Llambias are the money men and ultimately they’re the one’s striking the deal, but did Alan Pardew underestimate how tight fisted Mike Ashley would be? It certainly seems like it – I doubt even silver-tongued Pardew would spout the nonsense about judging the club after transfer deadline day if he didn’t expect significant progress.
Either Mike Ashley considers our good start to the season a sign of the future, or that he’s just unwilling to spend. Even still, it’s been 8 months! Putting in deadline day bids for someone who was pretty much a done deal is just the sort of desperate thing Ashley would do.
The worse thing about this though is that Mike Ashley has Newcastle United fans where he wants us. We keep going back for more, and he still continues to take advantage. Unless someone meets Mike’s valuation of the club, this could go on for a long time yet.