Deadline day comment: Newcastle's transfer window ends in acrimony and strife

CONTROVERSIAL MOVE: Hatem Ben Arfa's departure to Hull City has angered the vast majority of Newcastle fans

CONTROVERSIAL MOVE: Hatem Ben Arfa's departure to Hull City has angered the vast majority of Newcastle fans

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IN many ways, the transfer window was the story of Newcastle United in microcosm. Things started well enough, but nosedived thanks to a lack of investment and ended in a maelstrom of anger and strife.

The positive things achieved in the early stages of the window shouldn’t be completely overlooked, with Remy Cabella and Siem de Jong having finally arrived after a lengthy pursuit, Daryl Janmaat recruited as a decent replacement for the departed Mathieu Debuchy and Emmanuel Riviere prised from Monaco for £6.5m.

Numerically, the capture of nine players exceeded what most supporters were probably expecting after an 18-month spell without a single permanent addition, but Mike Ashley’s net spend has been negligible once the funds recouped from the sale of Debuchy and Yohan Cabaye are taken into account, and the transfer window has closed with the Magpies looking short of numbers and talent in both defence and attack.

The opening four games of the season highlighted the desperate need for another centre-forward, but Loic Remy and Alexandre Lacazette were never likely to move to St James’ and Ashley refused to move on to alternative, more realistic targets.

Other clubs might have looked to secure a short-term deal for Danny Welbeck or Jermain Defoe yesterday, but not Newcastle, whose adherence to their preferred transfer policy is often a shackle on their ambitions.

Similarly, the obvious need for another centre-half has gone unanswered, despite the departure of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa on a season-long loan to Roma. If anything happens to Fabricio Coloccini or Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor is the only alternative.

And then of course there is Hatem Ben Arfa, cast into exile by Alan Pardew, but now set for a new lease of life under former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce at Hull City. While Newcastle lack creativity and flair, someone who should be their prize play-maker will be strutting his stuff at the KC Stadium.

It is only three weeks since Pardew was talking about a “feel-good factor” in the build up to the opening game of the season. Whatever the prevailing mood on Tyneside was last night, “good” didn’t really come into it.

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5:22am Tue 2 Sep 14

Archie Brand says...

You're obviously not an Ashley fan Mr Wilson.

A maelstrom of anger and strife? A little over dramatic perhaps?

The only adherence to transfer policy that I see is the idea that we don't pay over the odds and only bring in players that can contribute positively to the club.
And on that particular subject let us not forget that Ben Arfa has now left every club in his professional career under a grey cloud - a meteorological phenomenon brought about solely by his stroppy attitude. Craig Bellamy but with less charm.
If you are a 'finger on the pulse' sort of guy you will be aware that Pardew took a hammering from many quarters for bringing in Remy on loan last season. Maybe they listened to the fans, but more to the point maybe Defoe and Welbeck were looking for something a little, dare I say it, "bigger"? After all, it's only a few days ago that we were still talking about getting Remy - dreaming or what?

Of course its not just the numbers through the front door that make the difference. There's a back-door that we need to consider. Ryan Taylor is fit again, Aarons has announced his arrival, and he only needs to be joined centre stage by a couple of the following, Vuckic, Abeid, Dummet , Armstrong, Ferguson, Bigi, Good , Street and Sammy, and we have a half decent squad.

Above all - let's not forget that as a businessman Ashley's prime goal is to be profitable. He does that by ensuring EPL survival and by reducing expenditure.

There are 2 theories on him. He's greedy and just wants to make money, or, and lets not dismiss this completely, he's trying to get the club on its feet so he can sell it and move on to something else (Rangers perhaps?)

I don't care which, to be honest.
You're obviously not an Ashley fan Mr Wilson. A maelstrom of anger and strife? A little over dramatic perhaps? The only adherence to transfer policy that I see is the idea that we don't pay over the odds and only bring in players that can contribute positively to the club. And on that particular subject let us not forget that Ben Arfa has now left every club in his professional career under a grey cloud - a meteorological phenomenon brought about solely by his stroppy attitude. Craig Bellamy but with less charm. If you are a 'finger on the pulse' sort of guy you will be aware that Pardew took a hammering from many quarters for bringing in Remy on loan last season. Maybe they listened to the fans, but more to the point maybe Defoe and Welbeck were looking for something a little, dare I say it, "bigger"? After all, it's only a few days ago that we were still talking about getting Remy - dreaming or what? Of course its not just the numbers through the front door that make the difference. There's a back-door that we need to consider. Ryan Taylor is fit again, Aarons has announced his arrival, and he only needs to be joined centre stage by a couple of the following, Vuckic, Abeid, Dummet , Armstrong, Ferguson, Bigi, Good , Street and Sammy, and we have a half decent squad. Above all - let's not forget that as a businessman Ashley's prime goal is to be profitable. He does that by ensuring EPL survival and by reducing expenditure. There are 2 theories on him. He's greedy and just wants to make money, or, and lets not dismiss this completely, he's trying to get the club on its feet so he can sell it and move on to something else (Rangers perhaps?) I don't care which, to be honest. Archie Brand
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12:07pm Tue 2 Sep 14

JJTOP2 says...

Archie, looks like you've picked up the makem vote (13-) on this one for a well reasoned piece. You're spot on with your analysis of Mr Ashley's position I feel.

As long as he gets 50K supporters through the door every home game his shopkeeping instincts will guide him to buy cheap and sell at a profit, with a safe mid table finish the target. There may be a Gulf State buyer in the future. All IMHO of course.
Archie, looks like you've picked up the makem vote (13-) on this one for a well reasoned piece. You're spot on with your analysis of Mr Ashley's position I feel. As long as he gets 50K supporters through the door every home game his shopkeeping instincts will guide him to buy cheap and sell at a profit, with a safe mid table finish the target. There may be a Gulf State buyer in the future. All IMHO of course. JJTOP2
  • Score: 0

1:00pm Tue 2 Sep 14

cholmes005 says...

JJTOP2 wrote:
Archie, looks like you've picked up the makem vote (13-) on this one for a well reasoned piece. You're spot on with your analysis of Mr Ashley's position I feel.

As long as he gets 50K supporters through the door every home game his shopkeeping instincts will guide him to buy cheap and sell at a profit, with a safe mid table finish the target. There may be a Gulf State buyer in the future. All IMHO of course.
Its the fans that keep on pouring in week after week to line greedy ashleys pockets that's gets me. hes as tight as a natts chuff and signing players for 6 million is pennies these days. Hull have probs spent more than Newcastle. While he's at club they will be mid table at best and will probs put a **** squad out for cups as they don't want to win them, says it all about his ambition. Don't mind pardew and hopefully oen day we get a new owner and he can get some flash signings
[quote][p][bold]JJTOP2[/bold] wrote: Archie, looks like you've picked up the makem vote (13-) on this one for a well reasoned piece. You're spot on with your analysis of Mr Ashley's position I feel. As long as he gets 50K supporters through the door every home game his shopkeeping instincts will guide him to buy cheap and sell at a profit, with a safe mid table finish the target. There may be a Gulf State buyer in the future. All IMHO of course.[/p][/quote]Its the fans that keep on pouring in week after week to line greedy ashleys pockets that's gets me. hes as tight as a natts chuff and signing players for 6 million is pennies these days. Hull have probs spent more than Newcastle. While he's at club they will be mid table at best and will probs put a **** squad out for cups as they don't want to win them, says it all about his ambition. Don't mind pardew and hopefully oen day we get a new owner and he can get some flash signings cholmes005
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6:35pm Tue 2 Sep 14

pxatkins says...

I cannot fathom why some people chant the same mantra no matter what evidence is put before them; Ashley did more transfer deals than any other owner. And the back of idle, disruptive Ben Arfa is a grand few from here.
I cannot fathom why some people chant the same mantra no matter what evidence is put before them; Ashley did more transfer deals than any other owner. And the back of idle, disruptive Ben Arfa is a grand few from here. pxatkins
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9:07am Wed 3 Sep 14

killyted says...

we signed 3 strikers for a combined total of 6.5m absoloute joke.
we signed 3 strikers for a combined total of 6.5m absoloute joke. killyted
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5:09pm Wed 3 Sep 14

pxatkins says...

The mention of money shows you're obviously too young to remember how much King Kev forked out to buy the title. He brought us nothing. How much more poured down the drain by subsequent regimes on crocks with big names and bigger injury problems.

FACTS - incoming: Jack Colback - Ayoze Perez - Siem de Jong - Remy Cabella - Emmanuel Riviere - Daryl Janmaat - Karl Darlow - Jamaal Lascelles

Shut the boring whining and get behind the team.
The mention of money shows you're obviously too young to remember how much King Kev forked out to buy the title. He brought us nothing. How much more poured down the drain by subsequent regimes on crocks with big names and bigger injury problems. FACTS - incoming: Jack Colback - Ayoze Perez - Siem de Jong - Remy Cabella - Emmanuel Riviere - Daryl Janmaat - Karl Darlow - Jamaal Lascelles Shut the boring whining and get behind the team. pxatkins
  • Score: 0
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