Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has made a worrying Newcastle United transfer about involving Mike Ashley.
The Lowdown: Window shut
The summer transfer window has now officially shut for the St. James’ Park faithful in terms of bringing in any more players.
Should Newcastle fans be grateful for the money that Ashley has put into the club?
With Joe Willock from Arsenal the only permanent arrival of note in the North East, the Toon Army can certainly feel aggrieved by their lack of transfer business.
The Latest: Ashley claim
Speaking on talkSPORT, Jordan has now made a worrying claim involving Ashley ahead of the January transfer window:
“Steve Bruce was never going to be in an easy position when managing Newcastle.”
“I don’t think Mike Ashley wants to put a penny into Newcastle, he wants them to become self-sufficient.”
The Verdict: Worrying
It is certainly worrying to hear that Ashley wants the Tyneside club to become ‘self-sufficient’, thus a lack of proper investment will continue while he is still the owner.
Since Ashley took over the Magpies back in June 2007, they rank 11th out of all teams in the Premier League in terms of total spending (£558.24m), and 25th in terms of net spend (-£164.78m), with only five (Norwich City, Southampton, Watford, Burnley and Leeds United) of the sides with a lower net spend still in the top flight (Transfermarkt).
For a club that used to consistently achieve top-half finishes before Ashley was in charge, supporters have the right to demand more from Ashley to try and get them back to where they want to be.
Nonetheless, the claim made by Jordan certainly does not bode well ahead of the January window, where Steve Bruce will surely want to try and strengthen his squad further.
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