To be a Newcastle fan during a transfer window is tough. The fans have so far had to put up with not a lot of spending whilst their rivals continue to strengthen in the transfer market. Rafa Benitez was promised transfer funds at the start of the window and so far it seems that promise has not been kept.
Wonder what the week will bring? Rafa working away, £40-50M to dump into #NUFC's bank these days. If you're an eternal optimist, maybe Benitez will get some of that.
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) July 16, 2018
The summer so far has seen Newcastle sign Martin Dubravka for £4 million, Ki Sung-Yeung on a free and Kenedy on-loan from Chelsea, meaning their total spending has been just £4 million. Factor in that Mikel Merino has been sold for £10 million and you can understand why the fans aren’t happy as Mike Ashley sits on a tidy profit of £6 million whilst the fans are left begging for new signings.
The club has been linked with a number of players. Michail Antonio, Andros Townsend, Danny Ings and Salomon Rondon are all names floating about but it doesn’t appear that the Magpies are close to securing any of those and it’s easy to see why the fans aren’t best pleased with their club. In truth, it should come as no surprise that Ashley is pocketing the club’s money for his own gain, as he’s had the club under his stranglehold for over ten years now.
You can see what the Geordies make of Ashley and their club’s business here:
A couple of outgoings and no incomings. Nothing will change until Ashley is gone unfortunately.
— I hate football (@simondopp) July 16, 2018
Nothing will happen until the last week of the window where a third choice loan striker will come in
— Sonny Brar (@sonny_brar) 16 July 2018
Can’t see anything happening until we’re back from Ireland this week. Maybe if Mitro is sold, the ball will start rolling. Or if Stoke bid again for Ritchie
— Adam (@AndersonAdam91) July 16, 2018
Hopefully we see movement on a striker, only position that is in desperate need of reinforcements
— DAN (@McCauleyNUFC) July 16, 2018
Sels, Eliot, Mbemba, lazaar, Colback, Saivet, Mitrovic & maybe Hayden That with Mernino sum, sell those unnecessary players & you get £60m+
We need to move NOW #NUFC
— nEwCaStLe fOr LiFe (@77_SH_ER) July 16, 2018
Why would he? If they are getting that money then why would they have to wait till it’s transferred ? Is mike skint like?
— kevin young toon army (@kevo175) July 16, 2018
Just from the handful of tweets above, it’s clear to see that the fans aren’t optimistic as long as Mike Ashley is still there.