January transfer analysis – What Newcastle did differently this year

Words by Kevin Doocey on .

Wayne Routledge was a good signing for Newcastle United

  • Routledge - Arrived on Tyneside for £1m in a successful transfer period

6 signings, no last minute stuff, and the majority for less than £1m. Mike Williamson, Danny Simpson, Wayne Routledge, Fitz Hall, Patrick van Aanholt and Leon Best all arrived at Newcastle in this January transfer window. 4 permanent signings, two loan deals. With Jose Enrique injured, Patrick van Aanholt has shown very promising signs in the Black and White shirt, and it seems as if he’s a very similar player to Jose, which is always a good find. Danny Simpson will fit in at RB, and will sturdy up competition with Ryan Taylor who arrived this time last year and hasn’t shown the best of form just yet.

You’ll probably ask why we didn’t get Victor Moses. Apparently, we wouldn’t match the asking price of Crystal Palace which was £2.5m. A ‘snip’ as described by Eagles boss Warnock and how right he was. If the rumours are true that £500k was the difference between us landing one of the most highly rated youngsters in England and not, then Chris Hughton might regret it for the rest of his life, although it might have been Mike Ashley’s restraints.

However, in comparison to last year that saw us add 3 players in Peter Lovenkrands, Kevin Nolan & Ryan Taylor, January 2010 has been a successful period in which we strengthened all necessary positions.

With Steven Taylor injured for a while it seems, Mike Williamson has too shown promising signs at the heart of the defence and with a height of 6’4&, he might just grab a few goals for the Toon this season as well 🙂

Adding up all the transfers, Routledge for £1m, Williamson for £1.2, Danny Simpson for 500k and Leon best for a reported fee of 650k it brings January’s total expenditure to nearly £3.5m if my quick maths are correct. And although Nolan cost £4m last January, we were a Premier League side then, and that fee was perhaps below average for a midfielder of his caliber.

All in all, we’ve spent about the same amount of money, however, we barely received any transfer fees this Winter period as Hughton managed to keep hold of his current squad, and wasn’t forced to sell the likes of Coloccini, Taylor, Nolan and Smith as some fans expected.

I must say, it’s been a  good feeling waking up in the morning and seeing us lined with players and then actually following up with bids. Throughout the transfer period we were linked with Jermaine Beckford, whom we did submit a couple of bids for. Likewise with James Perch, Matthew Kilgallon and more recently Victor Moses.

The lads now need to concentrate on the vital upcoming games, none less then our home affair against an in-form Cardiff City, and back on form Michael Chopra. I’m sure the former Toon lad would love nothing more than the dent Newcastle’s title hopes 😀

Hopefully though we’ll get our act together and see a drastic improvement on the performance at Leicester City, a pretty dire affair to say the least, although credit to Nigel Pearson’s battling 10 men.

It’s been a better year so far, but it will all go to waste if we don’t get promoted to the Premier League come May.

Comments welcome 🙂

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Daverism: ⏱ 01/02/2010

Bang on mate. Not sure why any of the fans were expecting sales in January though, well documented that Ashley is a business man, selling best players = not achieving promotion. He ain't that silly. Fat Cockney B******, sure. Stupid? No.

Daverism: ⏱ 01/02/2010

Bang on mate. Not sure why any of the fans were expecting sales in January though, well documented that Ashley is a business man, selling best players = not achieving promotion. He ain't that silly. Fat Cockney B******, sure. Stupid? No.

baro: ⏱ 01/02/2010

Fat Ashley and CHris will regret not buying Victor Moses.

baro: ⏱ 01/02/2010

Fat Ashley and CHris will regret not buying Victor Moses.

baro: ⏱ 01/02/2010

well not Chris.

baro: ⏱ 01/02/2010

well not Chris.

Ed Harrison: ⏱ 01/02/2010

We are hopefully getting our act together and now have a solid squad - and if we can get promotion in May - maybe 4 good players will be enough. With 5 strikers we'll probably sell at least one in the summer - maybe Shola. But let's hope we are on the right track - a very very good January transfer window. Keep up the good work Kevin!

Ed Harrison: ⏱ 01/02/2010

We are hopefully getting our act together and now have a solid squad - and if we can get promotion in May - maybe 4 good players will be enough. With 5 strikers we'll probably sell at least one in the summer - maybe Shola. But let's hope we are on the right track - a very very good January transfer window. Keep up the good work Kevin!

savio: ⏱ 02/02/2010

I do believe this squad is enough to gain us promotion.The problem is we should not put that defensive squad we put on saturday....we should play both routledge and jonas in the same team...my midfield will be routledge smith guthrie jonas and when barton returns, he will be in the team

savio: ⏱ 02/02/2010

I do believe this squad is enough to gain us promotion.The problem is we should not put that defensive squad we put on saturday....we should play both routledge and jonas in the same team...my midfield will be routledge smith guthrie jonas and when barton returns, he will be in the team

Mick: ⏱ 02/02/2010

I,me still not satisfied with our form in the last few games. Although against Leicester the Ref had more to do with the result, we had a bad game but the Ref was atrocious. The fact that Jonas sat on the bench for the whole game was also a puzzle for me! Hopefully it,ll go better on Friday!

Mick: ⏱ 02/02/2010

I,me still not satisfied with our form in the last few games. Although against Leicester the Ref had more to do with the result, we had a bad game but the Ref was atrocious. The fact that Jonas sat on the bench for the whole game was also a puzzle for me! Hopefully it,ll go better on Friday!

thetoonarmy: ⏱ 02/02/2010

i think jonas was carrying a knock from what i understand that's why he wasn't risked against leicester, but i think hughton certainly has some options now my team for friday would be harper simpson, williamson, collo, van Aanholt routledge, smith, nolan, jonas loven , best what you guy's think??

thetoonarmy: ⏱ 02/02/2010

i think jonas was carrying a knock from what i understand that's why he wasn't risked against leicester, but i think hughton certainly has some options now my team for friday would be harper simpson, williamson, collo, van Aanholt routledge, smith, nolan, jonas loven , best what you guy's think??

Axel: ⏱ 02/02/2010

I would have Guthrie plating cm on friday ,Smith has looked tired the last couple of games . My team for friday. Harper. Simpson. Williamson colo van aanholt routledge. Guthrie. Jonas Nolan Carrol. Lovenkrands

Axel: ⏱ 02/02/2010

I would have Guthrie plating cm on friday ,Smith has looked tired the last couple of games . My team for friday. Harper. Simpson. Williamson colo van aanholt routledge. Guthrie. Jonas Nolan Carrol. Lovenkrands

icedog: ⏱ 02/02/2010

could not get back on line last night com/crashed the only strange thing about the moses thing is,ashley is surposed to be a b/man how come he could not see the sell on vaule of this kid,because he is going to cut and run if we go up as cheap as poss just my thoughts

icedog: ⏱ 02/02/2010

could not get back on line last night com/crashed the only strange thing about the moses thing is,ashley is surposed to be a b/man how come he could not see the sell on vaule of this kid,because he is going to cut and run if we go up as cheap as poss just my thoughts

thompaz: ⏱ 02/02/2010

What I would play on friday.. Harper Simpson williamson colo Van aanholt routledge smith nolan Jonas Carol Lovenkrands. What Hughton will play on friday... Taylor Williamson Colo Van Aanholt Guthrie Butt Nolan Jonas Best Lovenkrands

thompaz: ⏱ 02/02/2010

What I would play on friday.. Harper Simpson williamson colo Van aanholt routledge smith nolan Jonas Carol Lovenkrands. What Hughton will play on friday... Taylor Williamson Colo Van Aanholt Guthrie Butt Nolan Jonas Best Lovenkrands

chuck: ⏱ 02/02/2010

Are you people serious, you relly want R.Taylor and Guthrie on the team, c`mon they are both awfull,should be sold to the first bidder, asap.

chuck: ⏱ 02/02/2010

Are you people serious, you relly want R.Taylor and Guthrie on the team, c`mon they are both awfull,should be sold to the first bidder, asap.

icedog: ⏱ 02/02/2010

CHUCK,is that buy one get one free m8,might take batty with them

icedog: ⏱ 02/02/2010

CHUCK,is that buy one get one free m8,might take batty with them

icedog: ⏱ 02/02/2010

sorry ment BUTT, not batty

icedog: ⏱ 02/02/2010

sorry ment BUTT, not batty

icedog: ⏱ 02/02/2010

SIBIERSKI,his dau has been found dead today,my thoughts go out to him

icedog: ⏱ 02/02/2010

SIBIERSKI,his dau has been found dead today,my thoughts go out to him

thompaz: ⏱ 03/02/2010

Chuck.. Nobody has put R.Taylor and Guthrie in their team....

thompaz: ⏱ 03/02/2010

Chuck.. Nobody has put R.Taylor and Guthrie in their team....

TomFMurray: ⏱ 14/04/2010

I don't think we will regret not buying moses because he is not a Premiership striker yet and will not add much next season either. He is a long term investment which Newcastle cannot afford at the moment. They need to buy players to keep them in the Premier League now they have been promoted

TomFMurray: ⏱ 14/04/2010

I don't think we will regret not buying moses because he is not a Premiership striker yet and will not add much next season either. He is a long term investment which Newcastle cannot afford at the moment. They need to buy players to keep them in the Premier League now they have been promoted