Newcastle don’t need major summer spending

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Yoan Gouffran in action for Newcastle United

From reading across Twitter and various other Newcastle United blogs, its seems like there is a general consensus that Alan Pardew needs to spend big in order to help the club finish in the Top 10 next season. I have heard of cries for Wilfried Bony, Tom Ince, Loic Remy, Stephane Mbia, Victor Wanyama, Gary Hooper and even Shaun Maloney (Seriously?) but the truth is, we do not need to go out and throw millions at clubs. Admittedly, mistakes were made last summer in not luring enough players to Tyneside to maintain our push up the Premier League table but injuries, alongside Alan Pardew’s inept tactics were our biggest enemy, in my opinion at least. In January of 2013, Yoan Gouffran, Massadio Haidara, Moussa Sissoko, Mathieu Debuchy, and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa arrived to help save the club from relegation and they did exactly that, albeit in a tiring, effort laden fashion. However, people have to remember that these guys have to settle and gel with the team yet - something that I would like to think will be rather evident next season.

Of course we need a signing or two, but not 6 or 7 as some people have suggested. As well as that, 7 signings?! Mike Ashley would never sanction such a haul. Saying that, people are being a bit harsh on our owner. Claims of plans to pocket-money from sales of Yohan Cabaye, Tim Krul, Cheick Tioté are wide of the mark. Very wide indeed.

As things stand, Newcastle United owes its future to Mike Ashley. The man came in when the club was ridden with debts, and not very far from possible administration — and that’s not an exaggeration by any means. Fair enough we got relegated but that was not helped by the obvious disarray caused by Ashley’s first season in management, but by a terrible, heartless squad who happened to be full of mercenaries. *Points to Michael Owen*

As things stand, NUFC owe MA about £250m from interest free loans he has provided for the club. Now, when people say he wants to pocket the cash from sales of players, why would he? The guy is a billionaire and makes millions every week and that figure is growing by the month with his company expanding to further Eastern European countries. £20m from Krul wouldn’t interest him - it’s the clubs for use, and he knows that.

Now, I know I tend to write pretty long articles of late, but I’ll keep this one relatively short.

There is no need for 6 new players, what we do need is a powerful striker and a cultured centre-back who can help bolster the team. I’m hopeful that Fabricio Coloccini will stay, but it is rather unlikely if truth be told.

Cabaye has been touted with a move away and if that is his wish, £20m and MA will arrange a chartered jet for him. His heart hasn’t been in it since last season. However, if these guys are to leave, they need to be replaced. We have to retain the same number of players as we ended the season with, and add two more to that.

Danny Simpson is off to Italy from what I have heard so a new right-back is needed to irk James Tavernier to up the grade.

Wilfried Bony would be a good choice as he’s powerful and would adapt to the Premier League in no time. A new centre-back in James Tomkins would be ideal but knowing Graham Carr he’s eyeing up some Belgian playing in France.

Long story short - please do not look for 6 new players on top of the existing squad, it is not going to happen so don’t get one’s hopes up.

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Expert: ⏱ 08/06/2013

Newcastle don’t need major summer spending? Off course not if we dont have any other ambitions than to avoid relegation. Whats the point of owning a football club if you care more about profit than trophies? Mike Ashely should follow other owners and invest in the side to make us a CL contender or he should sell the club to someone who will.

ian: ⏱ 08/06/2013

Brilliant , well said and totally correct ,

Jamie: ⏱ 09/06/2013

Well, as the article says, he's already spent £250million on the club. I'm not sure, but I imagine that's probably 10% of his money. The reality of the situation is he's already put in a lot of money and he's not going to put in much more. And also let's face it, we're a top class striker away from being a top 8 side. Anything else would be a bonus.

Kev: ⏱ 09/06/2013

What a load of shite. We NEED more then 2! Harper has gone and needs replaced. Simpson has gone and needs replaced. We could do with another central midfield player as Perch covering isn't the long term solution. We need some width because Jonas no longer even cross's the ball never mind getting an assist or two (Ince or Sinclair are obvious) Importantly, we NEED 2 forwards. We currently have Cisse and Shola. You could say Cambell too but he needs to go out on loan and get experience. the fact is was unable to get a place in the England under 20's squad (not u 21's) should highlight hes not ready for 1st team football. Over the past 18/24 months we have sold Carroll, Ba, Best, lovenkrands and Ranger and replaced them all with Cisse. Standing still in the premier league results in relegation and that what you are proposing

Kev: ⏱ 09/06/2013

Also.... £250m? When Cashly bought the club we had a larger income then Spurs. How has the "commercial genius" and the casino manager been able to bring us down in terms of competitiveness in commercial deals and have Pardew wip out his line of being unable to compete for signings?! Wonga and Sports Direct.... Talk about bottom of the ladder! The whole article sounds like a commissioned piece from the club.

pistol: ⏱ 09/06/2013

one striker are you kidding we have one of the worst defences in the league even after signing 3 defenders in January we create very few chances for cisse so buying one striker won' t exactly solve the problems

Jamie: ⏱ 09/06/2013

Well that's what happens when you sign 3 foreign defenders in January and just throw them into the mixer. Debuchy and Map are quality defenders who didn't suddenly become awful overnight, they'll only improve with pre-season under the belts. The defense we had at the start wasn't good enough and injuries exposed that there was nothing beneath Colo and Taylor. The quick fix in January didn't work. And as for the bit about not creating chances, that's actually a very common misconception. We actually created more chance this year than last, the only difference being Cissé scored less than 1/10 chances as opposed to 2/3 the year before. So, besides maybe cover for Cabaye and Pearce from Reading for depth, yes I do think a striker who can finish chances would be enough.

Kev: ⏱ 09/06/2013

We need more than a striker to finish. We need a Ba style forward who not only scores but can't create too. Mbiwa should be ahead of Taylor next year!

Jamie: ⏱ 09/06/2013

Did Ba really create that much? Don't seem to remember him getting many assists. On top of that it seemed like he'd shoot from any range rather than pass to Cissé. But I see your point that we need chances created from more places than Cabaye and Ben Arfa. But considering that we can't score, I think a real poacher should be a priority before that. As for the M'biwa bit, totally agree. But I fear Pardew might want to keep Taylor because he's the last Englishman in real contention for a starting berth.