There is a lot of debate going on right now on numerous Newcastle fansites, and the biggest issue seems to be the fact that there isn’t a whole lot of the £35m from the Andy Carroll sale being spent.
That money was promised to be reinvested in the team, but It’s now surfacing that even though Demba Ba and Sylvain Marveuax were free transfers, they still cost the club a few quid in agent fees and such. There has also been some money invested in training ground improvements, but exactly how much of the £35m has been spent is unknown, despite some people who claim the have insiders and figures, we just don’t know.
But is there really room to spend right now???
I have just looked at our squad, and we currently have 24 senior players on our hands, that’s without counting Dan Gosling and Tamas Kadar, who I think are right on the edge of having to be registered to play. If anyone knows if they have to be registered for this season then please feel free to correct me. Here is a list of those that will have to be registered next season.
GK: Steve Harper, Tim Krul, Fraser Forster.
DF: Danny Simpson, James Perch, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Jose Enrique.
MF: Cheik Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Alan Smith, Joey Barton, Danny Guthrie, Ryan Taylor, Wayne Routledge, Sylvain Marveaux, Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa.
ST: Demba Ba, Shola Ameobi, Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands, Xisco.
Now with with 24 players we only have room for one more “senior” player to register, so right now I really don’t think we should be expecting too much activity. We will have to move players out before getting players in, because we all know that Mike Ashley won’t have any players here that we can’t use, and then still have to pay their wages. Although you might say we already have players like that with Xisco springing to mind.
So there isn’t really much that can be done right now, although the speculation of incoming players will continue, but the fact is we don’t really have much elbowroom to make any moves until we offload some players.
Thanks to Alan Pardew Project for giving us this to publish. It’s rather topical to be honest and mirrors what Alan Pardew said yesterday.