Newcastle United is in a position to take a massive step forward this season. Two years on from being relegated, and the wounds are healing.
Last season saw the club achieve much more than was expected by most, and there was a growing sense of positivity around St James’s Park. The players were committed, the support was committed, and we easily achieved the objective of remaining a Premier League club when the final whistle was blown on the season. True to form, there were some hurdles along the way, but the players and the supporters powered through to a strong finish.
Now we have a strong foundation to build on. A squad that was playing well and a kind of football that the Toon Army loves to see. The supporters were willing to keep the bed sheets put away, and the club has £35 million to help keep the momentum going forwardd
Instead, we get lies, and the dissent continues to grow again. We get a committed, adopted Geordie, Player of the Season unable to get a new contract.
The three first team players we’ve signed are good ones in my opinion. But two are very acquainted with the treatment room, and the other plays in arguably our strongest position. Despite that though I still think that they are a great bit of business by the club.
However when Alan Pardew says that only a certain kind of player can play at Newcastle, does he mean only one on a free, or with a low valued release clause? Is this massive scouting network the club have built up scouting players, or players contracts?
Maybe I’ve gone too far there. Of course I have no problem with getting good players cheap, and I’ll say again, I think they are good players. But we have the opportunity to make a good squad a very good one. An opportunity that all signs suggest Ashley is unwilling to take.
I’m not asking for the entire £35 million to be spent but I am asking for some investment to be made in the squad. At this point the investment has been minimal.
There is still some time to change that but as we approach the last month of the transfer window, I’m starting to have my doubts that it will be significant change. Reports say there will be no players coming in until we return from the USA. There are other reports saying that players will have to be sold before new ones can come in. I understand that the club is in debt and can’t spend wildly, but I’m not asking for that.
I would assume that there was a plan in place to bring us out of debt before the £35 million came in. That money could be used to significantly strengthen the squad, which should also strengthen our league position which in turn would generate more money for the club and also help us get out of debt. But most of all it would help continue the recent progress within the squad and the support. It would continue the good feeling around the club.
History tells us that the players will struggle to mirror their achievements from last year. Clubs will take us far more seriously and that famed fighting spirit will have dwindled slightly if not completely with some of the players leaving.
The fans will turn hard on Ashley once again for not strengthening the squad and all eyes will be on Alan Pardew. I am willing to give Pardew a chance despite his loose tongue, but he doesn’t exactly strike me as a man who will take criticism too well. His ego will be bruised and we can all see how much he likes his ego.
I’m not trying to predict doom upon us, I’m just taking the evidence as it comes. I was willing and still am to give Ashley the opportunity to make the club successful again (mostly because I have no other choice) but my hope is starting to fade. Some supporters are still holding on strong although I’ll never understand how they can accept the deceit they are given.
The potential turmoil and the loss of hope could all be avoided with some investment. Investment that we have the ability to make thanks to the £35 million we received for Andy Carroll. Investment that thus far Ashley seems unwilling to make.
And to me that is his biggest failure at a time when it could be his biggest triumph.