Fulham pull off incredible £35m signing – A huge reality check for Benitez, Ashley and NUFC

Whilst today is a positive one for NUFC, with Kenedy’s return bringing a smile back to the face of Rafa Benitez, there’s been one major move in the Premier League which will come as a real reality check.

Newly promoted Fulham have completed a stunning club record deal (worth £35m) to sign Jean Michael Seri – the highly-rated midfielder who had been heavily linked with the likes of Barcelona, Man Utd and Arsenal after several stunning seasons in France.

I prefer to focus on ourselves, but these things are hard to ignore when Fulham are paying over DOUBLE our current transfer-record (£17 for Michael Owen in 2005) to sign such a player on their first season back in the Premier League. It’s a sign of the times.

Our Premier League rivals are spending big whilst we are in danger of standing still, with Mike Ashley continuing to make life in the transfer market so difficult for Rafa Benitez.

Our transfer business has actually been pretty solid so far, but we have spent just £4m so far – signing Kenedy on loan and Ki on a free since completing a simple £4m deal to turn Dubravka’s loan into a permanent.

The big test will come now Benitez pushes to sign a new striker – a major deal that will make or break our summer.

I’m happy with our business so far, with Dubravka, Ki and Kenedy all being shrewd signings, but moves like this really put the pressure on us to get moving in the market.

We still need a striker (or two) and a number 10, but neither will come cheap – and that worries me as an NUFC fan in the Ashley era.

You’d think our transfer record will need to be broken at least once or twice if we’re going to bring in the quality striker we so desperately need to compete in this day and age. Will Ashley sanction that? History suggests no – but he needs to.

This tweet sums it up for me:

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

5 thoughts on “Fulham pull off incredible £35m signing – A huge reality check for Benitez, Ashley and NUFC

  1. I get where you’re coming from with this post, I really do but I’m not worried. Yes, it’s sad to see a team like Fulham smash our record transfer fee, but it’s for an untested Premier league player. At least we know the players we have signed are quality and have been better, smarter business all round.

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  2. die ashley u horrid creton **** u aswell we know our club is a joke and ashley spunks all our profits on prostitutes and roullette lets face it wouldnt be able to get his leg unless newcastle didnt pay 130 mill profit every season

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  3. lickmy ball sack ashley:
    die ashley u horrid creton **** u aswell we know our club is a joke and ashley spunks all our profits on prostitutes and roullette lets face it wouldnt be able to get his leg unless newcastle didnt pay 130 mill profit every season

    yes i heard he spunks away newcastle united dreams every day

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